The Weekly Movie Pulse

I just noticed that because I have to write this column I’m going to miss out on a chance to catch An Inconvenient Truth in the theater. The place runs it for one week and then pushes it off to make room for what? Pirates 2, yeah like that’s not getting enough screen time as it is. They couldn’t bump Garfield 2, Fast and the Furious 3, Waist Deep or Nacho Libre off instead? Well, atleast they’re going to be adding Wordplay, so I’ll have something to check out down there later in the week along with A Prairie Home Companion. I’ll admit, for the longest time I thought An Inconvenient Truth was never even put out on a single screen and was just a mean joke on anyone interested in seeing it, guess I’ll have to wait for the DVD.

It’s been a week already? Wow, I guess the old saying is true, time really does fly when you’re melting from excruciatingly hot weather. Of all the weeks the central air unit could have went on the fritz it chose this one, I think it purposely does this stuff because it hates me. Even the fan I picked up over the weekend is just blowing hot air at me. I got a few responses about my inquery last week regarding the similarities between Pirates 2 and Superman Returns, yet how one is performing very well, while the other is having trouble breaking even. So lets jump in to that first.

Feedback

Jag Sohal writes:

Hi John

So I was reading your article on InsidePulse about Pirates 2 vs Superman Returns and why it “bombed”. Here’s my two cents…

Superman Returns is “disappointing” pretty much for the reason that it had no chance. This is a GREAT film and everyone I have talked to has enjoyed it and loved it. However, Superman Returns is in a no-win situation.

About a year ago, I was in film school and taking a history of film course where we went from the beginning of cinema to the present and looked at important films throughout history. As we neared the end, Superman Returns was a case study that we looked at. Here was a film with a bloated $250 – $300 million budget (depending on who you ask) and has been in development limbo for 15 years, costing another $40 – $50 million. As a result, this is arguably the most expensive film ever made about a superhero that hasnt been relevant to the youth audience for a LONG time.

Now I’m working for a film and television company and have studied the Superman issue for a while as it was a movie I was looking forward to for a LONG time. Here are my reasons why Superman has struggled.

1) As I mentioned previously, the cost. The movie is in tough shape to make back its budget domestically. However, it still has a shot with worldwide release (it has been delayed in some countries due to the World Cup) as well as DVD and television sales. DVD will earn Warner Bros. FAR more than theatrical release. Hell, they’re making a Hulk 2 after it stagnated at the box office. Even Batman Begins did not open to expectations but won the summer of 2005’s award for most longevity at the box office. So Superman Returns 2 or whatever WILL come out.

2) Superman the hero and his exposure. Kids dont like Superman as much as they did in the past. Batman is the cool anti-hero with cartoons, movies and toys everywhere, Spiderman is easy to relate to and has had two major movies in the past 5 years and the X-Men have had 3 movies, two cartoon series and countless video games. Superman has been prominent in cartoons such as his own and the Justice League series but he has that aura of invincibility that kids have trouble relating to as they dont understand the depth of his character. Besides, the last time Superman was an icon for kids was back in 1978 when his was the first REAL superhero movie. Now they are everywhere and the Man of Steel has to work to re-establish himself to an audience that has forgot him.

3) Captain Jack Sparrow. This character is one of the biggest cult characters of this decade and for that reason, the first Pirates movie is ADORED. Putting Superman against that movie’s sequel was a bone-headed move on the part of Warner Bros., who overestimated the Man of Steel’s appeal against Disney’s newest icon.

For these three reasons, I think its fair to say that Superman Returns did not perform as well as expected but mostly because of circumstances working against the film. The movie has made about $200 million worldwide and will still be profitable when all is said and done. I think that its also important to note that this film’s purpose was to re-ignite a franchise and hence, Warner can stand to lose a bit on the first film.

Keep up the good work.

I’ll admit that with a budget that is I believe the biggest in film history it’s nearly impossible to expect much in the way of a profit. And if a sequel does get greenlit I’m sure Warner will pull back on how much they plan to spend on it. But I don’t think Superman has in any way, shape, or form been forgotten by the general public, even little kids today see the “S” emblem and call out his name. So even if they didn’t know the complete background of the character it still should have led to a big opening since there’s a good chance that their parents were around when the first Superman flick came out. Which should have lead to a nostalgic passing of the torch type opening with parents wanting their kids to get the same experience they got. But it never happened. Maybe they just didn’t want another Star Wars incident.

