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The Sunday News Recap! 4.24.05

The Sunday News Recap.
by Ryan Arthur

Hi. This is the Sunday News Recap. We've got the last seven days worth of reviews and features at HBS/eFC, as well as casting news, writer/director/producer attachments for a number of upcoming projects, box office numbers for the weekend, and a preview of films, DVDs and features for the week ahead. I’m Ryan, and let’s get right to it.

R.I.P. Greg Muskewitz: Film Critic, Writer, Friend
Greg’s Reviews
Greg’s Features
Donate to The American Cancer Society in Greg’s name

In The Platter: What I’m Watching
Sideways (commentary)
American Beauty
Fight Club (commentary)
Snowball Effect: The Story Of ‘Clerks’


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

Reviews from our crew over the last week:

Collin Souter
The Amityville Horror (2005)
The Wild Parrots Of Telegraph Hill

Jay Seaver
Off The Map
Raging Bull
Oldboy

Jack Sommersby
The Passion Of The Christ
Deadly Force

Stephen Groenewegen
Dear Frankie

David Hollands
Hostage (2005)

PaulBryant
Don’t Move
F For Fake

EricDSnider
Melinda And Melinda
Down And Derby
Gloomy Sunday
Nine Lives
(Screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival)
A Lot Like Love
Dear Frankie
Hustle & Flow
(Screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival)
The Chumscrubber (Screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival)
Murderball (Screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival)
Mirrormask (Screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival)
The Interpreter

Greg Ursic * NEW REVIEWER *
Wild Safari 3D
The Interpreter

MP Bartley
Shadow Of A Doubt

Laura Kyle
Millions
The Amityyville Horror (2005)

Cochise
Valley Of The Dolls

Natasha Theobald
Same Sex America

Lybarger
A Lot Like Love

Erik Childress
The Interpreter

Elaine Perrone
The Interpreter

Peter Sobczynski
Look At Me
Madison
A Lot Like Love
Kung Fu Hustle
The Interpreter

Abhishek Bandekar
Waqt
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Naach
Little Terrorist
Hazaaron Khwaishen Aisi
Shabd
Page 3

Chris Wilson
The Interpreter

Randy Muselman (Welcome back!)
The Final Cut


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On the feature front this week:

Jason Whyte
The Great Theatres Are Gone And The New Ones Suck…And It’s Your Fault
(More Multiplex Shmultiplex)

Natasha Theobald
Sonic Death Monkey Soundtrack Reviews – E.S. Posthumus
(More Sonic Death Monkey Soundtrack Reviews)

Chris Parry
Drugs, Stand-Ins, Mood Swings And Legal Action: The Real Wesley Snipes
More Celebrity Exclusive Interviews
R.I.P. Greg Muskewitz: Film Critic, Writer, Friend
(More Retrospectives)

Peter Sobczynski
Striptease And Zhang Ziyi (DVD Reviews 4/22)
(More DVD Reviews)

Ryan Arthur
The Sunday News Recap! 4.17.05
(More Sunday News Recaps)

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Shameless Self-Promotion: Radio Ga-Ga

Our staff of writers frequently makes appearances outside of our sites, including regular gigs on radio.

Erik Childress, Collin Souter and Scott Weinberg are regular guests on Nick Digilio's Bick At Night on WGN 720 AM in Chicago. The show airs every Sunday night, 11:00pm to 2:00am, Chicago (Central) time.

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Shameless Self-Promotion Part Deux: The Quickening



Our Criticwatch guru, Erik Childress, is one of the presenters (along with Maia Entertainment, ChicagoFilm.com and Image Union) of the second annual Chicago Really Short Film Festival, happening May 7. The one-night only film festival features two bands (TRS-80, Project .44) and a sketch comedy duo (The Patel Leads), and the majority of the films submitted for the event consist of low-budget, independent and underground films from both local and national talent.

Interested? The second annual Chicago Really Short Film Festival will take place on May 7, 2005 at the Abbey Pub (3420 W. Grace Chicago, Il 60618). For more information, visit Maia Entertainment.


”Your job is to rate movies on a scale from ‘good’ to ‘excellent.’” - The Criticwatch Update

Have you signed the Criticwatch quote whore petition yet?

If so, looks like you will be boycotting The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy:

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a triumph-Totally original and exhilarating, fresh, dazzling and often hilarious!” - Paul Fischer
Mind-blowingly brilliant! Fascinating, funny and relentlessly awe-inspiring.” - Mark S. Allen
A delicious funny romp loaded with surprises!” - Mose Persico
A magical and funny tour across the universe!” - Greg Russell
Out of this world! Every bit as smart and funny as the book that inspired it!” - Steve Oldfield
Utterly original from top to bottom. I loved it!” - Sam Hallenbeck, NBC-TV/Tampa
Funny! A marvelous mind-bending ride.” - Gary Schendel, ABC-TV/San Diego

Come on, now, sign the Criticwatch quote whore petition, and don’t forget to check out Criticwatch’s Diary Of A Mad Trailer Editor and Criticwatch’s Diary Of A Mad Trailer Editor (Part Two: The Quote Whores) and visit Criticwatch, updated every Friday. Stop being beaten over the head by studios who think you’re a drooling troglodyte.


”Let's never forget; We're the real story, not them.”

Actress Ruth Hussey, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role as Jimmy Stewart’s girlfriend in The Philadelphia Story, has died at the age of 93. According to her son, John Longenecker, Hussey died Tuesday at a convalescent home in Ventura County, California as a result of complications from an appendectomy. She was an accomplished stage actress, and appeared in dozens of films from the late 1930s through 1960 (her last film role was in 1960, in Bob Hope’s The Facts Of Life), and also logged numerous television appearances.

(source: Associated Press)

Sir John Mills, who won an Oscar for playing the village idiot in David Lean’s Ryan’s Daughter and also had roles in Gandhi and Tunes Of Glory, has died. He was 97. He died on Saturday at his home in Denham, west of London, after a short illness, according to a statement from his trustees. Details of the illness were not available. Mills, who started his career as a song-and-dance man, filled a number of roles throughout his career, but he frequently and willingly played characters with military connections, and British audiences loved him for it. His wife and three children survive him. A funeral service will be held on April 27.

(source: Associated Press)

Rumors abound that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are engaged. Both People and Star Magazine are reporting the engagement, saying, according to a “close friend” of the actor, Affleck’s been privately spreading the word among friends and family, although representatives for both stars weren’t talking. The two met on the set of Daredevil, but didn’t start dating until 2004, after Garner’s divorce from actor Scott Foley and relationship with her Alias costar Michael Vartan (and Affleck’s high-profile crash and burn relationship with Jennifer Lopez). Affleck and Garner have kept everything on the down low (a stark contrast to the Affleck/Lopez “Bennifer” debacle), having only one public appearance together, at last year’s World Series.

Wait. Ben and Jennifer. Again. Bennifer. Again. Crap.

(source: Associated Press)


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

Casting!
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”Bring it on, big brother tin man!”
Dave Chappelle’s son’s favorite actor, Nick Cannon (“he’s hilarious, dad!”), will star in Miracle Cars for New Line. Don D. Scott is writing the script, a comedy based on the true story of Robert Gomez and James Nichols, two 19-year-olds who committed the largest auto fraud in U.S. history. The two worked as security guards in Carson, California, and sold $21 million worth of nonexistent cars to thousands of churchgoers who thought they were buying cars at bargain prices from a wealthy Christian's estate. Cannon was last seen in Shall We Dance?, and is next in theaters with Roll Bounce, out September 30. (source: Coming Soon)
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”It's such a nice sounding word for what it means: a fortunate accident.”
Joining the cast of Adam Sandler’s Click are Kate Beckinsale…and David Hasselhoff? Yep. Sandler plays an architect who finds a universal remote that allows him to fast-forward and rewind to different parts of his life. Complications arise when the remote starts to overrule his choices. Beckinsale will play his love interest, while Hasselhoff will play Sandler’s boss. Frank Coraci is directing, with filming starting in mid-June. Beckinsale’s in Underworld: Evolution, opening December 2. (source: Variety)
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”Well, it ain't Easy Street, but at least I'm wearin' silver!”
Another project for Broadway star Kristen Chenoweth: she’ll star as soul singer Dusty Springfield in a biopic for Universal Pictures. The film will focus on Springfield's life in the '60s as one of the finest white soul singers of her era, and culminate with the recording of the album “Dusty In Memphis,” which was a commercial failure but is now widely considered a masterpiece. That album included “Son Of A Preacher Man,” Springfield’s most well-known song. Jessica Sharzer is writing the script and will direct. Chenoweth next appears in Bewitched, opening June 24. (source: Hollywood Reporter)
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”Love should never be a secret. If you keep something as complicated as love stored up inside, it could make you sick.”
Oh, man. Tom Hanks has no chance against Doc Ock and Magneto. That’s right: two supervillains have joined the cast of The Da Vinci Code; Alfred Molina will play zealous Bishop Arigarosa, a character who is interested in the sleuthing activities of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Hanks), while Sir Ian McKellen will play Sir Teabing, a wealthy man who acts as a resource for Langdon even as he shows his own ambitions to uncover the Holy Grail. Audrey Tatou and Jean Reno also star, and Ron Howard is directing. Filming starts in June for release May 19, 2006. Molina’s currently lending his voice to the animated film Sian Ka’an. (source: Variety)
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”You're threatening me? You're threatening me with pee?”
It’s a reunion for the Rock and Stifler, and Buffy’s thrown into the mix, too. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is joining Seann William Scott and Sarah Michelle Gellar in Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales, which starts filming August 1. The film is described as “an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Johnson will star as Boxer Santaros, an action star stricken with amnesia whose life intertwines with Krysta Now (Gellar), an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and David Clark (Scott), a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.” Kelly calls the film “a strange hybrid of the sensibilities of Andy Warhol and Philip K. Dick.” The Rock was last in theaters with Be Cool, and will next be seen in Doom, opening October 21. (source: Coming Soon)
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”Drinking, crying, cops…well, it must be Christmas.”
The O.C.’s Benjamin McKenzie is joining Samuel L. Jackson in Pacific Flight 121 (formerly Flight 121 and formerly the much more awesomely titled Snakes On A Plane). Jackson plays an FBI agent bringing a witness to help bring down a mob boss. They board a plane from Hawaii to Los Angeles, but the mobster has loaded the plane’s cargo with a number of venomous snakes. McKenzie plays a rookie pilot who helps the passengers survive. You think he’ll be all broody and punch the instrument panel if things don’t go his way? David Ellis in directing, with filming starting June 13. McKenzie’s in Junebug, opening in limited release August 5. (source: Production Weekly)
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”Today is a great day for black people of all races.”
Chi McBride is joining Dax Shepard and Arrested Development’s Will Arnett in You Are Going To Prison, a comedy about a career criminal and an entitled rich guy who are stuck together in a prison cell. Bob Odenkirk is directing from a script by Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon and Michael Patrick Jann (Reno 911!). Filming starts later this month. McBride is next in theaters with Roll Bounce, out September 30. (source: Variety)
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”This tie cost more than your entire wardrobe...it's the one thing that stands between me and the jungle.”
Ralph Fiennes is joining Emily Mortimer and Emily Blunt in Who Killed Norma Barnes for writer-director Malcolm McKay. It’s McKay’s feature film directorial debut. He’s known Fiennes for more than ten years, since the actor’s days at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. The story described as “a dark tale of sexual obsession based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's ‘The Idiot.’” Filming starts this fall. Fiennes was most recently in The Chumscrubber which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. He’s also in Chromophobia, which premiered this past week at Cannes. (source: Hollywood Reporter)
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”You are such a fuckass.”
Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey, Jr. and Mark Ruffalo will star in David Fincher’s Zodiac, which starts filming in August. Gyllenhaal will portray Robert Graysmith, a San Francisco Chronicle cartoonist who began tracking the mystery of the serial killer. The Zodiac terrorized the San Francisco area from 1966-78, committing at least 37 murders and documenting his exploits in taunting letters sent to the Chronicle. Graysmith believes he identified the killer, but competing investigations and other circumstances prevented the suspect, who died in 1992, from ever being apprehended. Ruffalo will portray the lead investigator in the case, Downey a reporter. The script, written by Jamie Vanderbilt, is based on Graysmith’s 1986 novel Zodiac and its 2002 sequel Zodiac Unmasked: The Identity Of America's Most Elusive Serial Killer Revealed. Gyllenhaal next appears in Jiminy Glick In La La Wood (no shit!), which gets a limited release on May 6. (source: Variety)
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”How'd you like a platform boot up your honky ass?”
Aisha Tyler has joined Milla Jovovich, Angus Macfadyen and Stephen Dorff in .45, directed by Gary Lennon. The film is an independent dark comedy about a married couple involved in small-time crime in New York's Hell's Kitchen during the mid-1970s. Production began this past week. Tyler’s got a couple of guest shots on episodes CSI coming up in May. (source: Variety)
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”Don't make me take away your masturbation privileges!”
Amanda Peet is in talks to join John and Joan Cusack in The Martian Child. John Cusack plays a sci-fi writer who wants to be a dad, and adopts a 6-year-old boy. He then starts to believe the boy’s an alien. Menno Meyjes (Max) rewrote the first draft of the script (written by Jonathan Tolins and Seth Bass) and is directing. Peet’s in theaters now with A Lot Like Love. (source: Production Weekly)
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”I have three Dobermans, and if I didn't kick them in the balls on a regular basis, I'd never get anything done.”
Natalie Portman will star in Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, a fantasy film to be directed by Zach Helm. She’ll play “the manager of a toy store that seems to come alive when infused by the spirit of its eccentric owner. When his health begins to fail, he wants to turn the store over to her, but her depression has turned the once vibrant store to a gray pallor.” The film is described as Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory and Big. Portman will also star with Javier Bardem in Goya’s Ghosts, a drama about Spanish painter Francisco Goya. The film is set in Spain in 1792, when Goya was the country's most famous painter. A scandal arises when his teenage muse is framed for heresy by a manipulative monk who is one of the driving forces behind the Spanish Inquisition. Bardem will play the monk, while Portman will play both the muse as well as her teen daughter Alicia, who might be the result of an illicit affair with the monk. Milos Forman will direct. Portman’s got Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith opening May 19. (source: Variety)
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”Zero hour, Michael. It's the end of the line. I'm the firstborn. I'm sick of playing second fiddle. I'm always third in line for everything. I'm tired of finishing fourth. Being the fifth wheel. There are six things I'm mad about, and I'm taking over.”
Arrested Development’s Will Arnett will star in an untitled comedy for producer Brian Grazer at Universal. Arnett will play a man at his 20-year high school reunion who panics when he sees his high school crush and spits out a litany of lies about his life. Intrigued, his dream girl tracks him down in New York, and he enlists his friends to help him pretend to be the successful rich guy he claimed to be. Joe and Anthony Russo, who directed the pilot episode of Arrested Development (and won an Emmy for it), will direct the film. The story’s based on a pitch from Chuck Martin, who has written numerous episodes of Arnett’s show. Arnett’s in The Great New Wonderful, which just premiered at Tribeca, and also appears in Monster-In-Law, opening May 13. (source: Hollywood Reporter)
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”Oh my God. I'm paralyzed! That monkey shot me in the ass and paralyzed me! Oh sweet irony!”
Marshall, Will and Holly, on a routine expedition, met the greeeaaaatest earthquake ever known. High on the rapids, it struck their tiny raft (aaahhh!) and plunged them down a thousand feet below…here’s irony (I think; Alanis completely ruined that word for me): Will Ferrell, who played Marshall Willenholly in Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back, will star in a film version of the television series Land Of The Lost. Adam McKay (Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy) will direct the comedy, which is set up at Universal. The original series followed a forest ranger named Rick Marshall and his children, Will and Holly, who are caught in a time vortex while rafting on the Colorado River and transported to a mysterious world populated by dinosaurs. I demand a role of some sort for Steve Carrell. Ferrell next stars in Kicking & Screaming, opening May 13. (source: Hollywood Reporter)
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”How does this happen? How do they get the message that the ass is now on the menu?”
Another project for Sarah Jessica Parker: she’ll star as a pushy publicist in Slammer, directed by Adam Shankman. Parker’s character ends up wrongly imprisoned on the charge she that took fashion freebies meant for clients and turned them over to knockoff artists for mass production. While she’s in prison, she ends up producing a musical starring the inmates. Sara Goodman wrote the screenplay based on a story by Tim Metcalfe and John Slotnick. Production will start in February of 2006. Parker’s in Strangers With Candy: The Movie, which opens in limited release this October. (source: Variety)
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”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:

* It’s official: Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller’s Platinum Dunes will continue down the horror remake path with a retelling of 1986’s The Hitcher, following the success of 2003’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and this spring’s The Amityville Horror. The original film, directed by Robert Harmon, featured C. Thomas Howell as a teen who picks up “the hitchhiker from hell,” played by Rutger Hauer. Hauer’s character is a serial killer who torments Howell by implicating him in each of his crimes. There’s no writer yet, but Bay believes there will be changes to the story, likely including making the Howell character a female. Jessica Biel has been rumored to star. Platinum Dunes is also closing in on choosing a director for a prequel to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. (source: Variety)

* Writer/producer Steve Pink (High Fidelity) will make his feature film directorial debut on Accepted, a high-concept comedy about a slacker who uses business-like saavy in his approach to college, throwing his parents for a loop. Adam Cooper and Bill Collage are rewriting Mark Perez’s script. (source: Hollywood Reporter)

* New Line Cinema has picked up the feature film rights to Harvey Richards, Lawyer For Children. The character appears in Ruben Bolling's alternative comic strip Tom The Dancing Bug as a failed attorney who's become a "Lawyer for Children" and specializes in the world of parent-child relations and playground law. The film will likely be a family comedy. (source: Variety)

* Daniel Petrie, Jr. will direct Wilson, an independent supernatural thriller described as being in the vein of Poltergeist and The Others. Alex Greenfield wrote the script based on an original idea by Mike Eitelman, his longtime collaborator. (source: Variety)

* How about a remake of Blake Edwards’ Experiment In Terror? Columbia Pictures has hired Robert Pucci to write the script. The original was based on the novel Operation Terror by Gordon and Mildred Gordon, and starred Lee Remick, Glenn Ford and Stefanie Powers. The plot deals with a woman who is terrorized by a man using her to help him steal money from the bank where she works, threatening to kill her teenage sister if she doesn't help. She enlists the aid of an FBI agent to stop the criminal. (source: Hollywood Reporter)

* Glengarry Glen Ross director James Foley will direct Perfect Stranger, a psychological thriller written by Todd Komarnicki from an original script by Jon Bokenkamp. Halle Berry stars as a woman “who gets caught up in the world of obsessive love and death online when she goes undercover to investigate a friend's murder.” Filming starts this winter. (source: Hollywood Reporter)

* David Elliot and Paul Lovett will write Brats for producer Jason Hoffs at Dreamworks. The kids’ action film is about “a group of military brats living on a U.S. base overseas, who are forced to band together when a bad element threatens to overrun the base.” (source: Variety)

* Warner Bros. has picked up the British book Yes Man for David Heyman, Jack Black and Mike White to produce. The book is the memoir of Danny Wallace, who had a chance encounter with a mysterious character on a bus late one night, and started saying “yes” to everything. As a result, Wallace found romance and happiness. David Iserson is adapting the book for the screen. (source: Hollywood Reporter)

* That’s not the only project on tap for Jack Black and Mike White’s Black & White Productions: Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) will co-write (with White) and direct Black in a film about a Mexican priest (Black?) who secretly moonlights as a masked wrestler in order to save an orphanage from closure. The project, set up at Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount, is based on a true story. (source: Variety)

* The Montecito Picture Company has picked up the comedic ghost story Over My Dead Body for Ivan Reitman to direct. Michael Colton and John Aboud wrote the script. Reitman last directed Evolution. (source: Hollywood Reporter)

* 20th Century Fox is in talks to acquire Pathfinder from Phoenix Pictures. The film, directed by Marcus Nispel, is a remake of the 1987 Norwegian thriller of the same name, and follows “a Viking boy who is left behind in North America and is adopted and raised as an American Indian, despite his straw-blonde hair. When a Viking raid wipes out his village, the young man becomes his adopted people's savior in battling the ferocious Norsemen.” Laeta Kalogridis wrote the remake, which follows the little-known skirmishes that took place between the Vikings and Native Americans a thousand years ago. (source: Variety)

* Need help? Odds against you? Call The Equalizer. That’s right; a big screen version of the CBS TV show is in the works. Producer Mace Neufeld is teaming up with series creator and executive producer Michael Sloan and Tony Eldridge to bring the show to the film world. Sloan and Richard Lindheim created the series, which ran from 1985 to 1989, starred Edward Woodward as a covert operative who leaves a CIA-like agency and looks for ways to atone for his dark deeds. (source: Variety)

