Vol. 7 No. 52
Off the Record
Smash Mouth - Self Titled
California's Smash Mouth appears to be
attempting to stretch their welcome 15 minutes of fame into the next hour. With
a relatively brief but bright career that has been dabbed with a handful of
likable radio pop singles such as Walkin' On the Sun, All Star, and cover
versions of Can't Get Enough of You Baby, and I'm A Believer, the band's third
album doesnt stray far the formula. Smash Mouth is a sunny little pop rock
record with, not including I'm A Believer, which was originally featured on the
Shrek soundtrack, features another three or four radio gems that sound a great
deal like their other hits. Your Man, She Turns Me On, The In Set and Sister
Psychic are harmless, disposable, very catchy fun that doesn't aim or pretend to
be anything else. Here's hoping they keep 'em coming, one hit at a time.
At the Movies
A poignant story about the life, fights, trials and
triumphs of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, played by Will Smith. The
movie begins with Ali's first title bout, continues through his conversion to
Islam and finishes with his legendary 1974 Rumble in the Jungle clash with
George Foreman. Smith gives a performance that reinforces the fighter's
larger-than-life reputation. The result is a film where Ali's dynamic
personality, engaging humor and undeniable courage are enhanced by the stunning
fight sequences and Jon Voight's pitch-perfect recreation of Howard
Chaos breaks out when a meteor crashes on Earth, bearing one-celled organisms.
The problem is that they begin evolving at a pace much faster than what happened
on our world. Changes that took billions of years happen in one month. Sounding
like a cross between Men in Black and Ghostbusters one can only expect fun,
laughter and excitement. With an all star cast headed up by sci-fi fave and
X-Files alumni David Duchovny, a glimmer of sci-fi wonder pops through
the humor, which is a direct result of input from FX guru Phil Tippett,
who seems to be genuinely having fun showing off these genetic possibilities.
WILL SMITH STARS AS MUHAMMAD ALI
Ali, the Columbia Pictures biopic about Muhammad
Ali, entered the ring Christmas Day, where it found itself duking it out
with the current boxoffice heavyweight, New Line's The Lord of the Rings: The
Fellowship of the Ring. Although Rings narrowly won the Dec. 25 card on points,
both pictures enjoyed record-setting performances.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which checked
in at fifth place with a five-day gross of $10.8 million, won the biggest title
of all. It now officially stands as the highest-grossing film of 2001, moving
ahead of defending champion Shrek with $267.75 million taken in so far.
Actor Sir Nigel Hawthorne, best known for his
Oscar-nominated work in The Madness of King George and his role as the scheming
British civil servant in the BBC television series Yes, Minister, died Wednesday
of a heart attack.
Sarah Michelle Gellar has chopped her long,
blond locks for the January 8 episode of Buffy. According to a UPN press
release, "In a moment of panic over her relationship with Spike, Buffy chops off
her hair." But before you start thinking Buffy went and pulled a Felicity,
which, you might recall, spawned a hair-raising media frenzy and the WB's
infamous No haircut policy, reps for Buffy say the
snipping wasn't quite so drastic.
No single film appears on all four best 10 lists
drawn up by The Hollywood Reporter's U.S.-based film critics. Two films,
however, Gosford Park, Robert Altmans lampoon of 1930s British manners,
and In the Bedroom, Todd Field's intimate New England drama, appear on
three of the four top 10 lists.
Clint Eastwood's 8-year-old daughter and his
former girlfriend escaped a Christmas morning house fire.
Officials of the Miss America Organization say it
has become too expensive to continue staging the event at Boardwalk Hall in
Atlantic City and want $1 million in new subsidies. The Atlantic City Convention
& Visitors Authority, which already underwrites the production with $678,000, is
refusing to contribute any more money. Now Miss America Pageant CEO Robert
Renneisen Jr. is threatening to move the whole operation to Nevada, Florida
or Connecticut, site of the big Mohegan Sun casino, places where he said it
would turn a profit.
Rob Zombie will be contributing his song
Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy) to the soundtrack to the upcoming film
Rollerball, due out in late January. Slipknot performs in the update of
the sci-fi action classic and contributed the song I Am Hated to the soundtrack.
The film is scheduled to open in theaters on February 8th.
The Recording Artists Coalition is stepping up to the mic to do some
fund-raising for its own cause. The organization is putting together five high
profile concerts at major Southern California venues.
shows take place February 26, the evening before the Grammy Awards in Los
Angeles. The Eagles, Elton John, Billy Joel, Dixie Chicks, Stevie Nicks
and Sheryl Crow take over The Forum in Inglewood. No Doubt, The
Offspring and Weezer claim the Long Beach Arena as their turf.
Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, Rob Zombie and other
artists rock the Los Angeles Sports Arena, while Clint Black, Trisha Yearwood
and other country stars will perform at a venue yet to be announced.
Colorado Avalanche netminder Patrick Roy has
become the first goaltender in history to reach the 500 win mark.
U2 lead singer Bono was voted European
of the Year for his campaign for debt relief in developing nations in a poll
conducted by the weekly European Voice.
The Coast Guard captain whose search-and-rescue
efforts were depicted in the book and movie The Perfect Storm has retired.
With 73 homers and a record .863 slugging
percentage, Barry Bonds has won the Associated Press Male Athlete of the
Year for an unprecedented fourth time. Bonds won the honor edging three-time
Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. Tiger Woods, who won in
1999 and 2000, tied for third.
Yahoo! was notified by HotJobs.com Ltd., a Web site
for employers and jobseekers, that shareholders considered its takeover offer
more favorable than that of competitive bidder TMP Worldwide.
Limp Bizkit are ready
to get in touch with their fans and maybe make a big star out of one of them.
The band is about to take their search for a new guitarist on the road starting
January 10 in Pollstar's hometown of Fresno, Calif. The Put Your Guitar Where
Your Mouth Is tour will stop at Guitar Center stores in 23 cities around the
States through February 11.