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August 2004
Week of August 16th through August 20th

Cedric, Jamie, and Prince on DVD.
Fan Favorites on the small screen.

With the summer coming to a close in a few weeks and an onslaught of quality films headed our way, why not take the time to see a few some 2004 films that were recently released on DVD as well as some special editions and fan favorites.

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Latest Features Additions:
First Look: Saw
Danny Glover's on the prowl for a killer.

First Look: Taxi
Take a look at Queen Latifah's next film, directed by Tim Story (Barbershop)

DVD Releases
Cosby, Cedric the Entertainment, and Kill Bill V.2 on tape. Does it get any better?

Alien Vs. Predator: An Interview with Sanaa Lathan
Sanaa talks about her role in "Alien Vs. Predator" and compares the physical work needed for this film to the one needed for her recent work on stage.

Open Water : An Interview with Blanchard Ryan and Daniel Travis
The pair recently sat down with blackfilm.com for a discussion of their first major foray into the world of feature films, and revealed just what it took to leap into shark-infested waters in the name of conquering Hollywood.
2004 Urbanworld Film Festival: An Interview with Stacy A Spikes
Spike recently spoke with blackfillm.com about the challenges of putting the film festival together and why no new films have been released under Urbanworld Films.

2004 Urbanworld Film Festival Wrap-Up
With the lack of funding and support for diverse, original, multicultural, ìurbanî films in mainstream Hollywood, the 2004 Urbanworld Film Festival was a refreshing look at the original work being independently produced in the urban community.

2004 Urbanworld Film Festival Winners
THE 8th ANNUAL URBANWORLD FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS were announced on August 8th at Westin Hotel in New York City.

Stander: An Interview with Thomas Jane
Jane recently spoke to blackfilm.com about the experience of playing Andre Stander, about choosing roles, and finding a suitable niche for his singular talent.

Collateral: Press Conference interviews with Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Director Michael Mann
The fearsome foursome recently sat down in Los Angeles to discuss this, their latest project with blackfilm.com, and revealed more than a few details about their personal lives as well.

The Manchurian Candidate- Cast Interviews
Denzel Washington
Jonathon Demme
She Hate Me- Cast Interviews
Spike Lee
Anthony Mackie
First Look: Beauty Shop
Take a look at the cast of the Beauty Shop , starring Mo'Nique, that will premiere at this year's Urbanworld Film Festival.

Garden State - Cast Interviews
Zach Braff
Natalie Portman
First Look: The Forgotten
Take a look at Alfre Woodard's next feature with Julianne Moore.

Faces of Tomorrow: Ones to Watch 2004
Here's a look at those who are ready to break out this year.
First Look: The Seed of Chucky
Redman switches genres from comedy to horror in his latest role.
First Look: Brother to Brother
Coming out this Fall is a film that explores the early works of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston.
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Latest Review Additions:
Alien Vs. Predator (in Film)
Believe it or not, "Alien Vs. Predator" is not as bad as you would like to think. As the first African American female to lead to a sci-fi genre film, Sanaa Lathan is very courageous and prominent in this battle of the species.
The Manchurian Candidate (in Film)
On the surface there are a lot of things that work. It's well acted and the story is relatable to current events. The problem is that the film is poorly paced and ridiculously contrived.
She Hate Me (in Film)
While there are many issues within the film, Lee never connects the dots to make them coherent. They seem contrived and unbalanced, and when it ends, you may have to roll the dice again to figure this film out.
The Bourne Supremacy (in Film)
It's a fast action thriller that can live on its own without having to see the first one. With less dialogue and more physical skills needed, Matt Damon has elevated the spy genre to new heights as he move into a category that only James Bond currently resides in.

The Village (in Film)
M. Night Shyamalan's latest thriller is a tepid effort when compared to his previous films. Turn down your expectations, because The Village is more of a drama than anything else
Garden State (in Film)
It's a pretty solid effort for a first film. Braff delivers a quirky comedy that tries a little too hard to be dramatic. The ensemble cast is first rate and saves the film from being too obscure.
Catwoman (in Film)
Of all of the comic books that were made into feature films, "Catwoman" stands out as one of the worst of them.Berry may look good enough to fit the costume, but she doesnít possess the feline bones that made Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt stand out.
I, Robot (in Film)
I, Robot is more of a popcorn film than hardcore science fiction. The result is a slick action film with a decent story. I, Robot could have probably been better, but is enjoyable enough to warrant another viewing.
The Door in the Floor (in Film)
The Door in the Floor is a deep, personal character drama laced with sex and nudity. It's not exactly titillating, but definitely worth seeing.
Anchorman (in Film)
The problem with Anchorman is that it's totally brainless. It has a wire thin plot that loosely holds together the film's zany gags.
Spider-Man 2 (in Film)
If there was ever a sequel that captured the hearts and imaginations of its fans as well as lived up to its massive expectations, it's Spider-Man 2. It ranks right up there with Superman 2 and X-Men 2 as one of the best sequels to a comic book franchise.

The Clearing (in Film)
Besides the fact the film is well acted, there's not enough compelling moments for it to be suspenseful or satisfying.

Before Sunset (in Film)
Before Sunset is a deeply romantic, sublimely beautiful film. It is cinematic poetry, a love story like nothing we've ever seen. Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, and Richard Linklater have made a romance to rival the classics. It is a lovely film.

White Chicks (in Film)
Marlon and Shawn may be the leads of the film, but Terry Crews and the rest of the cast are truly funny in what may be the most underrated comedy film of the year.

Fahrenheit 9/11 (in Film)
Fahrenheit 9/11 will sweep like a hurricane across America when it is released. It's a brilliant documentary in every possible way. It runs the entire gamut of human emotion. It is funny, harrowing, despicable, grotesque, heartbreaking, shameless, and informative all at once.

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