Off The Record...
Just Press Play
Frontman Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry have become part of
the production team known as the Boneyard Boys (along with Mark Hudson and Marti Frederiksen) marking
the first time we're getting Aerosmith as produced by Aerosmith.
Just Push Play, the 13th studio album
in the Boston bad boys'
doesn't stray too far from the polished commercialism introduced by the
band in the '80s and '90s.
Jaded, the first single, definitely kicks but is also
smooth enough for the Top 40
while Fly Away From Here is the kind of power ballad that should
heat-seek its way toward the top of the charts later in the album's life. These
recent members of the Rock n Roll hall of fame are still a relevant musical
At The Movies...
Having pushed the boundaries of his job description one too many times,
tough-guy detective Orin Boyd
(Steven Seagal) finds himself reassigned to a downtown precinct serving the mean
streets of Detroit. Not only must he suffer the indignities of anger-management
classes, he's also been briefly demoted to traffic cop by the 15th Precinct's
commander. But when about 50 kilos of heroin go AWOL from the precinct's
property vaults, Boyd is given a shot at redemption only to discover corruption
at every turn. Full of comic bits and bone-crunching, metal-ripping violence for
a healthy, young male contingent.
Nightwing #55 (DC)
Why are Chuck Dixon and Greg Land so good on this book? Because Nightwing only
appears in costume on two pages and you don't really miss him. Dixon's
establishment of firm personalities for Nightwing's entire supporting cast makes
this comic work wonderfully when he chooses to pull back to the ensemble level.
And as for Greg Land, he's able to juggle new characters while putting a stamp
of freshness on new ones. This is a consistently enjoyable solo hero tale, and
one that will surely be flying off comic book shelves everywhere.
PLOT TO ABDUCT RUSSELL CROWE
Horrifying new details about the plot to abduct Russell Crowe emerged, as
cops revealed that
kidnappers planned to hack off his fingers one by one.
As NBC's Saturday Night Live enjoys a ratings revival so too do the
hedonistic post-show parties, which peaked back in the 1970s with John
Belushi and Dan Aykroyd knocking back quarts of beer with guests and
jamming as the Blues Brothers.
Red Hot Chili Peppers will join No Doubt and other guests to
collaborate on Action Figure Party's experimental rock debut, due April 10th.
Napster useage has dropped about 59% since the company implemented new
technology to aid them in blocking users from sharing and downloading
Alan Jackson garnered eight nominations to lead the list of
contenders for the TNN Country Weekly Music Awards.
A 32-year-old high school dropout is reportedly
accused of using the Internet in a scheme to steal millions from celebrities and
tycoons on Forbes magazine's list of richest Americans.
Rap superstar Eminem and his wife, Kim Mathers, have reached a divorce agreement that gives them joint custody of their
A federal judge has rejected class-action status for
a lawsuit against Blockbuster Inc., a blow to nearly 200 owners of
independent video stores, over revenue-sharing deals with movie studios.
USA Networks has announced plans for a new
cable channel called Crime, and has purchased the Web site created by the
founder of the TV show, Cops.
Saying a Will & Grace character was based on
him without compensation for use of his image, a Los Angeles interior designer
is suing NBC and the writers of the award-winning television show.
Joey Ramone, lead
singer of punk rock act the Ramones, is battling lymphoma. The
49-year-old singer has been coping with the cancer in a New York-area hospital.
When director Tim Burton revisits Planet of the Apes
in the summer, there will be a familiar face on the ape-infested planet. Actress
Linda Harrison, who played Nova in the original 1968 film, shot a cameo
for the new 20th Century Fox remake.
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are working on a major new project
together, one that'll take
about nine months to complete.
Sean Puffy Combs is hip-hoppin' mad over his ex-girlfriend's decision to
go public with her demand for child support the day after he beat the rap on gun
and bribery charges.