in the Act...
KDWB Jingle Ball
Radio Station 101.3 KDWB gave 1,500 lucky fans the
ultimate Christmas present a few weeks early as they presented their annual
Jingle Ball at the Quest Club in Minneapolis. Chart topping headliners Alicia
Keys, Craig David, Christina Milian, Toya and The Product G and B
entertained the sold out show. Lenny Kravitz took care of the
introductions as a special guest host. Craig David enchanted everyone,
performing his entire set unplugged with a single acoustic guitarist
accompanying him. The evening was topped off with an intimate performance by
Alicia Keys, which showcased why her amazing talent is making her one of the
biggest stars in music today. This show just gets bigger and better every year.
At The Movies...
Not Another Teen Movie
In this outrageous spoof on popular teen movies like
American Pie, typical adolescent scenarios, the most popular cheerleader, the
star football player, the cutest prom date get turned inside out and upside
down. Part black comedy, part horror movie, part melodrama, Not Another Teen
Movie laughs at conventions of high school flicks while also laughing at itself.
Although this is primarily aimed at the teen market, this movie has the
potential to amuse people of all ages.
Jurassic Park 3
The long-awaited second sequel to Jurassic Park, though not up to the snuff of
its predecessors despite new and nastier dinosaurs, still managed to take a bite
out of the box office during it’s initial release. The film is non-stop thrills
and chills, as is to be expected, with excitingly believable action, at least on
the part of the dinos. This time out, though, one has to double one's suspension
of disbelief to go along with the implausible human antics on display. Sam
Neil returns as Dr. Alan Grant, conned by divorced husband and wife
William H. Macy and Tea Leoni to rescue their son, who disappeared on
the dino island during a parasailing adventure. And off we go.
Disney's Pearl Harbor scored a direct hit on video this week, tallying up an
estimated $130 million in VHS and DVD sales and setting the record for the
biggest DVD debut ever.
Universal Pictures is remaking a big-screen version of its 1954 feature Creature
From the Black Lagoon, with Gary Ross' studio-based Larger Than Life
Prods. producing. The project is especially fitting for Ross, whose father,
Arthur A. Ross, co-wrote the original feature.
Colin Farrell (Tigerland) will play Bullseye in the upcoming Daredevil
film, starring Ben Affleck.
Gas up the Husqvarna! It’s time to remake The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. So says
Michael Bay, whose Platinum Dunes production company aims to retell Tobe
Hooper’s 1974 cult classic.
Jeff Bridges will return for Tron 2.0, 20 years after the original. He’ll
reportedly play a Colonel Kurtz-like character (a reference to Apocalypse Now)
who has been stuck in a cyberspace slum where unused videogame characters and
obsolete software goes.
Burger King will promote the X-Men: Evolution animated series with toys next
month. Burger King Kids Meals will contain X-Men action figures and an
interactive miniature CD-Rom with an X-Men comic.
Two tickets to the world premiere of The Fellowship of the Ring sold for more
than 4,000 pounds in England. New Line Cinema auctioned the tickets on eBay at a
starting bid of 70 pence.
I Dream Of Jeannie’s Barbara Eden will return to prime time after 20
years to guest star in a Sabrina, the Teenage Witch episode.
Elton John says that he's not hanging up his recording career after all,
adding that he made those statements after having a bad day.
Guns N' Roses is playing two shows December 29 and 31 at the Hard Rock
Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, a repeat of last year's Vegas run where they
played to rave reviews. No word on when the band's long-awaited album, Chinese
Democracy, finally hits stores.
NEW ALBUMS FROM
BON JOVI COMMING SOON
Bon Jovi is
working on a new album, tentatively titled Bounce, that features several tracks
written about the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks. In addition, the Jersey
superstars are sifting through unreleased material for a 20th anniversary box
Gene Simmons has added yet another KISS-related projects to his
already full plate: a KISS Broadway musical. On his website, Simmons recently
posted that he plans to work with some of the top names in musical theatre to
put together a musical about the band and is meeting with Beauty and the Beast
director Rob Roth and Hedwig and the Angry Inch co-writer Stephen
Trask about creating a story for the rock n’ roll musical.
AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson told the fan site Rising Power that
the band is already working on material for its next album.
Fifty years after Frank Sinatra's debut at the Desert Inn resort in Las
Vegas, the Chairman of the Board will be honoured with his own day. Dec. 12,
which would have been Sinatra's 86th birthday, will be celebrated as Sinatra Day
Universal Studios is considering construction of a theme park in southern China
that would compete with a Disneyland scheduled to open in Hong Kong in 2005.
French media giant Vivendi Universal is considering
buying the entertainment assets of USA Networks Inc., which owns the Sci-Fi
Channel and Home Shopping Network.