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July 2005
Week of July 18th through July 22nd

HUSTLE & FLOW OPENS July 22nd

Hustle & Flow” is the redemptive story of a streetwise Memphis hustler trying to find his voice and realize his long-buried dreams. Though DJay (Terrence Howard) has always had a way with words, that gift has long been misused; this philosopher-hustler lives a dead-end life at the fringes of society. Anything more feels out of reach. Still, DJay wonders what happened to all the big dreams he had for his life. A chance encounter with an old friend, Key (Anthony Anderson), a sound engineer who has always wanted to make it in the music business, spurs DJay: if he’s ever going to make his mark, it has to happen now. He begins to write down his freestyle raps – his flow – and the two team up with Shelby (DJ Qualls), a church musician with a beat machine, to lay down bass-thumping crunk tracks. DJay’s metamorphosis affects his entire house, as the women in his life – Shug (Taraji P. Henson) and Nola (Taryn Manning) – find ways to contribute to the creative process. With the impending visit to Memphis of hometown platinum-selling rapper Skinny Black (Ludacris), DJay has to make one last hustle if he’s ever going to flow.

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Features

Latest Features Additions:
  
Hustle & Flow: Cast Interviews

Terrence Howard and Stephanie Allain
John Singleton and Craig Brewer
Anthony Anderson


The Island: An Interview with Scarlett Johansson and Michael Bay

At a recent press conference, both Michael Bay and Scarlett Johansson talked about their experiences on the film.


DVD news

Carlito's Way: Rise to Power comes to DVD on Sept. 27.


Bad News Bears: An Interview with Billy Bob Thorton

Thornton talks about his role and working with Director Richard Linklater.


Happy Endings: Cast Interviews

Tom Arnold and Maggie Gyllenhaal
Director Don Roos, Jesse Bradford and Jason Ritter


Notorious B.I.G. News

Fuqua Directing Notorious B.I.G. Biopic.


Serenity News

The Hollywood News is showcasing the trailer to the sci-fi film featuring Gina Torres, Ron Glass and Chiwetel Ejiofor.


Comic Con: V for Vendetta

Natalie Portman speaks her character.


Comic Con: Superman Returns

Director Bryan Singer speaks.


First Look: Get Rich or Die Tryin'

Poster and images now online.


Eddie Murphy news

Eddie Murphy & Chris Rock to do a film together.


First Look: Four Brothers

Tyrese, Terrence Howard, and Andre Benjamin images now online.


AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL 2005 WINNERS

Charles Randolph-Wright's directorial debut, "On the One," swept the feature film prizes.


The Momentum Experience Launches

Will Smith & Duane Martin Back New Black Film Company.


The Noonie G. Story

Chicago-born hip-hop legend Common will narrate on ex-gangster disciple chief biopic.


Blast DVD News

Eddie Griffin, Vivica A. Fox and Breckin Meyer join forces in action thriller.


Charlie & the Chocolate Factory: Cast Interviews

Johnny Depp
Tim Burton
John August and Richard Zanuck


The Island Premiere

Photos from the premiere are now online.


Mad Hot Ballroom: An Interview with Director Marilyn Agrelo

Ms. Agrelo talks about her approach to the film and learning some lessons as a first time director.


Shining Stars of 2005

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.


The Inside Man Film Update

Set photos of Spike Lee's film are now online.


Take the Lead Casting Update

“America's Next Top Model” finalist, Yaya Lands Lead Film Role Alongside Antonio Banderas.


Rush Hour 3 News

Jackie Chan says Chris Tuckers has too many demands for Rush Hour 3.


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.


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Reviews

Latest Review Additions:
  
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Review (in Film )
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is quite simply, wonderful; a brilliantly imagined story that will win old fans and new fans.

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

Cronicas Review (in Film )
It’s wonderful to see the new guard of Spanish filmmakers and actors working together to show different stories from places ignored by Hollywood.

Miss Congeniality 2 DVD Review (in Film )
It’s wonderful to see the new guard of Spanish filmmakers and actors working together to show different stories from places ignored by Hollywood.

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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