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The Sunday News Recap (Monday Edition)! 5.29.06

The Sunday News Recap: Uh-oh, naughty thoughts a-brewin'...
by Ryan Arthur

It's Memorial Day Weekend and Sunday was my birthday, and THIS is the Recap. We've got the last seven days worth of reviews and features at HBS/eFC, as well as box office numbers for the weekend, and a preview of films, DVDs and features for the week ahead. I'm Ryan, and this suit is for leisure. But many times I wear it to get down to business. So let's get down to business.

What I'm Watching
That '70s Show Season Four, Discs 1 & 2

"Skull cracked...brains leaking out...Can't wait to see the new Chevy Chase movie..."

Reviews from our staff over the last week:

Rob Gonsalves
The Fantastic Four (1994)
A Decade Under The Influence
Bad Lieutenant
The Brandon Teena Story
The Incredible Melting Man
The Brave
Urgh! A Music War
Fear, Anxiety & Depression
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Mary Shelly's Frankenstein
Mary Reilly
Radio Flyer
Watership Down
Operation Condor
Nightmare (1981)
Art School Confidential
Bloody Mallory
Ellie Parker
X-Men: The Last Stand

Scott Weinberg
Winter Passing
Shadows In The Sun
Crimson Tide
Enemy Of The State
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
The Towering Inferno
The Detonator
Bachelor Party Vegas
Human Trafficking
Deep Blue
Darkness: The Vampire Version
End Game
Dr. Dolittle 3
Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King
The Triangle
The Scorned
Undertaking Betty
The Choke
The Cutter
Kids In America
Stay (2005)
Ring Around The Rosie
X-Men: The Last Stand

Dawn Taylor
The Da Vinci Code

David Cornelius
Dave Barry's Complete Guide To Guys

William Goss
Basic Instinct 2
Stick It
X-Men: The Last Stand

Mel Valentin
Akeelah And The Bee
Hard Candy

Jay Seaver
Thank You For Smoking
Mutual Appreciation

X-Men: The Last Stand

An Inconvenient Truth
X-Men: The Last Stand

Jack Sommersby
Stone Cold Dead
The Presidio

Todd LaPlace
The Da Vinci Code

Peter Sobczynski

Lady Vengeance
X-Men: The Last Stand

Erik Childress
X-Men: The Last Stand
Running Stumbled
(Screened via the 2006 Cinevegas Film Festival)

Abhishek Bandekar

X-Men: The Last Stand

Down In The Valley
The Da Vinci Code

Robert Flaxman
Grizzly Man

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We've got new features from our staff as well:

Peter Sobczynski
DVD Reviews For 5/26: Dance Dance Revolution!
(More DVD Reviews)

Erik Childress
Cinevegas '06 Interview ('The 4th Dimension' Directors Tom Mattera & David Mazzoni)
(More Celebrity Exclusive Interviews)

Ryan Arthur
The Sunday News Recap! 5.21.06
(More Sunday News Recaps)

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Our staff of writers frequently makes appearances outside of our sites, including regular gigs on radio.

Hey! We've got our own radio station! Yes, it's true: you can now listen to Hollywood Bitchslap Radio online. We specialize in movie soundtracks, with specialty programming, movie news and opinion thrown in. It's fun, (and it's free!) but it's still a work in progress, so tell us what you like, what you don't like, and what you'd like to hear. All you need is an mp3 player and a healthy love of film, just like us.

As for traditional, terrestrial radio:

Erik Childress, Collin Souter and Scott Weinberg are regular guests on Nick Digilio's Nick At Night on WGN 720 AM in Chicago. The show airs every Sunday night, 11:00pm to 2:00am, Chicago (Central) time.

Scott Weinberg is also a regular guest on JD Balart's American Radio Journal on WMET 1160 AM in Washington, DC. Scott's segment airs every Friday afternoon from 1:30pm to 2:00pm, DC time (Eastern).

Loey Lockerby is a regular guest on The Walt Bodine Show on KCUR 89.3 FM in Kansas City. Loey appears with The Movie Critics every other Friday during the show, which runs every weekday from 10:00am to 11:00am, Kansas City time (Central).

Chris Parry, Erik Childress and Scott Weinberg are guests on Gaalen Engen's Fellini Is King on CJSF 90.1 FM in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The show airs every Sunday from 11:00am to 1:00pm, Vancouver (Pacific) time.

Ryan Arthur does entertainment news on Gary O'Brien And Friends on WDWS 1400 AM in Champaign, Illinois. I'm on Monday through Friday from 2:40pm to 3:00pm, Central time.

