INTERVIEW: The writers of ‘The Dark Knight’

MoviesOnline sat down with screenwriters Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer to talk about their new movie, “The Dark Knight,” directed by Christopher Nolan. The follow-up to “Batman Begins” stars Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Gary Oldham, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman.

(Movies Online)

New “X-Files” movie the latest Hollywood reboot

The truth is still out there -- on billboards, in sci-fi chat rooms and, on July 25, in a few thousand movie theaters.

While the audience out there for "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" remains unknowable, Fox hopes the spooky sequel can become the latest example of a successful "reboot": thawing out a dormant film franchise after years in deep freeze.


INTERVIEW: ‘Sex and the City’ costar Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Kate Hudson was born in Chicago on September 12, 1981 to Darnell Hudson and Samuel Simpson.

At the age of seven, she started singing in her Baptist church's gospel choir where she honed her vocal skills with the help of her late maternal grandmother, Julia.

After graduating from Dunbar Vocational Career Academy in 1999, the 5'9" beauty began in show business in community theater and then on a Disney cruise liner before unveiling her four-octave range in front of a national TV audience on American Idol during the show's third season.  

Though Jennifer only finished seventh, many still consider her to be the most talented person ever to enter the competition. So, it was no surprise when she brought down the house delivering a spirited rendition of "And I Am Telling You I Am Not Going" as Effie White in the screen adaptation of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls.

Based on the strength of that Oscar-winning performance, she was signed to play Carrie's (Sarah Jessica Parker) assistant, Louise, in "Sex and the City," a character writer/director Michael Patrick King created with Jennifer specifically in mind. The movie opens this weekend in theaters throughout North America.


Many readers feel ‘Indy’ fails to fully deliver

Were the critics being too critical when dishing out the so-so reviews of “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”? According to many of our readers, no.

While there are plenty of die-hard Indy fans, many were left disappointed by movie’s end (some much earlier). “I saw it and wanted to leave just minutes after it started. ... This movie goes nowhere fast ... (it) does not have the heart nor a story that the previous films has had,” Richard from Greenville, N.C., wrote.

“It is fantastic! I'm 57, saw the first 3, loved this one, can't wait for the next one! The critics are too critical,” said Pops from Fort Worth, Texas.

Read on for more reader opinions about the movie.


Will Smith’s Hancock movie could be summer’s first super-flop


WILL SMITH'S upcoming superhero movie Hancock could well have a bumpy landing at the box office, with reshoots reportedly under way seven weeks before release following negative reactions at test screenings.

In this comedy superhero film - not based on a comicbook - Smith plays a lazy, alcoholic, depressed, down-and-out super-loser with the abilities of flight, strength and invulnerability.

Smith's character John Hancock saves the life of PR consultant Ray Embry (Jason Bateman), who then offers to help the downtrodden hero get back on his feet and rebuild his life. But Embry's wife Mary (Charlize Theron) turns out to be connected to the superhero.

Some movie fans online have dismissed the negativity and claim the alleged reshoots in New York are 'pick-up shots' to establish the film's location in that city (as it was largely filmed elsewhere, in Los Angeles). It's certainly not unusual for extra pieces of filming to be done just weeks before release.

(Coventry Telegraph)

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Sex and the City – The Movie: exclusive on-set report


The day before I visit the set of Sex and the City: The Movie thousands of onlookers gathered to gawp at the cast as they shot a scene on the New York streets. Gangs of assistants barked at the crowds, ushering them away. 'By the end of the television show,' begins Sarah Jessica Parker, 'we'd become accustomed to curiosity when we were shooting on the street. With the film, though, even more people are coming, and in between each scene it can take half an hour just to move the crowds back.' She smiles. 'But we're grateful people still have affection for these characters. Anyone who looks that gift horse in the mouth is mad.'

When the American television network HBO first broadcast Sex and the City in 1998 it could hardly have imagined how successful it would be. By the time the sixth (and last) series was showing in America, the programme was being screened in 150 countries, and the final episode drew an audience of more than ten million in America and 4.5 million here.

(The Telegraph UK)

Peter Dinklage suffered for his ‘Narnia’ art

Peter Dinklage wasn't sure he wanted to play Trumpkin the red dwarf in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. So he flew to Los Angeles to see Andrew Adamson, who had directed the first Narnia movie three years ago and was in pre-production before directing the sequel.

"I wasn't completely sold on the idea until I met him," Dinklage says. But when he arrived at Adamson's office, Dinklage saw his own image on the story board.

(USA Today)

‘Sex and the City’ movie may lack wide appeal


Hollywood worships so-called four-quadrant films: movies that draw males and females both young and old. "Sex and the City" might appeal to only a single audience slice, but its following among older women already is so robust that the film could soon prove its doubters wrong.

Few films have polarized audiences more than May 30's long-awaited cinematic adaptation of the influential HBO show. It's easier to find $2-a-gallon gas than a straight man eager to see the movie. Older women (in Hollywood's youth-obsessed view of the world, this means older than 30) hold a dramatically different view: When they are not posting online about their love of the series -- "addicted" pops up with frightening frequency -- they are organizing ladies' night viewing parties around the film's opening.

(LA Times)

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