July 2001
Week of July 27th thru August 3rd

Back it up and let's Rush it again…

Publicity Shot for Rush Hour 2

The blackfilm.com crew is excited about Rush Hour 2 and so should you. Although New Line has lost their film revolutionary in Michael DeLuca, the studio appears poised to continue to rock-shock the nation with urban tales and dramatic power. The blackfilm.com team is pleased to present our special coverage of Rush Hour 2 for your enjoyment. We would like to issue a special thanks to Wendy Rutherford, Amy Terpuluk and the spirit of New Line Cinema which has been an important catalyst in the development of blackfilm.com's efforts. And a special shout to Matt Cowal of Allied Advertising in Washington D.C. Thanks for your help.

Read interviews with Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Zhang Ziyi & Brett Ratner, view a gallery of photos from the movie, and play the RH2 Trivia Contest where you could WIN a signed RH2 poster, t-shirts and DVD Dragon Packs with Friday and the original Rush Hour.

QUIET on the set…places everybody…steady…NOW…POINT…CLICK…READ!

Till next week,

The blackfilm.com crew

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In this international roundtable interview, director Brett Ratner fields questions about the sequel Rush Hour II as well as the compatibility & appeal of Chinese and black culture in one film.

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Interview with Jackie Chan
In this interview, Chan reveals the pressures of being Jackie Chan, making the Rush Hour sequel, his search for movies that appeal to all audiences, and his cynicism with Hollywood’s recent interest in Asian films.

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Interview with Chris Tucker
In the sequel to the mega hit, Rush Hour, Chris Tucker takes us on a comedic joyride from Vegas to Hong Kong and back again and.... he even does his own stunts!! The funny man tells blackfilm.com what it was like the second time around.

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Interview with Zhang Ziyi
She mesmerized us in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Now this 22 year-old Chinese actress is about to make her mark on Hollywood in New Line Cinema’s Rush Hour 2.  Zhang Ziyi gives blackfilm.com the scoop.

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Rush Hour 2
Grand Prize: RH2 Poster Signed by Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan, Zhang Ziyi and director Brett Ratner

10 Second Place Winners: DVD Dragon Pack - includes Rush Hour & Friday DVD’s, RH2 Poster & T-shirt


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