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The Sunday News Recap! 12.17.06

Yes, Virginia, there is a Sunday News Recap.
by William Goss

Reviews, previews, features, and totals. You know the drill.

What I'm Watching:
Carlito's Way
Enduring Love
The Grifters

"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:

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"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 isnít 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.

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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 and are rounded up, where applicable.

1. The Pursuit of Happyness - $27 million
2. Eragon - $23.5 million
3. Charlotte's Web - $12 million
4. Happy Feet - $8.5 million ($149.4 million total)
5. The Holiday - $8.2 million ($25.3 million total)
6. Apocalypto - $7.7 million ($27.9 million total)
7. Blood Diamond - $6.3 million ($18.4 million total)
8. Casino Royale (2006) - $5.7 million ($137.6 million total)
9. The Nativity Story - $4.7 million ($23 million total)
10. Unaccompanied Minors - $3.7 million ($10.2 million total)

Opening December 20 (wide release):
Rocky Balboa

Opening December 20 (limited release):
Letters from Iwo Jima
The Painted Veil

Opening December 21 (limited release):
Curse of the Golden Flower

Opening December 22 (wide release):
The Good Shepherd
Night at the Museum
We Are Marshall

"Just because itís futuristic doesnít mean itís practical."

Previewing the week ahead...

On DVD This Tuesday (theatrical/DTV):
All The King's Men (2006)
American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile
Brooklyn Lobster
Fearless (2006)
Invincible (2006)
Lady in the Water
Little Miss Sunshine
My Super Ex-Girlfriend
The Promise
A Scanner Darkly
Step Up
The Wicker Man (2006)

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. Weíre outta here."

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