August 2001
Week of August 10th thru August 17th

Poster from American Pie 2 Poster from Rush Hour 2

Sequel Synergy…

The month of August appears to be the month of super-sequels. Last weekend, "Rush Hour 2" blasted the competition by grossing more than $66 Million at domestic cash-boxes. This weekend, "American Pie 2" returns with the same gang and "the buzz" is that the flick is funny. Congratulations to the folks at Zide Perry - we know you have a hit.

This week Kellye Whitney returns with a quick hit on the fashion statements from "Rush Hour 2" and ape-style from "Planet of The Apes." Los Angeles wonder-girl Daos Boonma says Pete Yorn has a sound that you should definitely feel, and music-mind Midas says the "Baby Boy" soundtrack while it still has a little buzz, is a missed opportunity.

Till next week,

The crew

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Latest Sound Garden Addition:
Off the Beaten Path : Reviews of the Uncommon and Exceptional
New Jersey native, Pete Yorn, nearly stole the show with his big hooks and understated lyrical prowess. Yorn and his talented band showcased songs from his debut album entitled, “musicforthemorningafter”.

by Daos Boonma

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Film Duds : Attack of the Summer Blockbusters
Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker teamed up for the second go ‘round of east meets west crime fighting in “Rush Hour 2,” and while the script offered little new and improved humor, the gags, explosions and suits were bigger, brighter and better.

by Kellye Whitney

Latest Specials Addition:
Special Summer Theatre Review : Blue
With Ja Rule, Lil Zane, and Tyrese currently expanding their talent to the film industry, one has to wonder as to where are the real thespians. Well, look no further than to your local theater where some are working on their skills.

by Wilson Morales

Latest Interview Additions:
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.

by Midas

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 what it was like the second time around.

by Niambi Sims

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Latest Editorial Addition:
The headline might make you think about Redman’s club-classic, but right now I would like for you to really take some action.

by Shelby J. Jones, Editor

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Latest Soundtrack Reviews Addition:
Baby Boy - Close but not good enough
Rarely does the infamous “younger generation” recognize where samples for the most popular hip-hop song originated. This is the compelling undercurrent surrounding the “Baby Boy” Soundtrack.

Reviewed by Midas

Latest Film Reviews Additions:
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Rush Hour 2
Three years ago, Los Angeles detectives Carter (Chris Tucker) and Lee (Jackie Chan) propelled us through a comedic joy ride in Rush Hour. Now, the crime- fighting duo is back again.

Reviewed by Niambi Sims

Planet of the Apes - Too Much Monkey Business…
“Planet of The Apes,”…wow…wow…wow…!” It’s almost impossible not to be excited about this film. With scientist constantly discovering new theories on why apes are probably our forefathers, this film comes along at the right time to shed some possible theories on the issue...

Reviewed by Shelby J. Jones

Latest Indie Reviews Additions:
Jump Tomorrow
In Josh Hopkins’ first feature film, “Jump Tomorrow,” he manages to make this quirky comedy enjoyable. It’s a battle between love and responsibility. Guess which prevails?

Reviewed by Wilson Morales

In 1960 Patrice Lumumba was chosen as Congo’s first prime minister. Within less than a year, he would be assassinated with no body to be found.

Reviewed by Wilson Morales

Latest "One Shots" Reviews Additions:
The Score
“The Score” is a film where the acting is solid and the story is simple, with a twist...

Reviewed by Wilson Morales

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SHOWTIME'S ANNUAL BLACK FILMMAKER SHOWCASE - Accepting Entries for 2002 Competition
As part of The Black Experience, SHOWTIME is proud to provide the opportunity for young African-American filmmakers to express themselves through its annual Black Filmmaker Showcase.
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