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 V.13 No.25 | June 17 - 23, 2004 

Reel World

It's been a good, long time since we dug our grubby fingers into the Hollywood rumor mill. Let's see what we can dig up this week. ...

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Taking his acting cues from his friends the rocks, Vin remains tough, inflexible and nonverbal

Film Review

The Chronicles of Riddick

Overblown sci-fi spectacle still explosive entertainment

Vin Diesel is pretty much the definition of a modern, manufactured movie star. He's famous, but it's a little hard to figure out why. He's usually cited as the star of The Fast and The Furious and xXx. Fast and the Furious made a respectable $140 million at the box office. Unfortunately, the non-Diesel-fueled sequel, 2 Fast 2 Furious, made $130 million without him. xXx also made $140 million. Unfortunately, it cost nearly $90 million to make. Like 2 Fast before it, the sequel will be made without Diesel's expensive help.

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The Terminal  ’s low budget meant no star trailer for Hanks.

Film Review

The Terminal

Lightweight romantic comedy reaches new heights on airy charm

While pal George Lucas continues to isolate himself from the realities of filmmaking, emerging occasionally from his hermetically sealed “ranch” to exert Nero-like control over yet another inaccessible Star Wars sequel, Steven Spielberg seems to be moving in the opposite direction. Spielberg's last movie outing was the jaunty little caper Catch Me If You Can. Though it boasted the star power of Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, it was a simple, modestly budgeted character piece. So too is his latest work, the humble romantic comedy The Terminal.

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Idiot Box

Must Bleed TV

Salem's Lot on TNT

Everybody of a certain age cites the 1979 Salem's Lot mini-series as one of the scariest things they've ever seen—largely due to one creepy ass dead kid scratching at a bedroom window. At the tender age of 10, that particular image was more than enough to haunt my dreams for weeks. Fright fans will be happy to note that TNT's new update of Stephen King's smash novel retains the kid.

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Week in Sloth

The Week in Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.

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Today's Events

Film follows a conspiracy surrounding the nonimation of a vice presidential candidate. Part of the Magnificent Meryl film series.

Wednesday

White Sands International Film Festival at Multiple Locations

Free Wednesday: Film Series at Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

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