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The Sunday News Recap! 7.23.06

The Sunday News Recap: That's pretty dangerous building a road in the middle of the street.
by Ryan Arthur

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. I’m Ryan, and this is a narrative of very heavy-duty proportions. Let’s get right to it.

What I'm Watching
The Muppet Movie
The Black Hole

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

Reviews from our staff over the last week:

Jay Seaver
The Glamorous Life Of Sachiko Hanai
(Screened at the 2006 FantAsia Film Festival)
The Gravedancers (Screened at the 2006 FantAsia Film Festival)
The Woods
Tape Number 31 (Screened at the 2006 FantAsia Film Festival)
Black Kiss (Screened at the 2006 FantAsia Film Festival)

Jack Sommersby
Heart Condition

Matt Seaver
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

David Cornelius
Edison Force
She’s The Man
Lady In The Water

Brian Orndorf
Little Man (2006)
You, Me & Dupree
Lady In The Water
Monster House
Clerks II

Rob Gonsalves
Female Trouble
Ken Park

Matt Mulcahey
Edison Force

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

Scott Weinberg
Clerks II

The Protocols Of Zion
Lady In The Water

Peter Sobczynski
Monster House
Clerks II
Lady In The Water

Erik Childress
Monster House
Lady In The Water
Clerks II

Collin Souter
Monster House

My Super Ex-Girlfriend
Lady In The Water
Monster House
Clerks II

muwhobbit (welcome back!)
Lady In The Water
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

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 21-23)
(More Box Office Reports)

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

Peter Sobczynski
DVD Reviews For 7/21: Tough Guys Galore
(More DVD Reviews)

Collin Souter
Q & A With Mike Kerz, Founder Of Flashback Weekend
(More Film Festivals Of The World)

Ryan Arthur
The Sunday News Recap! 7.16.06
(More Sunday News Recaps)

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


* Hairspray has its villain: Michelle Pfeiffer will play Velma von Tussel, the former Miss Baltimore Crabs beauty queen-turned-bitter Baltimore TV station owner, in the movie version of the Broadway musical based on the John Waters film. John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Amanda Bynes, Zac Efron and newcomer Nikki Blonsky are already on board. Filming starts September 5, with Adam Shankman directing. (source: Variety)

* Christina Cole is joining Mike Vogel in The Deaths Of Ian. The film is described as “Groundhog Day with blood and guts” in which a man wakes up every day to a different life and death. Dario Piana is directing. (source: Variety)

* Scarlett Johansson is joining Eric Bana and Natalie Portman in The Other Boleyn Girl. Peter Morgan adapted the Philippa Gregory novel, in which two ferociously ambitious sisters, Mary (Johanssion) and Anne (Portman) Boleyn, were rivals for the bed and heart of the King Henry VIII (Bana). Filming starts this fall. Justin Chadwick is directing. (source: Variety)

* Jospeh Fiennes is joining the cast of Nikolai Müllerschön’s The Red Baron. Fiennes will play Roy Brown, the Canadian pilot credited with shooting down Manfred von Richthofen, “The Red Baron,” in 1918 during the final months of World War I. Matthias Schweighoefer plays the title character, with Lena Headey as his love interest and Til Schweiger as Richthofen's flying buddy. Snoopy will play himself. Filming is underway now. (source: Variety)

* Tim Allen has revealed that he, and very likely Tom Hanks, will return for Pixar/Disney’s Toy Story 3. Allen says he thinks the new story is “stronger” than before Pixar was bought by Disney and director John Lasseter got reinvolved. (source: National Ledger)

”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:

* Warner Bros. Pictures has bought Nick Thune's comedy pitch Community College and set it up with 3 Arts Entertainment to produce. The story revolves around two 25-year-old slackers who are seven years into their two-year degree. Thune, who will also star, will co-write the script with Kevin and Kyle Flynn. (source: Variety)

* Chris Downey’s comedy spec My Beautiful Coma has been picked up by New Line. The comedy centers on “a married man who lives out his dream of having every woman he has ever fantasized about after a near-fatal car accident leaves him in a coma. Complications ensue when his wife enters his dream world to ‘rescue him.’” (source: Hollywood Reporter)

* Notting Hill director Roger Michell is in discussions to direct the next James Bond film. The 22nd film in the Bond franchise will be released in 2008 as a follow-up to this year’s Bond reboot, Casino Royale. Michell has worked with star Daniel Craig twice before, directing him in both The Mother and Enduring Love. (source: Hollywood Reporter)

* Akeelah And The Bee’s Doug Atchison has signed a three-picture, first-look deal with The Weinstein Company, with the first two projects already lined up. He’ll write and direct a romantic comedy called Outspoken, as well as write and direct The Last Caravan, a World War I-era historical romance. (source: Variety)

