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The Sunday News Recap! 6.11.06

The Sunday News Recap: You think you're hot shit in a champagne glass, but you're really cold diarrhea in a Dixie cup!
by Ryan Arthur

Howdy, campers, and welcome back to Sunday News Recap. We've got the last sseven 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 Smurfs don't lay eggs! I won't tell you this again! Papa Smurf has a fucking beard! They're mammals! Moving on.

What I'm Watching
The Venture Bros. Season One, 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:

Jack Sommersby
Gorky Park
Pink Cadillac
A Different Loyalty
The Keep
Escape From L.A.
The Pacifier

A Prairie Home Companion

Rob Gonsalves
The Break-Up
Wheel Of Time
The Omen (1976)
Damien: Omen 2

David Cornelius
The Big White

Matt Seaver
District B13

The Omen (2006)
The World’s Best Prom
A Prairie Home Companion

Peter Sobczynski
The Omen (2006)
Sketches Of Frank Gehry
Wet Dreams
A Prairie Home Companion

Erik Childress
The Omen (2006)

The Omen (2006)
Twelve And Holding
Keeping Up With The Steins
Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance
An Inconvenient Truth

Scott Weinberg
The Omen (2006)

William Goss
The Omen (2006)
A Scanner Darkly
(Screened at the 2006 SXSW Film Festival)

Dawn Taylor
The Omen (2006)

The Omen (2006)

Stephen Groenewegen (welcome back!)
Caterpillar Wish

Robert Rosado
Brokeback Mountain

Mel Valentin
A Prairie Home Companion
(Screened at the 2006 San Francisco International Film Festival)

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

Greg Ursic
Come Into The Dark – SIFF Is Waiting
(More Film Festivals Of The World)

Michael Collins
Sydney Film Festival 2006 Preview
Sydney Film Festival Day 2
(More Film Festivals Of The World)
Sonic Death Monkey Soundtrack Reviews – V For Vendetta
(More Sonic Death Monkey Soundtrack Reviews)

Erik Childress
CineVegas '06 Interview (‘Beer League’ Co-Creators Frank Sebastiano & Artie Lange)
CineVegas ’06 Interview (‘5 Up 2 Down’ Director Steve Kessler)
CineVegas ’06 Interview (‘The Favor’ Director Eva Aridjis)
(More CineVegas 2006)

Peter Sobczynski
DVD Reviews For 6/9: The Buds Are Back On DVD
(More DVD Reviews)
CineVegas ’06 Interview (‘Wet Dreams’ Star Rebecca Romijn)
(More CineVegas 2006)

Collin Souter
Following Every Dream: Neil Young And Jonathan Demme
(More Celebrity Exclusive Interviews)

Ryan Arthur
The Sunday News Recap! 6.4.06
(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).

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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!”


* John Leguizamo and Wilmer Valderrama will star in Disney’s family comedy Something Blue. The plot follows a father who becomes unglued when his first-born daughter gets engaged to a young police officer. (source: Variety)

* Dakota Fanning, Robin Wright Penn and David Morse are starring in Deborah Kampmeier’s Hounddog. The independent film is set in the south in 1961 and deals with a young girl (Fanning) who overcomes the effects of being abused by singing and dancing like Elvis. Filming started this week. (source: Variety)

* It’ll be Robert Downey, Jr., Hope Davis, Anton Yelchin, Kat Dennings and Tyler Hilton starring in Jon Poll’s directorial debut Charlie Bartlett. Gustin Nash wrote the script, in which Yelchin plays “a wealthy teen who goes to a new public high school and ingratiates himself into its social fabric by using his charm to become the school's resident ‘psychiatrist.’ Downey plays the school principal.” (source: Variety)

* Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch and…Parker Posey? Okay…Poehler, Dratch and Posey will star in Spring Breakdown for director Ryan Shiraki and Warner Bros. Shiraki worked with Dratch on Home Of Phobia (a/k/a Freshman Orientation), and this film is a follow-up to that project. The storyline revolves around three thirtysomething friends who break the monotony of their uninspired lives by vacationing on an island that's a popular spring break getaway for college co-eds. One of the women works for a powerful senator whose daughter is one of those co-eds, only she's as geeky as her chaperones. (source: Variety)

