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Sneak Peak: Friday Night Lights
Take a look at Derek Luke's latest film.
Sneak Peak: Ray
Here's a first look of Jamie Foxx playing Ray Charles.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Cast Interviews
Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson
Robbe Coltrane
Alfonso Cuaron
The Day After Tomorrow: Cast Interviews
Jake Gyllenhaal
Roland Emmerich
DVD Releases
It doesn't get any better this week than seeing Eddie Griffin, Anthony Anderson, Will Smith, and Vin Diesel on home video.
Catwoman : An Interview with Producer Edward McConnell
Producer Edward McConnell talks about the making of Catwoman and why Halle Berry is the best choice for the role.
BAADASSSSS! : An Interview with Mario Van Peebles
Mario talks about his reason he made this film as well as his own experience on the original production.
Soul Plane: Cast Interviews

Snoop Dogg

Saved: Cast Interviews

Mandy Moore
Macualay Culkin

Raising Helen : An Interview with Kate Hudson
While in New York to promote the film as it was shown at The 2004 Tribeca Film Festival, Kate talked about being a new mom and the weight issue the tabloids are talking about.
Nora's Hair Salon : An Interview with Jenifer Lewis & Tatyana Ali
Both Jenifer and Tatyana spoke to blackfilm.com and shared their hair salon experience and the competition surrounding many beauty shop themed films.
Shrek 2: Cast Interviews

Antonio Banderas
Julie Andrews
Rupert Everett

Sneak Peak: She Hate Me
Here's a sneak peak at Spike Lee's latest film.
Set Visit: Beauty Shop
Blackfilm.com was recently on the set visiting the cast and getting an inside look at what to expect when the film drops this fall. While the entire cast wasn’t present at the time, we did get to talk to Queen Latifah and Andie MacDowell on their parts in the film.

Coffee and Cigarettes : An Interview with RZA
RZA sat down with Blackfilm for a conversation about his burgeoning interest in film work- specifically, his work on Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” volumes 1 and 2 and about the difference between the worlds of hip-hop and Hollywood.
With All Deliberate Speed: An Interview with Director Peter Gilbert
Director Peter Gilbert talks about why he made a film about Brown Vs. Board of Education

Pink Panther Press Conference
MGM recently held a press conference at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel to kick off the start of production for their remake of The Pink Panther featuring Beyonce.

Troy: Cast Interviews

Brad Pitt
Eric Bana

Breakin' All the Rules: An Interview with Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle talks about kissing Jamie Foxx and the worst thing she did to shock a boyfriend
Take an exclusive peek at Halle Berry's latest film, Catwoman.
Summer Previews
Just like last summer, when the season was totally dominated by the amount of sequels that came out, this summer is no different.
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I'll Sing For You (in Film)
A legendary musician is reborn again through his music in this fascinating documentary
The Day After Tomorrow (in Film)
The dialogue is absolutely terrible and the constant environmental propaganda becomes unbearable, but the film is fantastic eye-candy and delivers an awesome cinematic spectacle.
Baadasssss! (in Film)
Mario Van Peebles has decided to make a film in homage to his father by recreating that the process that led to that film, "Sweet Sweetback's BaadAsssss Song", being made. "Baadasssss!" captures the essence of independent filmmaking. It's entertaining and inspirational
Soul Plane (in Film)
The film makes no effort whatsoever to have any semblance of a plot or character development. There are a few chuckles, but there needed to be some gutbusters for Soul Plane to succeed. .  A ride on a real plane would be more entertaining.
Raising Helen (in Film)
Raising Helen is the same, dismal formula film that Hollywood cranks out year after year.  It has no surprises, no character development, and worst of all, tries to manipulate your feelings with crappy melodrama.
Saved (in Film)
Saved is one of those films where everybody learns a lesson and grows in the end.  This is annoying because it makes the film utterly predictable. So the film’s approach is kind of wasted if all the characters learn something and the audience does not.
Shrek 2 (in Film)
Dreamworks has done an amazing job of not only bring back the stellar cast but coming up with a plot that all will enjoy. Shrek 2 is the one of the best animated sequels to come out in theaters in a long time. It’s just as good as the original.
Troy (in Film)
The CGI and wooden dialogue come dangerously close to diminishing the film, but the positive aspects far outweigh the negative.  Troy will surely be a hit with audiences and march to box office glory this weekend. 
Coffee & Cigarettes (in Film)
Over the years Jarmusch compiled more segments, completing the series in 2003.  It’s hit or miss as far as the segments go.  Some are boring and nonsensical while others are hilarious and brilliantly performed.
Laws of Attraction (in Film)
Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore are attractive actors that have great screen chemistry together. Unfortunately, that doesn't save Laws of Attraction from being an average at best romantic comedy. They deserve a better plot for their romantic escapades.

Mean Girls (in Film)
Just when you thought you've seen all the teen movies possible.this one surprises you. This undiscovered comedy is a definite early "summer" bird contender. It has all the makings of a box office hit.

Man on Fire (in Film)
Man on Fire is a film that will own you utterly as you watch it. Denzel Washington delivers a revenge film of raw feeling and ferocity. He goes to the darkest, most nuanced place of his career and it is more hardcore than this reviewer could have ever imagined. 

The Agronomist (in Film)
The Agronomist is Jonathon Demme’s love poem to Dominique and call to arms about his struggle.  Everyone in the world should sit and watch this movie.  Its themes are universal.
Kill Bill Vol. 2 (in Film)
Superbly written and acted, Kill Bill Vol.2 outpaces its predecessor by a satisfying margin.
Connie and Carla (in Film)
Nia Vardalos and Toni Collette are good together, but the film needed a better script to showcase their acting talent. The film starts off with a cute premise, then quickly falls into political correctness and silly drag queen humor.
The Punisher (in Film)
The Punisher is an ill-fated attempt of bringing substance to a clichéd genre. There’s a lack of dialogue, a lack of violence, and a total waste of performances by the cast.
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