Wednesday, July 30, 2008

New Releases Roundup: For the Week of Thursday July 31

New in Movie Theaters * from yahoo
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor - The third installment of the Mummy franchise with Brendan Fraser and John Hannah returning in their respective roles as Rick O'Connell and Jonathan Carnahan. Unfortunately Rachel Weisz was unable to reprise her role as Rick's wife Evelyn, due to scheduling conflicts after delivering her baby, so Maria Bello took her place. Nothing against Bello, but Weisz made that role her own with all of that spunkiness and daring. It looks like in this film, Rick and Evelyn's son has a bigger part to play as he is now a young man, so perhaps he and his "Dad" will share more screentime, rather than Rick and Evelyn. The film also stars Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh.
Midnight Meat Train - This gory suspense/horror film costars Vinnie Jones as a brutal serial killer. Also stars Bradley Cooper.
Sixty Six - This comedy boasts a novel premise and a fine cast. A young boy's celebratory Bar Mitzvah approaches in the summer of 1966. However all sorts of things go wrong for him and his family, including a failing family business, as his big day draws near. That day really appears to be headed for disaster as England keeps winning their World Cup matches, perhaps leading them to a coveted appearance in the Cup Final. Unfortunately, game day happens to be scheduled on the day of his Bar Mitzvah. The cast includes Eddie Marsan, Helena Bonham Carter and Catherine Tate. This film comes out in limited release on August 1st.

New in DVDs * from blockbuster
The Deal (2003) - From director Stephen Frears, this political docudrama focuses on Tony Blair's rise to the position of Prime Minister. Stars David Morrissey and Michael Sheen.
Doomsday (2008) - Science fiction thriller starring Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins, Dr. Bashir himself Alexander Siddig, Siddig's uncle Malcolm McDowell, Adrian Lester, and Sean Pertwee.
WarGames (1983) - This modern classic [beloved by me] about a teenage boy who just wanted to 'play a game' stars Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy and John Wood.
Two Fat Ladies - Television cooking show starring Clarissa Dickson Wright and Jennifer Paterson.
Robin of Sherwood: The Complete Collection - Television series which ran from 1984 to 1986 and stars Michael Praed as Robin, later to be replaced by Jason Connery. Nickolas Grace [who played Anthony Blanche in the televised Brideshead Revisited], Ray Winstone, and Philip Jackson [Inspector Japp in Poirot] costar.

New in Music * from billboard
Eurythmics - "Be Yourself Tonight", "We Too Are One" Sony/BMG label
Robert Palmer - "Best of Robert Palmer [Collectables]", "Heavy Nova" Collectables label
Genesis - "Foxtrot [Bonus DVD]", "Genesis: 1970-1975 [Box Set] [Bonus DVD]", "Nursery Cryme [Bonus DVD]", "Selling England by the Pound [Bonus DVD]", "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway [Bonus DVD]", "Trespass [Bonus DVD]" EMD Int'l label
The Yardbirds - "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: 1964-1966" Rhino label
The Smiths - "Handsome Devil" WEA Int'l label
Thompson Twins - "Here's to Future Days" Edsel label
Ron Wood - "I've Got My Own Album to Do", "Now Look" Rhino label
Kiki Dee - "Angel Eyes", "Cage the Songbird", "I've Got the Music in Me", "Kiki Dee", "Loving & Free", "Stay with Me" EMD Int'l label
Pet Shop Boys - "Introspective" Collectables label
Led Zeppelin - "Led Zeppelin [Limited Edition]", "Led Zeppelin III [Limited Edition]" Atlantic Australia label
Tom Jones - "Live at Cardiff Castle [Sight and Sound]" WEA Int'l label
Eric Clapton - "Pilgrim/Reptile", "Road to Escondido/Back Home" Warner Music label
The Paddingtons - "Stand Down" Universal label
Elton John - "The Captain & the Kid" Interscope label
The Pretenders - "The Isle of View [Sight and Sound]" WEA Int'l label
Rick Astley - "The Ultimate Collection" Sony BMG Europe label

[Photo of Sixty Six is from Norwood and photo of Pet Shop Boys is from Irvine Housing Blog]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for connecting the dots! I am always telling my husband that there must only be about a dozen actors in England all revolving through each others shows.