Off the Record...
Gavin Rossdale and company make the jump to
Atlantic for their first studio effort since 1999's The Chemistry Between Us,
and it shows them returning to the no-frills rock sound that fueled their 1994
breakthrough Sixteen Stone. The album jumps off to a strong start with The
People That We Love, their current radio smash. More slam-dunk hits have yet to
come starting with the set-opening Solutions, which builds from an introverted
verse into a white-knuckled, guitar-drenched chorus, and Float, a dreamy rocker
charged with an uplifting chorus about taking chances in life. Rossdale performs
with enough passion to render the song an anthem for these troubled times.
At The Movies...
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter has spent the first ten years of his
life living under the stairs in the house of his aunt and uncle, who generally
dislike him. Then, one day, a giant comes to him with an invitation to study at
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry soon discovers that there are
two worlds: one is the dreary world of the Muggles where he's grown up, and the
other is one of magic and fantasy, and it's the latter in which he's destined to
live. This is definitely a charming, entertaining transcription of the hugely
popular novel by J.K. Rowling, miraculously faithful to its source and
clocking in at an incredible two and a half hours. Even more incredibly, the
film holds attention throughout and never flags in pace in spite of the fact
that it is essentially a collection of incidents from the novel accurately
reconstructed on film.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
This slam-bam action film is based on the Lara Croft
interactive game series. Angelina Jolie plays Lara Croft, a gorgeous
heroine whose one goal in life, it seems, is to save the universe from the bad
guys. She travels the world to find the broken pieces of a magical triangle and
keep them from falling into the hands of a mystical cabal called the Illuminati.
Why? Well, once every 5,000 years there's this solar eclipse when all the
planets line up, and it will bestow godlike powers on the owner of the amulet.
But she also has an ulterior motive to use the amulet to give her the powers to
talk to her long-dead dad. Between the fantastic action sequences, you might get
the feeling that Lara is really Indiana Jones in a push-up bra.
George Harrison has checked out of a New York
hospital after receiving treatment for a brain tumor. No one is commenting on
Harrison's behalf, but hospital sources are saying the former Beatle will remain
in New York over the next few weeks for outpatient treatment.
SLY WANTS TO BRING
Sylvester Stallone wants to bring back his
Rambo character for a fourth go-around, this time parachuting into Afghanistan
to take on the Taliban and capture Osama bin Laden.
Fox is running a special episode of Malcolm in the
Middle in TV's dream slot immediately following the February 3 broadcast of
Super Bowl XXXVI.
Ozzy Osbourne is suffering a stress fracture
in his leg and was forced to reschedule 10 dates on his co-headlining Merry
Mayhem tour with Rob Zombie. The rocker got the injury after stepping out
of the shower last week before a show.
Actor Forest Whitaker in talks to direct Fat
Albert, a live-action film inspired by the main character of Bill Cosby's
long-running cartoon, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. The film would hit theaters
in summer 2003.
A second teaser trailer for the upcoming Star Wars
Episode II: Attack of the Clones is available for download.
With potential leading man Nicolas Cage tied
up with Constantine, it seems the Ghost Rider film project is stalled.
Linkin Park are planning to launch an annual
headlining tour dubbed the Projekt Revolution tour in January that will feature
rock, rap and electronic music.
Bon Jovi will perform alongside 'NSync,
Christina Aguilera, Charlotte Church, and Harry Connick Jr. at the
2002 Winter Olympics closing ceremonies at the Rice Eccles Olympic Stadium in
Salt Lake City on February 24th.
Harry Belafonte, Russell
Simmons and Steven Van Zandt were honored for their humanitarian work
at the Creative Coalition's 2001 Spotlight Awards.
Largely ignored by network television for many years, pop
concerts have become a programming genre of their own. With specials from
Michael Jackson and Garth Brooks already aired this week, NBC will
present Jennifer Lopez on Nov. 20 and 'N Sync is on CBS Nov. 23.
ABC gives Mick Jagger a prime-time hour on Thanksgiving, part biography,
Thousands of 'NSync fans flocked to South Beach to
grab a seat at the band's free Veteran's Day concert. The show, which was
expected to draw up to 250,000 fans, will benefit families of the victims of the
Sept. 11 attacks.
Billy Crudup, the stage-trained
actor who made his name on screen in such films as Jesus' Son and Almost Famous,
will return to Broadway next year in a revival of The Elephant Man.
Billy Crystal is one of several Big Apple-based celebs
that have shot commercials attempting to convince tourists to head back to the
city. Along with Crystal, the six ads also star Robert De Niro, Woody Allen,
Ben Stiller, Kevin Bacon, Barbara Walters, Yankee Hall of Famer Yogi
Berra and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
Ken Kesey, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
has died at age 66.