* Italian director Gabriele Muccino, who will make his English-language debut with Will Smith’s The Pursuit Of Happyness, will follow that project with A Little Game Without Consequence for Focus Features. The movie will be based on the French play by Gerard Sibleyras, and follows a seemingly perfect couple who pretend to break up, only to realize that their friends never liked them as couple to begin with. The play was adapted into a French movie in 2004. Allan Loeb wrote the English-language adaptation. (source: Hollywood Reporter)

* Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired film rights to Martin Kihn's nonfiction novel A$$hole!: How I Got Rich & Happy by Not Giving a F#@% About You. Spring Creek's Paula Weinstein is producing. The book “chronicles Kihn's transformation from sweet guy to complete jerk. He hatched the unusual plan after being told by his bosses at the Gotham ad agency where he works that he was simply too nice to be promoted. Kihn, who had just turned 40, watched as a not-so-nice colleague was upped.” (source: Variety)

* Terry George (Hotel Rwanda) will direct Reservation Road, based on Jonathan Burnham Schwartz’s novel. Schwartz adapted his story for the screen, in which “two haunted men and their families are engulfed by the emotions surrounding an unexpected and horrendous death. Ethan, a respected professor of literature at a small New England college, is wracked by an obsession with revenge that threatens to tear his family apart. Dwight, a man at once fleeing his crime and hoping to get caught, wrestles with overwhelming guilt and his sense of obligation to his son. As these two men's lives unravel, Reservation Road, moves to its startling conclusion.” (source: Production Weekly)

* Frank Miller (Sin City) will adapt and direct The Spirit, based on Will Eisner’s comic strip. Eisner’s character debuted in 1940, and the strip tells the story of a masked detective who is believed to be dead. Using a mausoleum as his home base, Eisner's character fights crime in the dark shadows of Central City, using cunning and ingenious forms of punishment. Odd Lot Entertainment bought the rights from Eisner shortly before he passed away in 2004. Miller says “I intend to be extremely faithful to the heart and soul of the material, but it won't be nostalgic. It will be much scarier than people expect.” (source: Variety)

* DC Comics’ Deadman is coming to the big screen courtesy of corporate partner Warner Bros. Guillermo del Toro is producing, along with Angryfilms’ Don Murphy and Susan Montford. The title character is the ghost of Boston Brand, a circus acrobat who was murdered during a trapeze performance by an unknown assailant, but whose spirit was granted the power to possess the living in order to search for his murderer as well as help the innocent. (source: Variety)

* Doom Patrol, another DC Comic, is also headed to the big screen courtesy of Warner Bros. Akiva Goldsman is producing, with Adam Turner writing the screenplay for the big screen adaptation. The comic debuted in 1963, and, like X-Men, followed the exploits of a band of super-powered social misfits ostracized by the rest of the world. There’s even a guy in a wheelchair. (source: Variety)

* Even more comic-related news, as Louis Leterrier (Transporter 2) has signed on to direct The Incredible Hulk. Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand) is writing the script. Sequel? Re-imagining? No one’s really sure. (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 $35.0 million ($321.7 million total)
2. Monster House $23.0 million
3. Lady In The Water $18.2 million
4. You, Me And Dupree $12.8 million ($45.3 million total)
5. Little Man $11.0 million ($40.6 million total)
6. Clerks II $9.6 million
7. My Super Ex-Girlfriend $8.7 million
8. Superman Returns $7.46 million ($178.4 million total)
9. The Devil Wears Prada $7.43 million ($97.5 million total)
10. Cars $4.9 million ($229.4 million total)

Opening July 26 (limited release):
Darshan, The Embrace

Little Miss Sunshine
The Photographer, His Wife, Her Lover

Opening July 28 (wide release):
The Ant Bully
John Tucker Must Die
Miami Vice

Opening July 28 (limited release):
13 (Tzameti)
Another Gay Movie
Brothers Of The Head
I Like Killing Flies
In My Father’s Den
Jailbait (2006)

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

Previewing the week ahead...

On DVD This Tuesday (theatrical/DTV):
Ask The Dust
Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That!
The Benchwarmers (widescreen and fullscreen)
Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story
Fever (1991)
Final Destination 3 (widescreen and fullscreen 2-disc Special Edition)
Fortress (1986)
Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers
Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers
Hudson Hawk (15th Anniversary Edition)
Joe Dirt
La Mujer de mi Hermano
Scorpius Gigantus
White Coats

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

Natasha Theobald returns with the latest edition of Sonic Death Monkey Soundtrack Reviews on Wednesday.

Want more DVD Reviews? Peter Sonbczynski has more this Friday.

Erik Childress has regular updates and additions to Criticwatch on Friday, as well.

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 Recap’s done for another week, so while you’re waiting for the next weekend to arrive (can’t come fast enough, can they?), go ahead and 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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