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The Sunday News Recap! 7.9.06

The Sunday News Recap: I'm going to make you cry and dip my cookie in your tears.
by Ryan Arthur

Welcome to the weekend, the home of the Sunday News Recap. It’s also the home of Saturdays, sporting events and dining out. Anyways, 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 Francine, you be very careful out there today, we're at terror alert orange! Which means something might go down somewhere in some way at some point in time…So look sharp! Let’s go.

What I'm Watching
American Dad Volume 1, 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:

William Goss
Garfield: A Tail Of Two Kitties
The Devil Wears Prada
Keeping Up With The Steins
The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift
The Lake House
Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Jay Seaver
The Da Vinci Code
Lady Vengeance
Nacho Libre
The Descent
(Screened at the 2006 FantAsia Film Festival)
Dirty Ho (Screened at the 2006 FantAsia Film Festival)
Princess Aurora (Screened at the 2006 FantAsia Film Festival)
A Bittersweet Life (Screened at the 2006 FantAsia Film Festival)
Monarch Of The Moon (Screened at the 2006 FantAsia Film Festival)
The Maid (2006) (Screened at the 2006 FantAsia Film Festival)
Citizen Dog (Screened at the 2006 FantAsia Film Festival)

Jack Sommersby
The New York Ripper
Night Game
Red Alert

David Cornelius
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954)
Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing And Charm School
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Scott Weinberg
In Memorium

Robert Flaxman
The Goonies
The Constant Gardener
Last Days

Brian McKay
Superman Returns

Collin Souter
The Devil Wears Prada
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Erik Childress
Five Fingers
(Screened at the 2006 CineVegas Film Festival)
The Ring Finger (Screened at the 2006 CineVegas Film Festival)
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
A Scanner Darkly

Rob Gonsalves

Wassup Rockers
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Matt Mulcahey
Why We Fight

Matt Seaver
A Prairie Home Companion

A Scanner Darkly
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Peter Sobczynski
Strangers With Candy
The Road To Guantanamo
A Scanner Darkly
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s chest

Cochise (welcome back!)
The Longest Yard (2005)

The Road To Guantanamo

The Ultimate Dancing Machine
Acting Out

Todd LaPlace
The Omen (2006)
The Devil Wears Prada

Want more reviews from a particular author? Click on the author's name. Want more reviews, regardless of author? Check out the database. Don't know what you want? Try searching the database.

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

Erik Childress
10 Ways To Reinvent The CineVegas Film Festival
(More Film Festivals Of The World)

Marc Kandel
Sonic Death Monkey Soundtrack Reviews – Danny Elfman & The Batman Tracks – Part I: The Batman Score
(More Sonic Death Monkey Soundtrack Reviews)

Our Custer
(More Rants And Raves)

Peter Sobczynski
DVD Reviews For 7/7: Virtually Nothing To See Here
(More DVD Reviews)

Jason Whyte
The Best Films Of 2006…So Far, Anyway…
(More Retrospectives)

Dan Lybarger
My Breakfast With Dante And Randal: Brian O’Halloran And Jeff Anderson On Clerks II
(More Celebrity Exclusive Interviews)

Ryan Arthur
The Sunday News Recap! 7.2.06
(More Sunday News Recaps)

You can access more features from a particular writer by clicking on his or her name. Want more features, coverage, interviews and the like? Click on the More option, found directly below the article title. Want more features, period? Check out the database. Don't know what you want? Try searching the database.

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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!

”Your job is to rate movies on a scale from ‘good’ to ‘excellent.’” - The Criticwatch Update

Most critics won't get to see it until this Monday or Tuesday night, but junket whore Mark S. Allen has already proclaimed You, Me And Dupree as “the funniest movie you'll see this summer! Funny, charming and relentlessly honest!

Nice hair, Mark.

So Allen has already written off Clerks II, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Scoop, Talladega Nights, Accepted and the brilliant Little Miss Sunshine, amongst others. Meanwhile, we're taking odds that Shawn Edwards will be making a return this week to pimp the Wayans Bros. again with Little Man. Place your bets.

Visit Criticwatch. Because, come on. You, Me And Dupree? Really?

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


* Mission: Impossible III’s Michelle Monaghan is joining Ben Stiller in Seven Day Itch, the Farrelly Brothers’ comedy inspired by Elaine May’s The Heartbreak Kid, which was written by Neil Simon. Monaghan will play a young woman who causes a honeymooning groom (Stiller) to question his commitment to the woman he hastily married. The wife role is being cast. (source: Variety)

* Add David Duchovny to the cast of Things We Lost In The Fire, which already includes Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro. Berry plays a woman whose husband (Duchovny) suddenly dies. She invites her husband's troubled best friend (Del Toro) to live with her family, and as the friend turns his life around, he helps the grief-stricken family confront their loss. Duchovny’s character will appear throughout the film in flashbacks. Susanne Bier is directing from Allan Loeb’s script. (source: Hollywood Reporter)