A cult figure Jack may be, but Superman has been around since the 30’s, he’s an American establishment. But I’ll agree with you that one of the studios should have realized what they were going up against and push their release date (Warner). Imagine how much more Returns would have been crushed by if it had kept its original June 30th release date. One can only hope that if Superman Returns 2 comes out they’ll realize that he’s not as invulnerable as they seemed to believe this time around.

Let’s just blame this one on the stubborn studio executives. Which is almost always the case.

While Derek McFarren says:

On your question of why Superman has flopped while Pirates has not, despite your accurate assessment of commonality:

I give it to you in your own words.

“You see what happens when you put Michael Bay in charge of a property that is near and dear to the heart of an entire generation? He goes and pulls a George Lucas by screwing around with everything that was the basis on which the property grew a following in the first place. “

Right words, just a paragraph too late. Substitute Singer for Lucas and you have your answer. I like Singer as much as you and this is the first of his movies I have not liked, but he went to far in two important points.

First, the kid. Why? I understand the desire to connect the movie back to the previous, but this was unnecessary and aggravating. Everyone knows the basic story of Superman, and even if our memory of him isn’t accurate to every comic ever written on the subject, it certainly doesn’t contain a child. Furthermore, it doesn’t make sense. The reason Superman goes into the chamber in the second movie is to spend his life with Lois. For Singer to be true, one of two things had to happen, neither of which makes sense.

Either he really didn’t lose his kryptonian powers, thereby still being capable of being recharged by the yellow sun (making an important plot point meaningless) OR he spent the night with Lois at some point when he was still Superman (again, making an important plot point meaningless). Luckily, the story doesn’t outright say the child is his and even though pretty much everyone thinks it is, Singer could very easily detract that in a sequel.

But the biggest point is with the sheer amount of kryptonite and it’s usage in this film. All super heroes ultimately must walk a fine line between being more than human and yet not invincible. We want to see their powers and how they use them, but it’s no fun watching a god destroy everything in it’s path. Superman is perhaps the mightiest of all super heroes and has always had the most difficult of time walking that line…..hence the need for kryptonite. But, just as Superman has that balance, so must the kryptonite. Too much of it and Superman might as well stay at home……..too little and we lose the sense that Superman is vulnerable.

After this movie, how are we convinced this balance can exist? I don’t see Singer, nor anyone else, convincing us of that in the future. In that respect, he ruined Superman by destroying the balance of power vs vulnerability that is at the heart of every superhero adventure.

Lastly, why couldn’t we have gotten a nice, safe, Superman movie? You look at possibly the two greatest superhero movies (Spiderman, X-Men) and you see safe storylines pulled from the comics. Sure, both movies deviate slightly from the actual stories, but they don’t destroy characters in the process. It would have been smart to do the same with Superman and set up for a great sequel.

Hey, no using my own words against me!

Like Jag, you make valid points in what you say Derek. I’ll agree that the sudden inclusion of the kid had my mind going crazy while watching it in the theater trying to figure out how it was even possible. They weren’t very subtle with the reveal there either, they should have just had a picture of the kid in the corner with arrows pointing to him every time they made mention of Clark being gone for five years. There’s still the Donner Cut of Superman II due out in November that many are saying clears up much of the questions in the movie regarding this plotline. So we’ve only got about four months before we see if those people are right.

I like how you brought up something I really haven’t heard at all so far with your second point, your completely correct about the balance of power in the film. I mean is Clark even vulnerable of Kryptonite when he’s capable of sending a chunk the size of Rhode Island in to space while still having a small shard from Lex’s krypto-shank inside of him? It loses so much of its importance from that, seeing as it’s his sole vulnerability that’s an issue that might come back and bite the creative team in the ass. But Singer does show us he’s far more vulnerable in both his heart and emotions. Which is what Singer does with every one of his movies, there’s always another story happening underneath the one we’re watching on the screen. Still, kryptonite should never have been tampered with.

The problem with a “safe” movie is that it would have been rejected by audiences wanting something more extravagant. It’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t scenario. I wouldn’t say that a “safe” movie is what was needed, now something fresh on the other hand…

Finally, IP’s own Eric S. comments on the Shrek casting:

John:

This would have gone in the Pimp Section tomorrow, but I’m not doing a column this week because I just got back from an interview in Ohio and did a phone interview with a company in North Carolina (and have an interview Wednesday in Indy), so I’m trashed right now, and Hevia’s going to be covering for me. So, I decided to drop you an e-mail instead.

