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July 2005
Week of July 4th through July 8th

SHINING STARS OF 2005

While we approach the latter half of the year, it's time to recognize some talent who we feel have been shining so far or will shine later this year with their production and acting roles in 2005. While most of the selected are not new to this business, blackfilm.com feels their work this year will put them on a bigger film platform than they have ever been on. In no particular order, we present the shining stars of 2005, click here.

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Features

Latest Features Additions:
  
The Fantastic Four : An Interview with Director Tim Story and Avi Arad

Tim Story and Marvel President and CEO of Marvel Studios Avi Arad spoke about their roles in making The Fantastic Four come to the big screen.


Dark Water : An Interview with Jennifer Connelly

Connelly goes over her character Dahlia Williams and her opinion on the scary movie genre.


Raymond King: A Technician's point of view on films

King spoke about his technical role on The Fantastic Four and Sky High.


American Black Film Festival News

Havana lensed Love & Suicide to screen at a The American Black Film Festival.


MARVEL mania: Avi Arad speaks

A 40 minute video interview with Marvel man, Avi Arad, is up at IESB.net.


Anthony Mackie News

King spoke about his technical role on The Fantastic Four and Sky High.


Ice Cube News

King spoke about his technical role on The Fantastic Four and Sky High.


Rebound: An Interview with Wendy Raquel Robinson

Ms. Robinson speaks about her character and working with Martin Lawrence.


Black Snake Moan Preview

Director Craig Brewer gave an insight as to his next film, Black Snake Moan. The film will star Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci and Justin Timberlake..


Steven Spielberg - Tom Cruise Press Conference Interview

In a recent press conference in New York City, Spielberg and Cruise talked about the film and working with each other again.


The Breed News

While attending the 2005 Urbanworld Film Festival to promote “Costellation”, actor Hill Harper spoke about filming "The Breed", while actress Taryn Manning (Hustle & Flow, Cold Mountain, Crossroads, White Oleander) spoke about her role while promoting “Hustle and Flow.


King Kong News

The trailer is now online.


Urbanworld Film Festival 2005 Winners

Winners were announced for feature, documentary, short film, screenplay and music video categories.


Urbanworld Film Festival 2005

Roll Bounce kicks off opening night.


Land of the Dead : Cast Interviews

John Leguizamo
Director George A. Romero


Freddie Highmore News

Highmore to star in Awful End.


Johnny Depp News

While speaking about "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" in the Bahamas, Johnny Depp talked about working on "Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3".


First Look: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory

New photos added.


First Look: The Fantastic Four

New photos added.


Insideman News

Ejoifor and Dafoe join Washington and Owen in Spike Lee's film.


Rize: An Interview with the Cast

Members of the Krumps talk about the dancing style that is catching attention.


IMAX News

Batman Begins will shown on IMAX theaters with Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory to follow.


First Look: Hustle & Flow

New pictures added.


Time for Some Action

Kerry Washington talks post-Ray, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and The Fantastic Four.


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First Looks

Sky High
Mirrormask
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
The Great Raid
Rent
Lonely Hearts
Serenity
Four Brothers
End Game
The Island
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Underclassmen
The Brothers Grimm
Ghost Rider
Rize
Cry Wolf
A Scanner Darkly
Akeelah and the Bee
The Tenants
Red Eye
Edison
Stealth
Hustle and Flow
Dying for Dolly
War Of The Worlds
Aeon Flux
The Man
Cronicas
Into the Blue

Carlito's Way

Rebound
Shadowboxer
Underworld: Evolution
Roll Bounce

The Cave
Memoirs of a Geisha
An Unfinished Life
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
The Fantastic Four

 

Reviews

Latest Review Additions:
  
The Fantastic Four Review (in Film )
Fantastic Four is terribly miscast.  It’s poorly written, visually uninteresting, and worst of all, boring.

War of the Worlds Review (in Film )
War of the Worlds is essentially a popcorn flick with no substance.  It doesn’t have the great adventure feeling that Spielberg has accomplished so masterfully in his other films.

Batman Begins Review (in Film )
"Batman Begins" is one of the best transitions from the comic book to the big screen. Not only is it spectacular, but it is truly amazing and embodied by such a talented cast.

Casino DVD Review (in Film )
A chock full of deleted scenes and commentaries are added to this gem of a film.

Brother to Brother DVD Review (in Film )
Rodney Evans’ film is one small part of a long struggle to open the cellar door and let in the light.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith Review (in Film )
Together, Pitt and Jolie make the perfect on-screen couple because this film is the best action film for both sexes. It offers romance and comedy that should delight the fans of these stars.

The Honeymooners Review (in Film )
"The Honeymooners" is a dismal remake of a classic TV show that makes one go back to Blockbusters to rent the original show just for the laughs.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Review (in Film )
We may not all enjoy films on romance, or some young girls life’s journey, but what the film ultimately does is remind us of our basic human conditions, putting life into perspective yet again.

Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith Review (in Film )
Sith is the best of the prequels and a magnificent ending to cinema's most popular films.

Mad Hot Ballroom Review (in Film )
MHB is a film about adolescence against the backdrop of ballroom dancing. It's a heartwarming film, where there are no losers but winners across the board.

Crash Review (in Film )
Although some the stories in the film seem contrived, the actors portraying the roles are not only convincing but perhaps give their best performance to date.

XXX: State of the Union Review (in Film )
With the exception of a bullet train at infinite speed and the dialogue, which gave Speedman and Dafoe the worst lines of the film, the film is appealing because Cube and Jackson are worth watching.

Kingdom of Heaven Review (in Film )
The film revels in its desire to be the next great epic, but it merely falls to a solid somewhat banal period piece of excellent bloody sword and arrow play in numerous battles.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Review (in Film )
Hitchhiker's is a breath of fresh air.  It's an inventive escape from the recent batch of uncreative, dispassionate science fiction films..

The Year of the Yao Review (in Film )
The Year of the Yao is a tremendously entertaining film. It's easily the best basketball film I've seen in years.

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