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ArthurAlthough theater audiences were not offered much new to watch over the four-day weekend, I must say that I was bit surprised as to how the box office totals shook out.  I was certain that Primeval would reign supreme. I mean—when when does a movie about a serial-killing crocodile not come out on top??  And despite Madonna’s participation, I thought Arthur and the Invisibles would place higher than 9th.  Parents are always desperate to find something for their rug rats, right?

Here are the totals for last week (as compiled by Media By Numbers LLC):

1. Stomp the Yard, Sony Screen Gems, $25,876,318
2. Night at the Museum, Fox, $21,847,867
3. The Pursuit of Happyness, Sony, $10,703,352
4. Dreamgirls, Paramount, $10,259,911
5. Freedom Writers, Paramount, $8,849,005
6. Children of Men, Universal, $7,449,555
7. Alpha Dog, Universal, $7,411,750
8. Primeval, Disney, $6,792,318
9. Arthur and the Invisibles, MGM, $5,702,789
10. Charlotte’s Web, Paramount, $5,348,867


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Golden Globe  For those of you who were so busy watching 24 that you forgot all about The Golden Globe Awards, you are in luck.  You get the benefit of knowing of that we watched it minute-by-minute for you.  Need to know what movies to cram in before the Academy Awards arrive?  Want to know if Neil and I both picked the same Best Movie as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association?  First watch our January 5th episode then jump over to the awards coverage at TV Envy.

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It’s the announcement moviegoers have been waiting for – the fourth ‘Indy’ installment is definitely coming, Harrison, George, and Steven will be in their respective roles, and it’s all happening in the near future.  Before now, the will was there, along with the talent, but no official statement had been made regarding the film.  The script, which spent over ten years in development, has finally been completed and greenlit by the mighty triumvirate and “is going to be the best one yet,” according to Lucas.  Ford and Spielberg have also expressed great joy and excitement about the project, claiming that fans should expect a story that delivers on the same level as the first three.

Although many of the film’s details remain under wraps – including the official title, locations, and plot – the hype and public extolment from the people who best know the series are enough to excite even the most doubtful of naysayers.  The fourth chapter in the series will begin shooting sometime later this year.  Look for any updates on casting, plot, or official release right here on FilmCrunch.

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The FilmCrunch crew reviews the Mel Gibson release of Apocalypto, Idlewild, as well as Superman Returns on DVD. We also give you our picks for the best movies of 2006 in our holiday episode.

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Will Smith Pursuit

Chris Gardner (Will Smith) is a gifted, but struggling salesman trying to raise a family and make a decent living in 1980s San Francisco.  One fateful day, he stumbles upon an unpaid internship opportunity at a successful stock brokerage firm, and applies, hoping to start a new life for his family.  When the daily strain becomes too much to bear, his unhappy wife, Linda (Thandie Newton), decides to seek her own future, leaving Gardner to care for their five-year-old son Christopher (Jaden Smith).  Unable to pay the bills on his marginal income, the two are forced to live on the streets, finding shelter in subway bathrooms and homeless shelters.  Inspired by a true story, The Pursuit of Happyness is a reflective and poignant rags–to–riches story that, while embellished for dramatic effect, displays what one can do with enough diligence and determination.

The Pursuit of Happyness is directed by Gabriele Muccino and written by Steven Conrad.  Rated PG–13.

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Neil Estep and Veronica Santiago list the FilmCrunch picks for the best movies of 2006 in our year-end episode. If you missed any of these, be sure to grab them on DVD!

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Neil Estep and Veronica Santiago review The Lake House, which sees Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock team up again.

Speed co-stars Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves reteam for romance in director Alejandro Agresti’s remake of the Korean film Siworae, exploring a mysterious mailbox that somehow bridges time. After moving away from her peaceful lakeside home, a lonely physician (Bullock) begins writing letters to the frustrated architect (Reeves) who now occupies the building, only to discover that they’re living two years apart.

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Peter BoyleThe actor possibly best known for his role as the grotesque, but comical creation in Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein died Tuesday after a long struggle with multiple myloma and heart disease.  Boyle, who more recently played Frank Barone on the long-running sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, had a notable career in both film and television, for which he received much praise and an Emmy in 1996.  No stranger to health problems – he suffered a stroke in 1990 and a heart attack in 1999 – Boyle always bounced back and returned to work, playing his range of grumpy, charming, and comical men.

We’ll sure miss Boyle here at FilmCrunch.  He was always a familiar, friendly face to see on screen and indicated a performance worth watching.  We’ll always remember his amusingly realistic portrayal of the angry and confused, yet sensitive monster in Young Frankenstein, helping make it one of the greatest comedies of all time.

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Neil Estep and Veronica Santiago review one of the best movie releases of 2006, The Departed, starring Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Matt Damon.

To take down South Boston’s Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise in director Martin Scorsese’s crime thriller. While undercover cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) curries favor with mob kingpin Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson), career criminal Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) rises through the police ranks. But both sides soon discover there’s a mole among them.

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We are right back at cha with a full episode of FilmCrunch. This time, Neil Estep and Veronica Santiago go into a bit of news on the upcoming Evan Almighty flick, and also delve into their thoughts on movies like The Departed, The Lake House, and the Platinum Edition The Little Mermaid DVD.

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