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May 2006
Week of May 28nd through June 2nd



 X-MEN: THE LAST STAND
Conquers Memorial Day weekend with boffo opening!

 
This past weekend saw X-Men: The Last Stand take in $120 Million dollars over the holiday weekend becoming the biggest film during Memorial Day weekend. According to boxofficeguru.com, during the Friday-to-Sunday portion of the holiday weekend, the new X-Men pic grossed a stunning $103.1M making it the fourth largest bow in history after three other May smashes - Spider-Man ($114.8M in 2002), Star Wars Episode III ($108.4M in 2005), and Shrek 2 ($108M in 2004).

  In "X-Men: The Last Stand," the climax of the "X-Men" motion picture trilogy, a "cure" for mutancy threatens to alter the course of history. For the first time, mutants have a choice: retain their uniqueness, though it isolates and alienates them, or give up their powers and become human. The opposing viewpoints of mutant leaders Charles Xavier, who preaches tolerance, and Magneto, who believes in the survival of the fittest, are put to the ultimate test – triggering the war to end all wars. Cast includes Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Halle Berry, James Marsden, Anna Paquin, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Shawn Ashmore, Kelsey Grammer, Daniel Cudmore, Vinnie Jones, Ben Foster, Ellen Page, Olivia Williams, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Bill Duke, Michael Murphy, Dania Ramirez, and Aaron Stanford. 
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WILL SMITH news

Smith to do "Seven Pounds" for Columbia Pictures.
 
DIE HARD 4 casting news

Cinescape says Scott Speedman may be the villian in the next installment.
 
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest update

Check out the trailer and new pics of Naomie Harris
 
BRING IT ON: ALL OR NOTHING DVD news

Sequels stars Solange Knowles-Smith and Rihanna
 
ANGELA ROBINSON news

Robinson to direct "Pledged" for Paramount.
 
FOREST WHITAKER news

Whitaker to star in "Vantage Point" with Dennis Quaid.
 
TYLER PERRY news

Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girl cast includes Gabrielle Union, Idris Elba, Tracee Ellis Ross, Malinda Williams, Terri Vaughn and Lou Gossett Jr.
 
DANNY GLOVER news

Glover to join "Be Kind, Rewind" for New Line Cinema.
 
 
MORGAN FREEMAN news

Freeman to join Affleck in "Gone, Baby, Gone" for Miramax Films.
 
 
MIAMI VICE update

New pics added with Jamie Foxx and Collin Farrell.

 
X-MEN- The Last Stand : Cast Interviews

Halle Berry
Director Brett Ratner
Hugh Jackman
Aaron Stanford and Dania Ramirez
Ben Foster, Anna Paquin, and Shawn Ashmore
Bill Duke
 
 
THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT update

Check out the latest pics with Bow Wow.

 
SLOW BURN update

Lions Gate Films to release LL Cool J, Taye Diggs, and Mekhi Phifer film in August.

 
SPIKE LEE news

Lee to direct the thriller "Selling Time" for 20th Century Time.

 
QUEEN LATIFAH news

Latifah to star in HBO telepic on HIV in the black community, "Life Support".

 
Superman Returns update

Superman Returns Posters Added

 
DREAMGIRLS update

Check out the latest pics and feedback from Cannes.

 
The King: An Interview with Gael Garcia Bernal
Garcia Bernal talks about his character, being a Latino actor in this business, and his upcoming projects.

 
Gridiron Gang update
Take a look at the poster and some images.

 
Waist Deep update
Take a look at some pics with The Game and Tyrese

 
Over the Hedge: An Interview with Wanda Sykes
Sykes goes her role as Stella the skunk as well as her upcoming projects.

 
SEE NO EVIL : An Interview with Christina Vidal

Vidal talks about her first scream film and working with the Wrestler Kane.
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VIN DIESEL news

Diesel to star in 2 films, "Black Water Transit" and "Player's Rules"

 
Transformers update

Transformer CGI Test & Stills

 
X-Men: The Last Stand update

IESB.net has 18 clips on the upcoming superhero film.