* Just My Luck’s Chris Pine is in final talks to star in a still-untitled postapocalyptic thriller to be directed by David Pastor, with a script from Pastor and his brother Alex. Pine would play one of four friends trying to escape a viral pandemic in the American West who discover that they are more dangerous to one another than any virus. (source: Hollywood Reporter)

* You know who always wins “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon?” Kevin Bacon. Followed by Kyra Sedgwick. Bacon will star in director James Wan’s Death Sentence, which is set up at 20th Century Fox. Bacon will play a father who is out for revenge after his family is attacked in a gang-initiation crime. Bacon’s character enacts a “death sentence” on each person who was involved in the attack. (source: Hollywood Reporter)

* Nicolas Cage is set to star in a remake of Oxide and Danny Pang’s Bangkok Dangerous. The Pang brothers will also direct the remake. Cage will play a hitman who heads to Bangkok to pull off four assignments, where he falls in love with a local woman and bonding with his errand boy. (source: Variety)

* Ziyi Zhang has signed a three-picture deal with The Weinstein Company, with the first two projects already lined up: a live-action Mulan and a remake of The Seven Samurai, the latter of which will be written by John Fusco. (source: Variety)

* Teri Hatcher is joining Josh Hartnett and Samuel L. Jackson in Resurrecting The Champ, directed by Rod Lurie. The drama follows a reporter who seeks out a former famous fighter only to find out that the man isn't who he claims to be. (source: Variety)

* Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s Grind House has another cast addition: Lost’s Naveen Andrews has joined Rodriguez’s segment, Planet Terror, a zombie movie in which he’ll play “a badass military scientist.” Freddy Rodriguez, Josh Brolin and Rose McGowan are already on board; no one has been cast in Tarantino’s segment, a slasher pic called Death Proof. (source: Variety)

* La Lohan is out, and Jessica Alba is in as part of the cast of Bill, a comedy that also stars Aaron Eckhart, Elizabeth Banks, Timothy Olyphant and Logan Lerman. The film follows a man fed up with his job who finds his wife in bed with a local news anchor. He regains a lost sense of self by mentoring an unruly teen and finds inspiration in an intriguing young saleswoman. Bernie Goldman and Melisa Wallack wrote the script and are directing. (source: Variety)

”I was just thinking what an interesting concept it is to eliminate the writer from the artistic process. If we could just get rid of these actors and directors, maybe we've got something here.”

Some script, production and direction notes:

* Columbia Pictures has picked up 99 Problems (but a bitch ain’t one?), a comedy pitch from Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Can’t Hardly Wait). The project is described as a comedy in the vein of Liar Liar, about a guy with commitment issues. (source: Variety)

* Nimród Antal (Kontroll) is in talks to direct Sarah Jessica Parker and Luke Wilson in the thriller Vacancy. Parker and Wilson play a couple who discover video cameras in their hotel room and realize they are being taped for a snuff film. (source: Hollywood Reporter)

* Rogue Pictures will remake Ausentes (The Absent), a Spanish-language thriller directed by Daniel Calparsoro. Calparsoro will also stay behind the camera for the remake, which follows a woman who moves to the suburbs to recover from a nervous breakdown but begins to suspect that there is something sinister about her new town and that her family might be involved. (source: Hollywood Reporter)

* Anthony Pellicano’s favorite director, John McTiernan, will helm the generically-titled Deadly Exchange, a thriller about a terrorist who escapes detection while hunting down the FBI agent who assassinated his father 10 years earlier. Ron Shusett and Ian Rabin wrote the script. (source: Variety)

* And the next director to tackle a Halloween film will be…Rob Zombie? Zombie will produce, write, direct and supervise the music for the film, which will not be a remake or a sequel to the long-running franchise, but instead be “a reimagining that will infuse new blood” into the Michael Myers story. Zombie has John Carpenter’s blessing, and has said that the iconic Myers mask will remain a part of the film. (source: Hollywood Reporter)

