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October 2004
Week of October 18th through October 22nd

Remember the Blues LIGHTENING IN A BOTTLE opens on Oct.22


On February 7th, 2003, renowned artists across multiple music genres and generations commandeered the stage at New York City's Radio City Music Hall to pay tribute to their common heritage and passion - the blues. Shared with thousands of fans in attendance, legendary performers from roots, rock, jazz, and rap joined forces for a once-in-a-lifetime "Salute To The Blues" benefit concert whose proceeds went to musical education. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, the film features performances from B.B King, Ruth Brown, Bonnie Raitt, Mos Def, Buddy Guy, and Indie.Arie.

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Lightening in a Bottle: An Interview with Antione Fuqua & Ruth Brown
Fuqua and Blues legend Ruth Brown talked about being part of this historical collaboration and why the blues music is still important today.

The Grudge: Cast Interviews
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Takashi Shumizu

Sideways: An Interview with Alexander Payne
Payne goes over the reasons he chose the actors and working with his longtime composer, Rolfe Kent.

An Interview with Antione Fuqua
Fuqua opens up about his upcoming projects and talks about the business area of Hollywood.
Hair Show : Cast Interview
Director Leslie Small

Being Julia : An Interview with Annette Bening
Bening discusses the process of aging in Hollywood, plastering that on the silver screen for all of the world to see, and surviving as a career woman who still makes time for a marriage and family.
P.S.: An Interview with Laura Linney and Topher Grace
Laura Linney and Topher Grace talk about their roles in this provocative film by Dylan Kidd.
Shall We Dance?: Cast Interviews
Jennifer Lopez
Richard Gere
Susan Sarandon

Team America : An Interview with Trey Parker and Matt Stone
Parker and Stone recently spoke about the arduous process of getting this film made, and about the controversy the film has already courted prior to its release.

Around the Bend: An Interview with Christopher Walken
Walken recently spoke about  his many imitators, as well as his thirty year relationship with moviemaking and creating a compelling father-son conflict in the forthcoming dramedy.
Woman Thou Art Loosed: Cast Interviews
Bishop T.D. Jakes
Kimberly Elise

Taxi: An Interview with Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah talks about what led her to do this film, her fascination with cars, and working with NYPD Blue's Henry Simmons, who plays her boyfriend in the film.
October's DVD Releases
The month opens up with Genie (Alladin), a hockey mask (Friday the 13th), and plea to vote (Fahrenheit 9/11).

Ladder 49 : Cast Interviews
John Travolta
Jaoquin Phoenix
Morris Chestnut

Exclusive Trailer: Diary of a Mad Black Woman
Take a look at the latest film starring Kimberly Elise and Shemar Moore.

Friday Night Lights: An Interview with Derek Luke and Jay Hernandez
Luke and Hernandez recently spoke about their experience on the film, which also stars Lucas Black and Billy Bob Thornton.

XXX: State of the Union: On the Set with Ice Cube
While on the set of his latest film, Cube shares his thoughts on the movie, his success as an actor/producer/director, and the current state of Black films overall.

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Now that the Fall is over; get ready for an avalanche of films that have the potential to be blockbusters, flops, and Oscar Contenders.

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Latest Review Additions:
Hair Show (in Film )
Another low budget, low expectational; classified "Black Exploitation" film filled with brand name actors that make the film go nowhere...again.
Friday Night Lights (in Film )
It is far from perfect and not in the league of the great sports films, but is an accomplished effort and well worth seeing
Taxi (in Film )
Taxi is  film that has plenty of action, laughs, and sex appeal. While the film has the look of a cliché buddy movie, Latifah and Fallon bring in their own flair of comedic skills to make a difference and take you on a New York joyride.

Stage Beauty (in Film )
Billy Crudup, who has been so underrated an actor, shows just how good he is in playing the role of a female and male. It's his performance that takes the film from being dull and stage-like to exhilarating and entertaining.
I Heart Huckabees (in Film )
Huckabees is a tremendously clever satire of modern culture. It is a wacky, peculiar film that'll have you bored with pretentiousness or extolling its genius.
I Heart Huckabees (in Film )
Huckabees is a tremendously clever satire of modern culture. It is a wacky, peculiar film that'll have you bored with pretentiousness or extolling its genius.
Woman Thou Art Loosed (in Film )
This true to life film is a moving, fearful, emotional ride that will have the audience's attention from the very beginning, to the very tearful and dramatic ending.
A Dirty Shame (in Film )
John Waters is in a class by himself.  His schlocky B-movies are either funny as hell or god awful.  This film unfortunately falls into the latter category.
Motorcycle Diaries (in Film )
Walter Salles, the acclaimed Brazilian director of Central Station, achieves greatness here. He tells a sublimely provocative story, but never forgets that his characters are on an epic journey.
Silver City (in Film )
Silver City is a thinking man's film. It has an involved storyline that requires attention from the viewer. Watch it for excellent filmmaking and Sayles's political ideology.
Head in the Clouds (in Film )
Stuart Townsend and Charlize Theron are a real life couple, but have no chemistry whatsoever in the film. The love story is not convincingly portrayed and that theme is the arc of the film. 
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