Off The Record...
Full Devil Jacket
Full Devil Jacket
Opening up with the blazing metal of Wanna Be Martyr, complete with grating
vocals and a thunder riff that would be at home on a Sevendust disc, Full Devil
Jacket sound like they're ready to come out swinging as nu-metal contenders.
Vocalist Josh Brown just as easily slips into a radio-friendly vocal croon that
would work on a Bush tune. Full Devil Jacket is brought to you by Tom Zutaut,
famed A&R dude who signed GnR and Motley Crue. People should dig this, since FDJ
will sound cool on the radio compared to most of the other same old being
shot out at us, and for that we shall be grateful.
On The Air...
Although wrestling has been around for decades,
never has it reached such mass popularity. Bigger than life superstars like
the Rock, Triple-H, The Big Show and Stone Cold Steve Austin have propelled the WWF
into one of the most watched live and pay-per-view events ever. So where does
the appeal lie? It’s old-fashioned good versus evil, where fans can boo the bad
guy and cheer for the hero. With Vince McMahon himself adding the special angle
that allows watchers to vent their feelings for their bosses, there is no
telling how far this phenomenon will go. The WWF calls it sports entertainment,
accurate, although there is a great deal of soap opera lines and Saturday
morning action serial mixed in. Watch it once and you will be hooked.
Being John Malkovich
Commercial and music video director Spike Jonze has put together an incredibly
offbeat and original movie. A street puppeteer (John Cusack) takes a filing job
on the 7 1/2-floor of a New York office building, where the ceilings are so low
that workers must hunch over to move. One afternoon he discovers a door which
leads to a portal that enters the consciousness of actor John Malkovich. Soon
his friends partake of the weirdness inside Malkovich's head. A remarkable
comment on identity, longing and emotional fulfillment.
A 7-year festival has a new name
and a harder direction. X-Fest (formerly Edgefest) is set to go down in
Somerset WI this Memorial Day weekend with an edgier lineup than ever. Look for
Stone Temple Pilots, Sevendust, Powerman 5000, Everclear, Godsmack, Three
Doors Down, and Slipknot to perform along with a few dozen other of
today’s top talents.
On June 11, the Cartoon Network will be presenting The Lost Cartoons
ToonHeads Special, which will feature nine classic toons never before seen on
the cable network. The special will include the first talking cartoon, a
selection of World War II-era shorts produced by the U.S. Army, and behind the
scenes clips featuring some of animation's best-known creators.
Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment will pay author and screenwriter
John Ridley a $1 million advance to write a live-action adaptation of his
online animated series Undercover Brother. The hero of Ridley's nettoon is an
afro-sporting dude cooler than Shaft who routinely uses his unassuming alter ego
to fight the establishment.
Toronto based Imax saw revenue leap 54 percent to $56.5 million last
quarter, based on the debut of Disney's Fantasia 2000, as well as
continued popularity of other releases like T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous and
After 50 years, the Pentagon will honor Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker
with its highest civilian award for distinguished service.
The current season will be the last one for the successful cable series La
Femme Nikita, starring Peta Wilson in the title role.
Two major Chicago-based retailers recently said they’d stop all sales of M-rated
video games nationwide. Montgomery Ward and Sears Roebuck and Co.
told the federal government last week they'll go beyond the government urging to
curb sales to those under 17 and just ban them outright.
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.