Vol. 8 No. 16
Off the Record
The Power of Pop
A tremendous album full of melodies, with vocal duties shared by bassist
Elisabeth Eickhoff and guitarist Greg Gentry. It Hasn't Been My Year
leads off with a kick start that is maintained through the first three tracks;
by the end of these, you'll be so delirious you won't care what comes next. What
does come next is Don't Hesitate, which is slower, but no less addictive.
Everything continues in much the same vein until Gentry takes over for two
tracks, You're The One and Drown. Together, they are the hardest rockers on the
album, and bring to question why more sugar-sweet pop bands don't try to rock
beyond their means.
At The Movies
Murder by Numbers
Two gifted high school students commit a series of perfect murders, engaging in
a battle of wits with an police detective (Sandra Bullock) who is working
with a green partner (Ben Chaplin). Through her investigation, the
profiler discovers dark secrets in the teens' past that explain how the two
could be capable of such cold, calculated crimes. The movie's biggest selling
point is the identity of the murderers being teenagers who kill because “we were
bored”. Tony Gayton may have written this fully aware that people would
connect the dots between these high school murders and the tragedy at Columbine.
An all out thriller which has John Travolta as a loving dad pitched
against a nasty would-be stepfather. Travolta plays hardworking, divorced father
Frank with a rebellious teenage son Danny (Matt O'Leary). When Frank's
ex-wife (Teri Polo) is about to get married to smarmy town rich man Rick
(Vince Vaughn), Danny begins to butt heads with him and starts to act out
in typical teen fashion. But when he sees his new step dad murder a man (Steve
Buscemi) and goes to the cops, no one believes him, and the resulting
threats to Danny’s father give this film a nice Freudian twist.
Survivor producer Mark Burnett is receiving approval from the Thailand
government to shoot the fifth season on a tropical island 600 miles south of
SpongeBob Squarepants creator Steve Hillenburg after pumping out 60
episodes is taking an indefinite break from the hit Nickelodeon 'toon. The cable
net has the option of continuing without him.
Guitarist Brian Young from the Atomic Punks (a Van Halen tribute band)
has reportedly been tapped for David Lee Roth's upcoming tour with Sammy
Hagar, set to kick off in June.
After only four weeks of performances, Henry Goodman was fired Sunday
from The Producers, Broadway's biggest musical hit. Goodman replaced Nathan
Lane in the Mel Brooks musical on March 19. Steven Weber also
joined the show at that time, taking over for Matthew Broderick.
Apparently, the shows producers were unhappy with Goodman's performance.
The New York Sun, a new weekday broadsheet entering the nation's most
competitive newspaper market, hit newsstands Tuesday as New York's fourth daily
paper, and its first new arrival since 1985.
NONA GAYE REPLACES AALIYAH IN
Nona Gaye, daughter of R&B singer Marvin Gaye, will replace the
late singer Aaliyah in two sequels to the sci-fi hit The Matrix.
The owner of several Times Square properties is suing Columbia Pictures for
using some special-effects wizardry in the upcoming Spider-Man movie to
digitally alter several billboards in the famed locale.
Robert Urich, best known for his starring roles in Vegas and Spenser: For
Hire, died after battling cancer at age 55.
Phyllis Diller, has told her last joke onstage. Diller gave her last live
performance at California State University, drawing the curtain on an act that
first started in 1955.
Attorneys for Anna Nicole Smith asked a federal judge to add up to $30
million in interest to the $88 million she won last month from the estate of her
late husband, oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall.
After serving four seasons as the executive producer and center square of
Hollywood Squares, Whoopi Goldberg is leaving the game show at the end of
this season because of a salary dispute. Goldberg was making $10 million a year
for her work on the third highest-rated game show in syndication, which is
expected to continue into its fifth and sixth seasons without her.
Miramax has picked up worldwide theatrical, nontheatrical and home video rights
to Comedian, a behind-the-scenes documentary about Jerry Seinfeld's
national stand-up tour.
Coal Chamber will make their first-ever national TV appearance on Last
Call With Carson Daly on May 15th. They will perform the track "Fiend,"
the first single off Dark Days.
Brittany Murphy is in negotiations to land her biggest paycheck to date
at low seven-figures for starring in the title role of Molly Gunn. Shooting is
scheduled to start June 29 in New York.
John Cusack is finalizing negotiations to star in the courtroom thriller
The Runaway Jury, based on John Grisham's best-selling novel of the same
The design for the proposed Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY
includes towering images of the boxing legend and an enormous metallic torch to
symbolize his life and humanitarian ideals. The six-story center is to have
93,000 square feet of exhibit space, galleries, classrooms, a library, theater
and cafe. Surrounding it will be a plaza with an amphitheater. Total cost is
projected at $41 million.