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July 2005
Week of July 11th through July 15th

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Latest Additions:
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory: Cast Interviews

Johnny Depp
Tim Burton
John August and Richard Zanuck

The Island Premiere

Photos from the premiere are now online.

Mad Hot Ballroom: An Interview with Director Marilyn Agrelo

Ms. Agrelo talks about her approach to the film and learning some lessons as a first time director.

Shining Stars of 2005

It's time to recognize some talent who we feel have been shining so far or will shine later this year with their production and acting roles in 2005.

The Inside Man Film Update

Set photos of Spike Lee's film are now online.

Take the Lead Casting Update

“America's Next Top Model” finalist, Yaya Lands Lead Film Role Alongside Antonio Banderas.

Rush Hour 3 News

Jackie Chan says Chris Tuckers has too many demands for Rush Hour 3.

The Fantastic Four : An Interview with Director Tim Story and Avi Arad

Tim Story and Marvel President and CEO of Marvel Studios Avi Arad spoke about their roles in making The Fantastic Four come to the big screen.

Dark Water : An Interview with Jennifer Connelly

Connelly goes over her character Dahlia Williams and her opinion on the scary movie genre.

Raymond King: A Technician's point of view on films

King spoke about his technical role on The Fantastic Four and Sky High.

American Black Film Festival News

Havana lensed Love & Suicide to screen at a The American Black Film Festival.

MARVEL mania: Avi Arad speaks

A 40 minute video interview with Marvel man, Avi Arad, is up at IESB.net.

Anthony Mackie News

King spoke about his technical role on The Fantastic Four and Sky High.

Ice Cube News

King spoke about his technical role on The Fantastic Four and Sky High.

Rebound: An Interview with Wendy Raquel Robinson

Ms. Robinson speaks about her character and working with Martin Lawrence.

Black Snake Moan Preview

Director Craig Brewer gave an insight as to his next film, Black Snake Moan. The film will star Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci and Justin Timberlake..

Steven Spielberg - Tom Cruise Press Conference Interview

In a recent press conference in New York City, Spielberg and Cruise talked about the film and working with each other again.

The Breed News

While attending the 2005 Urbanworld Film Festival to promote “Costellation”, actor Hill Harper spoke about filming "The Breed", while actress Taryn Manning (Hustle & Flow, Cold Mountain, Crossroads, White Oleander) spoke about her role while promoting “Hustle and Flow.

King Kong News

The trailer is now online.

Urbanworld Film Festival 2005 Winners

Winners were announced for feature, documentary, short film, screenplay and music video categories.

Urbanworld Film Festival 2005

Roll Bounce kicks off opening night.

Land of the Dead : Cast Interviews

John Leguizamo
Director George A. Romero

Freddie Highmore News

Highmore to star in Awful End.

Johnny Depp News

While speaking about "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" in the Bahamas, Johnny Depp talked about working on "Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3".

First Look: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory

New photos added.

First Look: The Fantastic Four

New photos added.

Insideman News

Ejoifor and Dafoe join Washington and Owen in Spike Lee's film.

Rize: An Interview with the Cast

Members of the Krumps talk about the dancing style that is catching attention.

Apollo Theater Foundation

Apollo Theater Foundation Presents Its Inaugural Spring Benefit: The Magic Lives On.

Herbie: Fully Loaded: Cast Interviews

Lindsay Lohan
Director Angela Robinson

Mekhi Phifer News

Mekhi Phifer Making Directorial Debut.

The System Within News

Tariq Alexander, Chingy, Bryce Wilson, Hawthorne James in "The
System Within".

Theater News

Taye Diggs and Anthony Mackie to do A Soldier's Play on theater.

Laurence Fishburne News

Fishburne joins Cruise in "Mission Impossible 3".

Batman Begins: Cast Interviews

Christian Bale
Michael Caine
Katie Holmes
Director Christopher Nolan

Eddie Murphy News

Murphy joins Foxx and Beyonce in Dreamgirls.

Vin Diesel News

Diesel is The Hitman.


Batman Begins will shown on IMAX theaters with Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory to follow.

First Look: Hustle & Flow

New pictures added.

Thomas Carter News

Thomas Carter to direct Marcus Dixon.

Time for Some Action

Kerry Washington talks post-Ray, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and The Fantastic Four.


Selected films include Roll Bounce, Hustle & Flow, and Rize.