Listen to us, if you get the chance!

"They took the idols and smashed them, the Fairbankses, the Gilberts, the Valentinos! And who've we got now? Some nobodies!"


* Frankie Muniz, Harvey Keitel, Amber Valetta, Christopher MacDonald, Frances Fisher, Haylie Duff and Ryan Cabrera will all star in My Sexiest Year, written and directed by Howard Himelstein. The story focuses on Muniz's character, who has an unforgettable romantic encounter with a top fashion model (Valetta). Fierce! Keitel plays Muniz's dad. (source: Hollywood Reporter)

* Greg Kinnear is joining Morgan Freeman in The Feast Of Love, based on Charles Baxter's novel. Kinnear will play Bradley Thomas, an all-around nice guy who owns a coffee shop and paints on the side. Unfortunately, Thomas can't catch a break with his love life, losing his first wife to a lesbian and a second wife to another man. His character shares a unique bond with Freeman's character, philosophy professor Harry Scott. Robert Benton (Kramer Vs. Kramer) directs. (source: Hollywood Reporter)

* Laura Dern will star opposite Russell Crowe in the currently filming Tenderness, based on Robert Cormier's novel. The film follows a violent teenager named Eric, "whose life intertwines with Lori, a 16-year-old runaway who can't resist his charm. Crowe will play Lieutenant Cristofuoro, a cop who sets out to unravel Eric's complex past." John Polson (Swimf@n!) is directing. (source: Production Weekly)

* Cillian Murphy and Natalie Press will star in Lesley Manning's sci-fi film Telepathy, which also stars Sam Neill and Miranda Richardson. Stephen Volk wrote the script for the project, which tells the story of Josef and Viktor Zalenski, estranged identical twin brothers who are chosen by the Russian government as the subjects of a top-secret experiment to test the powers of telepathy as a viable form of communication between earth and outer space. Filming starts in October. (source: Production Weekly)

* The cast is taking shape for Lionsgate's latest adaptation of a Tyler Perry play, Daddy's Little Girl: Gabrielle Union will play a single attorney who falls in love with a janitor (Idris Elba) who is a single father of three children. This relationship causes a rift between the woman and her father, as he hoped she would marry wealthy. The relationship hits a snag when the janitor's ex-wife comes back into his life and threatens to take away their kids. Louis Gossett, Jr. and Tracy Ellis Ross are also on boardPerry adapted the story for the screen and is directing. (source: Hollywood Reporter, Blackfilm.com)

* Coraline has two moms, and they're both going to be voiced by Teri Hatcher. Dakota Fanning voices the title character in Henry Selick's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's book, who steps into a world that appears to be a much better version of her own reality, but when her artificial parents attempt to keep her there forever, she must escape the dangerous situation and take a brave journey to get back home. Hatcher voices Coraline's mother in both the real world and the parallel universe. (source: Hollywood Reporter)

* Kar Wai Wong's first English-language feature, My Blueberry Nights, has its principal cast: Natalie Portman, Jude Law (Closer reunion!), Rachel Weisz and Norah Jones are on board, with Jones playing a young woman who travels across America to find the true meaning of love, encountering offbeat characters along the way. Ed Harris and Kevin Spacey are also reportedly in talks. Filming starts this summer. (source: Variety, Hollywood Reporter)

* It'll be Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney and Marisa Tomei in Sidney Lumet's next film, Before The Devil Knows You're Dead. Lumet wrote the script with Austin Chick and Kelly Masterson, and the plot follows two brothers who organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store. The job goes horribly wrong, triggering off a series of events that send them, their father (Finney) and Hawke's wife (Tomei) "hurtling towards a shattering climax." (source: Production Weekly)

* Collin Farrell is out, and Heath Ledger is in on I'm Not There, Todd Haynes biopic about Bob Dylan. Ledger is one of six actors (Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere, Christian Bale, Ben Winshaw and another actor not yet cast) who will portray Dylan at various stages of his life and show different parts of his nature. Michelle Williams (Ledger's wife), Julianne Moore and Charlotte Gainsbourg also star, with filming getting underway in July. (source: Production Weekly)

* John Malkovich (who steps into a role originally expected to be filled by Kevin Kline) will join Colin and Tom Hanks in writer-director Sean McGinly's drama The Great Buck Howard. Malkovich plays the title role, an aging magician who takes on the younger Hanks as an eager assistant. In a stretch, Tom Hanks plays Colin's father, who is disappointed by his son's choice of a mentor. (source: Variety)

