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April 2007
Summer Preview 2007


By Wilson Morales

The 2007 Summer Movie Preview gets started early in May with the release of “Spider-man 3”, the third film of the franchise. All of the main principals are back with Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and James Franco. Of course, there are new villains in the game with the Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) and Venom (Topher Grace), but rest assured that Spiderman will save the day in the end. There are a number of sequels coming out that pretty much end with the number 3. Johnny Depp returns for the third film in Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End, Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker return in “Rush Hour 3” and George Clooney, Matt Damon and others come back to do the audience right in “Ocean’s Thirteen”, the third film in the franchise. To keep the franchise alive, Matt Damon once again fights for his freedom in “The Bourne Ultimatum” and Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Mike Myers lends their voices again in “Shrek The Third”. For independent film goers, there’s the Sundance favorite “Once” and “Waitress”, directed by the late Adrienne Shelly. It will be battle for Supremacy for “Transformer” and ‘Pirates” and Spidey and Harry Potter. Who will come out on top.

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Release Date: May 2, 2007 (limited)
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Adrienne Shelly
Screenwriter: Adrienne Shelly
Starring: Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Adrienne Shelly, Jeremy Sisto, Andy Griffith, Eddie Jemison, Lew Temple
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content, language and thematic elements)
Official Website: FoxSearchlight.com/Waitress

Plot Summary: Adrienne Shelly's sunny final film is also her most artistically successful and intrinsically marketable directorial effort. An old-fashioned fairy tale that honors the transformative power of female friendship and motherhood, "Waitress" features a dynamic cast led by Keri Russell, whose character will surely do, in a Rachael Ray kind of way, for down home pie-making what the title character of "Babette's Feast" did for Cailles en Sarcophage.

When Russell's character Jenna, a waitress in a cheery southern diner, discovers that she's pregnant, she doesn't exactly jump for joy. Motherhood was never in her plans, and she's already saddled with her needy, jealous and infantile husband Earl (Jeremy Sisto).

At first, things seem hopeless and her dreams for a better life are in ruins, until a good-looking doctor (Nathan Fillion) arrives in town and mixes things up. With the support and love of her friends and co-workers (Adrienne Shelly and Cheryl Hines) at Joe's Pie Diner, Jenna exhibits her skills with crusts and fillings which are particularly appreciated by Joe himself (Andy Griffith). She then gains the courage to embrace independence and create the life of her dreams.

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Release Date: April 7, 2006
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Curtis Hanson
Screenwriter: Eric Roth, Curtis Hanson
Cast: Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Robert Duvall, Debra Messing

Synopsis: In "Lucky You," a professional poker player (Eric Bana) gets a lesson in life from a struggling singer (Drew Barrymore) as he collides with his estranged father (Robert Duvall) at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

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Release Date: May 4, 2007
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Director: Sam Raimi
Screenwriter: Alvin Sargent
Cast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, Bryce Dallas Howard, Daniel Gillies, Ted Raimi, Adrian Lester, Theresa Russell, James Cromwell

Synopsis: Columbia Pictures' "Spider-Man 3" reunites the cast and filmmakers from the first two blockbuster adventures for a web of secrets, vengeance, love, and forgiveness that will transport worldwide audiences to thrilling new heights on May 4, 2007.

In "Spider-Man 3," based on the legendary Marvel Comics series, Peter Parker has finally managed to strike a balance between his devotion to M.J. and his duties as a superhero. But there is a storm brewing on the horizon. When his suit suddenly changes, turning jet-black and enhancing his powers, it transforms Peter as well, bringing out the dark, vengeful side of his personality that he is struggling to control. Under the influence of the suit, Peter becomes overconfident and starts to neglect the people who care about him most. Forced to choose between the seductive power of the new suit and the compassionate hero he used to be, Peter must overcome his personal demons as two of the most-feared villains yet, Sandman and Venom, gather unparalleled power and a thirst for retribution to threaten Peter and everyone he loves.
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Release Date: May 11, 2007
Distributor: Fox Atomic
Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Producer: Alex Garland, Andrew MacDonald
Screenwriter: Rowan Joffe
Cast: Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, Harold Perrineau, Catherine McCormack, Idris Elba, Mackintosh Muggleton, Imogen Poots, Thomas Garvey


Six months after the rage virus has annihilated the the island of Britain, the US Army declares that the war against infection has been won, and that the reconstruction of the country can begin. Under the strict supervision of the U.S. Military, the first wave of refugees is allowed back into the city. Among them are Don (Robert Carlyle), his new girlfriend Scarlett (Rose Byrne), and Don’s two children. Don lost his wife during the original infection, while Scarlett lost her entire family. All seems under control until a new carrier of the virus makes his way within the quarantined area. As the only known live specimen, he becomes a vital tool to the scientists who hope to learn from their discovery. Call it carelessness or call it bad luck, but the virus eventually spreads once again and now may be even more difficult to contain than the first time around. Jeremy Renner plays Sgt. Doyle who is part of the American Special Forces team working on restoring order in London. Harold Perrineau will co-star as Flynn, an upbeat Special Forces pilot who leads the families returning to London to their safety, while documenting the ordeal with his camera. Elba plays General Stone is the guy overseeing district 1 in London.
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Release Date: May 11, 2007 (NY)
Distributor: THINKFilm
Director: Matt Ruskin, Scott K. Rosenberg
Screenwriter: Not Available
Cast: Chris "Kazi" Rolle, Diana "Princess" Lemon, Christopher "Cannon" Mapp, Russell Simmons, Bruce Willis, Sway, Doug E. Fresh

Rating: PG-13
Official Website: http://pressurepointfilms.com/thehiphopproject.html

Synosis: From Executive Producers Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah, "The Hip Hop Project" is the compelling story of Kazi, a formerly homeless teenager who inspired a group of New York City teens to transform their life stories into powerful works of art, using hip hop as a vehicle for self-development and personal discovery.

Kazi challenges these young people to write music about real issues affecting their lives as they strive to overcome daunting obstacles to produce a collaborative album. Russell Simmons, hip hop mogul and long-time supporter of the project, partners with Bruce Willis to donate a recording studio to the Hip Hop Project. After four years of collaboration, the group produces a powerful and thought-provoking CD filled with moving personal narratives and sharp social commentary. In contrast to all of the negative attention focused on hip hop and rap music, this is a story of hope, healing and the realization of dreams.

Inspired by Kazi's work, 100% of the net profits are being donated to organizations working with youth.

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