* Universal and Playtone (Tom Hanks’ production company with Gary Goetzmann) are looking to turn the Amelia Bedelia children’s book series into a feature film. Herman Parish, nephew creator Peggy Parish, will write the script for the film. He has continued writing the 40-year-old series since his aunt's death in 1988. The book series follows a housekeeper whose literal interpretations of instructions left by her employers always leads to trouble. (source: Variety)

* Looks like producer Scott Rudin is headed to Disney. Rudin’s entering a five-year deal with the Walt Disney Company, and will produce films for Touchstone, Walt Disney Films, and the soon-to-be Weinstein-less Miramax. He’s leaving his deal with Paramount a year earlier than originally planned; the arrangement was set to expire in September of 2006. It’s not the first time Rudin’s worked for the House of Mouse; he produced M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village for Touchstone and The Hours, which was a co-production between Paramount and Miramax. (source: Reuters)

* Warner Bros. is working on Speedo, a drama inspired by the 2003 documentary Speedo: A Demolition Derby Love Story. Alex Tanaka and Brian Gatewood are writing the script, which follows the exploits of a drag racer who turns to demolition racing and crashes his way to modest fame on a Long Island race track. He becomes so passionate about it that he struggles to keep his family together. (source: Variety)

* Borat may finally have its director. The film, about the character created by Sasha Baron Cohen, had been on hold since January, when director Todd Phillips left the project after clashing with Cohen. The project gained some notoriety when Cohen – as Borat – mangled the national anthem at a rodeo in Virginia and for incited the rodeo crowd by making inflammatory remarks about the war in Iraq. Phillips left, and now Larry Charles is in talks with 20th Century Fox to take over as director on the documentary-style comedy. (source: Variety)


”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's the preliminary top ten for the weekend. Estimates are taken from Box Office Mojo.com and are rounded up, where applicable. Final figures will be released Monday.

1. The Interpreter $22.8 million
2. The Amityville Horror (2005) $14.2 million ($43.8 million total)
3. Sahara $9.0 million ($48.9 million total)
4. A Lot Like Love $7.7 million
5. Kung Fu Hustle $7.3 million ($8.0 million total)
6. Fever Pitch (2005) $5.5 million ($31.5 million total)
7. Sin City $3.7 million ($67.3 million total)
8. Guess Who $3.5 million ($62.4 million total)
9. Robots $3.3 million ($120.2 million total)
10. King’s Ransom $2.8 million

Opening April 29 (wide release):
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
XXX: State Of The Union

Opening April 29 (limited release):
3-Iron
Death Of A Dynasty
Finding Home
Funny Ha Ha
The Holy Girl
Ladies In Lavender


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

Previewing the week ahead...

On DVD This Tuesday (theatrical/DTV):
Alien Abduction
The Assassination Of Richard Nixon
Beaches (Special Edition)
Blade: Trinity (R-rated and unrated)
Darkness (PG-13 and unrated)
Emile
Hell’s Gate 11:11
Heroic Duo
Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events (widescreen and fullscreen, plus a 2-disc widescreen Collector’s Edition)
Leonard Part 6
The Nameless
Snow White And The Three Stooges
Soup To Nuts
Undertow
Wild Things: Diamonds In The Rough

We’ve got additional DVD recommendations in our Upcoming DVD Release Schedule.

Laura Kyle is back on Wednesday with Sonic Death Monkey Soundtrack Reviews and a review of the music in Millions.

Look for some new DVD Reviews on Friday from Peter Sobczynski.

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

Make sure you visit our Contest page for your chance to win cool stuff from HBS/eFC. Also, time’s a-wastin’: get registered for The 2005 eFilmcritic Summer Movie Madness Tournament while there’s still time. Registration ends on April 29, at 5:00pm (U.S. Pacific time).

We’ll have some additional features and editorials throughout the week, and I’ll have your Recap on Sunday.


The Recap is finally finished, so we’re closing down the banana stand for another week. We’ll be back next weekend with more of what we do best, so in the meantime, please check out our previous Recaps (you know, just to freshen your memory), and visit our forums while you’re here. Thanks for reading, and as always, your feedback is appreciated.


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