Rent News

Trailer to the Broadway musical - film now online.

Time for Some Action

Kerry Washington talks post-Ray, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and The Fantastic Four.


Selected films include Roll Bounce, Hustle & Flow, and Rize.

Regina Hall News

Hall joins The Optimist.

June DVD Releases

Chucky's back and so is Chilli Palmer among this week's releases.

Christina Milian News

Milian joins Pulse thriller.

Laurence Fishburne News

Fishburne joins "The Death and Life of Bobby Z".

Wayne Brady News

Talk show host ready for the big screen.

Rock School : An Interview with the Cast

Director Don Argott, Producer Sheena m. Joyce, Founder and director Paul Green and student C.J Tywoniak talked about this documentary came together.

Kerry Washington News

Washington joins King of Scotland.

Madagascar: An Interview with the Cast

Chris Rock, Ben Stiller and Jada Pinkett Smith share their thoughts on the film.

Unleashed: An Interview with Morgan Freeman

Oscar Winner Freeman talks about working with Jet Li.

Dukes of Hazzard

Take a look at the poster and images.

Summer Preview 2005

Here's a look at what's ahead this summer.

Monster-in-Law: Cast Interviews

Jennifer Lopez
Wanda Sykes
Jane Fonda

Crash: Cast Interviews

Don Cheadle and Larenz Tate
Terrence Howard and Ryan Philippe

House of Wax: Cast Interviews

Elisha Cuthbert
Chad Michael Murray
Paris Hilton

May DVD Releases

Dave Chappelle, Ice Cube, and Ja Rule highlight this week's DVD releases.

XXX: State of the Union: Cast Interviews

Ice Cube
Samuel L. Jackson

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: An Interview with Zooey Deschanel

Deschanel talks about her character and the book.

Superman Returns: A First Look

Here's a look at the newest Superman.

2005 Tribeca Film Festival Notable Selections

Ned Neo
Long Distance

King's Ransom: Cast Interviews

Anthony Anderson
Jeff Byrd

The Golden Blaze: An Interview with Blair Underwood

Underwood is playing the superhero dad in the animated film, and he spoke about why he chose this project and what else he has on the horizon.

A Lot Like Love: An Interview with Ashton Kutcher & Amanda Peet

Kutcher and Peet recently sat down together to discuss the upcoming project, and fielded a few questions about their own lot-like-love lives at the same time.

The 12th New York African Film Festival

Festival runs from April 20-28

State Property II: An Interview with Damon Dash

Damon Dash talks about directing and acting in his own film.

Dukes of Hazzard

Set Visit Report: Jessica Simpson speaks.

Four Brothers

Writer Julian Roman goes to Toronto to talk to the cast while on the set.

The Amityville Horror: An Interview with Ryan Reynolds

Reynolds goes over his character and talks about shedding his image to gain new respect in this business.

House of D: Cast Interviews

Robin Williams
David Duchovny

African Film Commision

New Yorker Yor-El Francis wins top award.

42.4 percent: Set Visit Report

Allain talked about the making of “42.4 percent” as well as being a black female producer in the film business.

Sahara: An Interview with Glynn Thurman

Glynn Thurman discusses his role and working in the desert of this action adventure film.

April 2005 DVD Releases
Jay-Z's music shines on the small screen as Fade to Black comes on DVD this week..

Beauty Shop : Cast Interviews
Queen Latifah

Beauty Shop: The Cast and Crew (Director and Writers)

Sin City Interviews

At a recent press conference in LA, Director Robert Rodriguez, Jessica Alba and Benicio Del Toro spoke about their roles and the experience on working on “Sin City”.

Will Smith Video

Will Smith performs while promoting the film HITCH.

Guess Who : Cast Interviews
Bernie Mac
Ashton Kutcher
Judith Scott
Director Kevin Rodney Sullivan

Miss Congeniality 2: Cast Interviews
Sandra Bullock
Regina King

D.E.B.S.: An Interview with Meagan Good and Jill Ritchie

Good and her co-star Jill Ritchie recently spoke to discuss her latest role, her camaraderie with her female co-stars, and taking charge of her career.

