Off The Record...
Oops!...I Did It Again
Music’s teen pop princess is back with another sugar coated treat that’s bound
to serve up a bevy of chart topping candy. After the success of her debut album,
Britney has become the McDonalds of the teen phenomenon, not very nutritious,
but lots of fun to indulge in. She has all the right moves, a hip look, great
song factory hooks and with guest producers Rodney Jerkins and Mutt
(Shania Twain, AC/DC, Def Leppard) at the helm, she’s in very capable hands.
With album sales of over 1 million in the first week alone, Britney has indeed
proved that she can do it again, and this time it’s no accident.
At The Movies...
There's no question that Disney's Dinosaur is a visual wonder, fluidly blending
CGI animation with live-action scenery to create an impeccably crafted
prehistoric world. The film's opening sequence in which an orphaned dinosaur egg
is taken from its nest and makes an improbable journey through the lush
Cretaceous forest before being dropped into a community of lemurs is as magical
and beautiful as anything you'll ever see on film. This is the most expensive
animated film in history, and as a visual spectacle, you can't deny that it
Man On The Moon
Director Milos Forman takes on the life of wacky comedian Andy Kaufman, with
Carrey uncannily melding into the lead role, a man who truly blurred reality and
unreality on stage and off. Kaufman's career was one explosion after another
from his outrageous stage acts (including a grueling stint as a wrestler) to his
tenure on Taxi and this film is an homage to those outbursts of brilliance. If
you never understood Kaufman’s comedy, this will clue you in to the genius
behind the madman.
Mission: Impossible 2
blew away the competition and boosted movie theaters to an overall box-office
record for the Memorial Day weekend, according to studio estimates. Heading into
its busiest season, the movie industry has a good head start on breaking its box
office revenue record for a third straight year.
The season finale of Star
Trek: Voyager will have a special significance for Rick Berman. It will be
the 500th Star Trek series episode that he has produced, since Trek creator Gene
Roddenberry tapped him to help launch Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1986.
Musician Vitamin C has signed on to appear in Wes Craven Presents
Dracula 2000, a modern retelling of the Dracula story directed by Partrick
Lucier. Currently, Vitamin C, whose real name is Colleen Fitzpatrick, has the
song Graduation (Friends Forever) climbing the music charts.
A question has arisen concerning the authenticity of the Cowardly Lion
costume that Christie's East is putting up for auction. Brian Chanes, the
director of acquisitions for the Profiles in History memorabilia dealer, claims
that he already has a Cowardly Lion costume for sale with authenticating
documents from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
John Travolta will star in the thriller Domestic Disturbance, which
begins shooting this fall. The story deals with a father (Travolta) who finds
out that his son's new stepfather has a few secrets to hide. Travolta's
character must then rescue his son from the potentially dangerous environment.
A wealth of Hollywood memorabilia is heading for the auction block,
Christopher Reeve's Superman costumes from the first two films in
which he starred as the Man of Steel. Christie's East in New York will be
handling the auction. Other memorabilia up for auciton will be props from
Star Trek, Seinfeld, E.R., ChiPs and Gilligan's Island; the 1937
Phantom III Rolls-Royce from Goldfinger; Wonder Woman's red satin gloves; and a
group of five Conehead props from Saturday Night Live.
Filmmaker David Cronenberg will get a chance to meet a fellow horror movie icon
in the next Friday the 13th flick. In Jason X, the director of
The Fly will play a professor who, in the year 2455, takes his students on a
field trip back to the long-abandoned Earth. Murder and mayhem ensue, when they
mistakenly thaw out a cryogenically frozen Jason.
Warner Bros. Online is readying to launch a redesigned Web site sometime
next month, complete with original shows and other traffic-generating
entertainment programming based on its branded properties. First out of the gate
is TheOblongs.com, a site to feature animated Webisodes based on the upcoming
Warner Bros. Television series and comic books of the same name.