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The Sunday News Recap! 10.8.06

Has Donald Kaufman been working on a new screenplay or what?
by William Goss

Here she comes: the Sunday News Recap, nominated for 84 consecutive Academy Awards and winner of 83! (Give us a break, Witherspoon deserved it.) It's the feel-good hit of the season, with its mindblowing blend of the last seven days’ worth of astonishing reviews and hysterical features, as well as breathtaking box office totals and a preview of films and features for the week ahead that the whole family will enjoy! Please sit your delicious body down and hold on tight for an action-packed romp filled with lotsa larfs, sex, thrills, and chills that will blow you through the back wall of the theater!



What I'm Watching:
Body Double
Femme Fatale
Stander



"This movie was like watching Casablanca while having a small child use your groin as a punching bag."

Reviews from our staff over the last week:

Doug Bentin
Fearless (2006)

Erik Childress
The Departed
Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing (Screened At The 2006 Toronto International Film Festival)
Little Children (Screened At The 2006 Toronto International Film Festival)
Shortbus (Screened At The 2006 Toronto International Film Festival)

David Cornelius
Click
Edmond
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties

Rob Gonsalves
The Departed
Walker

William Goss
Facing the Giants
Half Nelson
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

Dan Lybarger
The Departed

Brian Orndorf
The Departed
Employee of the Month (2006)
Jesus Camp
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

Eric D. Snider
The Departed
Employee of the Month (2006)
Jesus Camp
The Miracle Match
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
The U.S. vs. John Lennon
Waterborne

Peter Sobczynski
The Departed
The Last King of Scotland
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

Jack Sommersby
Lunch Meat

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.



"My apathy is palpable at this point."

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

The Box Office Buster (Oct. 6-8)Erik Childress
(More Box Office Busters)

A Brief And Not-Entirely-Complete Guide to the 42nd Chicago International Film Festival--Week OnePeter Sobczynski
(More Film Festivals of the World)

DVD Reviews for 10/6: The Stuff DVD Dreams Are Made OfPeter Sobczynski
(More DVD Reviews)

The Hollywood Bitchslap/eFilmCritic Hall of Fame #5: Kevin BaconMatthew Bartley
(More HBS/eFC Hall of Famers)

The Sunday News Recap! 10.1.06William Goss
(More Sunday News Recaps)

VIFF '06 Interview – Acts of Imagination creators Carolyn Combs and Michael SpringateJason Whyte
VIFF '06 Interview – loudQUIETloud: A Film about the Pixies co-director Matthew GalkinJason Whyte
VIFF '06 Interview – Mystic Ball director/creator/star Greg HamiltonJason Whyte
VIFF '06 Interview – Rain in a Dry Land director Anne MakepeaceJason Whyte
VIFF '06 Interview – When The Road Bends director Jasmine DellalJason Whyte
(More Celebrity Interviews)

Someone might be by with a brand new Sonic Death Monkey Soundtrack Review.

More DVD Reviews from Peter Sobczynski will be available on Friday.

Erik Childress breaks down the weekend box office predictions with another Box Office Buster early in the week, and gives you regular updates and additions in 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, as we always do.

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.



"If you only see 10,000 movies this year, make sure this isn’t one of them."

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.

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. Ryan's on Monday through Friday from 2:40pm to 3:00pm, Central time.

Please listen in, if you get the chance!



"I want to hurt this movie, but I can never hurt it like it hurt me."

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

1. The Departed - $27 million
2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning - $19.2 million
3. Open Season - $16 million ($44.1 million total)
4. Employee of the Month - $11.8 million
5. The Guardian - $9.6 million ($32.4 million total)
6. Jackass: Number Two - $6.4 million ($62.7 million total)
7. School for Scoundrels - $3.4 million ($14 million total)
8. Gridiron Gang - $2.3 million ($36.6 million total)
9. Fearless - $2.2 million ($21.7 million)
10. The Illusionist - $1.8 million ($34 million total)

Opening October 11 (limited release):
So Much So Fast

Opening October 13 (wide release):
The Grudge 2
Man of the Year
The Marine
One Night with the King

Opening October 13 (limited release):
Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker
Deliver Us From Evil
Driving Lessons
Infamous
Tideland



"Just because it’s futuristic doesn’t mean it’s practical."

Previewing the week ahead...

On DVD This Tuesday (theatrical/DTV):

Art School Confidential
Bad Santa (Director's Cut)
Black Rain (Special Edition)
The Butterfly Effect 2
Click
The Fox and the Hound (Special Edition)
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
Ju-On: The Grudge 2
The King
Land of Plenty
The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green
A Prairie Home Companion
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (Special Edition)
Twelve and Holding
Waist Deep

Want more DVD recommendations? We've got 'em in our Upcoming DVD Release Schedule, updated regularly.



"So you wanna end your movie that way, huh? Okay, get bent. We’re outta here."

Was that not the Best Recap of the Past Decade? The Weinsteins want you to think so! If you enjoyed the Recap as much as we know you did, be sure to visit the forums. While you're at it, listen to Hollywood Bitchslap Radio on the drive home, and don't forget to collect all of our previous Recaps in a Deluxe Über-Unrated Special Limited Collector's Edition Box Set, complete with holographic cover. Oh, and eat Snacky Smores.


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