Off The Record...
Whole New You
This new collection from the folk-pop powerhouse
with the gnomish voice immediately gets down to business. Front-loaded with
commercial ammunition, Whole New You leads with two songs the Spanish inflected
Matter of Minutes and the title number, which expertly renovates antique Sixties
teen pop whose tasteful hooks catch and grab you. The rest of Whole New You is
as professional, if less immediate. The contrast between Colvin's manner-free
singing and the pristine arrangements by her co-songwriter and producer, John Leventhal, creates an interesting dance of the offhand and the strategic. In
Another Plane Went Down and the curious Mr. Levon, Colvin's voice drifts through
Leventhal's crafted ambient folk undertones like a pop dream.
At the Movies...
One Night at
Jewel is a beautiful drifter who attracts the
undying devotion of Three men who tell their stories of how they love the same
young woman, all around the setting of a bar called McCool's in a single night. Liv Tyler goes all out in low cut clothes and stiletto heels as Jewel. Part
security seeker, part femme fatale, Jewel strings each fellow along until
someone literally ends up dead. The real fun comes in watching Michael Douglas,
the film's co-producer, put on a country-star wig and huge fake teeth to play
the supporting role of Burmeister, a hit man with a fetish for bingo. A lot of
effort went into breaking this comedy out of the formula rut, resulting in a fun
and enjoyable film.
Clint Eastwood's take on outer space has more in
common with the Old West than science fiction, with four way over-the-hill Air
Force test pilots from the 1950s called back into action to repair a Soviet
satellite before it crashes to Earth. Outer space is just another vast prairie
to these old-timers, who in their youth rode the planes that lead to the last
frontier. It's a lament for lost youth in the way that a Western like The Wild
Bunch equated lost youth with the end of the West, but here the Space Cowboys
swagger in what was once a wild frontier but is now the province of government
bureaucrats (NASA). And like Eastwood's other Westerns, the film takes its time,
methodically and perfectly, to get its point across.
Zeppelin singer Robert Plant will bring his
new outfit, the Strange Sensations, to the Northeast and Midwest for a handful
of performances in May and June.
Famke Janssen (X-Men) is in negotiations to
star as the lead villainess in Columbia Pictures' Men in Black 2 for
director Barry Sonnenfeld. MiB 2 will also bring back stars Will Smith
and Tommy Lee Jones.
X-Fest is set to go off in Somerset Wisconsin on
Memorial Day weekend this May. Among the featured acts for the yearly 3-day
event are Days of the New, Nickelback, System of a Down, Fuel, Staind,
Buckcherry, Fear Factory and Monster Magnet.
Former Diff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges
has been credited with rescuing a paraplegic woman after her wheelchair rolled
into a Los Angeles lake. Bridges and his brother were fishing nearby and jumped
in to pull the woman to safety.
General Cinemas movie theater chain says it will no
longer give refunds to fans who come to see the trailer for Harry Potter
and the Sorcerer's Stone and then leave the main feature early and ask
for their money back.
Aerosmith have chosen Fly Away From Here as
the second single from their recent album, Just Push Play, with a Joseph Kahn
directed video in the works featuring a futuristic treatment. The band will head
out on a summer tour, set to kick off in June.
Actors Josh Brolin, 33, and Minnie Driver,
30, are engaged but no wedding date has been set.
U2 frontman Bono has reportedly been
asked to give away Christy Turlington at her wedding later this year to
CBS and the producers of Survivor are suing
Fox and the creators of Boot Camp, claiming the basic-training series is a
rip-off of Survivor.
Bruce Willis' search for another project
could be over. The actor has just been attached to the Warner Bros. thriller Cross Check. Willis would co-produce the flick and star as a private eye who has
bitten off more than he can chew in the wilds of Canada.
That '70s Show
star Mila Kunis takes a stab at the movies in American Psycho II.
The Lions Gate sequel to the controversial thriller focuses on a college
freshman (Kunis) who has formed a morbid obsession with Christian Bale's slasher
character from the first film.
Former Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten, aka John
Lydon, has landed a TV sitcom pilot. The onetime punk plays Death in FX's Bad
News, Mr. Swanson.
NIKKI SIXX DUMPS D'ERRICO
Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx filed
for divorce April 13 from his wife, former Baywatch-er and Playmate Donna
D'Errico, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple had been married for
four years when they separated in January, shortly after the birth of their
first child. Sixx seeks legal and physical custody of their three-month-old
In what could prove a landmark legal battle over
musicians' rights, Courtney Love has filed a wide-ranging countersuit
against her label, Universal Music Group, accusing the company of unrealistic
contracts and corrupt business practices, not the least of which include hiding
profits and fudging on royalties.