When I read what you wrote about Ian McShane being the best casting choice that any Shrek movie’s had so far, I went, “Hold on there. Yes, perfect choice, especially if he does it in Deadwood mode (and may be even better if he does it in Lovejoy mode), but is it better than Jennifer Saunders as Fairy Godmother?” Then I applied the simplest of criteria: who’d be better at that voice? No one would be better than McShane as Captain Hook. But I didn’t have to look far to find an improvement on Saunders. Both Joanna Lumley and Dawn French would have been better as Fairy Godmother. Obviously, Joan Collins would have been the best choice if you wanted to ignore the cliche factor.

Therefore, I bow to your wisdom. McShane is going to steal 3 like Banderas stole 2, there’s no doubt.

Eric

I just wanted to get this in print because chances are that it will never happen again, and I want proof of its existance. But for the record, I hated Jennifer Saunders in Shrek 2, and she’s one of the main reasons that I haven’t been able to watch the thing more than two times.

Columns

We might not have a lot in the way of quantity this week, but the quality makes up for that.

Rob finally delivers on his promise of a V for Vendetta column in the new R0BTRAIN’s Bad Ass Cinema. I LOVED this film seeing it in theaters, the ending just sends chills down your spine it’s so cool. But after seeing it a few more times the film doesn’t hold up so well with repeat viewings, unlike the graphic novel which only get better the more you read it.

ML Kennedy gave me the go ahead for the quick review section, but I’ve been so busy trying to get my computer working I haven’t watched a single thing all week. Maybe next time. In the new Contradicting Popular Opinion he takes a look at the question I presented in last weeks column about Superman Returns and Pirates of the Caribbean. He also breaks down the resent trend in sequels that try to recreate the magic from the first movie by blatantly ripping them off (why wasn’t Spider-Man 2 used as an example?). What is his take on the situation? Read the column.

This week The 50 Club looks at Full Metal Jacket as a possible new entry. You’re going to have to read for yourself and find out if it’s 50 Club material or not.

Reviews

Sawitz got an advance preview of Monster House recently and has a review. This is a film that I had no interest in up until about 2 weeks ago, but then all I could read were glowing reviews and how it’s a send up to all the great kid flicks of the 80’s and 90’s. Now I not only want to see the thing, but I want to see it in that new 3-D format. Scott’s review only makes me want to see it even more.

DVD Reviews

Joe Corey has two reviews up from the John Wayne’s Batjac Productions Presents The Suspense Collection. The two titles he has reviews for are Man In The Vault and Ring of Fear. He also checked out the other Johnny Depp film released this year, The Libertine.

Travis sat through Edison Force which was shelved for god only knows how long due to how bad it was. Looks like Justin Timberlake’s movie career might be going bye, bye, bye. With puns like that I could be the next Joel Siegel!

McCullar has one for a film called Folks, which proves the theory that Tom Selleck is only entertaining with a mustache.

Scott has two up for you to read, ATL and She’s the Man. Haven’t seen either of them, but I’m sure that there’s a good chance that they’re either good or bad. Are my predictions right? Read Scott’s reviews and see.

Features

Travis Leamons and Scott Sawitz sat down to talk about the films they consider to be the best offerings from 2006 so far. The feature is, for the most part, a very well put together list of quality films. But what the hell is Click doing in there? I guess Sawitz likes to watch dogs hump stuffed ducks. After you’ve checked out their piece, you can head over to a thread setup in the forum to comment on it. See something you didn’t like in there? Did they over look a film you think deserved notice? Care to share your top five films of the year so far? Just want to tell them that they did a good job? Click here and share your thoughts, I’m sure they’ll appreciate it.

Over in the Super Secret Staff Forum, some of us movie zone guys have ongoing lists of our top ten for the year, and while some don’t have this, enough did for me to go and tabulate a top ten list of what the zone as a (some what) whole believes to be the best so far this year. Yes, I actually had that much free time on my hands. Now I used the same method we always use for these things by giving films listed as #1 a 10 and all the way down for #10 which gets a 1, then the films get listed from highest to lowest score. We have a very diverse group of guys so some titles that only were mentioned in one list were automatically dropped, meaning a movie had to be mentioned atleast twice for consideration. Here’s what I came up with as a top ten: The Proposition, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, V For Vendetta, Thank You For Smoking, United 93, Superman Returns, Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest, Brick, A Scanner Darkly, and The Lake House.

Thanks to McCullar, Sawitz, Sutton, Noyes, and Leamons for their unknowing participation.

