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invent rock and roll, but when it comes to playing it in its rawest form, the
band has few peers. Angus Young's bottomless bag of riffs gets the mother lode
of attention, but just as essential to the group is Brian Johnson's parched
shriek, and the band's granite-solid rhythm section. Moreover, over the course
of its 25-year career, AC/DC has shown the good sense not to tamper with a
winning formula. The group remains musically vibrant, laying out another disc
full of hook-infested melodies pounded out with testosterone-fueled aggression.
The Whole Nine Yards
This black comedy belongs to
Matthew Perry, who plays a Montreal dentist who's pushed around by his wife and
has a hit man (Bruce Willis) for a neighbor. Perry does his best screen work
yet as the downtrodden but likable "Oz" Ozeransky. Along the way
to the movie's murderous finale we're introduced to two women, both of whom add
sparkle to the situation. Natasha Henstridge, looking like a young Cybill Shepherd, plays
Willis' wife, and Amanda Peet, in a show-stealing role, portrays a would-be
assassin. A little far-fetched, but funny as well.
Ashley Judd plays Elizabeth
Parsons, a woman who appears to have it all, she's gorgeous, her husband is
successful, she has a lively small child and the kind of sweet nanny to stir
envy in any parent. This idyllic life comes crashing down one fateful vacation
weekend when Elizabeth suddenly becomes the prime suspect when her husband
disappears and she is found covered in blood. Tommy Lee Jones plays Elizabeth's
feisty parole officer, who eventually becomes her ally in unraveling the
mysterious events. This is a suspense movie with the added oomph of solid
Late-night talk show host
David Letterman, who underwent open-heart surgery in January, may return to
his CBS television show full-time by late March.
For all the fans who think the
Backstreet Boys are, well, super, here comes some comic book
confirmation. The band recently teamed with Stan Lee to create their
very own superhero franchise. Set to debut in June, the boys are given
enchanted amulets which enhance each band member's DNA, giving Nick super Ninja
powers, Kevin super strength, AJ perfect marksmanship, and so on.
Clear Channel Communications
Inc., one of the biggest broadcasters in the United States, is buying SFX
Entertainment Inc., a leading concert producer, arena owner and sports
promoter, for about $3.3 billion in stock.
Singer Celine Dion has
sued the National Enquirer for $20 million, claiming it reported she was
pregnant with twins while knowing the story was false.
Michael Richards, the
manic Kramer on Seinfeld, is returning to television. Richards will star as Vic Nardozza, private investigator, in a new NBC sitcom slated for the fall.
Kathie Lee Gifford
surprised viewers of Live with Regis & Kathie Lee Tuesday by announcing she is
leaving the show. She said she's leaving the show this summer and ending her
15-year run as sidekick to Regis Philbin. Her contract ends in August.
Sparky Anderson, the only
manager to win World Series titles in both leagues, was elected to the Baseball
Hall of Fame this week.
The British producers of Who
Wants to be a Millionaire are readying a follow-up to their international
quiz show sensation, with ABC once again in position to land U.S. rights to the
project. Details are still sketchy, but insiders said the show would likely
feature a single contestant answering questions of increasing difficulty in a
single category, probably a category in which the contestant is an expert.
Tour Organizers are hopeful the
upcoming KISS Farewell Tour can parlay into more than $40 million in
grosses. The tour, which begins March 11th, is billed as the last for the four
original members. VH1 is the media sponsor.
ABC and the Miss America
Organization have announced that Donny and Marie Osmond will host
the Miss America Pageant in October, their second appearance on the
Charlie Sheen has agreed
to step into Spin City to replace Michael J. Fox, who is leaving
at the end of the season.