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The Sunday News Recap! 8.31.03
by Ryan Arthur

Welcome to the premiere edition of the Sunday News Recap. We’ll start off covering the week in HBS/eFC, highlighting things you may have missed around the sites, and include notable news from the film industry over the last week. This is very much a work in progress, so any feedback is always appreciated.

Let’s do this:

The Big Show

If you’re wondering why access to the HBS/eFC family of sites was spotty for a few days earlier in the week, blame AOL-Time Warner. A writeup at cnn.com from Todd Leopold that featured site mentions and quotes from Erik “The Movieman” Childress spiked traffic and rendered us more impotent than a Nevada boxing commissioner for a brief time, but the good folks at EPC (http://www.epcusa.com) came to our rescue. Everything should be running smoothly now, but as always, if something seems amiss, fire off an e-mail to error@hollywoodbitchslap.com.

The cnn.com article in question can be found here:

Oh, and Earl Dittman sucks.

Elsewhere at stately HBS/eFC Manor...

On the review front, y2McKay weighed in on Irreversible (http://hollywoodbitchslap.com/review.php?movie=6922&reviewer=258); Oz covered Sam & Joe (http://hollywoodbitchslap.com/review.php?movie=7706&reviewer=1) and the Bruce Willis "classic" Blind Date (http://hollywoodbitchslap.com/review.php?movie=3531&reviewer=1); wintermute tapped out to The Backyard (http://hollywoodbitchslap.com/review.php?movie=8107&reviewer=321); Stephen Groenewegen introduced readers to Tender Hooks (http://hollywoodbitchslap.com/review.php?movie=8110&reviewer=104); Jack Sommersby focused on One Hour Photo (http://hollywoodbitchslap.com/review.php?movie=5742&reviewer=327); Guy Smiley talks up Gigantic: A Tale Of Two Johns (http://hollywoodbitchslap.com/review.php?movie=7705&reviewer=2); Eric D. Snider sat through The Medallion (http://hollywoodbitchslap.com/review.php?movie=8092&reviewer=247), My Boss's Daughter (http://hollywoodbitchslap.com/review.php?movie=8093&reviewer=247), Northfork (http://hollywoodbitchslap.com/review.php?movie=6816&reviewer=247), Jeepers Creeepers 2 (http://hollywoodbitchslap.com/review.php?movie=8105&reviewer=247), AND Jet Lag (http://hollywoodbitchslap.com/review.php?movie=7779&reviewer=247), all for you, all done with love; The Ultimate Dancing Machine swooped in on Jeepers Creepers 2 (http://hollywoodbitchslap.com/review.php?movie=8105&reviewer=223); Collin Souter documented the latest from Project Greenlight, The Battle Of Shaker Heights (http://hollywoodbitchslap.com/review.php?movie=8095&reviewer=233); and Cochise covered What About Bob? (http://hollywoodbitchslap.com/review.php?movie=859&reviewer=228).

On a related related note, we're currently ankle-deep in the second round of the annual HBS/eFC Reviewer Rumble, which you can follow along with in the forum (http://hollywoodbitchslap.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1129). The initial group of fifteen has been whittled down to twelve, with the reviews for round two due by midnight on September 7. The seedings look like this:

#1 Scott vs. #12 kz Kelly
#2 Carina (Ready To Wear) vs. #11 UDM (Joe's Apartment)
#3 McKay (American Buffalo) vs. #10 Ryan (Brewster's Millions)
#4 Justin vs. #9 dionwr
#5 Collin vs. #8 Dr. Isaksson (Cujo)
#6 Oz (Blind Date) vs. #7 Erik

Collin Souter is your defending champ.

Among the other forums/topics...

I'd Hit It

Didja know Jennifer Garner ain't hot?

Quote Hos

The previously mentioned cnn.com article again turned the spotlight to the Criticwatch section of the forums (http://hollywoodbitchslap.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1065), which is always an interesting read, especially if it's your first exposure to it. Criticwatch is a regularly updated feature on the sites.

And Speaking Of Features...

Greg Muskewitz is back with Circus, Circus (http://hollywoodbitchslap.com/feature.php?feature=780), Collin Souter recapped the summer movie season that just ended in Waterworlds: The Wet, Hot American Summer Of 2003 (http://hollywoodbitchslap.com/feature.php?feature=782), and Oz took a swing at both CHUD with Has Chud Become A Dud? Online Fansite In Conflict Of Interest Debate (http://hollywoodbitchslap.com/feature.php?feature=781) and the Terminator with Asta LaVista, Conan: Ten Reasons Why Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Never Become Governor Of California (http://hollywoodbitchslap.com/feature.php?feature=783).

Hollywood News Of The Week

"It's not gonna be an orgy, it's a toga party."

