Off the Record...
American III: Solitary Man
On the heels of an important three-CD reissue of his work, gathered around the
themes of love, God and murder, comes the third volume of recordings done by
Cash with rock and rap producer Rick Rubin. Cash uses his rumbling voice to
assert that he won't back down from the gates of hell, that he sees a darkness
from which he hopes to be saved, that he has told the truth and he's not afraid
to die. The songs gather new depth in Cash's repertoire. Sung with heart, they
beg the listener to become engaged by their meaning.
At The Movies...
This film is a depiction of family relationships in the context of crime and
corruption. Leo Handler (Mark Wahlberg) has just been released from jail and
dreams only of a decent job and spending time with his sick mother. Shortly
after being on the outside Leo is drawn back into the world of corruption to
make some quick money. It's downhill from there, as a murder is committed his
first night out, the foul deed is pinned on Leo, and he goes on the lam. The
story itself is gripping, in a low-key kind of way, from beginning to end. So
don't be misled by claims that you've seen this one already. You haven't, and
Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes star as a young couple who encounter trouble when
they decide to have a child. Rosemary never knows quite what's happened until
the film's final moments, but she does suspect something is very wrong, and when
that involves the baby growing in your body, we don't need Aliens-like monster
shocks to make things tense. This truly great horror movie features little
blood, no guts and gradually building tension that culminates in an intense
Christie's auction house in Los Angeles announced
that it would be placing the original mold for Mr. Spock's ears on the
auction block Nov. 15. Christie's will also be auctioning off two pairs of ears
and a plaster life mask of actor William Shatner made for the popular
science fiction series.
Warner Bros.' reissue of The Exorcist nearly broke the record held by
The Matrix for the biggest opening ever in Spain. The film raked in an
impressive $1.7 million, easily grabbing the top spot at the Spanish box office.
Author J.K. Rowling confirmed Monday that she had revealed the name of
the next Harry Potter novel to a child in New York last week. The novel,
whose name was a closely guarded secret, will apparently be called Harry Potter
and the Order of the Phoenix.
Pee-Wee Herman is returning to television. The former Saturday morning TV
star will host You Don't Know Jack, ABC's new game show based on the popular
CD-ROM game. The first episode of the Carsey-Warner produced series will air in
Unsuspecting buyers of the recently-released Ultimate Toy Box Collector's
Edition of Toy Story 2 discovered that some copies of the three DVD set
contained an unusual additional feature: a profanity-filled clip from the
John Cusack film High Fidelity.
Horror master Stephen King will join with heartland rocker John
Mellencamp to make a haunted musical.
Tyler Mane, who portrayed Magneto's henchman Sabretooth in the X-Men
movie, has agreed to appear in Black Mask II.
The Cambodian government announced that it would let the producers of the
Tomb Raider motion picture to film scenes at the famous Angkor Wat temples.
Later this season, the WB plans to introduce a new spin-off series from
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. The potential series is being described as a mix
of Welcome Back Kotter, The Facts of Life and Charmed.
Dimension Films announced plans to make The Crow: Salvation a
Cher is coming to
visit Will & Grace this season. Apparently the songstress was flattered
enough by Jack's obsession with her to grace the show with her personage. The
diva shot a guest spot as herself on the sitcom which will air on Nov. 16, which
just happens to be during sweeps.