Off The Record...
The Invisible Band
This year's most promising Brit-pop entry features
the age-old charms of folkie strums, orchestral swells and a little banjo.
Travis are opting out of U.K. pop's celebrity death match to focus attention on
the songs. Frontman Fran Healy submits the rousing Sing and sunny Flowers in the
Window for proof he's grown up and fallen in love; both songs, are very catchy.
Elsewhere, Healy's unrelenting earnestness gets raised to new heights by his
newfound confidence. His lesson-songs, including Side and The Cage, revive a
near-dead tradition of the songwriter who thinks he's got something to teach us.
The effort, if not entirely successful, is well worth the listen.
At the Movies...
After making a horrific discovery in the basement of
an old abandoned church, Trish (Gina Philips) and her brother Darry (Justin
Long) watch their routine road trip home from college turn into a heart stopping
race for their lives. They find themselves the chosen prey of an indestructible
force that relentlessly pursues them and gives a new and chilling meaning to the
old song Jeepers Creepers. A definite step in the right direction in respect to
the horror genre in films today, it’s methodically paced with creepy undertones
embracing the mood of this film filled with tension. Jeepers Creepers will
remind you of films like Duel and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. You will also
certainly appreciate its old school mentality (no MTV soundtrack in sight!).
A white trash comedy about a young man (David Spade)
who is raised alone amidst the dumpsters of the Grand Canyon who goes on a
journey from one end of America to the other in search of his parents, who
abandoned him when he was a child. Along the way he takes all sorts of jobs,
which set him up for all sorts of mishaps (including a stint with a psychotic
American Indian, a janitor who's a hit man in the witness protection program,
and a job at a Florida alligator farm). The whole adventure is related via a
shock jock's (Dennis Miller) L.A. radio show. If you’re a Spade fan you will
really really enjoy this.
Look for a second season of TNT’s Witchblade
starring Yancy Butler. The critically acclaimed series will see another 13
episodes produced in Toronto.
If you like the way Spider-Man looks in the
upcoming movie, you’ll dig the threads on Daredevil when he makes the rooftop
leap to the big screen. The $60 million film is tentatively scheduled for
release in 2002.
FANS OF THE MATRIX DON'T HAVE TO
WAIT TILL 2003
Fans of The Matrix (and who isn’t?) don’t
have to wait until the 2003 sequel for another fix. Nov. 20, Warner Brothers
will release The Matrix Revisited on DVD for $19.99. It’s touted as a supplement
(don’t look for the movie on the disk) it only contains bonus materials.
The WB network wants a pilot for a new Tarzan
TV series. In the pitch from producer Laura Ziskin, Tarzan is 17 years old and
is sent to live with his aunt in New York after being wounded by poachers in
If you are anxiously awaiting the new Marvel TV show Mutant X, you may have to look for it under a different name. 20th
Century Fox filed a new motion to prevent Tribune Entertainment and Marvel from
using the name, alleging it violates the studio’s rights to develop a live
action X-Men movie spin-off.
Fans of Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes
remake may want to check out reruns of the TV series that spun off the original.
The 1974 series will be available on home video and DVD Nov. 20. The series
starred Roddy McDowell as Galen and Mark Lenard as Urko. The four-disc set will
reportedly include all 14 episodes.
Angelina Jolie, Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft, has
been named a goodwill ambassador to the United Nations. Her focus: the plight of
Rumor has it that Billy Sheehan was recently
fired from Mr. Big.
Stone Temple Pilots will perform at Come
Together: A Night For John Lennon, an all-star tribute to the late, great legend
to be held on September 20th at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
The Cult has been confirmed as the
support act for Aerosmith's fall tour. Now that's a double bill worth
slappin' down some cash for.
MGM announced that James Bond will be back
driving an Aston Martin again in the next 007 film (as opposed to his recent BMW
models). The 20th installment of the long-running franchise, starring Pierce Brosnan, is slated for release in 2002.
Nintendo announcing today that it's pushing back the
North American launch of its next-generation GameCube system from
November 5 to November 18. The move is a boon for Microsoft's Xbox
console, which will now be available on November 8 without competition.
Phantom of the Opera star Michael Crawford is
back on Broadway this season with Dance of the Vampires, a new macabre musical
based on Roman Polanski's 1967 spoof, The Fearless Vampire Killers.
Sanctuary Records is announcing it has signed the
hard-rocking quintet Tesla, and the first release will be the double live
CD Replugged Live. Included are Tesla's biggest hits and fan favorites like
Modern Day Cowboy, Heaven's Trail (No Way Out), Love Song, Edison's Medicine,
and the cover of Five Man Electrical Band's Signs. Look for it in stores on
September 11, 2001.
September begins Marvel's much-anticipated mature
readers line, called MAX Comics. The moral equivalent of NC-17 and
R-rated movies, MAX Comics promise mature themes and subject matter and, of
course, more nudity, coarse language and violence than found in the average
Spider-Man title. Launching the line are Alias, Fury, and U.S. War Machine.