The biggest story from the west coast continues to be the October 7 gubernatorial recall election in California, where a lot of the talk the last few days has centered around Arnold Schwarzenegger 26-year-old interview in Oui (and currently featured at http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/arnoldoui1.html). The candidate has since stated that he doesn't remember the interview in question, despite telling a radio talkshow host on August 27 in regards to the story: "I never lived my life to be a politician. I never lived my life to be the governor of California...Obviously, I've made statements that were ludicrous and crazy and outrageous and all those things, because that's the way I always was." (credit: SFGate.com).

You probably shouldn't vote for Arnold. And if you won't vote for Mary Carey (and, again, you probably shouldn't), at the very least, promise me you'll vote Quimby.
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Mel Gibson continues to search for a distributor for his controversial picture The Passion. 20th Century Fox has already passed. The movie is not quite finished; a spokesman for Gibson told the New York Times, "He's got to do the music. It's almost ready to be shown." (credit: NYTimes.com)

The Passion is tentatively set for release in April, 2004.
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Celebrity couple Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke have reportedly split following reports of Hawke's affair with Canadian model Jen Perzow. They have two children, five-year-old Maya and one-year-old Roan. A source for the couple says they have no plans to divorce. (credit: The Star, by way of IMDb.com)
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7th Heaven hottie Jessica Biel may join the cast of Blade: Trinity along with Wesley Snipes and Van Wilder himself, Ryan Reynolds. She'd play the role of Abigail, the ass-whupping daughter of Kris Kristofferson's character Whistler. Biel will next be seen in the "re-imagining" of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on October 17. (credit: Filmstew.com)
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Pie fucker Jason Biggs could reteam with director Woody Allen after Robert Downey Jr. was forced to drop out of the Wood-man's upcoming fall project. Biggs can be seen in Allen's current film, Anything Else, in theaters September 19. (credit: Reuters)
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Tim Burton's latest, Big Fish has been bumped from its November 26 wide release date to a platform release in New York and LA, starting December 18, the day after the opening of Peter Jackson's The Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King, and the day before Mike Newell's Mona Lisa Smile. The wide release will now begin January 23. (credit: Reuters)
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Cameron Diaz is really, really rich. (credit: everywhere)
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Director Albert Hughes has left the upcoming flick Hide And Seek, due to what 20th Century Fox has called "creative differences." Robert DeNiro is still attached to star. The project was to have been the solo directing debut for Albert, who is best known for working with his brother Allan on projects such as Menace II Society, From Hell and American Pimp. (credit: Filmstew.com)
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Continuing the "Does this movie really need/deserve a sequel?" trend, plans for XXX2 are apparently a still a go, although who directs is still up in the air. Rob Cohen, who directed XXX, has first right of refusal and hasn't officially passed, but plans to make Stealth as his next project. Revolution Studios may pass the assignment to director Lee Tamahori, who most recently directed Die Another Day. (credit: Reuters)
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Warner Bros. has hired the producers of horror remake The Ring, Roy Lee and Doug Davison to (surprise!) remake another movie, another retelling of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. No writers or directors are attached yet. (credit: Filmstew.com)

Box Office Bonanza~! Sort of~!

Preliminary box office numbers generally come in late afternoon on Sunday. Except for long holiday weekends. Such as this one.

Last week's #1, Freddy Vs. Jason held the top spot through this past Thursday, when S.W.A.T. finally slipped into first by around $50,000.

This weekend, Jeepers Creepers 2 is the only major release. Paramount re-expanded the release of The Italian Job, probably in an effort to boost the box office over the magic $100 million mark, since it had topped out around $97 million. The Battle Of Shaker Heights, Stoked: The Rise And Fall Of Gator and The Other Side Of The Bed are in limited release. Once Upon A Time In The Midlands and Civil Brand are in New York and LA.

We'll know for sure by middle of the day Monday, but it's safe to say JC2 will probably take the top spot for the weekend, although it'll be interesting to see if Freddy Vs. Jason can hold JC2 off. The first Jeepers Creepers was released over Labor Day weekend in 2001 and made about $15.8 million, good for first place.

Coming Attractions: The Week Ahead

The deadline for the Fall edition of the HBS/eFC/Filmwise Studio Honcho Contest is September 4. Pick and choose your slate of fall movies and you could win some cool swag from HBS/eFC and Filmwise.com. Read all about it and other HBS/eFC contests at http://hollywoodbitchslap.com/contests .

Round Two of the Reviewer Rumble ends at Midnight on Sunday, September 7. Completed reviews will be linked in the Reviewer Rumble thread in the forums (found here: http://hollywoodbitchslap.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1129).

The Upcoming DVD Release Schedule can be seen here: http://hollywoodbitchslap.com/dvdreleases . Notable this week are the 20th Anniversary Special Edition of Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life and all-new editions of The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Weird Science.

That wraps up this week's Sunday recap. I'll be back next week with more news and coverage from HBS/eFC and points elsewhere. Feedback is appreciated!

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originally posted: 08/31/03 15:42:55
last updated: 12/29/03 22:07:02
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