Don’t forget, we also have our ongoing tournament happening in the forum to find out, once and for all, what the Funniest Film of Our Generation is. It’s round four and we’re down to sixteen titles. Only an evil mastermind like Michaelangelo would force us to pick between Animal House/Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters/Wayne’s World and Clerks/Caddyshack.

Around the Pulse

Kevin Wong talks about crossovers on network TV in his latest In Hindsight column. The only one that comes immediately to mind right now is the one between The Pretender and The Profiler. He talks about all the Friends characters that were shifted around the NBC roster of shows at the time to give each one the rub.

Music Mathan goes over the list of cover songs that he loves. Oh, and he still hates Tupac.

Romo interviews three cast members from the new teen series Whistler, including David Paetkau who was in one of the coolest made for TV movies ever, Bang, Bang, You’re Dead which aired on Showtime a few years back.

Daniels speaks the truth about Red Sox Nation, which I’m a bit embarrassed about, but the truth hurts sometimes. This won’t stop me from buying one of those “Looks like Jesus. Acts like Judas. Throws like Mary.” shirts though.

And Eric S. doesn’t have a double-team short form, not a triple-team short form, but a fatal four-way short form (is it really short by this point?) where he recaps Friday Night Smackdown, Saturday Night Main Event, ECW on Sci-Fi and TNA: IMPACT all in one conveniently available column.

News

Free Buddy!

Word going around is that Russell Crowe has been trying to win over director Michael Corrente for the role of former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci in the screen adaptation of novel “The Prince of Providence”. Crowe has even gone so far as to schedule meeting with the director about the part to bounce ideas off him.

As someone who lived in Rhode Island at the time all of this went down I’d like to be the first to say that if Crowe gets the part it would be one of the worst castings I could ever imagine. There is nothing about the guy that makes me look at him and think “man, he’d make a great Buddy.” Casting rumors for people to play the role of Buddy Cianci have been talked about for almost two years now, and none of them seem fit for the part outside of perhaps Paul Giamatti. Regardless, I hope Corrente does find a star for his film as the story is certainly one that would make for a great movie if handled correctly.

Fox to the EXTREME

Fox Atomic – a name that for one reason or another keeps making me think of Punxsutawney Phil from Groundhog Day – is the new studio under the 20th Century Fox umbrella that will target the youth market, the studio also plans to create their own line of comic books under the name Fox Atomic Comics. I’m not sure who came up with that name or this whole concept, but they really should be fired for sheer lameness. Honestly now, who in their right mind would look at Fox Atomic and think that it relates to the youth of today? It doesn’t even relate to the youth of twenty years ago. Oh well, it’s just a name, it’s the content that truly matters on if this will sink or swim. So lets take a look at what they have lined up so far:

Turistas (December 1, 2006) – After a terrifying bus accident maroons a diverse group of young adventure travelers in a remote Brazilian beach town, they slowly discover that the white sand beaches and lush jungles are concealing a darker, unsettling secret. Turistas stars Josh Duhamel and Melissa George and is directed by John Stockwell.

The Beach meets generic PG-13 horror movie? I think so. That’s just a combination that nobody wants to see.

The Hills Have Eyes 2 (March 2, 2007) – The sequel to the 2006 horror re-make, The Hills Have Eyes, which grossed over $41 million at the domestic box office, is written by horror legend Wes Craven and Jonathan Craven and will be directed by Martin Weisz. The storyline follows a group of young National Guard trainees who are attacked by mutants during a training mission in the New Mexico desert. “The Hills Have Eyes: The Beginning,” a graphic novel, will be published by Fox Atomic Comics in 2007.

Still haven’t even bothered to sit down and watch the latest remake of The Hills have Eyes, but this is just a sequel for sequels sake and will be looked at as a way to make a quick buck by the studio. When will this horror phase finally go away so we don’t have to worry about scary movies being released in January, March, May or August. And instead go back to the good old days when they all came out around Halloween. And were actually scary. And got R ratings.

28 Weeks Later (May 11, 2007) – The creative team of Danny Boyle, Alex Garland, and Andrew Macdonald are back to re-invent the zombie movie yet again with the sequel to 28 Days Later. Lead by director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, 28 Weeks Later picks up six months after the Rage virus has decimated the city of London. The US Army has restored order and is repopulating the quarantined city, when a carrier of the Rage virus enters London and unknowingly re-ignites the spread of the deadly infection, wreaking havoc on the entire population. “28 Days Later: The Aftermath,” a graphic novel, will be published by Fox Atomic Comics in 2007.

