Off the Record...
This follow up to the record breaking (over 2
million copies sold in its first week of release) No Strings Attached shows the
Florida based fivesome maturing along with their fanbase. Justin Timberlake and
JC Chasez share co-writing and co-producing credits on 10 of the albums 13
tracks. The newest single Pop takes aim at their musical critics with a
dance/rap attack that is well beyond the scope of the bands previous syrupy
efforts. And the boys aren’t alone, with talented support from producers Rodney
Jerkins, Brian McNight and collaborator Max Martin (not to mention a notable
harmonica solo thrown in by Stevie Wonder). N Sync makes a noble attempt to keep
their mega-success rolling while advancing their musical horizons, a feat that
has been near impossible for most former boy-bands.
At The Movies...
Planet of the Apes
Director Tim Burton gives this
highly anticipated remake of arguably the best sci-fi movie of all time an
updated plot mixed with cutting edge special effects. Mark Wahlberg stars as
astronaut Leo Davidson, a reluctant hero that is alien to the present order and
unaffected by its oppression, whom serves as a challenge to the status quo and
as a catalyst for revolutionary social change. Thade (Tim Roth) is General of
the ape army that is mounting a full scale campaign to exterminate humans from
the face of the planet. Ari (Helena Bonham Carter) believes humans and apes can
peacefully exist. It’s been over 30 years since the original groundbreaking film
that spawned 4 sequels, but it’s social message is still as relevant and
startling today as it was then.
Sugar & Spice
When Diane, (Marley Shelton) a popular student and
captain of Lincoln High's A-squad cheerleaders., gets pregnant with the star
quarterback's baby, she turns to crime to support herself and her child.
Fortunately, her best friends on the cheerleading squad (Mena Suvari, Rachel
Blanchard, Sara Marsh, and Alexandra Holden) are totally supportive of her
decision. Together they devise a plan for a series of major bank heists to
benefit Diane's future financial security. Sugar & Spice moves along at a rapid
pace with and abundance of gags that ensures that no joke overstays it’s
welcome. If you're in the mood for a helping of lite cheesecake, this is the one
to grab off the shelf.
NICOLE KIDMAN IS
READY TO RUMBLE!
Nicole Kidman is reportedly furious with her
soon-to-be-ex, Tom Cruise, over his just-revealed romance with Penélope Cruz.
Apparently, Cruise repeatedly denied that anything was going on between him and
his Vanilla Sky co-star.
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston filed a $50 million
lawsuit against the maker of their wedding rings, saying that Damiani
International had breached an agreement never to reproduce the rings that were
designed by Pitt for his million-dollar wedding to Aniston last year. The
lawsuit seeks an injunction against Damiani to prevent the company from selling
the rings and using the names and images of the Hollywood celebrity couple in
Maverick Records, whose top acts include Alanis
Morissette and the Deftones, has reportedly laid off several staffers.
Bennett, the president of Maverick Records, has resigned and five other staffers
have been axed. The layoffs are attributed to deteriorating market conditions.
Madonna runs Maverick as a joint venture with Warner Bros. Records.
Hong Kong action kings Jet Li and Jackie Chan will
make their first film together for Revolution Studios. The project will be
scripted by Robert Mark Kamen, who worked on Li's Kiss of the Dragon, which was
co-written by director-producer Luc Besson. Li and Chan will also serve as
executive producers of the untitled project.
Francis Ford Coppola is already prepping his next
dream project, to be called Megalopolis, and he has a superstar cast in mind:
namely Russell Crowe, Robert De Niro, Nicolas Cage (who happens to be his
nephew), and Paul Newman. Coppola stated that although the film is set in New
York, it'll be a Roman epic of Cecil B. DeMille proportions. He projects that it
will cost around $60 million, but no more than $80 million. Will that even cover
the actor’s salaries?
Citing a family emergency, sultry actress Famke
Janssen has dropped out of her role in Men in Black 2. The X-Men actress, who
was set to play the alien villain Serleena opposite Will Smith and Tommy Lee
Jones, dropped out after just one day of shooting. Replacing her will be Lara
Flynn Boyle of ABC's The Practice.
The dinosaur thriller Jurassic Park III was at the
top of the food chain at the weekend box office, earning $50.7 million to claim
the number one spot.
Online music sales will leap from $1 billion this
year to more than $6 billion by 2006, according to predictions by Internet
consultancy and rating company Jupiter Media Metrix.
Walt Disney Co. is buying the Fox Family Worldwide
Inc. children's cable network for $3 billion in cash plus the assumption of $2.3
billion in debt.
Fatboy Slim was nominated for nine MTV Video Music
Awards on Monday for Weapon of Choice, a video in which he never appears. Its
sole star is actor Christopher Walken, dressed as a businessman who dances
around an empty hotel lobby. Lady Marmalade, a collaboration featuring Christina
Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink, received six nominations. Also getting six
nods were 'N Sync's special effects-laden Pop and Missy Elliott's dance-oriented
Get Ur Freak On.
There will no rats on ABC's reality shows this fall,
but viewers should expect to see moles, network executives said Sunday. The Mole
II, The Runner and two weekly editions of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire are
among the reality programs ABC has set for the new season.
Stephen King will write and produce a network
series, The Kingdom, drawn from a Swedish miniseries. The drama is planned for
the 2002-03 season. The longtime King/ABC relationship has led to several
miniseries including The Stand and Storm of the Century.