Off The Record...
This Time Around
Hanson took their time making a follow-up to the debut Middle of Nowhere, and
they didn't spend their vacation buying matching white suits, dance lessons or
wind machines. Instead, they matured into a bang-up rock & roll band, singing
and playing the high-energy gems on This Time Around with a surprisingly adult
confidence. The sound still includes scratching and dance beats, but there's
more emphasis on raging guitar hooks, leaving the rest of the teen pack eating
their Oklahoma dust. The Hanson brothers play exactly what they want to play,
making records that they themselves might actually want to listen to, and it
At The Movies...
Russell Crowe plays Roman General Maximus, completing a final military campaign
in the provinces of Germany before a well-earned retirement. Maximus' mentor is
Roman Emperor Aurelius. Aurelius makes the momentous decision to pass over his
rightful heir and put Maximus in charge of Rome in order to prevent his beloved
Republic from mutating into an Imperial dictatorship. Before he can take the
position, Maximus is sold into slavery and gladiatorial combat. The climactic
gladiator fights are dizzying, action set pieces that echo everything from Ben
Hur to Excalibur while setting new visual standards of their own.
The World Is Not Enough
This non-stop James Bond thriller starts out with a typical 007 bang of an
opening and keeps its momentum until the very last second. Bond (Pierce Brosnan)
must stop a maniacal mastermind out to steal a nuclear warhead in a wild scheme
to destroy oil pipelines and control the world's oil supply, along the way
getting involved with the scheming heiress to an oil fortune. This outing gives
Bond plenty of new toys to play with and cranks the franchise up at least
several notches. Great entertainment.
Jean Reno, best known for his roles in The Professional
and Mission: Impossible, is in final talks with MGM to star as the villain in
director John McTiernan's remake of Rollerball. If he signs on, Reno will
join Chris Klein and LL Cool J in the near-future story about the
world's most popular, and violent, spectator sport.
The Fox Network has picked up Mad TV for a sixth season. According to the
Nielsen ratings, the sketch comedy series averaged 5.4 million weekly viewers
this year. That's up six per cent from last year.
Robert Zemeckis has committed to direct a remake of William Castle's 1958
horror flick Macabre. The $15 million-$20 million budgeted feature is the
second in Zemeckis' and producer Joel Silver's three-picture Dark Castle
Entertainment deal with Warner Brothers.
James Franco (Freaks and Geeks) has been cast as the ultimate teen rebel
in TNT's James Dean: An Invented Life biopic. Director and executive
producer Mark Rydell will also star in the movie as studio chief Jack Warner.
Shooting is scheduled to begin in the Los Angeles area in June.
Steven Spielberg has loaned his name to a toy designed by The Lego
Company that will allow kids to make and edit their own digital movies. The
Steven Spielberg MovieMaker set contains a digital movie camera that has Lego
pieces on the outside. That way, children can build a stand to mount the camera
on. They can then plug the camera into a computer port in order to edit their
Hayden Christensen will be filling the roll of Anakin Skywalker in
Star Wars: Episode II. The 19-year-old actor is best known for his role on
Fox Family's Higher Ground where he played a troubled teenager who is seduced by
Tom Green, whose first movie Road Trip will be hitting theaters
May 19, has already lined up his second film project. Freddy Got Fingered
sees the MTV star appearing as a slacker who is forced to move back in with his
TNT announced today that they are rescheduling the Witchblade two-hour
television film to August 27th at 8 PM. It was originally planned for a
Marvel.com has a new Flash site up that promises games, contests and
movie news. The site is sponsored by the Coalition for the Eradication of the
Mutant Species. Many of the features have yet to be posted but the beginning
looks promising. Check it out!
Nickelodeon and Mattel Inc. announced that they have signed a
multiyear licensing deal that will allow the manufacturer to make toys based on
the cable network's TV and film properties. The agreement covers action figures,
dolls, games, plush toys, and preschool toys based on Nick's programming.