Although No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani has had more success recently
on collaborations with Moby (South Side) and Eve (Let Me Blow Ya
Mind) than her band did with their previous album, 2000's Return Of Saturn, the
group's fortunes should change with their latest release. With an all-star cast
of producers, including The Neptunes, Nellee Hooper, William Orbit, Ric
Ocasek and Prince, this album sees the band embracing dancehall,
reggae, ska and calypso, retro-rock, hip-hop, funk and electronica. Highlights
include the catchy and curious Detective, and the '80s techno number Hella Good.
After their previous discs polished sound this 13-track album is definitely a
much more interesting listen.
At the Movies...
Set in 1951, a blacklisted writer (Jim Carrey) loses his memory in a car
accident and ends up with a new life in a small town, mistaken as a soldier who
died in World War II, the son of the owner of the local movie theater, hence the
title of the film. Jim Carreys character begins his journey to find new courage,
love and the power of conviction in the heart of a small towns life. A great
feel good film for the holiday season. Check out the official site, which is now
fully active, with a production journal and images. The big question here is
will fans go for Jim Carrey in a well acted dramatic lead.
The Princess Diaries
The second surprise hit of the summer revolving around the trials and
tribulations of young women trying to find their way in the world (the other
being Legally Blonde) that shows that there is always a large audience for
innocuous comedy without explicit sex and bathroom humor. This typical Disney
comedy (a throwback to the 1960s/1970s) stars Anne Hathaway as a clumsy
10th-grader in San Francisco who discovers she is in fact the heir to the throne
of the small country of Genovia. With the aid of her grandmother Queen Clarisse
(Julie Andrews) the ugly duckling is turned into a lovely, poised
princess. A delightful film for young girls that has found a much wider family
Actor John Cusack reportedly will have a part in Batman: Year One. Cusack
is leaking that he plays a central role in the movie.
EPISODE 2 & 3
COMING IN 2003
There may only be six months between the premieres of Matrix 2 and Matrix 3 in
2003. Warner Bros. Is contemplating a May and November one-two punch.
A script for a new Punisher movie is complete. Screenwriter Michael France
took a stab at reviving the character for film after fans and critics booed the
1989 Dolph Lundgren version.
The Ramones, Talking Heads, Brenda Lee, Isaac Hayes and Tom Petty
and the Heartbreakers are among the inductees announced for the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame. The class of 2002 will be honoured March 18 in New York.
Britney Spears' publicist is denying a report claiming the pop singer was
going to pose nude in a poster for PETA. The rep says Britney has now declined
any involvement with the group.
Robert De Niro is serving as executive producer on a new ABC sitcom based
on Becky Mode's hit play Fully Committed. A pilot for the show, which
goes behind-the-scenes at a hip New York restaurant, may also be directed by De
Niro's Meet the Parents pal Jay Roach.
Chrysalis/Capitol Records is re-issuing two crucial albums by modern rock icon
Billy Idol, 1982's Billy Idol and 1987's dance remix collection Vital
Idol. Both records will be digitally remastered and will include new photos and
After six months of marriage, Drew Barrymore and Tom Green have
apparently called it quits.
AOL Time Warner has named new presidents of two of its top magazines, Time and
Sports Illustrated. Bruce Hallett, who had been president of Time
magazine, was named president of Sports Illustrated, succeeding Michael
Klingensmith, who had been elevated to the post of executive vice president
of Time Inc. last June.
The combat thriller Black Hawk Down and the family drama In the Bedroom led the
nominees for the American Film Institute awards with five nominations each,
including for best picture.
In an attempt to draw viewers from the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, NBC has scheduled a
special edition of its reality show, Fear Factor, featuring Playboy Playmates.
A Dutch electronics company has developed software that will automatically
identify song titles by sampling the music via a telephone. Royal Philips
Electronics says it will soon start selling licenses for its Audio
Fingerprinting. The technology allows you to retrieve, within seconds, not only
a track's title but also the artist and album.
Steve Martin will both star and serve as executive producer in an
upcoming film version of his novella Shopgirl, which he adapted himself.
A Beautiful Mind, featuring Russell Crowe as schizophrenic math genius
John Nash, led nominees for the Broadcast Film Critics Association awards,
receiving five nods, including one for best picture.
Tommy Lee won a court round in a scathing custody battle with ex-wife
Pamela Anderson, who claims the former Motley Crue drummer is an unfit
father. A Superior Court Judge denied a request by Anderson's lawyers to require
monitoring of Lee's visits with his sons.