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December 2004
Week of December 13th through December 17th


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R & S sensation Ashanti will be starring in a Muppets film, The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz next year and she briefly spoke about the lead human on that film. She also discusses her latest album, Concrete Album, which hit stores this past Tuesday.

One of Hollywood's most celebrated producers, Lee Daniels, took a moment to speak about how he came into the film industry, and his upcoming films, The Woodsman, and Shadow Boxer, which is his directorial debut.

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortuinate Events: Cast Interviews
Jim Carrey

Aviator: An Interview with Leonardo DiCaprio
DiCaprio discusses the prospect of playing the legendary inventor and filmmaker, and charts his own progress as a celebrity and trailblazer in the movie-making industry.

Spanglish: Cast Interviews
Adam Sandler
Tea Leoni
Paz Vega

Million Dollar Baby: An Interview with Morgan Freeman
Freeman explains that working in Hollywood means living in a constant state of career uncertainty, and unequivocally proves that he’s every bit as scrappy as the characters he plays on the silver screen.

Christmas at Water's Edge: An Interview with Keshia Knight Pulliam
Keshia talks about producing the movie as well as getting back in the film industry.

Beyond the Sea: Cast Interviews
Kevin Spacey
Kate Bosworth

Blade: Trinity: Cast Interviews
Ryan Reynolds
Jessica Biel

December's DVD Releases
The Bourne Supremacy, Maria Full of Grace, and the 3rd Season of 24 are this week's highlighted films on DVD.

A First Look: Batman Begins
Take a look at the teaser poster for the caped crusader film, which comes out next summer.

Closer: Cast Interviews
The cast of Closer, Jude Law, Clive Owen, and Natalie Portman discussed the prospect of getting raw with one another on camera for the year's most incendiary drama.

Dreamworks 2005 Preview:

First Look: Madagascar
First Look: The Ring 2

National Board of Review
Jamie Foxx nabs the 1st Award for Best Actor as the National Board of Review announced the 2004 Awards.

Sundance 2005
Here's a list at the films selected for the 2005 Sundance Film Festival from January 20-30, 2005.

House of Flying Daggers: An Interview with Ziyi Zhang
Zhang Ziyi goes over her role and how much martial arts she has learned from working with Director Zhang Yimou.

Columbia 2005 Preview:
Guess Who?

Man of the House
XXX: State of the Union
Lords of Dogtown
Fun With Dick and Jane
Deuce Bigelow

The Legend of Zorro
Oliver's Twist
Memoirs of a Geisha

Alexander: Cast Interviews
Rosario Dawson
Colin Farrell
Anjelina Jolie
Christmas with the Kranks: Cast Interviews
Tim Allen
Jamie Lee Curtis
EXCLUSIVE: Fat Albert The Cartoon Series DVD
Check out this EXCLUSIVE Clip on the DVD Release of FAT ALBERT - The Cartoon Series

National Treasure: Cast Interviews
Nicolas Cage
Jon Voight

The Chronicles of Riddick DVD: An Interview with Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel speaks about why he loves this character.

Bridget Jones: On the Edge of Reason: Cast Interviews
Renee Zellweger
Hugh Grant
Take a look at this EXCLUSIVE trailer of this animation film featuring Whoopie Goldberg.
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First Look: Shadowboxer
First Look: King's Ransom
First Look: Monster in Law
First Look: Underworld: Evolution
First Look: Roll Bounce
First Look: Assault on Precinct 13
First Look: Elektra
First Look: Zathura
First Look: The Cave
First Look: Melinda and Melinda
First Look: The Phantom of the Opera
First Look: The Pacifier
First Look: Pink Panther

First Look: Memoirs of a Geisha
First Look: Meet the Fockers
First Look: Sin City

First Look: An Unfinished Life
First Look: Diary of a Mad Black Woman
First Look: Aviator
First Look: Million Dollar Baby
First Look: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
First Look: Constantine
First Look: Hostage
First Look: Beauty Shop
First Look: Be Cool
First Look: Coach Carter
First Look: Fat Albert
First Look: Are We There Yet?
First Look: Ocean's Twelve
First Look: The Fantastic Four
First Look: Hitch
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First Look: Hotel Rwanda

First Look: The Woodsman

First Look: Seed of Chucky



Latest Review Additions:
Ocean's 12 (in Film )
Sitting through Ocean's Twelve is like spending two hours watching advertisements for a trendy fashion magazine, beautiful people dressed in stylish clothes smiling and doing nothing. 
Pray they have the decency to not subjugate us to an Ocean's Thirteen.
Closer (in Film )
"Closer" is a raw, stimulating film filled with excellent performances and an exotic script!
The House of Flying Daggers (in Film )
Flying Daggers is an enormously entertaining film.  It moves at a quick pace and throttles you with slickly choreographed fights.

After the Sunset (in Film )
What you get with this film is an unoriginal concept using the backdrop of a resort to lure us to see a heist film where our time is only thing that was stolen. Together, Salma and Pierce present a good chemistry, but separately Pierce has no funny bones when trying to make a comedic scene with Woody Harrelson work.

A Very Long Engagement (in Film )
The film is a sweeping cinematic odyssey of young lovers separated by the savagery of war. It is a stunning achievement, brilliantly shot, designed, and executed on a grand scale.

Alexander (in Film )
Stone made an epic that rivals the best in Hollywood history and a damned entertaining movie that is sure to sweep multiplex audiences along in its beguiling thrall.

Finding Neverland (in Film )
"Finding Neverland" is full of wit, emotion, adventure, and mystery that will inspire all ages to come see why and how Peter Pan was born. Inspired by true events, "Finding Neverland" is one the year's best films.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD (in Film )
"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" is the best of three Harry Potter films presented on the big screen thus far. Fans will embrace the maturity of the characters, ponder the mystery that is set for them and enjoy the adventure that will bring them back for more.

Bad Education (in Film )
La Mala Educacion (The Bad Education) is an unfortunate step back from the excellence of Almodovar's recen t work.  He goes sexually overboard and loses sight of the narrative.  The result is an incredibly poor third act that will leave you unsatisfied and disappointed.

Ray (in Film )
This film and Foxx's performance has been talked about for most of the year and after seeing it, I concur, that Foxx has definitely reached the peak where Denzel, Will Smith, and Morgan Freeman are now as  "Ray" is truly one of the best films this year.
Vera Drake (in Film )
Vera Drake, the latest film from British auteur Mike Leigh, is quite possibly the best abortion drama ever made.  It is an emotional powerhouse, deeply moving and complex with an astonishing, bravura performance from lead actress Imelda Staunton.
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