Guess Who : Cast Interviews
Bernie Mac
Ashton Kutcher

Melinda and Melinda: Cast Interviews
Woody Allen
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chloe Sevigny

Sometimes in April : Cast Interviews
Idris Elba
Ice Princess : Cast Interviews
Michelle Trachtenberg
Joan Cusack
In My Country: Cast Interviews
Samuel L. Jackson
Juliette Binoche

Robots: Cast Interviews
Robin Williams
Amanda Bynes

Be Cool : Cast Interviews
John Travolta
Uma Thurman
Andre Benjiman
The Rock
Christina Millian
F.Gary Gray

The Pacifier: An Interview with Vin Diesel

Diesel recently spoke about his departure from the genre he worked so hard to rule (if only temporarily), and explained how much of a thrill it was to trade barbs- rather than barbells- with a motley crew of children.

Diary of a Mad Black Woman: Cast Interviews
Kimberley Elise
Shemar Moore
Tyler Perry

Miracle's Boys: Cast and Director Interviews

Constantine: Cast Interviews
Keanu Reeves
Djimon Hounsou
Rachel Weisz

Because of Winn-Dixie: An Interview with Cicely Tyson
Tyson discuses the film, her collaboration with stars past, present, and future, and her legacy as an actress who has left a mark as much in real life as on the silver screen.

Son of the Mask: An Interview with Alan Cumming

Ong Bak: An Interview with Tony Jaa
Tony Jaa not only talked about how the role came about for him but he demonstrated some of his fighting skills.

Aliens of the Deep: An Interview with James Cameron
Cameron discusses his latest return to the sea, the future of 3-D filmmaking, and his next project, the fictional film “Battle Angel".

Hustle and Flow: An Interview with Director Craig Brewer
Director Craig Brewer talks about hooking up John Singleton on his film.

Are We There Yet?: Cast Interviews
Ice Cube
Nia Long

Assault on Precinct 13: Cast Interviews
Ethan Hawke
Ja Rule
John Leguizamo

Coach Carter : Cast Interviews
Samuel L. Jackson

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The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Dukes of Hazzard
In Her Shoes
The Transporter 2

Sky High

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
Lonely Hearts
End Game
The Island
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
The Brothers Grimm

Ghost Rider
Cry Wolf
The Adventures Of Shark Boy And Lava Girl In 3-D
A Scanner Darkly
Akeelah and the Bee
The Tenants
Red Eye
State Property 2: Philly Streets
Herbie: Fully Loaded
The Chumscrubber
Miss Congeniality

The Amityville Horror
XXX: State of the Union
Hustle and Flow
Batman Begins
Dying for Dolly
Bigger than the Sky
The Interpreter
War Of The Worlds
Aeon Flux
Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith
The Man

Into the Blue (*New Pictures Added)

Guess Who?

Carlito's Way
White Noise
King's Ransom

Monster in Law
Underworld: Evolution
Roll Bounce
Assault on Precinct 13
The Cave
Melinda and Melinda
The Phantom of the Opera
The Pacifier
Pink Panther

Meet the Fockers
Sin City

An Unfinished Life
Diary of a Mad Black Woman
Million Dollar Baby
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
Beauty Shop
Be Cool
Coach Carter
Fat Albert
Are We There Yet?
Ocean's Twelve
After the Sunset
Blade Trinity
The Fantastic Four
Racing Stripes

Hotel Rwanda

The Woodsman

Seed of Chucky



Latest Additions:
Black Snake Moan News

Jackson and Ricci join Craig Brewer's next film.

The Brothers Grimm News

Poster added to Matt Damon film


The Island News

Journalists get a peek at the film.

Ashanti News

Ashanti joins John Tucker Must Die.

Inside Man Casting News

Wallach joins Denzel Washington in Spike Lee film.

Mike Epps News

Epps to play Richard Pryor on big-screen.

Eddie Murphy News

Murphy plays multiple characters.

Dreamgirls News

Jamie Foxx and Usher added to cast.

Madea's Family Reunion Casting News

Boris Kodjoe, Henry Simmons, and Tangi Miller join Blair Underwood in Tyler Perry's next film.

Back in the Day News

World premiere on BET on May 13.

Bokeem Woodbine News

Actor gears up for a trio of major movies.

Miami Vice Casting

Elizabeth Rodriguez joins Foxx and Farrell.

Chris Tucker News

Rush Hour 3 back in play.

Imagenation News

New Harlem Cinema announncement.

Naomie Harris News

Harris joins Jamie Foxx in "Miami Vice".

