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2008 SUMMER PREVIEW

2008 SUMMER PREVIEW
Here's a look at what's head for the summer
by Wilson Morales

 

THE LONGSHOTS

Release Date: July 25, 2008
Distributor: Dimension Films (The Weinstein Company), MGM
Director: Fred Durst
Screenwriter: Nick Santora, Doug Atchison
Cast: Ice Cube, Tasha Smith, Keke Palmer, Jill Marie Jones, Earthquake
Synopsis: Based on a true story, a poor Illinois town comes together behind the local Pop Warner football team and their unlikely quarterback, Jasmine Plummer, the first female in Pop Warner football history. Under the tutelage of her uncle Curtis, a former high school football star, Jasmine leads her team, the Harvey Colts, to the Pop Warner Super Bowl and inspires the town of Wallace to reclaim some of its former glory.
CLICK HERE FOR TRAILER AND PICS - http://www.blackfilm.com/20080411/features/thelongshots.shtml

 

THE  X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE

Release Date: July 25, 2008
Director: 20th Century Fox
Director: Chris Carter
Screenwriter: Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz
Cast: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Xzibit, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly, Callum Keith Rennie, Adam Godley
Synopsis: "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" is a stand-alone story in the tradition of some of the show's most acclaimed and beloved episodes, and takes the complicated relationship between Fox Mulder (Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Anderson) in unexpected directions. Mulder continues his unshakable quest for the truth, and Scully, the passionate, ferociously intelligent physician, remains inextricably tied to Mulder's pursuits.
CLICK HERE FOR TRAILER AND PICS - http://www.blackfilm.com/20080215/features/xfiles.shtml

 

THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR
Release Date: August 1, 2008
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Director: Rob Cohen
Screenwriter: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Cast: Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, John Hannah, Michelle Yeoh, Anthony Wong, Luke Ford, Isabella Leong
Website: http://robcohenthemummy.com/

Synopsis: The blockbuster global "Mummy" franchise takes a spellbinding turn as the action shifts to Asia for the next chapter in the adventure series, "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor." Brendan Fraser returns as explorer Rick O'Connell to combat the resurrected Han Emperor (Jet Li) in an epic that races from the catacombs of ancient China high into the frigid Himalayas. Rick is joined in this all-new adventure by son Alex (newcomer Luke Ford), wife Evelyn (Maria Bello) and her brother, Jonathan (John Hannah). And this time, the O'Connells must stop a mummy awoken from a 2,000-year-old curse who threatens to plunge the world into his merciless, unending service.
Doomed by a double-crossing sorceress (Michelle Yeoh) to spend eternity in suspended animation, China's ruthless Dragon Emperor and his 10,000 warriors have laid forgotten for eons, entombed in clay as a vast, silent terra cotta army. But when dashing adventurer Alex O'Connell is tricked into awakening the ruler from eternal slumber, the reckless young archaeologist must seek the help of the only people who know more than he does about taking down the undead: his parents.
As the monarch roars back to life, our heroes find his quest for world domination has only intensified over the millennia. Striding the Far East with unimaginable supernatural powers, the Emperor Mummy will rouse his legion as an unstoppable, otherworldly force...unless the O'Connells can stop him first. Now, in "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," the trademark thrills and visually spectacular action of the "Mummy" series will be redefined for a new generation.

"The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" is helmed by director Rob Cohen ("The Fast and the Furious," "xXx") and written by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar ("Spider-Man 2," television's "Smallville"). Reprising their roles as producers in the series are Bob Ducsay, Sean Daniel, Stephen Sommers and James Jacks.

CLICK HERE FOR TRAILER AND PICS - http://www.blackfilm.com/20080104/features/mummy3.shtml

 

THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS 2
Release Date: August 8, 2008
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Sanaa Hamri
Screenwriter: Elizabeth Chandler
Cast: Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn, Jesse Williams
Website: http://www.sisterhoodofthetravelingpants2.com/
Synopis: In "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2," based on Ann Brashares' best-selling series of novels, four young women continue the journey toward adulthood that began with "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants." Now three years later, these lifelong friends embark on separate paths for their first year of college and the summer beyond, but remain in touch by sharing their experiences with each other as they always have--with honesty and humor. Discovering their individual strengths, fears, talents and capacity for love through the choices they make, they come to value more than ever the bond they share and the immeasurable power of their friendship.
CLICK HERE FOR TRAILER AND PICS - http://www.blackfilm.com/20080222/features/sisterhoodofthetravelpants2.shtml

 

TROPIC THUNDER
Release Date: August 15, 2008
Distributor: DreamWorks Pictures (Paramount)
Director: Ben Stiller
Screenwriters: Ben Stiller, Etan Cohen, Justin Theroux
Cast: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Nick Nolte, Brandon Jackson, Steve Coogan, Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Jay Baruchel, Matt Levin, Andrea De Oliveira, Reggie Lee, Matthew McConaughey
Website: http://www.tropicthunder.com/
Synopsis: Ben Stiller says "Tropic Thunder" is a "a comedy about five actors who go on location and find themselves relying on their boot camp experiences when they get stuck in a real war-like situation." Black will play Jeff "Fats" Portnoy, an overweight gross-out comedian, who's forced to kick his drug addiction while filming on location in the jungle. Downey Jr. will play Kirk Lazarus, the greatest actor of his generation and a four-time Oscar winner. Baruchel will play Kevin Sandusky, an unknown actor on the set and Stiller plays Speedman.
CLICK HERE FOR TRAILER AND PICS - http://www.blackfilm.com/20080307/features/tropicthunder.shtml

 

HAMLET 2 
Release Date: August 22, 2008 (limited; wide release: Aug. 29)
Studio: Focus Features (Universal)
Director: Andy Fleming
Screenwriter: Andy Fleming, Pam Brady
Starring: Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, Amy Poehler, David Arquette, Elisabeth Shue, Melonie Diaz
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: R (for language including sexual references, brief nudity and some drug content)
Official Website: http://www.hamlet2.com/

Synopsis: A world premiere at – and the comedy smash of – the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. In the irreverent comedy, a failed actor-turned-worse-high-school-drama teacher (Steve Coogan) rallies his Tucson, AZ students as he conceives and stages a politically incorrect musical sequel to Shakespeare's "Hamlet."
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BABYLON A.D
Release Date: August 29, 2008
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Producers: Alain Goldman, Mathieu Kassovitz
Screenwriter: Eric Besnard
Cinematographer: Thierry Arbogast
Cast: Vin Diesel, Gérard Depardieu, Michelle Yeoh, Charlotte Rampling, Mark Strong, Radek Bruna, Melanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson
Synopsis: A veteran-turned-mercenary (Vin Diesel) agrees to escort a woman from Russia to Germany, not realizing that she's the host for an organism that a cult wants to harvest into a genetically-modified Messiah. Based on the novel by Maurice G. Dantec.
CLICK HERE FOR TRAILER AND PICS - http://www.blackfilm.com/20070525/features/babylonad.shtml

 

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