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The MIRAMAX/DIMENSION 2003 movie preview was TOO LONG for two pages, so here's page number three (click here for page one and click here for page two).


Release Date: April 4, 2003

Plot: Lonnie (EDDIE GRIFFIN), G (ANTHONY ANDERSON) and Dominic (MICHAEL IMPERIOLI) are three bachelor buddies from the hood who, after a lifetime of hard partying, are in for a rude awakening when their respective
girlfriends all get pregnant at the same time. The fathers-to-be embark on an always hilarious and often touching journey while learning as much about themselves as they do about love and fatherhood.

Director: Cheryl Dunye

Cast: Eddie Griffin, Michael Imperioli, Anthony Anderson, Method Man


Release Date: May 2, 2003 (limited)

Plot: Documentary filmmakers DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus ("Startup.com," "The War Room") and journalist Roger Friedman had a mission: to catch up with the great soul singers of the 1960s and early 1970s. Many of the legends of soul died at an early age: Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, practically all of the Temptations among them. But those who are still alive have been largely ignored since their youth--relegated to oldies shows and budget tours--until now.
The Pennebaker team put together a concert of the great soul survivors, reuniting many of the stars under the influential Stax record label, including Wilson Pickett, "The Iceman" Jerry Butler, former Supreme Mary Wilson, The Chi-Lites,
Sam Moore, and Carla and Rufus Thomas, whose duet “Nighttime is The Right Time” brings the film to a climactic close. The result is a musical celebration of soul, a glimpse into the skewed world of the music industry, and a compelling
narrative of these seven talented acts who've lived extraordinary lives beyond our expectations.

Directors: Chris Hegedus, DA Pennebaker

Featuring: William Bell, Isaac Hayes, Sam Moore, Ann Peebles, Wilson Pickett, The Chi-Lites, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Mary Wilson


Release Date: April 25, 2003 (limited)

Plot: Caught up in the endless Manhattan nights, the man who’s made it his business to know everything suddenly realizes he knows too much. Smart, resourceful and uncommonly devoted seasoned publicist Eli Wurman (AL PACINO) has smoothly managed the public lives of the rich, the famous and the incredibly powerful throughout his long career. There has never been a crisis he couldn’t handle…until now. Cary Launer (RYAN O’NEAL) is a famous actor-he’s as good at manipulating and controlling those around him as he is at giving award-winning performances. Yet Launer is in trouble over a young starlet, Jilli (TÉA LEONI) and enlists Eli to discreetly escort her out of his life. It seems like just one more celebrity baby-sitting job, until they arrive at an after-hours party, where Eli experiences a shock that will change his life forever. The crime he’s witnessed involves the most powerful and influential people in the country. In the end, Eli discovers one undeniable truth: it’s who you know.

Director: Dan Algrant

Cast: Al Pacino, Kim Basinger, Ryan O'Neal, Tea Leoni, Robert Klein, Bill Nunn, Richard Schiff, Mark Webber, Sophie Dahl


Release Date: March 14, 2003

Plot: PROZAC NATION is a new film starring CHRISTINA RICCI (“The Opposite Of Sex,” “Sleepy Hollow”), JESSICA LANGE (“Blue Sky,” “Tootsie”), JASON BIGGS (“American Pie”), MICHELLE WILLIAMS (TV’s “Dawson’s Creek”),
ANNE HECHE (“Wag the Dog,” “Donnie Brasco”), and JONATHAN RHYS-MYERS (“Velvet Goldmine”). Based on the best selling novel, set in the mid 1980's before the prevalence of anti-depressants, it follows a young working
class woman's (RICCI) bout with depression during her first year at Harvard. The film explores this generation's struggle to navigate the effects of divorce, drugs, sex, and an overbearing mother (LANGE).

Director: Erik Skjoldbæjrg

Cast: Christina Ricci, Jason Biggs, Anne Heche, Michelle Williams, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica Lange


Release Date: July 18, 2003 (limited)

Plot: What is important: satisfying one thousand desires or conquering just one?
SAMSARA is a spiritual love story set in the majestic landscape of Ladakh, in the Himalayas, about one man’s quest to find enlightenment. Tashi, a brilliant young disciple, is just completing three years of solitary meditation in a remote hermitage. Brought out of a deep trance, Tashi is taken back to his ancient monastery where he slowly recovers his strength, but his return has unexpected
results. Despite a life devoted to the rigors of spiritual development, he finds himself experiencing a surprisingly profound sexual awakening. These feelings coincide with his journey to a village to perform a harvest blessing where he meets Pema, a beautiful young woman. For the first time, Tashi begins to question the spiritual values of his monastic existence, realizing that one has to experience worldly existence in order to renounce it. Through Tashi’s eyes, this spiritual and moving love story chronicles one man’s discovery of the promise of SAMSARA -- the world.

Director: Pan Nalin

Cast: Shawn Ku, Christy Chung, Neelesha Bavora, Kelsang Tashi, Lhakpa Tsering, Jamayang Jinpa, Sherab Sangey, Tenzin Tashi


Release Date: Fall 2003

About the Film: A follow up to the wildly successful “Scary Movie” and “Scary Movie 2,” the third installment, "Scary Movie 3," parodies today's blockbusters as well as taking on pop culture. The film will continue in the footsteps of “Scary
Movies’ 1 and 2,” with it’s outrageous and edgy brand of humor, leaving no genre untouched. David Zucker will direct “Scary Movie 3,” and Kevin Smith (“Clerks, ” “Chasing Amy,”) will co-write and executive produce. Zucker ,a veteran of the spoof genre, wrote and directed the cult classics “Airplane!,” “Naked Gun,”
“Naked Gun 2 1/2“ and directing “Ruthless People,” as well as produced the comedy “Dude, Where is My Car?” and “Phone Booth.” Smith , a longtime member of the Dimension/Miramax family, wrote and directed “Mallrats,” “Clerks,” “Dogma,” “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and the up coming “Jersey Girl” starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. Pat Proft, Brian Lynch and Craig Mazin will co-write the script with Smith. Filming on “Scary Movie 3” will begin in February with an anticipated release date of 3rd quarter 2003.

Director: David Zucker

Cast: In progress


Release Date: April 11, 2003

Plot: The action comedy SHAOLIN SOCCER has become the all-time most successful Hong Kong production ever--in part due to its eye-popping action, crazy special effects and wicked humor. The film has shattered box office figures throughout Asia and has won many awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Visual Effects at the Hong Kong Film Awards.
Stephen Chow, who has appeared in over 50 films, is arguably, the most famous and loved comedian in Asia today.

Shaolin was an art practiced through the ages; a skill mastered in the heart. In SHAOLIN SOCCER, it is so much more than a philosophy for six young believers. It is a complete way of life. But as the world changed around them, and Honor and Discipline become forgotten virtues, they lose their way --except for one loyal follower, Sing (Chow). With the help of a former soccer star, he
reunites his old, out of shape, misfit friends, and recruits a young woman with extraordinary Kung Fu skills. Together, they're out to combine the ancient power of Shaolin with the modern game of soccer and in the process, just might take the world's most popular sport to its most extreme.

Director: Stephen Chow

Cast: Stephen Chow, Ng Mang-Tat, Li Hui, Zhou Wei


Release Date: July 25, 2003

Plot: The SPY KIDS are back for a new top secret adventure in the third installment of the successful family film franchise. Casting includes SPY KIDS regulars Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara, as well as a new group of exciting characters and cameos.

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara


Release Date: March 21, 2003

Plot: Donna (GWYNETH PALTROW) dreams of becoming a first class international flight attendant and is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that her dreams come true. The road to success, though, is rarely a smooth flight, and as she begins her trip she encounters more turbulence than even she bargained for. But the real question is whether her bumpy start will cause her to leave her dreams behind or if it will take her on the journey of a lifetime.

Director: Bruno Barreto

Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Christina Applegate, Mark Ruffalo, Candace Bergen, Kelly Preston, Rob Lowe


Release Date: May 9, 2003 (limited)

Plot: THE WARRIOR is the debut film from Asif Kapadia, winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Set in feudal India, the film is a sweeping mythical adventure story about a lone warrior who renounces his violent
role as the longtime enforcer to a local lord - only to be murderously pursued into the Himalayan mountains by the lord, who refuses to accept his departure.

Director: Asif Kapadia

Cast: Aino Annuddin, Puru Chhibber, Mandakini Goswami, Irfan Khan, Noor Mani


Source: Miramax
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