Pac-Man is certainly the most famous video game character of all time and
believe it or not, hes about to turn 20. To celebrate, Namco has released an
incredibly fun-filled game featuring three very different modes of play wrapped
into one package. The first, Quest Mode, is a 3D-platform style game in which
Pac-Man must run, jump, swim, fly and, of course, eat his way through a myriad
of levels, unlocking secret mazes and saving his friends. The levels are laden
with hidden power-ups, puzzles and various foes that need to be dealt with in
order to complete the game. Quest Mode is absolutely addicting, with enough
depth to make it fun for the older crowd yet not so difficult as to discourage
Off The Record...
Five years and several million records later, Korn is ready to blast
all non-believers to Kingdom Come with its fourth album, Issues. Steering away
from the hip-hop dabbling that dotted 1998's Follow The Leader, Issues strikes a
rebellious, gut-wrenching, and emotionally naked stance. On the album opener
Dead, David Silveria sings "All I want is to be happy" over the wail of
bagpipes. Korn has managed to forge a career making public these kinds of
personal, deep-seeded issues, and their fans wouldn't want it any other way.
Run Lola Run
A surprise German hit, first on the international and now art-house circuit,
about a young woman who has 20 minutes to help her boyfriend out of a jam. He's
botched a dope deal and lost a bag of money that belongs to his gangster boss.
Lola sets off to help him, and her journey is told three different ways, each
time altering key events that change the outcome. The film is fast, kinetic,
and exciting, using animation, music video flashes, jump cuts and fragmented
time to propel the multiple story lines. An original film to say the least.
Theatrical hard-rock veterans
KISS will auction substantially all of the instruments, costumes and
miscellaneous memorabilia used by the band since 1974. The auction,
co-sponsored by bassist Gene Simmons and singer/guitarist Paul Stanley,
is expected to take place in May, will accept both live and online bidding, and
is expected to bring in over $5 million.
Fox Kids recently signed a deal
with Straytjakit Productions to create the Joe Psycho & MooFrog Cartoonshow
animated series. A true multimedia phenomenon, Joe Psycho started as a comic
book and then ended up on the Internet where it found a loyal audience.
Ultimate Sports Entertainment, Inc. announced that it had reached an agreement
with the National Hockey League Players' Association, to publish a line of comic
books featuring NHL players.
After refusing to comment on
years of public speculation, the Grammy-winning rocker Melissa Etheridge
and her partner, Julie Cypher, tell Rolling Stone magazine that music
veteran David Crosby is the biological father of their two children.
They won't let you do whatever a
spider can, but Spider-Man vitamins are on the way. TrimFast Group announced
that it has entered into a letter of intent for a licensing agreement with
Marvel for Spider-Man Children's Chewable Multi-Vitamin and Mineral Supplement
Matchbox has announced a new lineup of collector's item cars that will ship in
2000. The Matchbox Character Car Collection will feature icons from the
television and movie industry riding atop a customized Matchbox car. The
collection will feature three themes: horror movies, classic television shows
and classic movies.
On April 9, George Clooney will be starring in a full-length, live
adaptation of the anti-nuke thriller Fail Safe. The CBS drama will be the first
live full-length dramatic production shown on a broadcast network since
Playhouse 90 aired its last episode in 1960.
When the Archie's Weird Mysteries animated series premiered on PAX TV last fall,
natural comparisons were made to Scooby Doo. Archie Comics has admitted the
show has been "at least a small inspiration."
Rocket USA, renowned for its
excellent tin toy line, has obtained a license to produce retro Futurama toys.
In spring 2000, the company intends to begin selling Futurama wind-up toys, die
cast figures, and tin signs.
Mel Gibson is producing a film biography of The Three Stooges and the
announcement has just come down concerning who will play the legendary screen
knuckleheads. More to come on this one.
Now that his wife Elizabeth is out of the presidential race, Bob Dole
is endorsing Bugs Bunny's campaign to seek the highest elected office in the
land. The former U.S. senator and presidential candidate will tape a commercial
for the Cartoon Network in which he lends his support for the famous rabbit's
In an online poll, Beanie Baby fans have voted in overwhelming numbers that they
want Ty Inc. to continue manufacturing their favorite collectible toys.