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Gibson opens big with “Signs” – M. Night Shyamalan’s fourth film cracked $60 million at this week’s box office, pulling home an estimated $60.3 million according to Boxofficemojo.com. Shyamalan’s previous film “Unbreakable” was considered a box office disappointment after the wild success of the break-out thriller “The Sixth Sense.” Next week’s biggest threats to “Signs” are “Spy Kids 2” and the Vin Diesel rip-off of “The Spy Who Loved Me,” in “xXx.”

DVDs attack! – Starwars.com dropped the release date for the first ever digital to DVD film, announcing a November 12 street date for “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.” The DVD is reported to contain no fewer than eight deleted scenes and will be formatted similarly to last year’s “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” DVD.

Also hiting shelves in November is the special edition “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” only a few months on the heels of this week’s release of the two-disc “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” set. The August 6 release will include the theatrical edition and a 10 minute peak at the upcoming “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.” The second disc in the set will also include three documentaries, fifteen featurettes that appeared one the official website and a preview for the four disc special edition. The sequel to “Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring” hits theaters nationwide in December.

Pounding the Pavement – Matador Records announced this week that it has set an Oct. 22 release date for the reissue of Pavement’s debut record Slanted and Enchanted exactly 10 years and six months to the day that Slanted saw its original release.

The new two disc version will be remastered and will have bonus tracks including the Watery Domestic EP in its entirety.

Pavement also announced plans to release the long awaited DVD “Slow Century” that has been in the works for years. The DVD will feature 11 music videos, directory commentary from Lance Bangs and two full concerts that can be watched from various camera angles.

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