Off the Record...
Silver Side Up
With a top selling album debuting in the number 2
spot on the charts, Canadian artists Nickelback are proving that their
superb debut wide release album State was no fluke. Silver Side Up shows the
absolute depth that the band puts into its songwriting. From the radio fave and
current chart topper How You Remind Me, through the massive riffs of Hollywood
and Hangnail, there’s no fluff on this disc, just a solid sustained effort from
front to back. Nickelback aren’t the future of rock n’ roll, they are just right
for what is needed now.
At The Movies...
A young girl named Boo (voiced by Mary Gibbs)
discovers that there really are monsters under her bed, and that there's a
portal there that leads to the magical land of monsters. The monsters are
assigned to scare the children every night and to collect their screams, which
provides the energy the monster population thrives on. After Boo discovers the
monster world, the two bungling spooks (voiced by Billy Crystal and
John Goodman) who haunt her bedroom are exiled to Boo's world. This looks
like another box-office winner for Pixar, the people behind the monster hit Toy
Story, with a marketing effort that is reportedly one of the largest promotional
campaigns in movie history. Beyond all the hype, Monsters Inc. is a sweet,
charming and hilarious film.
When a police cadet (Rob Schneider) nearly dies in a car accident while
driving through remote mountains, a strange beast rescues him, performing
surgery on him in a barn, using animal parts as transplants. When he returns to
civilization, he discovers that the influences of the animals within himself are
causing him to behave oddly. Although Schneider’s films will never be up for any
Oscars, they are always fun viewing for the whole family, and this one is worth
the rent for the animal antics alone. First season Survivor fans will be
interested to know that Colleen Haskell play’s Schneider's girlfriend.
Weeks before Harry Potter's scheduled movie debut,
the bookish boy wizard is working magic on retailers. Merchandise tied to Warner
Bros.' Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which hits theaters Nov. 16, has
been available in stores for weeks, and merchants including Toys R Us and Kmart
have been pressed to keep up with demand. Hot sales of Harry Potter games,
puzzles, trading cards and other items are delighting stores that were looking
ahead to a bleak holiday shopping season.
PAM & KID ROCK EXPECTING?
and her boyfriend, rap-rocker Kid Rock, have denied rumors that they may
have a little one on the way. A rep for the former Baywatch babe says that Pam,
who already has two boys courtesy of ex-rocker-hubby Tommy Lee, is not
Julia Roberts' million-dollar grin will light
up Mona Lisa Smile, in which the pretty woman will play a free-spirited graduate
of Berkeley who goes to Wellesley in 1953 to teach.
EchoStar Communications Corp., the company that runs
the Dish Network, is poised to become the nation's leading provider of home
satellite TV service after reaching a deal to acquire rival DirecTV from General
A famed violin, a three-century-old Stradivarius
that was lost for decades, has been purchased for $4 million by Joshua Bell,
a modern master.
In its ongoing campaign to entice Latino viewers,
the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful has hired former CHiP’s hunk
Erik Estrada for an extended guest stint starting Nov. 14.
Users of the instant messaging software built into
Microsoft's newest operating system will be able to communicate effortlessly
over the Internet with each other through a partnership with a company whose
founder created Lotus Notes. In its new version, the Groove software can
piggyback on Windows XP's Windows Messenger to allow people to work together.
Melissa Gilbert (Little House on the Prairie)
and Valerie Harper (Rhoda, The Mary Tyler Moore Show) are competing for a
different role, union boss. Both politics and celebrity are factors in the
election for president of the Screen Actors Guild, which represents more than
98,000 movie and television performers nationally.
Courtney Love finished her Hollywood Bowl
performance in a bathroom after local noise ordinances cut her concert short
before she could debut some of her new songs. The public part of the performance
ended around 11 p.m, but Love was not able to complete her set, only singing two
of the four new songs she planned on debuting that night. So the 37-year-old
singer gathered her band in a bathroom and played for the president of a major
American Pie hottie Shannon Elizabeth joins
several other celebrities in taping public service announcements designed to
prevent hate crimes against Arab-Americans in this tense time. The pinup
actress, who's currently in Thirteen Ghosts, has a Syrian father. She dropped
her last name of Fadal when she started acting.
Serendipity's Jeremy Piven, who starred on
the short-lived ABC sitcom Cupid, is getting a new TV vehicle to call his own,
called Bad News, Mr. Swanson. The dark comedy will bow next spring on cable
Jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty is bringing his
musical magic to North American concert audiences in October and November 2001.
He's touring to promote Life Enigma, his first solo studio CD in seven years.
Liam Neeson has agreed to star in the
untitled prequel to The Exorcist