Mos Def News

Mos Def joins Bruce Willis in "16 Blocks".

Gabrielle Union News

Union plays a lesbian in "Running With Scissors".

Djimon Hounsou News

Hounsou to do indie film "Redemption", directed by Melvin James (Honeybee).

Denzel Washington News

Washington signs on to "Deja Vu".

Tyrese News

Tyrese goes deep with Focus Features.

Aisha Tyler News

Tyler goes to Hell's Kitchen.

Chi McBride News

McBride joins Prison film.

Wanda Sykes News

Sykes joins Bruce Willis in animation feature.

Forest Whitaker News

Whitaker to play Idi Amin.

Blair Underwood News

Underwood to star in Tyler Perry's next film.

Alfre Woodard News

Desperate Housewives adds a sista to the mix.

Beyonce News

Beyonce is a dreamgirl.

Anthony Anderson News

Anderson may be tapped to play the Notorious B.I.G.

Thomas Carter News

Carter ready to direct "Freedom House".

Nick Cannon News

Cannon does a film for Will Smith.

Terence Howard News

Howard and Hornsby joins "50 Cent" in Locked and Loaded.

Morgan Freeman News

Ben Ramsey to write film for Morgan Freeman.

Alicia Keys News

Alicia Keys gets into the film business with Halle Berry.

Wonder Woman News

Wonder Woman comes to the big screen.

First Look: Sin City

Michael Clarke Duncan joins Bruce Willis, Clive Owens, and Jessica Alba in this film directed by Robert Rodrigues.

Spring Preview 2005

Here's a look at what's ahead in the next few months

Antoine Fuqua News

Fugua directing Mel Gibson's "Under and Alone".

March 2005 DVD Releases
Oscar winner for Best Animated Film, The Incredibles makes its DVD debut this week.

A Night of Color

Here's a look at who attended the Oscars.

The Oscar Winners

Jamie Foxx and Morgan Freeman take home the gold as Million Dollar Baby wins Best Picture.

Roll Bounce

Take a look at the trailer of Roll Bounce directed by Malcolm D. Lee and starring Bow Wow.


Take a look at the trailer featuring Don Cheadle, Larenz Tate, Terrence D. Howard, Sandra Bullock, and Thandie Newton.


Here are some exclusive shots of Morgan Freeman, LL Cool J, Justin Timberlake, and Kevin Spacey.

Ice Cube News

Ice Cube takes on a Cary Grant role.

Will Smith News

Will Smith wants to be a superhero.

Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith

A slew of photos are now online.

Diary of a Mad Black Woman Exclusive Clip
Here's an EXCLUSIVE clip on film based on hit play.

The Best of the African Diaspora Film Festival.

Four Brother Update
Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson join Tyress in John Singleton's Four Brothers.

Actor-activist Ossie Davis dies at 87 (February 4, 2005)
Actor-activist Ossie Davis dies at 87.

Black History Month
Here's a lineup of what's on TV and on DVD to honor the Black History Month.

2005 Sundance Winners
Forty Shades of Blue wins the top award.

January 2005 DVD Releases
The month begins with an RAY,  MULAN II,  MR.3000, THE GRUDGE, SHE HATE ME, and SHALL WE DANCE.

Here are 5 clips of Will Smith and Eva Mendes.

The 2005 Academy Award Nominees

Along with Ray nominated for Best Picture, Foxx, Freeman,  Cheadle, and Sophie Okonedo have received Oscar nominations for acting,
Roll Bounce
Here's an exclusive look at the poster for Malcolm D. Lee's film starring Bow Wow.

2004 Golden Globe Winners
Jamie Foxx takes Best Actor Honors at the Golden Globes.

The Honeymooners
BET has the first look at the urban version featuring Cedrid, Mike Epps, Gabriel Union and Regina Hall.

Pan American Film Festival
Halle Berry's Lackawanna Blues is the Opening Night Film.

Online Film Critics Society Awards(OFCS)

Best of Black 2004
Take a look back at the films and talent that were around in 2004.

January 2005 DVD Releases
The new year begins with Paul Winfield, Damon Wayons, Mark Curry, and Brad Pitt on the small screen.

V Is for Vendetta
V Is for Vendetta announcement: Natalie Portman takes the lead role.

African American Film Critics Association Announcement
AAFCA has chosen "Ray" as the top film of 2004.

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