Atleast this one has the whole team back on board to craft a decent story. The concept seems interesting but to watch the virus re-spread in the city will be no where near disturbing as the shots from the first one where the entire city is a ghost town. Another sequel for sequels sake by Fox here. But granted, it’s one many have been hoping for.

Revenge of the Nerds (TBA) – A raucous re-imagining of the comedy classic. Adams College is turned upside down by a group of freshmen misfits who redefine the term “nerd.” As they try to form their own frat, the nerds incur the wrath of the ultimate alpha males, the infamous Alpha Beta fraternity. The nerds refuse to go down without a fight, waging an all-out battle against the notorious jocks during Greek Week. Kyle Newman is set to direct with McG and Stephanie Savage producing.

I’ll never watch this, the original is perfect the way it is. Fox, if you plan on making a new studio, how about making something original so people will take notice, like you did with Fox Searchlight.

The Comebacks (TBA) – Champ Fields is known as the unluckiest coach in the history of sports. After being forced into an early retirement, he’s given one last shot at greatness. Unfortunately, Champ is hired to coach The Comebacks, a talentless, slightly deranged college football team with a laughable roster and an even worse record. Armed with questionable morals, and weak players, Champ sets out to bring this team of losers together and make the impossible happen, win a game.

Or: The Bad News Bears of College Football
Or: Little Giants 2: All Grown Up
Or: I Couldn’t Care Less: The Movie

So two sequels, a remake, and two films that don’t seem like they’ll fare too well in theaters. I’m in this supposed 18-25 bracket that they’re marketing these towards yet I couldn’t care less about any of them. That’s one crackerjack jobs you’ve gone and done there Fox.

And the award for coolest book title goes to…

Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired film rights to Martin Kihn’s nonfiction tome “A$$hole!: How I Got Rich & Happy by Not Giving a F#@% About You”. Book chronicles Kihn’s transformation from sweet guy to complete jerk. He hatched the unusual plan after being told by his bosses at the New York ad agency where he works that he was simply too nice to be promoted. Kihn, who had just turned 40, watched as a not-so-nice colleague was upped. He proceeded to see a career coach, a rational emotive therapist and took up boxing to become more aggressive. Professionally his life improved, personally it became a disaster. Studio snapped up the rights last week after eyeing Kihn’s book proposal. Broadway Books won the bid to publish Kihn’s tome. – DarkHorizons.com

Now I’ve never even heard about this thing until the news came out about a film option, but man is that a cool title for a book or what? And on top of that the subject matter actually seems appealing. There is little to say about it for now but with a title like that I couldn’t ignore posting about it. Fingers crossed that they fast track this production to get released some time next year or in ’08.

News that will make Comic Book Guy happy

There are five small little known comic books that were optioned over the week that I figured will mean something to those of you who might know them and/or be interested. One will be directed by Frank Miller, so that should make a lot of you happy after seeing his work on the Sin City movie.

1. Deadman: The character is a ghost who, when alive, was a circus acrobat named Boston Brand. He was murdered during a trapeze performance by an unknown assailant but his spirit was granted the power to possess the living in order to search for his murderer as well as help the innocent. The producers (which includes Guillermo Del Toro) are working on giving Deadman a contemporary take and are zeroing in on a screenwriter to adapt for the screen.

This is a story that I might search out and read based solely on this small blurb. Though I’m not sure how the concept about a soul that passes through bodies will hold up on film, we all remember those last few Jason movies from New Line back in the 90’s. But I’m sure the comic books themselves, so long as they have compelling stories, would be a blast to read one weekend.

2. Doom Patrol: Is about a band of superheroes with freakish powers. Debuting in 1963, “Doom Patrol” was often compared to Marvel’s “X-Men.” Both comics follow the exploits of a band of super-powered social misfits ostracized by the rest of the world. As with X-Men, the Doom Patrol is guided by a wheelchair-boundmentor in fighting evil. Characters include Elasti-Girl, Negative Man and Robotman. The series, created by Bob Haney, Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani, ceased in 1968 after failing to woo a big audience. DC revived the series several times over the years, however, with more recent incarnations turning “Doom Patrol” into a much darker, edgier comic than “X-Men.”

Unlike Deadman, this small rundown of the story doesn’t seem so great, mainly because as it flat out tells us, the things feels like and X-Men rip-off. The X-Men franchise has already been ripped off as it is with both Sky High and the upcoming Zoom, can a third film get released and still have audience want to put down their cash? Story notwithstanding, the names give me a good laugh. How funny would it be if there was a superhero named Negative Man who just walked around moping all the time being a negative nancy? It’d be like Mr. Furious from Mystery Men, only opposite. Or Robotman who can’t stop dancing the robot and uses that ability to distract bad guys until the proper authorities arrive.

