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The Sunday News Recap! 7.16.06

The Sunday News Recap: We don't want any more visitors, well-wishers, or distant relations.
by Ryan Arthur

Greetings from the big chair, and welcome back to the Sunday News 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. Due to some circumstances beyond my control, we’re going to have to give you the quick and dirty version of the Recap this week. Everything should be back to normal next Sunday, though. Thanks for understanding. I’m Ryan, and I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. Let’s get started.

What I'm Watching
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

"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
Midnight Man

Rob Gonsalves
The Devil Wears Prada
Storefront Hitchcock
Blue Shunshine
Not A Love Story: A Film About Pornography
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story
Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls
A Scanner Darkly

Brad Wilber (welcome back!)
Looking For Mr. Goodbar

Justin Helmer (welcome back!)
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Jay Seaver
Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon
(Screened at the 2006 FantAsia Film Festival)
A Chinese Tall Story (Screened at the 2006 FantAsia Film Festival)
Lost In Wu Song (Screened at the 2006 FantAsia Film Festival)
Murder, Take One (Screened at the 2006 FantAsia Film Festival)
Funky Forest: The First Contact (Screened at the 2006 FantAsia Film Festival)
Azumi 2: Love Or Death (Screened at the 2006 FantAsia Film Festival)
Exodus: Tales From The Enchanted Kingdom (Screened at the 2006 FantAsia Film Festival)
Die You Zombie Bastards! (Screened at the 2006 FantAsia Film Festival)
My Scary Girl (Screened at the 2006 FantAsia Film Festival)
Wilderness (2006) (Screened at the 2006 FantAsia Film Festival)

David Hollands (welcome back!)
Strange Days

Uri Lessing
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
You, Me & Dupree

Matt Seaver
The Devil Wears Prada

Brian Orndorf
The Oh In Ohio

Todd LaPlace
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Mrs. Henderson Presents

David Cornelius
Road House 2
A Prairie Home Companion
Queer Duck: The Movie
Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That!

Erik Childress
You, Me & Dupree

Peter Sobczynski
Once In A Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story Of The New York Cosmos
Beowulf & Grendel
Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man
Little Man (2006)

Lady Vengeance
You, Me & Dupree
Little Man (2006)

Mel Valentin
Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man
The Road To Guantanamo

William Goss
Little Man (2006)

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
The Box Office Buster (July 14-16)
(More Box Office Reports)

Peter Sobczynski
DVD Reviews For 7/14: Shine On You Crazy DVDs
(More DVD Reviews)

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.

Shameless Self-Promotion: Radio Ga-Ga

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

Remember last week, when we said:

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.

Well, lo and behold, here it is:

Little Man – “The wildest, funniest, most hilarious movie of the year.” – Shawn Edwards.

You’ve got to be fucking kidding me.

Wanna hear the clip that got Shawn Edwards fired from The Walt Bodine Show? Click here. When an older white critic suggested that Shawn might have an easier time assessing a film that had rap in it, Shawn angrily retorts, “Is it because I'm black!?

It also looks like the Quote Whores are out in force for Kevin Smith’s Clerks II:

****! Brilliantly irreverent & hysterically outrageous!” – Earl Dittman
Non-stop laughs! As funny as the original.” – Shawn Edwards
Magical. Freaking funny! – Harry Knowles, AICN
Hilarious & shocking. A huge summer hit.” – Roger Friedman, Fox-News

Visit Criticwatch. Because whoreness knows no skin tone.

"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 $62.18 million ($258.2 million total)
2. Little Man $21.7 million
3. You, Me And Dupree $21.3 million
4. Superman Returns $11.6 million ($163.6 million total)
5. The Devil Wears Prada $10.45 million ($83.6 million total)
6. Cars $7.5 million ($219.7 million total)
7. Click $7.0 million ($119.7 million total)
8. The Lake House $1.57 million ($48.9 million total)
9. Nacho Libre $1.52 million ($77.1 million total)
10. A Scanner Darkly $1.18 million ($1.78 million total)

Opening July 21 (wide release):
Clerks II
Lady In The Water
Monster House
My Super Ex-Girlfirend

Opening July 21 (limited release):
The Amateurs
Once In A Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story Of The New York Cosmos

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

Previewing the week ahead...

On DVD This Tuesday (theatrical/DTV):
’G’ Men
ATL (widescreen and fullscreen)
The Cavern
City For Conquest
Clean (2006)
Don’t Move
Each Dawn I Die
Edison Force
Queer Duck: The Movie
Road House (Special Edition)
Road House 2
The Second Chance
Shakespeare Behind Bars
She’s The Man (widescreen and fullscreen)
A Slight Case Of Murder
Some Like It Hot
Subject Two

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

Mark Kandel is back with the latest edition of Sonic Death Monkey Soundtrack Reviews this Tuesday or Wednesday.

Peter Sobczynski has more DVD Reviews this Friday.

Look for regular updates and additions in Criticwatch from Erik Childress 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.

We’re done with this abbreviated version of the Sunday News Recap, so until next Sunday, you can always give a listen to Hollywood Bitchslap Radio, check out 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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last updated: 07/23/06 14:25:37
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