Off The Record...
Kaleidoscope Kelis, a Harlem-born twenty-year-old, is too musically adventurous
and emotionally ambivalent to employ any one attitude. Plumbing retro styles is
the easy resort of the hip-hop eclecticist, but somehow Kelis' background in
jazz, gospel, rock and R&B brings a deeply felt sonic futurism to her debut
album. The ultrahip production duo the Neptunes makes this interplanetary
power-girl mix sound both danceably down-to-earth and shockingly new.
At the Movies...
A young drifter (Leonardo DiCaprio) traveling in Thailand gets hold of a map to
paradise that is, assuming your idea of paradise involves beautiful scenery, sex
and drugs galore. He sets out with an attractive French couple to locate the
place. But somebody wants this paradise to stay lost. High action and high
energy drive this movie. With DiCaprios first new flick in almost two years,
this has all the makings of a hit.
The classic adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan here in a more
pulp-fiction vein than most Disney animated films, featuring lively songs by
Phil Collins. This is the first full-length animated feature to focus on the
loin-clothed jungle hero, an orphaned infant raised by gorillas whose life is
changed forever when he meets other humans, Jane, her ditzy scientist-father,
and their evil escort. Great old-fashioned storytelling for adults and kids.
Party of Five's Jennifer
Blanc will star in the TV pilot Dark Angel. Director James
Cameron is developing the science fiction project for Fox.
Melissa Joan Hart, TV's Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, will star
in a remake of 1947's The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer. Reprising the
role created by teenager Shirley Temple, Hart will co-produce the project
with her mother Paula Hart.
The estates of Harpo and
Chico Marx have filed suit against Groucho Marx Productions alleging that it
had cheated them out of $86,666. The two estates claim that they were owed that
amount from a deal that GMP signed to produce an animated Marx Brothers
The passport that Ian Fleming used as a member of the British
secret service during World War II is going to be up for auction later this
month at Sotheby's. The creator of fictional spy James Bond used the document
during Operation Goldeneye, a program set up to conduct limited sabotage and
keep tabs on Spain during the war. Sotheby's anticipates that the courier's
passport will fetch somewhere between 3 to 5,000.
Steven Spielberg will be handing out an Oscar at this year's
Academy Award ceremony. A three time Oscar winner himself, the director was
named last year's best director for Saving Private Ryan.
After a delay, Moore Creations will release the cold-cast porcelain
Barbarian based on the classic painting by Frank Frazetta. In
addition to a porcelain version, Moore Creations will also release a bronze
edition of the Barbarian as well as an extremely limited artist proof.
It took 16 printings, but Viz' Pokemon: The Electric Tale of
Pikachu #1 has finally hit the big time with one million copies printed,
vaulting it towards such legendary comics such as Superman #75, Spawn#1
and other issues from the early '90s with multi-million print runs.
Walt Disney Pictures has given
the go ahead to the $130 million-budgeted Pearl Harbor. Jerry
Bruckheimer will produce the World War II film and Michael Bay (Armageddon) will
direct from a script by Randall Wallace (Braveheart). Production on the film
will begin in April or May with a projected release date of Memorial Day, 2001.
Hasbro, the master toy licensee for NASCAR Racers, an animated
Fox Kids series revolving around fictious NASCAR drivers and their fantastic
cars, is unveiling its toy line tied in with the series this month.
Broadcasting legend Walter Cronkite will return to CBS on Feb.
11 to host a special entitled Good Grief Charlie Brown: A Tribute to Charles
Schulz. The hour-long special promises to dish the inside scoop on the
Peanuts characters as well as an interview with Schulz.
Mick Jagger has sent an application into the Office of
Harmonisation in the Internal Market, the EU's patent office. So what is he
patenting? His own name. The singer is registering Mick Jagger as a trademark
for more than twenty beauty products, including perfume, eau de cologne,
shampoos and deodorants.
Brilliant Digital Entertainment, Inc. announced that it will launch
its new animated series, KISS Immortals, in Internet syndication on
February 29th rather than January 29th, as earlier announced to
accommodate higher-than-expected demand for the interactive 3-D animated series
by third party affiliate Web sites.
Swedish superstars ABBA have turned down a reported offer of $1
billion to reunite for a tour.
Lisa Marie Presley and rock singer John Oszajea are
getting married. According to Presley's publicist, the couple met last May and
announced their engagement at a recent Christmas party.