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The Sunday News Recap! 8.13.06

The Sunday News Recap: Whoa, whoa, prom night flashback.
by Ryan Arthur

We are in the dog days of August, and a few things are happening: the kids are getting ready to go back to school, political advertising is just starting to get going, and the Sunday News Recap is back in black. Yes, the Recap is ready to go, and as we do every week, 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. However, this being the dog days, we’re going to dog it this week, unfortunately. Real life continues to intrude on the Recap duties, so we’re going to be re-evaluating things over the next few weeks. I'm Ryan, and oh, yeah, I'm a gym member. I try to go four times a week, but I've missed the last…twelve hundred times. Let’s go.

What I'm Watching
Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip

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

Reviews from our staff over the last week:

Rob Gonsalves
The Babysitter (1995)
Less Than Zero
Flash Gordon

Jay Seaver
(Screened at the 2006 FantAsia Film Festival)
Vampire Cop Ricky (Screened at the 2006 FantAsia Film Festival)
Samurai Commando Mission I549 (Screened at the 2006 FantAsia Film Festival)
Hino Train Man: Densha Otoko

The Descent

David Cornelius
CSA: The Confederate States Of America
World Trade Center
Bring It On: All Or Nothing
Date Movie

Erik Childress
World Trade Center
Step Up

Collin Souter
World Trade Center

Peter Sobczynski
World Trade Center
Step Up
The Oh In Ohio

Brian Orndorf
World Trade Center
Once In A Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story Of The New York Cosmos
Step Up
Pulse (2006)

Eric D. Snider
World Trade Center
Mountain Patrol: Kekexili
Step Up

Mel Valentin
World Trade Center

William Goss
Lady In The Water
Lady Vengeance
(Screened at the 2006 Florida Film Festival)
Pulse (2006)

Abhishek Bandekar
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna

Doug Bentin
The Lake House
The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift
A Lion In The House

Stephen Groenewegen
Thank You For Smoking

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 writers as well:

Eric D. Snider
Great Moments In Bad Journalism: Tim Nasson,

Erik Childress
The Box Office Buster (Aug. 11-13)
(More Box Office Reports)

Peter Sobczynski
DVD Reviews For 8/11: Brick-And-Brak
(More DVD Reviews)

Alex Paquin
The Hollywood Bitchslap Hall Of Fame #3

Ryan Arthur
The Sunday News Recap! 8.6.06
(More Sunday News Recaps)

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.

Shameless Self-Promotion: Radio Ga-Ga

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.

Scott Weinberg is also a regular guest on JD Balart's American Radio Journal on WMET 1160 AM in Washington, DC. Scott's segment airs every Friday afternoon from 1:30pm to 2:00pm, DC time (Eastern).

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

Listen to us, if you get the chance!

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

Pulse wasn’t screened for legitimate critics, but that hasn’t stopped the quote whores from coming out in force.
Scariest movie of the year! It will feed your fear of technology! Unlike any horror film you’ve seen before or will ever see!” – Earl Dittman
An edge-of-your-seat thriller!” – Paul Fischer
Pulse-pounding thrills!” – Staci Layne Wilson,
Haunting!” – Steven Chupnick,
Intense!” – Carrie Keagan, NCTV

Trust The Man
The perfect date movie. Smart, funny and refreshing!” – Mark S. Allen, CBS-TV

One of the surprise hits of the summer, both raucously funny, yet full of heart and soul. Here is a wonderfully wise, deliciously subversive and smart comedy for anyone craving acceptance. A total triumph and one of the best films of the summer.” – Paul Fischer

The Illusionist
Thrilling and ingenious! Edward Norton casts an intoxicating spell in this thriller that is as moving – and sexy – as it is suspenseful. Jessica Biel brings such grace and intelligence.” – Karen Durbin
Richly textured and very entertaining!” – Rex Reed
Stunning! Powerful! Paul Giamatti is superb!” – Claudia Puig
Magical, hypnotic and romantic!” – Gene Shalit
Smart, gorgeous and romantic!” – Bob Mondello, NPR
Oscar caliber! Sure to be one of the most honored films of the year.” – Jeffrey Lyons

Visit Criticwatch. It’s the bitchslap-tacular thrill-ride edge-of-your-seat ball-buster of the week!

"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 and are rounded up, where applicable.

1. Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby $23.0 million ($91.2 million total)
2. Step Up $21.06 million
3. World Trade Center $19.0 million ($26.8 million total)
4. Barnyard: The Original Party Animals $10.06 million ($34.0 million total)
5. Pulse $8.45 million
6. Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $7.2 million ($392.4 million total)
7. (tie) The Descent $4.6 million ($17.5 million total)
7. (tie) Zoom $4.6 million
9. Miami Vice $4.5 million ($55.1 million total)
10. Monster House $3.3 million ($63.7 million total)

Opening August 18 (wide release):
The Illusionist
Material Girls
Snakes On A Plane

Opening August 18 (limited release):
10th & Wolf
My First Wedding
Trust The Man

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

Previewing the week ahead...

On DVD This Tuesday (theatrical/DTV):
Apocalypse Now (The Complete Dossier: 2-Disc Collectors Edition)
The Cheyenne Social Club
The Child (L’Enfant)
Don’t Tell
The FBI Story
The Hard Corps
Heart Like A Wheel
Hoot (New Line Platinum Series)
I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer
Land Of The Blind
The Naked Spur
RV (widescreen and fullscreen)
Safe Men
Scary Movie 4 (unrated widescreen and fullscreen)
Snakes On A Train
The Spirit Of St. Louis
The Stratton Story
Survival Island
A Wake In Providence

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

Michael Collins has the latest edition of Sonic Death Monkey Soundtrack Reviews on Wednesday.

Peter Sobczynski gives you more DVD Reviews this Friday.

Erik Childress posts 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.

Another half-assed edition of the SNR is all done, so hopefully next week we’ll be back to normal. You can always listen to Hollywood Bitchslap Radio, take a look at our previous Recaps and join and visit our forums, while you’re in the neighborhood. Thanks for reading, and as always, your feedback is appreciated.

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