Off The Record...
Erykah Badu is the Grammy-winning singer and songwriter whose triumphant 1997
release, Baduizm, helped launch a whole new school of contemporary R&B. Her
latest release is proof she knows how to squeeze the trigger of her Mama's Gun
gently, taking subtle shots that still hit their targets with great potency. The
10-minute Green Eyes is an ambitious, three-part suite that glides from smoky
saloon tunes to modern urbania. Another refreshing listening experience that
further establishes Baduizm as a captivating musical philosophy.
At The Movies...
Even though it bears the same brooding atmosphere, dark supernatural themes and
basic story structure as The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable is its own movie. It's
also an equal peer to last years sleeper hit, even more emotionally resonant and
audacious in its surprises. Bruce Willis plays a guy who discovers something
extraordinary about himself after a terrible train wreck. While everyone else
dies, he hasn't a single scratch. What does it mean? What does he learn? Can't
tell you. You see, that's all we know. That, and Samuel L. Jackson co-stars as
the guy who might have the answers. See you in line.
To fans of Nick Park his mastery of the cinematic art form of claymation in the
ridiculously hilarious Chicken Run comes as no surprise. To those coming to
Park's work for the first time, you are in for a great treat. Ginger (Miranda
Richardson), a keen, earnest and persistent chicken who is determined to lead
her gaggle of air-headed hens to freedom from the concentration camp-like
enclosure of the Tweedy's Chicken Farm. Mac, a nationalistic Scottish chicken,
devises ingenious yet slightly flawed mechanisms of escape to aid Ginger in her
repeated failures. Chicken
Run is that rarest of things, a magical movie the entire family can enjoy.
Comedy Central has rescheduled the premiere of Family First for March.
The WB Network plans to keep Sabrina, the Teenage Witch on its schedule
at least until the end of next season.
Mike Myers is apparently in talks to star in a remake of The Pink
Panther. The Austin Powers star would play the bumbling Inspector Jacques
Tim Burton has filed a lawsuit against David Bontempo, claiming that he
stole a box of art from the storage area of a Los Angeles apartment that the
director owned between 1985 and 1999.
Sid and Marty Krofft Pictures filed a lawsuit against 'N Sync, accusing
the boy band of copyright infringement. The lawsuit stems from 'N Sync's
American Music Awards performance last January, in which the band used 25-foot
puppets created by Krofft Pictures.
Kris Kristofferson has signed on to appear in Tim Burton's Planet of
the Apes remake. Kristofferson will portray the leader of a human revolt
against ape oppression.
The Cult have included a special bonus disc of remixes in a limited
number of their recently released box set. Rare Cult: 1984-1995, a six-CD,
90-track box set that features unreleased tunes, outtakes, remixes, radio
sessions, demos, and alternate versions.
Alice Cooper's Paradise Valley, Ariz. home was robbed. A burglar broke
and stole more than $6,400 in clothes, shoes, and video cameras that belonged to
Cooper's daughter, four of the Coops gold records were lifted and a double-gold
record by Guns N' Roses. The shock rocker was out of town at the time of
several tabs claim that Anne Heche is pregnant, the actress's manager is
steadily denying the stork story, stating simply that Heche's tummy grew after
she told her rail-thin client to put on some weight.
Alice In Chains have posted soundbites of their new live album, Live, on
their official website. The album will be released on Columbia December 5th.
Christy Turlington has disclosed to that she is suffering from early-stage
emphysema. The 31-year-old Calvin Klein model discovered the disease during a
lung scan she underwent to raise public awareness of the latest technology.
Buckcherry has finished recording their new album with producer John
Travis (Kid Rock, Sugar Ray )and it is due out in March. The band has recorded 12
tracks and, according to singer Joshua Todd, the album sounds "more aggressive."
American movie legend Clint Eastwood and
ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov were taking their place Sunday with
three other master performers from the film, stage and music worlds as Kennedy
Hollywood Records will release Freddie Mercury: Solo, a three-CD Freddie
Mercury , box set on December 5th. A collection of videos from the late Queen
singer will be released on DVD and VHS on January 23rd.