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The Sunday News Recap (Monday Edition): Double Feature! 11.6.06 and 11.13.06

To be continued...
by William Goss

The Sunday News Recap: STILL the last seven days’ worth of reviews and features, box office totals, a preview of films and features for the week ahead.



What I'm Watching:
Bus 174
Don't Come Knocking
Hellbent



"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:

Abhishek Bandekar
The Departed
Don

Doug Bentin
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Flags of Our Fathers
Ghost of Mae Nak
Lunacy

Erik Childress
Flushed Away
For Your Consideration (Screened At The 2006 Toronto International Film Festival)
Renaissance

David Cornelius
Keeping Up with the Steins
Shadowboxer

Rob Gonsalves
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

William Goss
Babel
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

Todd LaPlace
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Conversations with God
Flushed Away
Nacho Libre
Saw III

Uri Lessing
Flushed Away
Pizza

Dan Lybarger
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Catch a Fire

Brian Orndorf
Babel
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing
Flushed Away
Hood of Horror
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

Jay Seaver
Automatons (Screened at the 2006 Boston Fantastic Film Festival)
Dark Remains (Screened at the 2006 Boston Fantastic Film Festival)
Severance (Screened at the 2006 Boston Fantastic Film Festival)

Eric D. Snider
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

Peter Sobczynski
Babel
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Deliver Us From Evil
Flushed Away
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

Collin Souter
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Tideland

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:

Book Review - Al Pacino: In Coversation with Lawrence GrobelDavid Cornelius
(More Book Reviews)

The Box Office Buster (Nov. 3-5)Erik Childress
The Box Office Buster (2006 Holiday Preview Edition)Erik Childress
(More Box Office Busters)

DVD Reviews for 11/3: Special Teams WeekPeter Sobczynski
(More DVD Reviews)

Interview: Back To The Coop With Veronica CartwrightPeter Sobczynski
Interview: Deliver Us From Evil Director Amy BergPeter Sobczynski
(More Celebrity Interviews)

The Sunday News Recap! 10.29.06William Goss
(More Sunday News Recaps)

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. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan - $26.5 million
2. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause - $19.5 million
3. Flushed Away - $18.8 million
4. Saw III - $14.8 million ($59.4 million total)
5. The Departed - $7.7 million ($102 million total)
6. The Prestige - $7.5 million ($39.1 million total)
7. Flags of Our Fathers - $4.4 million ($26.6 million total)
8. Man of the Year - $3.7 million ($33.8 million total)
9. Open Season - $3 million ($81.3 million total)
10. The Queen - $2.9 million ($10 million total)

Opening November 8 (limited release):
Iraq in Fragments

Opening November 10 (wide release):
A Good Year
Harsh Times
The Return (2006)
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Opening November 10 (limited release):
The Cave of the Yellow Dog
Come Early Morning
Copying Beethoven
Fuck
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006)



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

Previewing the week ahead...

On DVD This Tuesday (theatrical/DTV):
Cars
Little Man
loudQUIETloud: A Film About The Pixies
Pusher
Pusher II: With Blood On My Hands
Pusher III: I'm The Angel of Death
Shadowboxer
Wordplay

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."

Let's go ahead and chalk this up to an intermission of sorts.





What I'm Watching:
All About My Mother
The Hunger
Roger & Me



"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
Saw III

Erik Childress
Copying Beethoven
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
Unknown

David Cornelius
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Harsh Times
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Rob Gonsalves
21 Grams
Amores Perros
Babel

Todd LaPlace
Accepted
Her Best Move

Brian Orndorf
Copying Beethoven
Fuck
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
A Good Year
Harsh Times
Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006)
The Return (2006)
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Jay Seaver
Blood Tea and Red String (Screened at the 2006 Boston Fantastic Film Festival)

Eric D. Snider
Babel
Flushed Away
A Good Year
The Return (2006)
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Peter Sobczynski
Come Early Morning
A Good Year
The Return (2006)
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Dawn Taylor
Babel
Van Helsing

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:

Aiming for the Truth: Barry Pepper on Flags of Our FathersDan Lybarger
You Can’t Make This Up: James Bradley on Flags of Our FathersDan Lybarger
(More Celebrity Interviews)

The Box Office Buster (Nov. 10-12)Erik Childress
(More Box Office Busters)

DVD Reviews for 11/10: Special Spy Hard EditionPeter Sobczynski
(More DVD Reviews)

Interview--Crispin Glover Explains What What Is It? IsPeter Sobczynski
Interview: Joey Lauren Adams on Come Early MorningPeter Sobczynski
(More Celebrity Interviews)

Sonic Death Monkey Soundtrack Review: Walk the LineMichael Collins
(More SDM Soundtrack Reviews)

Ten Things To Love About James Bond... Even if Nobody Else WillDavid Cornelius

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. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan - $28.3 million ($67.1 million total)
2. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause - $16.9 million ($41 million total)
3. Flushed Away - $16.6 million ($39.8 million total)
4. Stranger Than Fiction (2006) - $13.4 million
5. Saw III - $7 million ($70.3 million total)
6. Babel - $5.6 million ($7.4 million total)
7. The Departed - $5.2 million ($109.7 million total)
8. The Prestige - $4.8 million ($46.2 million total)
9. The Return (2006) - $4.5 million
10. A Good Year - $3.7 million ($46.2 million total)

Opening November 15 (limited release):
The Aura
Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock?

Opening November 17 (wide release):
Casino Royale (2006)
Happy Feet
Let's Go To Prison

Opening November 17 (limited release):
After Dark Horrorfest
Bobby
Candy (2006)
Fast Food Nation
For Your Consideration
The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes



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

Previewing the week ahead...

On DVD This Tuesday (theatrical/DTV):
49 Up
Accepted
Brothers of the Head
The Da Vinci Code
The Groomsmen
John Tucker Must Die
Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas)
Lassie (2006)
Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
Strangers With Candy
Who Killed The Electric Car?

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."

Please visit our forums, listen to Hollywood Bitchslap Radio, and browse our previous Recaps.


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