3. The Adventures of Luther Arkwright: The story follows Luther Arkwright, a man who possesses psychokinetic abilities that allow him to travel across parallel worlds. He is recruited by agents from a harmonious parallel known as “zero-zero” and sent to a war-torn alternate reality where a dictatorial British Empire is still in power. There he must draw out malignant forces bent on destroying all the parallel universes, which are collectively known as the Multiverse.

A little too scifi for even my taste. Could be interesting.

4. The Spirit: Comic book artist Frank Miller will adapt and direct The Spirit, based on comic legend Will Eisner’s classic strip. The Spirit, which debuted in 1940, tells the story of a masked detective who is believed to be dead. Using a mausoleum as his home base, Eisner’s character fights crime in the dark shadows of Central City, using cunning and ingenious forms of punishment.

“I intend to be extremely faithful to the heart and soul of the material, but it won’t be nostalgic. It will be much scarier than people expect,” said Miller. Miller said he’s putting together a treatment that consists in large part of panels from the “Spirit” strip. Shooting is expected to start in late spring.

Now here’s a movie I could get behind, were it not for a striking similarity to V for Vendetta. I’ll still windup checking this one out purely to see what Frank can do with a property when he’s directing it completely by himself. His choice to stay as truthful to the series as possible – like he did with Sin City – will surely make those who enjoy the books breath a sigh of relief.

5. Tag: Tag is set in motion when an average Joe strolls down the street after a fight with his girlfriend when a random stranger tags him, handing off an ancient pagan curse. He begins to literally die, seeing his body begin to decompose every day before his very eyes. Cursed, he must either surrender or find the next victim to tag.

The general plot is quite alluring, and that last line makes you wonder what could happen in the third act. So the story’s got me as far as the selling part goes, but can they deliver on something that could just as easily be laughed at? I’ll give this one the benefit of the doubt and say that so long as Universal doesn’t screw it up (HA!) this could very well be one fun movie going experience.

All that talk about obscure comic books getting film deals is making me want to see 300 now more than ever.

Can the speculation finally end? Tune in next week, same bat time, same bat chanel!

Latino Review, who was the first to reveal that Brandon Routh would play Superman, has posted on their site that a very trusted source told them an offer was officially made last night to Heath Ledger to star as The Joker in the Batman Begins Sequel.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love the guys work, The Patriot, Monster’s Ball, The Four Feathers, Ned Kelly and Brokeback Mountain all show what a talented actor he is. But can he pull off funny? I honestly don’t remember seeing the guy laugh (or even smile) once in any movie I’ve seen him in, yet he’ll play Joker? I’m not going to get too worked up over this as it’s still a rumor, and even if the rumor is true he could always turn down the role. Crispen Glover is still the only actor I can see playing this role, if anybody else gets the part it just won’t feel right.

Share your thought on the rumor over in the forums!

Top 10 at the Box Office
1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Review Here and Here
2. Little Man
3. You, Me and Dupree Review Here
4. Superman Returns Review Here and Here
5. The Devil Wears Prada Review Here
6. Cars Review Here
7. Click Review Here
8. The Lake House Review Here
9. Nacho Libre Review Here
10. A Scanner Darkly Review Here

New Releases in Theaters (7/28)
– Miami Vice
– The Ant Bully
– John Tucker Must Die
– Brothers of the Head (limited)
– Little Miss Sunshine (limited) – 7/26
– I Like Killing Flies (limited)
– In My Father’s Den (limited)
– Scoop (limited)

On Store Shelves This Week (7/25)
– Academy Award Nominated Short Films
– Ask the Dust
– Awesome; I F**kin’ Shot That
– The Benchwarmers
– Bogie & Bacall: The Signature Collection
– Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story
– Final Destination 3
– Halloween: 25 Years of Terror
– Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers – Divimax Special Edition
– Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers – Divimax Special Edition
– Ladybugs
– Somersault
– The Will Rogers Collection, Volume 1

What a Tease!
Before I send you off, be sure to check out these trailers for some upcoming films:
Children of Men
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Prestige
Renaissance
The Science of Sleep
Little Miss Sunshine
The Last Kiss
The U.S. vs John Lennon
Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story
The Oh in Ohio

And that’s a wrap for this week, since Ryan comes back next week, see you guys in fourteen.