* Viggo Mortensen is joining Jason Isaacs and Mark Strong in Good, directed by Vicente Amorin. John Wrathall adapted CP Taylor's stage play for the screen, with the plot centering on a German professor in Frankfurt during the 1930s who allows himself to be seduced into the Nazi party. As he spirals down the vortex of the Reich, he rationalizes everything, including his betrayal of his family and his Jewish friend as well as the morality he used to teach. Filming starts next year. (source: Production Weekly)

* Add Morgan Freeman to a cast that already includes Ed Harris, Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan for writer/director (!) Ben Affleck's Gone, Baby, Gone, adapted from Dennis Lehane's novel. The story "revolves around two Boston private eyes who investigate the case of a missing child in a neighborhood of broken families, bitter cops and crazy ex-cons." Filming is underway now. (source: Boston Herald)

* Danny Glover is signed on to join the cast of Shooter, directed by Antoine Fuqua. Mark Wahlberg, Michael Pena, Rhona Mitra, Kate Mara and Eliza Bennett star, with Wahlberg playing an ace marksman who is double-crossed and framed for a presidential assassination he was trying to prevent. He is forced to go on the run while trying to track down the real killer and find out who betrayed him. The film is based on the Stephen Hunter novel Point Of Impact. Glover is also in talks to join Jack Black in Michel Gondry's Be Kind, Rewind. Jack Black will star as a man who becomes accidentally magnetized while trying to sabotage a power plant. His magnetic field erases all the tapes in the video store where his best friend works. To save the store, the duo re-enact and re-film every movie that its single loyal customer, an elderly woman with a tenuous grasp on reality, rents. Glover would play the video store's owner. (source: Variety, Hollywood Reporter)

* Helena Bonham Carter will replace Helen McCrory as Bellatrix LeStrange in the film adaptation of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix. McCrory had to drop out of the role because she is expecting her first child, and would have been heavily pregnant at the time that her scenes would be filmed. I'm kind of surprised that it took this long to get HBC into a Harry Potter role. (source: CBBC Newsround)

"Great movie, huh? So refreshing to see something like this after all these...cop movies and, you know, things we do. Maybe we'll do a remake of this!"

Here is the preliminary top ten for the weekend. Estimates are taken from Box Office Mojo.com and are rounded up, where applicable.

1. X-Men: The Last Stand $120.1 million
2. The Da Vinci Code $43.0 million ($145.5 million total)
3. Over The Hedge $35.3 million ($84.4 million total)
4. Mission: Impossible III $8.6 million ($115.8 million total)
5. Poseidon $7.0 million ($46.6 million total)
6. RV $5.3 million ($57.2 million total)
7. See No Evil $3.2 million ($9.2 million total)
8. Just My Luck $2.3 million ($13.9 million total)
9. United 93 $1.1 million ($29.9 million total)
10. An American Haunting $937,000 ($14.9 million total)

Opening May 31 (limited release):

Opening June 2 (wide release):
The Break-Up

Opening June 2 (limited release):
The Conrad Boys
District B13
Favela Rising
Peaceful Warrior
The Puffy Chair
The War Tapes

"Can we agree that from now on, films have to be made by FILMMAKERS?!"

Previewing the week ahead...

On DVD This Tuesday (theatrical/DTV):
Darkness: The Vampire Version
Date Movie (Unrated Edition)
Dave Barry's Complete Guide To Guys
Dead Broke
Lurking In Suburbia
Platoon (20th Anniversary Edition)
Smokey And The Bandit (Special Edition)
Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? (Two-Disc Special Edition)

We've got more DVD recommendations in our Upcoming DVD Release Schedule.

Laura Kyle (maybe?) returns with another fresh Sonic Death Monkey Soundtrack Reviews on Wednesday.

Peter Sobczynski goes over this Tuesday's new releases with his DVD Reviews on Friday.

Erik Childress has updates and additions in Criticwatch on Friday, too.

And as always, don't forget to visit the Contest page for your chance to win DVDs and other assorted movie-related swag from HBS/eFC.

We'll also have some additional features and editorials throughout the week, and I'll have your Recap ready to go on Sunday.

The birthday blowout edition of the Sunday News Recap is done, so we're going to take the rest of the day off. That's what happens when you get older, I guess. Since you're here already, give Hollywood Bitchslap Radio a listen, take a look at our previous Recaps and join and visit our forums, too. Thanks for reading, and as always, your feedback is appreciated.

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