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July 2005
Week of July 11th through July 15th

"Here's Johnny"
 Johnny Depp stars as Willy Wonka 

Years ago Gene Wilder played a role in a film that is being adapated again for the big screen with Johnny Depp as the new Willy Wonka. In "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", Charlie Bucket, a boy from an impoverished family under the shadow of a giant chocolate factory, wins a candy bar contest and is given a tour, along with four other children, of the amazing factory run by the eccentric Willy Wonka and his staff of Oompa-Loompas...

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Latest Features 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

Ryan Gosling (The Notebook) and Anthony Mackie will topline the independent film Half Nelson

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


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

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Latest Review Additions:
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Review (in Film )
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is quite simply, wonderful; a brilliantly imagined story that will win old fans and new fans.

The Fantastic Four Review (in Film )
Fantastic Four is terribly miscast.  It’s poorly written, visually uninteresting, and worst of all, boring.

Cronicas Review (in Film )
It’s wonderful to see the new guard of Spanish filmmakers and actors working together to show different stories from places ignored by Hollywood.

Miss Congeniality 2 DVD Review (in Film )
It’s wonderful to see the new guard of Spanish filmmakers and actors working together to show different stories from places ignored by Hollywood.

War of the Worlds Review (in Film )
War of the Worlds is essentially a popcorn flick with no substance.  It doesn’t have the great adventure feeling that Spielberg has accomplished so masterfully in his other films.

Batman Begins Review (in Film )
"Batman Begins" is one of the best transitions from the comic book to the big screen. Not only is it spectacular, but it is truly amazing and embodied by such a talented cast.

Casino DVD Review (in Film )
A chock full of deleted scenes and commentaries are added to this gem of a film.

Brother to Brother DVD Review (in Film )
Rodney Evans’ film is one small part of a long struggle to open the cellar door and let in the light.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith Review (in Film )
Together, Pitt and Jolie make the perfect on-screen couple because this film is the best action film for both sexes. It offers romance and comedy that should delight the fans of these stars.

The Honeymooners Review (in Film )
"The Honeymooners" is a dismal remake of a classic TV show that makes one go back to Blockbusters to rent the original show just for the laughs.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Review (in Film )
We may not all enjoy films on romance, or some young girls life’s journey, but what the film ultimately does is remind us of our basic human conditions, putting life into perspective yet again.

Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith Review (in Film )
Sith is the best of the prequels and a magnificent ending to cinema's most popular films.

Mad Hot Ballroom Review (in Film )
MHB is a film about adolescence against the backdrop of ballroom dancing. It's a heartwarming film, where there are no losers but winners across the board.

Crash Review (in Film )
Although some the stories in the film seem contrived, the actors portraying the roles are not only convincing but perhaps give their best performance to date.

XXX: State of the Union Review (in Film )
With the exception of a bullet train at infinite speed and the dialogue, which gave Speedman and Dafoe the worst lines of the film, the film is appealing because Cube and Jackson are worth watching.

Kingdom of Heaven Review (in Film )
The film revels in its desire to be the next great epic, but it merely falls to a solid somewhat banal period piece of excellent bloody sword and arrow play in numerous battles.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Review (in Film )
Hitchhiker's is a breath of fresh air.  It's an inventive escape from the recent batch of uncreative, dispassionate science fiction films..

The Year of the Yao Review (in Film )
The Year of the Yao is a tremendously entertaining film. It's easily the best basketball film I've seen in years.

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