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The Sunday News Recap (Monday Edition): Double Feature! 12.4.06 and 12.11.06

Give it up for Sexual Chocolate!
by William Goss

I know it's been a while / Don't give me no crap / I'm finished with finals / And back with the Recap | Covering the week ahead / And a fortnight past / In reviews and previews / And features so vast | So sit down, relax / Enjoy the show / The Recap is on / And away we go!



What I'm Watching:
Charlotte's Web
The Hitcher
The Phantom Tollbooth



"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:

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:

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. Happy Feet - $17.5 million ($121.5 million total)
2. Casino Royale (2006) - $15.1 million ($115.9 million total)
3. Déjà Vu (2006) - $10.9 million ($44 million total)
4. The Nativity Story - $7.8 million
5. Deck the Halls - $6.7 million ($25 million total)
6. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause - $4.9 million ($73 million total)
7. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan - $4.7 million ($116.2 million total)
8. Turistas - $3.6 million
9. Stranger Than Fiction (2006) - $3.4 million ($36.9 million total)
10. Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj - $2.3 million

Opening December 6 (limited release):
Days of Glory
Family Law
Inland Empire

Opening December 8 (wide release):
Apocalypto
Blood Diamond
The Holiday
Unaccompanied Minors

Opening December 8 (limited release):
Off the Black



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

Previewing the week ahead...

On DVD This Tuesday (theatrical/DTV):
The Architect
Beerfest
How To Eat Fried Worms
Idlewild
Look Both Ways
Miami Vice
The Oh in Ohio
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Pulse
Queens

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."

Intermission.





What I'm Watching:
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Death and the Maiden
The Purple Rose of Cairo



"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:

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:

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. Apocalypto - $15 million
2. Happy Feet - $12.9 million ($137.9 million total)
3. The Holiday - $12.8 million
4. Casino Royale (2006) - $8.9 million ($129 million total)
5. Blood Diamond - $8.6 million
6. Déjà Vu (2006) - $6 million ($53 million total)
7. Unaccompanied Minors - $5.8 million
8. The Nativity Story - $5.7 million ($15.9 million total)
9. Deck the Halls - $4 million ($30.1 million total)
10. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause - $3.3 million ($77.2 million total)

Opening December 15 (wide release):
Charlotte's Web
Eragon
The Pursuit of Happyness

Opening December 15 (limited release):
Breaking and Entering
Dreamgirls
The Good German
Home of the Brave



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

Previewing the week ahead...

On DVD This Tuesday (theatrical/DTV):
America: Freedom to Fascism
Barnyard
The Devil Wears Prada
The House of Sand
Material Girls
Mozart and the Whale
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
World Trade Center

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. Oh, and word to your mother. No, your mother. I insist.


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