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Eureka by Andrew Cosby (Producer, Writer) (Sci-Fi Channel July 2006 / ) - Small Town. Big Secret. Actually, lots of them. Ok. Get a really big blender and toss in Mayberry RFD, Twin Peaks, Picket Fences, The X-Files, and for good measure... a few episodes of the Prisoner. Add a few solid SF genre actors for character, Notably there was Matt Frewer, though he may be just in the pilot. For a town full of super-geniuses, there's not enough barbed-wire for our taste...but it's a likeable cast and we're looking forward to watching things develop.

See our interview with Eureka's real founder, Executive ProducerAndrew Cosby

(see review)

Lady in the Water by M. Night Shyamalan (Dir.) (Warner Bros. Pictures, etc. July 21, 2006 / ) - Plot Outline Apartment building superintendent Cleveland Heep (Giamatti) rescues what he thinks is a young woman from the pool he maintains. When he discovers that she is actually a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the journey back to her home, he works with his tenants to protect his new friend from the creatures that are determined to keep her in our world.

Monster House by Gil Kenan (Dir.) (Columbia/Amblin July 2006 / ) - This animated feature-length Halloween "special" released way out of season, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, should captivate, or at least occupy, second-to-fourth-graders in the mood for something creepy. (see review)

My Super Ex-Girlfriend by Ivan Reitman (Dir.) (S E Productions Inc. July 21, 2006 / ) - Plot Synopsis: When Matt Saunders meets Jenny Johnson, he thinks he's found the perfect girl. However, he decides to break things off with her when she becomes too needy, controlling, and jealous. Jenny doesn't take it well and decides to get back at him by using her superpowers, as it turns out Jenny is a superhero named G-Girl. Meanwhile, Matt and his co-worker, Hannah start to have a romance with each other which sends Jenny over the edge.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest by Gore Verbinski (Dir.) (Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Walt Disney Pictures July 2006 / ) - This tale finds Jack Sparrow (Depp) compelled to settle a blood debt to Davy Jones, infamous captain of the ghostly Flying Dutchman. Faced with a cursed afterlife of servitude and damnation, Jack is also being hunted by Will Turner (Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Knightley), who must bring back Jack's magical compass if they're to be wed... and escape the gallows for their part in helping Jack. But if Jack can find his heart's desire--or even discern what it is--perhaps there's a way to turn the tables on the otherworldly Davy Jones.

(see review)

The Night Stalker - (SciFi Fridays 8PM) by Daniel Sackheim (Executive Producer) (SciFi Channel 9/29/05 ABC - 7/28/06 SFC
/ $29.99) - "Don't look now, baby, but Kolchak's coming back in style. " Carl Kolchak in The Nightstalker, 1972.

It shouldn't be surprising that Carl Kolchak, aka "The Night Stalker" is hard to kill off, even as a series. After all, he's been dealing with undead and unkillable foes since his humble beginning in the seventies. But when ABC resurrected him with a fresh coat of paint for the new millennium last fall, they found, like so many editors found with the original newspaperman, that the public wasn't ready for him. So they pulled the plug after only six episodes. Which was perfect for the SciFi channel, which has shown a real talent for picking up series that other networks couldn't make work. This summer they're running the pilot and all nine episodes, and who knows...maybe Carl will rise from the grave again...if it can find an audience that appreciates him. And isn't afraid of the dark. (note: if you can't wait for all the episodes to air, you can pick up the full series on DVD. List price is $29.99, but we're seeing it go for considerably less) (see review)

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