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Release Date: September 1, 2006
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Director: Preston A. Whitmore II
Producer: Frank Mancuso Jr.
Screenwriter: Preston A. Whitmore II
Cinematographer: Christian Sebaldt
Cast: Anthony Mackie, Wesley Jonathan, Wayne Brady, Kristen Wilson, Lil J.J., Phillip “Hot Sauce” Champion, Eva Pigford, Alecia Fears

Synopsis: The clock strikes midnight, the ball hits the floor, the word has spread and the converted rail station is alive with basketball. They don’t play for a school and they don’t cheer for a pro team. They play for the street and it’s underground…. way underground.

Click here for trailer and photos - http://www.blackfilm.com/20060421/features/crossover.shtml





Release Date: September 1, 2006
Distributor: Lionsgate
Director: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Screenwriter: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Cast: Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Efren Ramirez, Jose Cantillo, Jay Xcala, Carlos Sanz, Keone Young

Website: http://www.crankfilm.com/

Synopsis:Chev Chelios is about to begin his morning with an unexpected wake-up call. Groggy, practically unable to move and with a heart that's barely beating, he hears the voice of thug Ricky Verona, who reveals Chev has been poisoned in his sleep and only has an hour to live.

As it turns out, Chev is a hit man who freelances for a major West Coast syndicate. A run of the mill job the night before instead went awry: he let his target slip away in an effort to quit professional killing and start a new life with his girlfriend Eve.

Now, Chev must keep moving to stay alive: the only way to prolong the poison from stopping his heart is to keep his adrenaline flowing. As the clock ticks, Chelios cuts a swath through the streets of Los Angeles, wreaking havoc on those who dare stand in his way. He must rescue Eve from danger, stay two steps ahead of his nemeses and search for an antidote to save his own life.

CLICK HERE FOR TRAILER AND PHOTOS - http://www.blackfilm.com/20060728/features/crank.shtml


Release Date: September 1, 2006
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Neil LaBute
Screenwriter: Neil LaBute
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Ellen Burstyn, LeeLee Sobieski, Molly Parker

Synopsis: In a remake of the 1973 British horror thriller of the same name, Nicolas Cage plays a reclusive sheriff who goes to search for his astranged daughter after she mysteriously disappears on a secluded island. When he arrives, he senses something more is amiss among the island's secretive residents as he starts to uncover a mystery involving strange sexual rituals, a harvest festival and possible human sacrifice.

CLICK HERE FOR TRAILER AND PHOTOS - http://www.blackfilm.com/20060602/features/thewickerman.shtml




Release Date: September 8, 2006 (limited)
Distributor: Focus Features
Director: Allen Coulter
Screenwriter: Paul Bernbaum
Cast: Adrien Brody, Diane Lane, Ben Afflleck, Bob Hoskins, Lois Smith, Robin Tunney, Kathleen Robertson, Steve Adams, Jordan Barker, Donald Burda, Larry Cedar, Brad William Henke, Joe Spano, Jeff Teravainen

Website: http://www.hollywoodlandmovie.com/

Synopsis:"Hollywoodland" is a uniquely compelling exploration of fame and identity, inspired by one of Hollywood's most infamous real-life mysteries. The film is the feature directorial debut for Allen Coulter (Emmy and DGA Award nominee for his work on "The Sopranos" and "Sex and the City").

June 16, 1959. The glamour of Tinseltown permanently fades for actor George Reeves, the heroic Man of Steel on TV's "Adventures of Superman," as the actor dies in his Hollywood Hills home. Felled by a single gunshot wound, Reeves (portrayed in "Hollywoodland" by Academy Award winner Ben Affleck) leaves behind a fiancée - aspiring starlet Leonore Lemmon (Robin Tunney) - and millions of fans who are shocked by his death. But it is his grieving mother, Helen Bessolo (Lois Smith), who will not let the questionable circumstances surrounding his demise go unaddressed. Helen seeks justice, or at least answers. The Los Angeles Police Department closes the case, but Helen hires - for $50 a day - private detective Louis Simo (Academy Award winner Adrien Brody). Simo soon ascertains that the torrid affair Reeves had with Toni Mannix (Academy Award nominee Diane Lane), the wife of MGM studio executive Eddie Mannix (Academy Award nominee Bob Hoskins), might hold the key to the truth.
But truth and justice are not so easily found in Hollywood. Simo pursues dangerous and elusive leads in both high and low places and, in trying to turn up the heat, risks getting burned. The detective also uncovers unexpected connections to his own life as the case turns more personal and he learns more about Reeves himself. Behind the icon was a complex man who gave his life to Hollywood in more ways than one.

