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May 2004
Week of May 3rd thru May 7th
This summer is packed with many of our favorites stars looking to excel in new adventures. Jamie Foxx has two films out this summer, including "Collateral" with Tom Cruise. Eddie Murphy stole the show in the first Shrek that he's back again in "Shrek 2". Mario Van Peebles plays his father, Melvin, in "Baadasss!", a story of how Melvin became a pioneer in the film business for independent films. Antoine Fuqua helms "King Arthur". Spike Lee directs Anthony Mackie in "She Hate Me", while Halle Berry goes "meow" in "Catwoman". Sanaa Lathan and Morris Chestnut battle monsters of a different kind in "Alien Vs. Predator" and "Anacondas: The Hunt for the Black Orchid" respectively. Along with these films, there are plenty of sequels and remakes, and films for the entire family.



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Take an exclusive peek at Halle Berry's latest film, Catwoman.
Summer Previews
Just like last summer, when the season was totally dominated by the amount of sequels that came out, this summer is no different.
Set Visit: Be Cool
blackfilm.com was recently invited to the set for a conversation or two with key members of the cast and crew- namely Travolta, The Rock, Vince Vaughn and director F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job)
Van Helsing: An Interview with Hugh Jackman & Kate Beckinsale
In a recent press conference to promote their latest film, Van Helsing, both Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale spoke about their reasons for being in this film as well as the rumor of Hugh Jackman being the next James Bond.
DVD Releases
The month of May releases starts off with drama, comedy, romance and adventure.
The 8th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival
World’s Premiere Showcase For Urban, Ethnic and Multicultural Cinema To Be Held in New York City on August 4-8, 2004.
Vivica A. Fox party
Vivica delivers an awesome one-two punch as she graced the red carpet at the oh-so-Hollywood-chic Club IVAR on Tuesday, May 20th in honor of being on the cover of Smooth Magazine’s May Issue.
Film Festival: Ten Years of Freedom
Coming out this week is "Ten Years Of Freedom - Films from the New South Africa," which is the biggest event in the US marking the 10 years since Nelson Mandela was elected.
Laws of Attraction: Cast Interviews

Pierce Brosnan
Julianne Moore

Mean Girls: An Interview with Tina Fey
As I sat down with Tina, she discussed the film and how her own school experience played a major role in the film as well as life on SNL (Saturday Night Live) and all that is going on and to come in her life.
Man on Fire: An Interview with Denzel Washington
Washington recently spoke to blackfilm.com about the experience, bonding with a child co-star, and his own process of growing up.
13 Going on 30: Cast Interviews

Jennifer Garner
Mark Ruffalo

First Look: Alien Vs. Predator
Here's a first look at Sanaa Lathan's next film.
Kill Bill Vol. 2: An Interview with Director Quentin Tarantino
Blackfilm.com sat with Quentin Tarantino to discuss Volume 2 providing depth into the storyline that audiences have been waiting for.
Sneak Peak: She Hate Me
Take a look at the latest film from Morris Chestnut.
Sneak Peak: Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid
Take a look at the latest film from Morris Chestnut.
An Outlook on The Passion of the Christ
Blackfilm.com sat down with Reverend Clinton M. Miller, 36, pastor of Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY to hear his views on Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ.
The Punisher : Cast Interviews

Thomas Jane
John Travolta

Johnson Family Vacation: Cast Interviews

Cedric the Entertainer
Bow Wow and Solange Knowles

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Laws of Attraction (in Film)
Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore are attractive actors that have great screen chemistry together. Unfortunately, that doesn't save Laws of Attraction from being an average at best romantic comedy. They deserve a better plot for their romantic escapades.

Mean Girls (in Film)
Just when you thought you've seen all the teen movies possible.this one surprises you. This undiscovered comedy is a definite early "summer" bird contender. It has all the makings of a box office hit.

Man on Fire (in Film)
Man on Fire is a film that will own you utterly as you watch it. Denzel Washington delivers a revenge film of raw feeling and ferocity. He goes to the darkest, most nuanced place of his career and it is more hardcore than this reviewer could have ever imagined. 

The Agronomist (in Film)
The Agronomist is Jonathon Demme’s love poem to Dominique and call to arms about his struggle.  Everyone in the world should sit and watch this movie.  Its themes are universal.
Kill Bill Vol. 2 (in Film)
Superbly written and acted, Kill Bill Vol.2 outpaces its predecessor by a satisfying margin.
Connie and Carla (in Film)
Nia Vardalos and Toni Collette are good together, but the film needed a better script to showcase their acting talent. The film starts off with a cute premise, then quickly falls into political correctness and silly drag queen humor.
The Punisher (in Film)
The Punisher is an ill-fated attempt of bringing substance to a clichéd genre. There’s a lack of dialogue, a lack of violence, and a total waste of performances by the cast.
The Girl Next Door (in Film)
The Girl Next Door succeeds admirably as the best teen comedy since American Pie. The film could be the launching pad of fame for its young stars.
The Alamo (in Film)
The Alamo is not nearly the disaster it has been made out to be. Having read quite a bit about the story of The Alamo, the latest Hollywood version is the most accurate to date.
Johnson Family Vacation (in Film)
After seeing how well they worked together on television with “The Steve Harvey Show” and then on the big screen with “The Kings of Comedy”, it’s disappointing to see Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer together again in the unfunny film “Johnson Family Vacation”.
Hellboy (in Film)
Pulse pounding with some comedic flair, Hellboy is action adventure flick that's entertaining for newcomers to the comic book genre.
Walking Tall (in Film)
Walking Tall is most the simplistic pulse pounding action film so far this year. Just when you thought the one-man action genre films died with Stallone and Arnold, The Rock proves that he can bring it back with some intelligence and finesse.
Home on the Range (in Film)
Home on the Range is a fine film that proves hand drawn animation still has a place in the cinema. It's a wonderful children's movie and deserves a place among Disney's best.
The United States of Leland (in Film)
The flaw is really in the filmmaking. This is the first feature film from writer/director Matt Hoge. The guy has passion, it's evident on screen, but the film needed some fine-tuning to shore up the story and the pace.
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