* Cary Elwes has joined the cast of Georgia Rule, a dark comedy directed by Garry Marshall. Lindsay Lohan stars as a rebellious young woman who is sent by her dysfunctional mother (Felicity Huffman) to spend a summer with her grandmother (Jane Fonda). Elwes is set to play Huffman's upstanding husband, an outstanding citizen who, in secret, molests Lohan, his stepdaughter. The film is described as a “dark comedy.” (source: Hollywood Reporter)

”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:

* Dimension Films has picked up Pony Bush, a comedy set at a tennis country club, and the comedy troupe Broken Lizard is in negotiations to produce. The story is written by first-time writer Brandon Murphy, who is a waiter at a bar-restaurant in Bisbee, Arizona. Murphy sent the script to the ex-girlfriend of his Tulane University roommate, who now happened to be working at the Benderspink production company. The plot follows “deadbeat but lovable Chucky ‘The Poodle’ Fife and his sidekick, ‘Honey Comb Love,’ who turn the snobby Pony Bush club upside down when Chucky teaches spoiled kids to lose with style while competing for the heart of the club's heiress before her uptight fiancé gets a piece of her fortune." (source: Hollywood Reporter)

* The Weinstein Company has acquired the rights to Like Minds, a murder thriller written and directed by Gregory Read and starring Richard Roxburgh and Toni Collette. The pair play cops hunting a serial killer. (source: Variety)

* Tom Pabst has been hired to adapt Heart-Shaped Box for the screen. The upcoming novel was written by Joe Hill, son of horror writer Stephen King, and is a supernatural thriller about a rock star who collects occult artifacts and bids online for a ghost that leads him into the Deep South. There, he must confront his past in order to escape the haunting. Akiva Goldsman is producing via his Weed Road production company. (source: Hollywood Reporter)

* Sanaa Hamri (Something New) will direct Dreams Of A Dying Heart for Focus Features. Shawn Otto wrote the script, which “centers on a journey through the mind of a female chopper pilot who's shot down in Iraq and finds herself in a race against time to save her own life and find a way back to her 18-year-old daughter.” (source: Variety)

* Faith-based media company Good News Holdings is teaming with Tyndale House Publishers, an Illinois company that is best known for publishing the Holy Bible, to develop a film franchise based on Dudleytown, an upcoming series of teen-oriented novels that Bodie Ingelvie is writing about the reputedly haunted town of Dudleytown, Connecticut. “Deserted for years following a series of disappearances and murders, 1,000 acres of the town were bought by a private group and ‘no trespassing’ signs line the now-wooded area that was reportedly an inspiration for The Blair Witch Project.” Ingelvie, who is writing the screenplay, will start the series with Dudleytown: Voice, a journal written from the viewpoint of a 17-year-old protagonist. The goal is for Tyndale House to publish the book when the movie is released in late 2007. (source: Variety)

* Doug Liman and Denise Di Novi will team to produce Vaporetto, a Venetian mystery based on Robert Girardi’s novel of the same name. Gregor von Bismarck is directing from an adaptation by Greg Pruss. The storyline revolves around an American industrial diver who has a strange premonition that comes true when he discovers a submerged church in Venice that no one knows about. The church holds a dangerous secret that brings him into contact with an otherworldly woman. (source: Variety)

* 20th Century Fox has picked up an untitled comedy pitch from screenwriters Derek Guiley and David Schneiderman. The project and the writers' take are “based on a real-life seminar class where adults, mostly executives who have lost touch with ‘what’s in,’ go for a crash course in ‘cool.’ In the duo's story, four out-of-touch ad executives end up in a high school and find themselves falling into the roles they were in as teenagers.” Dean Georgaris and Michael Aguilar are producing. (source: Hollywood Reporter)

"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. Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest $132.0 million (record for 3-day opening)
2. Superman Returns $21.9 million ($141.7 million total)
3. The Devil Wears Prada $15.6 million ($63.7 million total)
4. Click $12.0 million ($105.9 million total)
5. Cars $10.3 million ($105.5 million total)
6. Nacho Libre $3.3 million ($73.8 million total)
7. The Lake House 42.8 million ($45.6 million total)
8. The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift $2.5 million ($57.4 million total)
9. Waist Deep $1.86 million ($19.2 million total)
10. The Break-Up $1.6 million ($114.3 million total)

Opening July 14 (wide release):
Little Man
You, Me And Dupree

Opening July 14 (limited release):
The Groomsmen
Mini’s First Time
The Oh In Ohio

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

Previewing the week ahead...

On DVD This Tuesday (theatrical/DTV):
Basic Instinct 2 (rated and unrated extended cut)
Edison Force
The Great Yokai War
My Dog Skip
On A Clear Day
Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie
The Protocols Of Zion
Tristram Shandy: A Cock And Bull Story
White Coats

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

Michael Collins is back with the latest edition of Sonic Death Monkey Soundtrack Reviews this Wednesday.

Look for more DVD Reviews from Peter Sobczynski this Friday.

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

You can also visit our 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 on Sunday.

The Sunday News Recap has come to a close yet again, so while I know you’re disappointed, don’t fret. You can always listen to Hollywood Bitchslap Radio, check out our previous Recaps and join and visit our forums, too. Thanks for reading, and as always, your feedback is appreciated.

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last updated: 07/16/06 14:05:39
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