Off The Record...
The Sinister Urge
Say what you want about Rob Zombie, but the
guy has certainly created his own sound. From his patented gruff vocal sound to
his guitar-driven dance beats, the former White Zombie frontman has created a
sonic stamp that could probably stand up in a court of law as an actual audio
trademark. The Sinister Urge is definitely a more guitar-driven effort than his
recent barrage of remixes and soundtrack cuts. The opening song, Demon Speeding
is a sharp blast of metallic guitars with nary a sample or drum loop in sight.
The latest single, Dead Girl Superstar, is a bit more traditionally Zombie
sounding but it speeds along at a brisk headbanging pace and has a great
chanting chorus that is sure to get the kids fists pumping. Zombie has clearly
defined his sound and The Sinister Urge is a fine example of his sonic
At the Movies...
Behind Enemy Lines
A Navy pilot is shot down over enemy territory, and
struggles to survive the relentless pursuit of a ruthless secret police
enforcer, a deadly tracker, and countless hostile troops. With time running out,
the injured pilot's commanding officer goes against orders to carry out a
desperate rescue mission. Designer Nathan Crawley and cinematographer
Brendan Galvin create a chilling landscape of gray tones and mechanical and
structural rubble. Enemy Lines is an equally uncomplicated war movie with
straight-ahead, MTV-style action mixed with simplistic politics. This film will
definitely attract its target male audience.
Planet Of The Apes
Tim Burton's reimagining of the 1968 Planet
of the Apes stands as a fine cinematic accomplishment in its own right while
being over compared to the original. If there had been no original, this film
would certainly be applauded but, alas, there is that first one and we'll always
carry that version in our mind. This remake loosely follows the original, with
some extra twists and turns and some delightful, typically Burtonesque
flourishes along the way. A fast paced, fun, enjoyable outing with outstanding
make up and visual effects. Check out the DVD with all it's special features,
which clock in at an amazing 13 hours of extra viewing.
Tom Hanks and
Denzel Washington lead the nominees for this year's People's Choice Awards,
the annual event whose winners are determined by a nationwide poll.
Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe and
Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment have teamed with Revolution Studios to
develop a dramatic big-screen version of the 1960s TV sitcom Hogan's Heroes as a
starring vehicle for Crowe.
New Line Cinema has purchased the comedy Good Cook,
Likes Music from first-time writer Coleen Ventimilia, with Adam
Sandler and Zhang Ziyi attached to star and Sandler to produce
through his Happy Madison Prods.
Rapper Snoop Dogg may play Huggy Bear in the
upcoming remake of Starsky and Hutch.
A redesign is in the works for Lady Death from
Chaos! Comics. Danger Girl's J. Scott Campbell drew the new look which
debuts in March in the four-issue mini-series Lady Death: The Gauntlet.
Jodi Foster is reportedly mulling a cameo
role in the upcoming Red Dragon prequel movie to Silence of the Lambs and
Hannibal. Foster is said to be open to the idea of a short appearance and likes
The Royal Canadian Mint will produce a set of
commemorative medallions based on the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
William Shatner denies he can be heard
releasing gas on Mind Melds, the video he and Leonard Nimoy have just
released. The mysterious noise can be heard on the tape while Shatner is talking
about his relationships with some of the other members of the Trek cast.
Canadian heavy metal gods Helix will be
making a stop in the Bay on Sunday December 9th.
Fox will continue to push double showings of 24, the
Kiefer Sutherland spy drama which has won over critics but not large
numbers of viewers. Repeats of the show will continue each week through the end
A fourth Evil Dead movie may be in the works,
according to producer Robert Tapert. Director Sam Raimi and star
Bruce Campbell are working on an unnamed low-budget genre film that
Tapert hints could be a long-awaited fourth film in the series.
Britney Spears is set to play her shagedelic
self in the upcoming Austin Powers 3: Goldmember.
TERMINATOR 3 SET TO
BE A BLOCKBUSTER
Terminator 3 could end up
costing more than Pearl Harbor and Arnold Schwarzenegger is ready to make
good on his promise of Ill be back.
Admiral Janeway gets to order Captain Picard around
in Star Trek X: Nemesis but only for as long as a cameo appearance.
Twisted Sisters Dee Snider recently
posted a letter to fans on his website that hinted that the upcoming Twisted
Sister reunion in New York will likely lead to a full-scale reunion tour.
Oscar-winning actress-singer Liza Minnelli is
marrying producer David Gest in March in New York. It will be Minnelli's
CBS is close to clinching the November sweep in
overall audience, but NBC and Fox enter the last three nights in a virtual tie
for the key demographic of viewers 18-49.