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The Sunday News Recap (Monday Edition)! 9.4.06

The Sunday News Recap: Ah, savory cheese puffs, made inedible by time and fate.
by Ryan Arthur

Happy Anniversary, Sunday News Recap! Yes, it's the third anniversary of the Sunday News Recap. And it's the perfect time to start my hiatus. Fear not, 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. This will be the last Sunday News Recap for a while, as I prepare for a ton of life changes that are going to take precedent for the next few months. I'm Ryan, and I'm about to write you a reality check. Or would you prefer the cold, hard cash of truth? While you ponder that, let's get right to it.

What I'm Watching
The Tick Vs. Season One, Discs 1 & 2

"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
Little Miss Sunshine
Soul Searchers
The Wicker Man (2006)

Mel Valentin
Invincible (2006)
Ultimate Avengers 2

Robert Flaxman
Cache (Hidden)

Uri Lessing

Jay Seaver
My Super Ex-Girlfriend
(Screened at the 2006 FantAsia Film Festival)
The Sixth Part Of The World

Matt Seaver

David Cornelius
How To Eat Fried Worms
Preserve Me A Seat

Eric D. Snider
Lower City
Another Gay Movie
Who Killed The Electric Car?
Trust The Man

Collin Souter

Peter Sobczynski
Surviving Eden
The Quiet
The Wicker Man (2006)

Lassie (2006)

Brian Orndorf
The Quiet
Trust The Man
Lassie (2006)
Preserve Me A Seat
The Wicker Man (2006)

Jason Whyte
The War Tapes

MP Bartley
Snakes On A Plane

Abhishek Bandekar
Lage Raho Munna Bhai

Jack Sommersby
Murphy's Law

Scott Weinberg

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:

Erik Childress
The Box Office Buster (Sept. 1-4)
(More Box Office Busters)
Criticwatch: The Whores Of Summer And The Embargoes They Break
(More Criticwatch)

Peter Sobczynski
Interview: Elisha Cuthbert And Jamie Babbit Of "The Quiet"
(More Celebrity Exclusive Interviews)
DVD Reviews For 9/1: Where TV's Brightest Come Out To Shine
(More DVD Reviews)

Michael Collins
Sonic Death Monkey Soundtrack Reviews - Lady In The Water
(More Sonic Death Monkey Soundtrack Reviews)

Matthew Bartley
The Hollywood Bitchslap Hall Of Fame #4

Ryan Arthur
The Sunday News Recap! 8.27.06
(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!

"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. Invincible $15.2 million ($37.8 million total)
2. Crank $13.0 million
3. The Wicker Man (2006) $11.7 million
4. Little Miss Sunshine $9.7 million ($35.8 million total)
5. The Illusionist $8.0 million ($12.0 million total)
6. Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby $7.7 million ($138.4 million total)
7. Barnyard: The Original Party Animals $6.4 million ($63.6 million total)
8. Accepted $5.9 million ($29.4 million total)
9. World Trade Center $5.8 million ($63.7 million total)
10. Step Up $5.5 million ($58.4 million total)

Opening September 6 (limited release):
Paper Dolls
Saint Of 9/11

Opening September 8 (wide release):
The Covenant
The Protector (Tom Yum Goong

Opening September 8 (limited release):
Broken Bridges
Brooklyn Rules
Evil Aliens
I Trust You To Kill Me
Man Push Cart
Le Petit Lieutenant
Red Doors
Rolling Family

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

Previewing the week ahead...

On DVD This Tuesday (theatrical/DTV):
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
Almost Strangers
Brazil (Criterion Collection #51)
Broken Trail
Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger 4
Dead Man's Shoes
District B13
Dorm Daze 2
Escape To Witch Mountain
Frankenstein Unbound
Guys And Balls
House Of The Damned
Jackass: The Movie (Unrated Special Collector's Edition)
Jesse James
Kinky Boots
The Legend Of Lucy Keyes
The Plague (2006)
Population 436
Return From Witch Mountain
The Return Of Frank James
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Shock Treatment
Summer Storm
To Be Or Not To Be (1983)
The Toxic Avenger
The Toxic Avenger Part 2
The Toxic Avenger Part 3: The Last Temptation Of Toxie
The True Story Of Jesse James
United 93 (widescreen and fullscreen)
Unknown White Male

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

Someone will be by with a brand new Sonic Death Monkey Soundtrack Reviews on Wednesday. I think it's Laura Kyle.

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.

We've reached three years with the Sunday News Recap, and with that, we're now going to take an extended leave of absence. Real life is now superceding my online presence, and the Recap, while it's fun, is also a lot of work that take me away from more important things: my impending nuptials later this fall, moving to and restoring a house (and then selling it and getting the hell away from some crazy-ass neighbors), and just generally enjoying some free time that I've not had for a while. It is absolutely my intention for the Recap to return before the end of the year, and it's entirely possible that any one of our awesome staff of writers may step in to pick up the slack during my Recap sabbatical (although I've not asked anyone to). Thanks to Ben, Frank and Oz for allowing me in at the very beginning, and thanks to Erik, Scott and Tash for their steady stream of input, feedback and support. As is my custom, I invite you to give a listen to Hollywood Bitchslap Radio, take a look at our previous Recaps and join and visit our forums, too. Thanks for reading, and as always, your feedback is appreciated. The pleasure is - and always has been - mine.

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