CLICK HERE FOR TRAILER AND PHOTOS - http://www.blackfilm.com/20060728/features/hollywoodland.shtml


Release Date: September 8, 2006 (NY, LA)
Distributor: IFC Films
Director: Laurie Collyer
Screenwriter: Laurie Collyer
Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ryan Simpkins, Brad William Henke, Bridget Barkan, Sam Bottoms, Kate Burton, Danny Trejo, Giancarlo Esposito

Website: http://www.sherrybaby-film.com/

Synopsis: Three years after entering prison for robbery as a 19-year-old heroin addict, Sherry Swanson (Maggie Gyllenhaal) begins her first day of freedom, clean and sober. A model prisoner who has undergone personal transformation, she immediately sets out to regain custody of her young daughter Alexis (Ryan Simpkins), who has been cared for in her absence by her brother Bobby (Brad William Henke) and his wife Lynn (Bridget Barkan).

Unprepared for the demands of the world she's stepped back into, Sherry's hopes of staying clean, getting a job, and becoming a responsible mother are challenged by the realities of unemployment, halfway houses, and parole restrictions. Bobby and Lynn's concerns about Sherry's ability to care for Alexis, and her inability to prove them wrong, threaten to destroy the already delicate relationship she has with her daughter, as well as her newfound sobriety.

Disillusioned and haunted by wounds from her childhood, Sherry is eventually confronted with life-altering questions about her own survival and what it means to be a good mother. Ultimately she learns that as the harsh realities of life often get in the way of her best intentions, sometimes it's best to take life one small step at a time.

CLICK HERE FOR TRAILER AND PHOTOS - http://www.blackfilm.com/20060818/features/sherrybaby.shtml


Release Date: September 8, 2006
Distributor: Dragon Dynasty (The Weinstein Company)
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
Screenwriter: Prachya Pinkaew
Cast: Tony Jaa, Mum Jokmok, Xing Jing

Website: http://www.theprotectormovie.com/

Synopsis:"The Protector" is the highly anticipated full bodied action film starring International Martial Arts superstar, Tony Jaa (Ong Bak). His world shaped by ancient traditions, a young Thai fighter (Jaa) is called to defend his people and their honor after outsiders ruin all that is sacred. Fueled by desire to protect a way of life and avenge the wrong done to his family, he will bring the fight to their city.


CLICK HERE FOR TRAILER AND PHOTOS - http://www.blackfilm.com/20060825/features/theprotector.shtml




Release Date: September 8, 2006
Distributor: Columbia Pictures (Screen Gems)
Director: Renny Harlin
Screenwriter: J. S. Cardone
Cast: Steven Strait, Sebastian Stan, Laura Ramsey, Taylor Kitsch, Toby Hemingway, Jessica Lucas, Chace Crawford, Wendy Crewson

Synopsis:In 1692, in the Ipswich Colony of Massachusetts, five families with untold power formed a covenant of silence. One family, lusting for more, was banished - their bloodline disappearing without a trace. Until now.

Directed by Renny Harlin and written by J.S. Cardone, "The Covenant" tells the story of the Sons of Ipswich, four young students at the elite Spenser Academy who are bound by their sacred ancestry. As descendants of the original families who settled in Ipswich Colony in the 1600's, the boys have all been born with special powers. When the body of a dead student is discovered after a party, secrets begin to unravel which threaten to break the covenant of silence that has protected their families for hundreds of years.

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS AND TRAILER - http://www.blackfilm.com/20060707/features/thecovenant.shtml



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