Off the Record...
Ten 13, the red rockers third solo release since his split with VH is simply
put, a party record, the kind of album that you never really sit down and
analyze. It's the kind of record that you want blasting in the background when
you are shooting pool at the bar. Sammy Hagar knows how to party and it shows
throughout the disc. The record is a strong similar to the groundwork laid on
his '80s rock albums and, while not a masterpiece, it would have certainty tore
up the charts back in the day. The rest of the album is filled with joyous
rockers, like the first single, Serious Juju. Ten 13 takes it's name from
Hagar's birth date and this record is definitely a gift to fans to thank them
for making that day worth celebrating.
At The Movies...
In the comedy Bedazzled, Brendan Fraser stars as Elliott Richards, a man who is
desperate to change his life. He gets the opportunity when the devil answers his
pleas for help. They strike up a deal, seven wishes for his soul. And wouldn't
you? After all, the devil arrives in the form of model-turned-actress Elizabeth
Hurley. Bedazzled uses laughs to teach a lesson about desire. Be careful what
you wish for. You may get it, and a whole lot more.
The Filth and Fury
The story of the punk band The Sex Pistols is told by the band members
themselves in Julien Temple's fine documentary film. This is a fascinating
document of a time and a place in recent history. Early moments
in the band's history were captured on film. Interviews with Nancy Spungen
Sid Vicious are nothing short of haunting. The Filth and the Fury does not
glorify The Sex Pistols. Because the band narrates their own road to oblivion,
they do a much better job of displaying their talents and their faults than
anyone else could. For Sex Pistols fans and those interested in social
Charlton Heston, who starred as a stranded astronaut in
the original Planet of the Apes and the first sequel will make a cameo
appearance in Tim Burton's updated Apes flick. This time around, Heston
will play an ape.
MGM is apparently ready to offer Austin Powers star Mike Myers $20
million to play Inspector Clouseau in Ivan Reitman's remake of The Pink Panther.
Paramount Television announced a record-high license fee for the three Star
Trek spin-off series. For a mere $364 million, a potential buyer can secure
the rights to The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager.
On the heels of the ratings success of the recent two-hour Original film
Witchblade, Turner Network Television (TNT) announced that it has ordered
eleven episodes for a limited series based on the best-selling Top Cow comic
book of the same name.
MTV's Total Request Live host
Carson Daly is engaged. Daly and his actress girlfriend of seven months,
Tara Reid (American Pie), got engaged recently in New York City.
CBS has announced that it will
order 22 episodes each for weekend dramas C.S.I., The Fugitive, and The
District, as well as for comedies Bette and Yes, Dear. The
network is still considering renewals for its other two new shows, Welcome to
New York and That's Life.
Following last week's
announcement that Guns N’ Roses would make its first live appearance in
seven years at the third Rock in Rio festival in January 2001, there is more
news from the GN'R camp. Guitarists Robin Finck and Buckethead
have now been officially confirmed as part of the ever-changing talent roster
for the fabled Chinese Democracy album.
Steve Allen, who pioneered late night
television with the original Tonight Show, composed more than 4,000 songs and
wrote 40 books, has died. He was 78.
In a deal that could rescue Napster from legal limbo, Bertelsmann said it
was teaming with the Internet music-swapping service to develop a new
membership-based distribution system that would guarantee payments to artists.
In exchange, the German media giant will drop its lawsuit against Napster, make
its music catalog available and gain the right to buy a stake in Napster.
John Malkovich and Dougray Scott are
in advanced negotiations to co-star in Ripley's Game, which is set to shoot
around Venice in January.
With the holiday shopping season just around the corner, retailers think they
know what this year's hot toys will be. Here's a list of their picks for this
year's most-wanted toys and the companies that make each product.
Best-selling toys overall: Scooters
by such suppliers as Razor, Micro, Huffy and others.
Other big hits overall in
Amazing Babies by Playmates
Celebration Barbie by Mattel
Electronic dogs by such manufacturers as Hasbro,
Manley ToyQuest, Mattel's Fisher-Price and MGA Entertainment
Miniature bikes and skateboards by Jakks Pacific,
SpinMaster, TechDeck, Bandai, and Mattel
Gundam by Bandai
"Harry Potter" Trivia Game by Mattel
Hit Clips by Hasbro's Tiger Electronics
Lego Soccer Championship Challenge, by Lego
Let's Pretend Elmo by Mattel
Pokemon Cards by Hasbro
Singing Dolls by Toymax
Top It by Hasbro
Tucker My Talkin' Truckbot by Hasbro
Best-selling PC game: Interplay's Baldur's
Gate II, Shadows of Amn Age of Empires
Best-selling video game:
Activision's Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
Best-selling toy online: Scooters from such
suppliers as Razor, Micro
Best-selling toy at specialty stores: LeapPad
Best-selling video game hardware: