Off The Record...
Stone Temple Pilots
This 13-track album that finds the band
simultaneously sounding like classic STP yet mellowing out quite a bit, with an
overall effect that is very satisfying. The opening number, Dumb Love, is an
absolute killer, arguably the band's heaviest number to date. Vocalist Scott Weiland adopts a deep-throated baritone that sounds like Sex Type Thing all over
again, while guitarist Dean DeLeo blasts out detuned sludge riffs that just melt
your speakers. Brenden O'Brien's production is top notch, sounding both raw and
lo-fi, yet big, fat and modern. The album is a monster and Weiland really has
turned into a versatile vocalist, able to swing effortlessly between hard rock
belting, Bowie-style crooning and tuneful, melodic sugar sweetness. You will
At The Movies...
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
Sometime in the future of the 21st century, in a
time when the Greenhouse Effect has melted the icecaps, submerging many of the
coastal cities in water, mankind depends upon computers with artificial
intelligence to maintain our way of life. Man has also found new friends in A.I.,
in the form of robots that are used for a variety of functions. This story is
about a boy robot, David, and the emotional journey he makes toward becoming
something more. It's a summer action picture with a purpose, a sci-fi
blockbuster with heart. It's also a film that will make you think. You'll never
look at Pinocchio in the same way again.
A successful follow-up (but not sequel) to The Sixth
Sense by writer-director M. Night Shyamalan. Shyamalan again uses the canvas of
the big screen to explore the meaning of life by way of characters cast into
unusual roles. Here Bruce Willis plays a quite ordinary man who survives a train
derailment in which all the passengers are killed. After some investigation it
turns out that Willis who has never been sick a day in his life may be a modern
day superhero, an unbreakable put here to protect us. His mentor is a comic book
maven (Samuel L. Jackson) born with a disease that makes his bones brittle, who
urges Willis to come to grips with his powers for the exercise of good. Slowly
but surely the "super" man comes to find his place on Earth, but not without
some shocking revelations. Fascinating.
US boy band O-Town who are being tipped to
hit No 1 in America with their new single All Or Nothing have revealed that they
are not being managed by Lou Pearlman, even though he devised the Making Of The
Band show on which the group was formed.
Jerri Manthey, a former Survivor contestant,
will reportedly pose nude for Playboy. Word first surfaced on Craig Kilborn's
late-night talk show, when her fellow contestant, Amber Brkich, leaked the news.
A federal appeals court rejecting Napter's
attempt to have the injunction against it tossed. Only the Supreme Court stands
between the troubled song-swapping site and a potentially devastating trial
against the recording industry.
The boyhood home of Bob Dylan has sold for
$94,600 on eBay. The house, in Duluth, Minnesota, may be turned into a Dylan
museum, the new owner says.
Actor Oded Fehr, the warrior Ardeth Bay in
the two Mummy movies, has signed to play a Justice Department investigator in
NBC's new UC: Undercover series debuting next season.
Budweiser is taking top honors at the
International Advertising Festival in Cannes, France, this weekend, thanks to
its Whassup? and I Love You, Man campaigns.
Paul Stanley has announced
yet another spokesman endeavors. The singer/guitarist will take his mug to new
heights though when he pitches Folger's coffee on TV screens across America.
A British reality television program is seeking 25
fit young men to relive life in the hellish trenches of World War I. The BBC
said successful applicants would endure up to two weeks in a muddy trench where
they would be exposed to rats, maggots, dirt, tear gas and television cameras.
After 50 years of speculation, anticipation, and
false starts, On the Road, Jack Kerouac's seminal novel about the Beat
Generation, is finally making its way toward the big screen, with Brad Pitt
attached to star.
IBM has built the world's fastest
silicon-based transistor, a development that promises to make telecommunications
chips run faster on less power. The transistors perform 80 percent faster than
current technology while cutting power consumption in half.
WANTS A TATT?
Britney Spears has been
asked to think again about getting a tattoo. The teen pop princess and her
boyfriend Justin Timberlake were set on getting matching tattoos on their
bums. The pair even got as far as an LA tattoo parlor before Britney got a
phone call from her advisor, who managed to convince her to think it over.
Doobie Brothers drummer
Mike Hossack was hospitalized after crashing his motorcycle near Lake Tahoe.
A band rep says he should make a full recovery.
Fans and former bandmates shelled out nearly $37,000
for items belonging to late 10,000 Maniacs guitarist Rob Buck at
an upstate New York auction. The auction was to pay off the debts of the
musician, who died in December of liver failure.
The Motion Picture Academy is fine-tuning
this year's Oscar rules, including clearing the way for the first Feature
Animation trophy and regulating the number of producers eligible for the Best