Off The Record...
Beyond Good And Evil
The first thing that strikes you over the head right away is that this is indeed
classic Cult firing on all cylinders, but also that the guitar sound has been
beefed up and fattened to a fullness not previously associated with their
recordings. The album kicks in with War (The Process), a song that works a
Mountain-sized Mississippi Queen riff into a modern rock powerhouse, topped off
with a ton of special effects courtesy producer Bob Rock, and feedback deluxe
from Billy Duffy. Theres a bit of distorted vocals for effect, but mostly
Ian Astbury just belts it out in the soulful, bluesy, full-voiced splendor for which
he is known. This is a true return to form for The Cult, one that modernizes
their always majestic sound, while still cherishing the signature elements of
their style that were uniquely their own. Its straight-ahead galvanized hard
rock with soul and confidence, dynamics, excellent production, and superb
At The Movies...
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Based on the mega popular video game about explorer Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie)
and her plundering exploits around the world. She shoots, she runs, she jumps,
she wears extremely tight t-shirts, you get the picture. Lara Croft's work takes
her to dangerous and mysterious locales around the globe, searching for lost
crypts from empires long since forgotten. From the frozen ruins embedded in a
glacier within the Arctic Circle to a forgotten valley filled with
supposedly-extinct creatures in South America's rainforests, Croft's adventures
are one part treasure hunt and one part adrenaline rush. This film plays like a
sexy female version of the Indiana Jones movies, a sure hit.
A tour de force performance for Tom Hanks as a FedEx systems engineer whose life
depends on time and speed who finds himself stranded on a deserted island when
the plane he's in crashes into the sea. Now, of course, there is no modern time
just the primordial passing of day into night and the constant struggle for
survival. Hanks becomes a changed man as he learns how to survive and as he
learns the difference between survival and living. It's a modern day Robinson
Crusoe for Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis, who milk it all for what it's
Elvis Presley's 1976 blue Cadillac El Dorado
Biarritz and John Lennon's 1970 Mercedes-Benz limousine were two of the cars
that online auction house eBay Motors offered to the highest bidder. Other cars
that were up for bid were a 2001 Buick Regal driven by Tiger Woods during the
week of his Masters golf win, Tim Allen's 1960 Chrysler 300F convertible,
Jackson's 1970 big block Chevrolet Nova and Jerry Garcia's custom 1994 Dodge Ram
ANGIE HARMON WEDS JASON SEHORN
Former Law & Order actress Angie Harmon and New York Giants cornerback
Jason Sehorn tied the knot in Dallas, Harmon's hometown.
West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin and star
Martin Sheen had a bitter argument over Sorkin's drug use with Sheen
threatening to quit the show if the producer didn't get help for a drug problem.
Survivor pig killer Michael Skupin saying he's considering a run for the
Nine Inch Nails is releasing a DVD and VHS edition of live film clips
from the group's1999 Fragility Tour. The video will also feature a companion
audio CD to compliment the footage.
Alice In Chains will be releasing a greatest hits album through Columbia
on July 24th that will feature re-mastered versions of hits like Man In The Box,
Them Bones, Angry Chair, Rooster, and Would.
Actor Bill Murray and his five brothers hope to cash in on the success of
the classic golf comedy Caddyshack with their new restaurant at the World of
Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida.
Two film fans have filed a class-action lawsuit
against Sony Pictures, saying they were duped into seeing A Knight's Tale
by ads featuring praise from a phony critic. Sony has admitted that certain
advertisements featured a quote from nonexistent film critic David Manning that
declared the movie's lead actor, Heath Ledger, as "this year's hottest new
The cast of the first Survivor has moved from
a tropical island near Borneo to the urban jungle of law offices and courtrooms,
where a battle is being waged over whether the show that captivated America was
on the up and up. Three months after former contestant Stacey Stillman sued CBS
and producers of Survivor, claiming the show was fixed, newly released
correspondence and testimony from fellow player Dirk Been could prove to be a
bombshell in the case. In a sworn deposition last month recalling his experience
on the CBS series, Been said he was persuaded to change his mind and vote to
oust Stillman at the suggestion of executive producer Mark Burnett, whose
influence over contestants, Been said, "affected the outcome of the show in an
MGM has axed the sequel to the 1992 blockbuster Basic Instinct. The
thriller had struggled to get off the ground since its inception, with several
production delays, a directing switcheroo, and a slew of male stars who were
either rejected by Sharon Stone or simply not interested in the part. Stone is now
suing the producers, saying they reneged on a $14 million commitment to her
ABC's popular game show Who Wants to Be a
Millionaire could soon be franchised into a daytime version. Executive
producer Michael Davies confirmed that he was talking with Buena Vista
Television executives about expanding the show into daylight hours.
The Eagles musical group has dropped a
trademark infringement lawsuit over the telephone number and Web site address of
a nonprofit foundation dedicated to saving the endangered birds.
Japan's best-known monster, Godzilla, can
soon be seen on store shelves, in a can. Godzilla Meat, actually 3.5 ounces of
corned beef from Tokyo toy maker Takara Co., is packaged with pictures of the
stomping, fire-breathing, dinosaur. The cans, slated to appear in Japanese
stores in October, will sell for $4.75.