* Looks like Marvel Comics’ The Black Widow has been dropped as a project by Lionsgate. The studio has passed on the project as a result of female-driven superhero movies doing less-than-successful business at the box office. Writer/director David Hayter confirmed the news, saying that he and Marvel “spoke to a few other financing entities, but I never felt comfortable that we had found a place that was willing to take the movie, and the character, seriously.” (source: IGN Filmforce)

* Paramount has picked up the comedy pitch Odd Todd for Jonathan Kesselman to direct. Todd Rosenberg, who originated the web-based cartoon series for Comedy Central’s Motherload broadband site, will write the screenplay for the film. The series was a comedy about a slacker who locks himself out of his apartment on the day that his unemployment check runs out. (source: Variety)

* Dana Fox’s untitled comedy pitch set in Las Vegas has been picked up by 20th Century Fox. The film is a broad comedy “in the vein of Wedding Crashers,” although plot details are being kept under wraps. Michael Aguilar and Dean Georgaris are producing. (source: Variety)

* Sony’s Screen Gems has picked up remake rights to The Stepfather. Greg Mooradian will produce. Lost’s Terry O’Quin starred in the original, playing a seemingly normal man who was looking for the perfect family. When they don't measure up to his ideals, he eliminates them and moves on to find his next perfect family. (source: Variety)

* New Line Cinema will remake Battle Royale, with Neal Moritz and Roy Lee producing. The original is set “in an apocalyptic future in which schools are overrun by uncontrolled violence; the government responds by organizing an annual Battle Royale, in which a school class is picked at random and students are pitted against each other on an abandoned island in a game of survival.” (source: Variety)

* Rob Minkoff, director of The Lion King and the first two Stuart Little films, is going to stick with the talking animal genre: he’ll step behind the camera for Bad Dogs, a live-action film that follows “a pair of mismatched mutts who are sent to obedience school, escape and head off on an adventure.” (source: Variety)

* Greg and Colin Strause are apparently going to direct Alien Vs. Predator 2. Because the public demands a film not directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. The Strauses are music video and commercial directors making their feature film directorial debuts. They also run Hydraulx, a company that was responsible for the effects work on Fantastic Four, X-Men: The Last Stand and The Day After Tomorrow. (source: Brothersstrause.com)

"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. Cars $62.8 million
2. The Break-Up $20.5 million ($74.1 million total)
3. X-Men: The Last Stand $15.55 million ($201.7 million total)
4. The Omen (2006) $15.45 million ($35.7 million total)
5. Over The Hedge $10.301 million ($130.3 million total)
6. The Da Vinci Code $10.300 million ($189.0 million total)
7. A Prairie Home Companion $4.67 million
8. Mission: Impossible III $3.0 million ($127.5 million total)
9. RV $2.0 million ($65.0 million total)
10. Poseidon $1.8 million ($54.9 million total)

Opening June 14 (limited release):
a/k/a Tommy Chong

Opening June 16 (wide release):
The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift
Garfield: A Tail Of Two Kitties
The Lake House
Nacho Libre

Opening June 16 (limited release):
Land Of The Blind
Loverboy (2006)
Lower City
The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life Of Ethan Green
Only Human

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

Previewing the week ahead...

On DVD This Tuesday (theatrical/DTV):
16 Blocks
All Aboard! Rosie’s Family Cruise
Before The Fall
Beyond The Valley Of The Dalls
The Big White
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (rated and unrated widescreen and fullscreen)
End Of The Spear
Forty Shades Of Blue
Getting Played
A Good Woman
Green Street Hooligans
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
L.A. Story
Neil Young: Heart Of Gold
The Pink Panther (2006)
The Princess Bride (Dread Pirate Roberts edition and Princess Buttercup edition)
Room 6
The Sisters
Suits On The Loose
Valley Of The Dolls
The World’s Fastest Indian

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

Natasha Theobald has another edition of Sonic Death Monkey Soundtrack Reviews on Wednesday.

Sobczynski. DVD Reviews. Friday.

Look for regular updates and additions in Criticwatch from Erik Childress every 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 Sunday News Recap is finished for another weekend. We’re back in seven days, so make sure you check out Hollywood Bitchslap Radio, take a look at our previous Recaps and join and visit our forums, as well. Thanks for reading, and as always, your feedback is appreciated.

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