Off The Record...
Roy Z., who has produced much of the solo work of Rob Halford's kindred spirit
Bruce Dickinson, spins the knobs here, eschewing modern metal's mechanical
cut-n-paste sound in favor of a late-'80s detonation of explosive stereo
guitars, real-time drumming, and throat-ripping singing. The guitar parts cut
hard, the rhythms parts and riffs are solid and impenetrable. The leads will
make your head spin, and the harmony leads will break your face in a smile,
recalling the glory days of Priest and Maiden, when solid lead guitar
musicianship was the norm and not the exception. Unequivocal, unabashed heavy
At The Movies...
Bless the Child
If you enjoy supernatural thrills, then Bless the Child might be your godsend.
Kim Basinger stars as Maggie, whose sister Jenna, dumps her newborn babe with
her and flees. Maggie raises the girl, who appears to be autistic, but who is
powerfully psychic, and who may be the Messiah. Seven years later, Jenna arrives
to claim the child. She's accompanied by a suave TV guru who just might be the
devil. An FBI agent (Jimmy Smits) investigating serial murders of children who
just happen to be the childs age tries to help Maggie. Keep an eye out for a
cameo by Christina Ricci.
Based on Stephen King's epic novel, this lengthy film tells of a plague that
wipes out 99 per cent of Earth's population, leaving the scattered survivors to
choose and organize with the sides of good or evil, meeting for a destiny of
apocalyptic proportions. The Stand is epic storytelling at its finest. It may
take a couple of days for you to watch the entire film, but you will find it
just as captivating as the original text. The Stand is scary, densely plotted,
exciting and unpredictable. lots of good special features pack this DVD,
including a making of featurette, storyboard comparisons, make-up effects,
interactive menus, scene access, production notes and cast & crew
James Cameron has his eyes on returning to the Aliens franchise. Cameron
wants to resurrect the often-delayed Aliens vs Predator and has his eye
on Harrison Ford to star. Word has it that this project would be fast
tracked for a late 2001 release.
Survivor castaway Kelly Wiglesworth sure picked the wrong place to
hide from the law. Police in North Carolina have a warrant out for the arrest of
the river guide and contestant on CBS' reality smash, saying she's wanted for
using a stolen credit card.
Even though the Jim Carrey comedy How the Grinch Stole Christmas! isn't
in theaters yet, Universal and Imagine are confident enough of its success to
start planning another film based on the works of late children's author Theodor
Geisel (AKA Dr. Suess). The studios are in advanced negotiations with Tim
Allen to star in a live-action version of The Cat in the Hat.
It's official. Despite the fact that he was decapitated in Halloween H2O,
celluloid slasher Michael Myers will be returning for an eighth Halloween
motion picture. Series star Jamie Lee Curtis is currently in negotiations
to make a cameo appearance in the feature that is slated to open October 31,
Seth Green will be returning to TV this fall. However, he will not be
reprising his role as the quiet werewolf Oz. Instead, Green has agreed to appear
in three episodes of the NBC comedy series Tucker.
Glenn Close's sizzling sexual past is about to catch up with her - when a
new book dishing the X-rated details of her affair with Woody Harrelson
hits the shelves.
Kurt Russell's eye-patched movie tough guy Snake Plissken is set for his
television debut in a syndicated action series from Tribune Entertainment,
Escape From New York, to be executive produced by Debra Hill, John
Carpenter and Russell, who has no plans to take an acting role in the
Just one week after his release from prison, Robert Downey Jr. has landed
an acting gig. Downey has signed on for a recurring role on Ally McBeal,
playing a mysterious stranger who becomes the title character's love interest.
Stone Temple Pilots have ditched plans for a proposed greatest hits
collection while they make the transition from longtime manager Steve Stewart to
new managers Q Prime.
Creed have booted bassist and founding member Brian Marshall. A
spokesperson for the band described the split a friendly one due to personal and
Actor-humorist Charles Grodin has been named a commentator for 60 Minutes II starting this fall.
Graveside ceremonies are usually somber and private
affairs, but that's not necessarily true when it comes to the King of Rock 'n'
Roll. The annual candlelight pilgrimage past Elvis Presley's grave made
its worldwide streaming video debut Tuesday on the Presley estate's Web page at