 
THE LADY IN THE WATER update

Check out the latesr poster for the M. Night Shymalan flick.

 
CHRIS ROCK news

Rock to direct "I Think I Love My Wife" with Kerry Washington and Gina Torres.

 
The Da Vinci Code update
Check out the latest pics and clips
 
Miami Vice update
Check out the latest posters and pics
 
TRANSFORMERS cast update
Tyrese Gibson, Rachael Taylor, and Amaury Nolasco joins Bernie Mac and Jon Voight in "Transformers".
 
Summer Preview 2006
Let the summer season begin: MI3, X-Men: The Last Stand, Superman Returns, Miami Vice, Snakes on a Plane and many more.
 
50 CENT news

Rapper 50 Cent to "Live Bet" for Universal Picturess
 
SPECIAL ARTICLE: LOWERING THE BAR

Anonymous critic talks about the state of black films.

 
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Reviews

Latest Review Additions:
  
w DISTRICT B13 (in Film )

Unlikely Buddies Blend to Save Ghetto in Futuristic Action Flick from France
 

w X-Men: The Last Stand (in Film )

Every great franchise inevitably takes a step back, but to portray “X-Men: The Last Stand” as anything less than disappointing is mincing words.  It is a shell of its predecessors, a technical exercise that is utterly devoid of substance.
 

w Date Movie DVD (in Film )

More shocking than hilarious, but Date Movie offers just enough funny moments to earn this critic’s seal of approval.

w The Da Vinci Code (in Film )

The film is overly faithful to the book, but it is a better than average popcorn film that runs a bit long.
 

w Lemming (in Film )

Suspenseful and surreal, it is perhaps most reminiscent of Swimming Pool, another inscrutable psychological thriller starring Charlotte Rampling

w Something New DVD (in Film )

Mixing mirth with more sophisticated moments, Something New ultimately triumphs primarily because of the easy-going screen chemistry generated by Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker..

w Poseidon (in Film )

Mixing mirth with more sophisticated moments, Something New ultimately triumphs primarily because of the easy-going screen chemistry generated by Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker..

w Big Momma's House 2 DVD (in Film )

Expect to sit stoned-faced throughout the duration of this humorless
adventure. No logic, no laughs, just a textbook “take-the-money-and-run” sequel.

w The Producers DVD (in Film )

Lane and Broderick exhibit perfect timing acting, dancing and singing
together from start to finish..

w African American Lives DVD (in Film )

Alternatively emotional and informative, an overdue return-to-roots saga
made possible through an unprecedented combination of DNA, genealogy and
oral tradition.

w ON THE OUTS DVD (in Film )

Shot documentary style against graphic urban backdrops in gritty environs, the movie is nothing if not convincing in delivering a gripping authentic air.

w Art School Confidential (in Film )

Art School Confidential is an ingenious satire of the pretentious mindset of the elitist art world from the perspective of a rapidly-disillusioned kid who had no idea what he was getting into.

w Munich DVD (in Film )

Riveting Spielberg Espionage Thriller Out on DVD

w MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE: 3 (in Film )

Though the plot is a bit convoluted and Hoffman doesn’t do much as the villain, there’s plenty of action and suspense that will satisfy all those that want to see Cruise in high gear and run like crazy

w Water (in Film )

There are many issues raised here and Mehta explores them to a great degree. Water” is luminous, educational, and compelling.

w La Mujer De Mi Hermano (in Film )

Notwithstanding its directorial weaknesses, the film is appealing enough, albeit in a telenovela sort of way, to leave a lasting impression on American audiences.

w Akeelah and the Bee (in Film )
This touching tale shares a bounty of uplifting messages while taking you on an emotional roller coaster ride guaranteed to leave you wiping away the tears, and on more than one occasion.
 
 
w United 93 (in Film )
Be prepared for an emotional and realistic ride on United 93.
 
w Clean (in Film )
A worthwhile examination of the crash landing of a delusional junkie with an attitude who’s been behaving like a spoiled-rotten diva.
 
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