Off The Record...
The much-anticipated third release from Deftones comes on with bluster and
confidence, and sounds for all purposes like the masterpiece it's trying hard to
be. The band's musicianship, solid and proficient, and Chino Moreno's vocals,
from whispers to screams and much in-between, convey a wide array of emotions,
moods, and intensities. Terry Date's masterful production is, as usual,
terrific. The Deftones are a popular group, and certainly a talented one, and
work in a vein of almost impressionistic hard rock.
At The Movies...
Me, Myself and Irene
Jim Carrey reunites with gross-out gods the Farrelly brothers, who directed
Carrey in Dumb and Dumber. This time he plays Charlie, a sweet Rhode Island
state trooper and a bit of a pushover. Charlie also suffers from schizophrenia,
which in him shows up as a sort of split personality. So inevitably he has a
Jekyll and Hyde-style snap, and his alter ego Hank emerges as a nasty,
sex-crazed lout. Both Charlie and Hank fall for Irene (Renee Zellweger), who's
on the run from a corporate fat cat with the police in his pocket. Mental health
groups are already flipping out over the movie's depiction of schizophrenia, and
so will you with none stop laughter.
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith, about Tom Ripley (Matt Damon), a young
American sent by a wealthy man to Europe to keep tabs on his wastrel son (Jude
Law). Eventually Ripley goes one step further: he kills the son and takes over
his identity. A sleek, involving film that showcases the young actors
(including co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett). Directed by
Anthony Minghella, made famous for his work in The English Patient.
According to Inside.com, Ben
Affleck's name has emerged as a likely candidate to take over the role of
CIA man of action Jack Ryan
poultry of Chicken Run set a new record for DreamWorks. The comedy, from
the British claymation whizzes at Aardman Studios, had a $17.5 million opening,
topping the nearly $17.2 million 1998 debut of the computer-generated Antz.
Fox has canceled
the Jennifer Love Hewitt weeper Time of Your Life, though the
youth-driven sitcom just returned from a long hiatus. Despite Hewitt's familiar
face, the show has been dogged by poor ratings since it originated as a Party of
Five spinoff last year.
Titanic director James
Cameron wed Suzy Amis (who played Lizzy Calvert, Rose's
granddaughter, in the film) in a quiet ceremony on June 4. Thats the fifth
trip to the altar for Cameron.
has been tapped to host ABC's broadcast of the 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy
Alex Wallau has been
appointed president of the ABC television network. Wallau is currently
the network's on-air boxing analyst, a job in which he will continue.
Don Hewitt, executive
producer and founder of the newsmagazine 60 Minutes has signed on for
four more years after his current contract expires in six months.
Dixie Chicks lead singer
Natalie Maines was wedded over the weekend after her group performed in
J. August Richards, who
popped up occasionally last season as a vampire on Angel, has signed on
as a series regular for next season.
Following the less than spectacular performance of Titan A.E. at the box
office, 20th Century Fox announced yesterday that it was closing its
Phoenix, AZ, animation facility.
Michael Kamen's original score for the X-Men movie will be
available on CD July 11 from Decca Records. The soundtrack album was originally
scheduled for a July 4 release.
Presidents of the USA are set to return with a new album this autumn
working under the shorter name of The Presidents.
Middle America has the Home Shopping Network, and soon wealthy Americans will
have their own TV channel. Scripps Networks (which owns Home & Garden TV
and Food Network), has begun marketing Fine Living, a proposed 24-hour cable
network aimed at people with lots of money. Target date for launch is sometime
second half of 2001.