Off The Record...
This is an album born backwards into a world awash in teen pop, hip-hop, and
rap-rock. It's something of a miracle that it lands squarely on its feet, making
a much-needed case for folk-based rock of the sort that frontman Jakob Dylan's
daddy used to make, and indeed, pioneered. Songs such as Some Flowers Bloom Dead
and Letters From the Wasteland are of the sort found on the previous album, full
of killer hooks and accessible, yet thoughtful, lyrics. Breach is one of the
most anticipated rock releases of the year, and it clearly is worthy of all the
talk it has generated.
At The Movies...
Meet the Parents
Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) is head over heels in love with his girlfriend Pam,
and is ready to pop the big question. When his attempt to propose is thwarted by
a phone call with the news that Pam's younger sister is getting married, Greg
realizes that the key to Pam's hand in marriage lies with her formidable father,
Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro). Meet the Parents proves, there's plenty of comic
possibility in the delicate subject of in-laws, and while this movie is no great
advance in cinema comedy, it is rewardingly silly.
An interstellar space ship carrying an assortment of travelers including a
genetically enhanced killer convict with night vision crashes on a desolate
planet with three suns and no night. The only signs of life are huge bones lying
around everywhere. When the survivors finally come upon a deserted encampment,
they discover the horrible truth. Every 22 years there's a total eclipse, and
strange flying creatures repelled by light and attracted to blood enter the
night, relentlessly hunting for prey. Will the castaways, now lead by the
convict get off the planet before their numbers are decimated?
‘N Sync is talking about taking its act to
the silver screen, and they may have decided that the project to pursue will be Grease 3. The group didn't detail which of the band's members would serve
as the movie's male lead or who would be tapped to play opposite him, but
Britney Spears has also been rumored to be attached to the flick.
A representative for Garth Brooks
confirmed that the country superstar and his wife have decided to divorce. As
for the future, he stressed that touring is no longer in his plans. Late in
1999, he announced that he was taking a break from the music business and
considering retirement altogether. It is still undecided as to when, and even
if, he'll drop his next studio album.
More than 160 videogamers from 14 countries are in
Seoul, South Korea, to take part in the World Cyber Game Challenge. Players will
compete in Fifa 2000, Quake III, Starcraft, or Age of Empires II
tournaments, with the ultimate goal of bringing home one of the four $25,000
prizes to be handed out to each of the winners.
Brian Henson will direct the upcoming CBS miniseries Jack and the Beanstalk:
The Real Story. Running four hours, the unconventional retelling of the
classic fairy tale will use characters created by the Jim Henson
Company's Creature Shop.
Cleopatra 2525 fans have posted an online petition to save the recently
axed syndicated series from oblivion. 750 people have already signed the
petition that will be printed off and sent to the show's producers, Studios USA
and Renaissance Pictures.
Director Sam Raimi confirmed that John Malkovich will portray the Green Goblin in the upcoming Spider-Man movie.
World Wrestling Federation Entertainment announced that it would
establish its own record label, SmackDown! Records, with Ron McCarrell, a
former BMG Entertainment exec, as its president.
Don't look for Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker this Thanksgiving.
The DVD's release has been pushed back to Dec. 12.
Motley Crue have been in the studio recording a new song called Nobody
Knows What It's Like To Be Lonely that will be included with the band's upcoming
autobiography, The Dirt, due out next spring through the HarperCollins imprint
House of Blues Entertainment Inc. will open nine new amphitheaters and
clubs in eight U.S. cities by next year, expanding the number of locations by
about a third.
Actors urged consumers to ignore three well-known
brands made by Procter & Gamble Co. because the company used nonunion
actors during a strike against the advertising industry. Consumers were urged to
boycott Tide detergent, Crest toothpaste and Ivory soap products.
Bette Midler says she tried to woo Jack
Nicholson onto her new television show, but the veteran actor resisted.