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September 2001
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NEW MOVIE WEB SITES

ALL OVER THE GUY (LIONS GATE)

AMERICAN OUTLAWS (WARNER BROS.)

AMERICAN PIE 2 (UNIVERSAL)

BUBBLE BOY (BUENA VISTA)

CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION, THE (DREAMWORKS)

GHOSTS OF MARS (SONY)

GLITTER (20TH CENTURY FOX)

HEIST, THE (WARNER BROS.)

MAYBE BABY (USA)

MUSKETEER, THE (UNIVERSAL)

OSMOSIS JONES (WARNER BROS.)

SOUL SURVIVORS (ARTISAN)

SPY KIDS (with additional footage) (DIMENSION)

SUMMER CATCH (WARNER BROS.)



"O" Touchstone For Modern Teens

"O," Shakespeare's Othello for the hip-hop generation starring Mekhi Phifer, Josh Hartnett, Julia Stiles, and Martin Sheen is enjoying a number of rave reviews, despite its struggle to reach theaters. Originally completed in 1998, the film was shelved for two years following the Columbine tragedy for fear the movie would be seen as exploitive, since the film is set on a high school campus and ends in violence. Sometime during the two year delay, original distributor Miramax sold the film to rival distributor Lions Gate, presumably to get out from under any censure the movie might cause.

Since its release, a number of critics have had great things to say. Rita Kempley in the Washington Post calls the movie "a worthy, well-acted attempt to transform Shakespeare's Othello into a tragic touchstone for modern teens." Marc Caro in the Chicago Tribune defends the violence that closes the film by calling the production "serious-minded, non-exploitative." Claudia Puig in USA Today said, "O is disturbing, but in all the right ways." And Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times believes "O" is, "a good film for most of the way, and then a powerful film at the end, when, in the traditional Shakespearean manner, all of the plot threads come together, the victims are killed, the survivors mourn, and life goes on."