Vol. 8 No. 34
Freaks and Geeks
Beginning Saturdays on NBC in September, Freaks and Geeks will hit the airwaves.
Expect nothing less than excellent writing and marvelous performances by the
most natural teen actors since My So-Called Life. High school is seen for what
it is and was with this series taking place in the 1980s. Nothing is too
exaggerated or sentimentalized as a sister (Linda Cardellini) and her
younger brother (John Daley) are interesting people who love their
parents and each other.
The career of a disillusioned producer (Al Pacino), who is desperate for
a hit, is endangered when his star walks off the film set. Forced to think fast,
the producer decides to digitally create an actress "Simone" to sub for the
star--the first totally believable synthetic actress. The "actress" becomes an
overnight sensation, with a major singing career as well, and everyone thinks
she's a real person. However, as Simone's fame skyrockets, he cannot bear to
admit his fraud to himself or the world. This film is a drama, a comic satire,
and a cautionary tale of technology. Simone takes swipes at everyone, fans,
stars and filmmakers to guarantee that no one leaves the theatre without feeling
either entertained or personally affronted.
The Sweetest Thing
A trio of hot babes (Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, Selma
Blair) ply their romantic trade in San Francisco, looking for the right guy
but tumbling in and out of sex faster than a runaway cable car. Sexy and bold
Christina Walters (Diaz), after years of avoiding meaningful relationships with
men, unexpectedly meets her perfect match (Thomas Jane) one night while
hanging out with best girlfriends Courtney (Applegate) and Jane (Blair). When
she finds out the next morning that he's suddenly left town, she and Courtney
set out to find him on a wild road trip, encountering a series of hilarious
misadventures on their journey. Their search ultimately leads them to a
surprising discovery and the realization that love is, after all, the sweetest
TOMMY LEE JOINS OZZFEST
Tommy Lee will assume the Ozzfest main-stage
slot that was left vacant with the passing of Drowning Pool singer
Dave Williams. The ex-Mötley Crüe drummer-turned-frontman will join
up with Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, System of a Down and the
rest of the Ozzfest 2002 crew August 22 in Denver, according to his publicist.
Lee will continue throughout the remainder of the trek, which winds down
September 8 in Dallas.
An audience at the Ilha Do
Ermal festival in Braga, Portugal, gave Nickelback two songs before
pelting them with rocks, forcing Chad Kroeger to say "See ya," and flip
the audience his middle finger as he walked off.
With just over one month to
go before the release of the trio's second album, 3LW's Naturi
Naughton, with her lawyer in tow, told New York City radio jock Wendy
Williams that she has been forced out of the group.
American Idol hit a season high
with 12.7 million viewers last Tuesday. It was the most popular show among the
18-to-49-year-old demographic craved by advertisers for the fifth week in a row,
the first Fox series ever to achieve that.
Elvis Presley's fans, around 35,000 of them, braved intermittent rain to
file past the rock icon's grave to pay tribute on the 25th anniversary of his
death. Organizers said it was the largest turnout ever for the vigil that has
become an annual event at Presley's mansion.
With an arsenal of hit films such as Spider-Man, Men in Black II and current box
office champ XXX, Sony Pictures said it broke its own industry record for North
American ticket sales in a calendar year.
The WWE fans may have seen the last of Hulk Hogan - at least for the
immediate future. Reports indicate that Hogan and Vince McMahon are once
again at an impasse, with money and an exhausting schedule at the core of the
dispute. Hogan has not been booked for any future dates with the company,
including Sunday's Summer Slam pay-per-view.
Backstreet Boy Nick Carter is readying his debut album as a solo artist,
Now Or Never, for worldwide release on October 29.
Law and Order: SVU star and rapper Ice-T is getting married to Coco,
a voluptuous, blonde, 23-year-old swimsuit model.
Fox's contract with Major League Baseball includes monetary protection if the
players' strike disrupts the playoffs and the World Series, but the network
would lose its big fall event and a major platform for promoting its primetime
lineup. If the players strike on August 30, MLB could end up owing Fox at least
Mr. Potato Head, the toy created by Hasbro, marks
his 50th birthday this year. In the past 50 years, Hasbro has sold more than 50
million Mr. Potato Heads to eager kids who want to try their hand at creating a
happy face on a tater.
John Mellencamp, Sheryl Crow and James Taylor are among the
performers expected at two concerts that will benefit the family of Timothy
White, the Billboard editor in chief who recently died of a heart attack.
General Mills and publisher Simon & Schuster Audio are joining to promote audio
books on cereal boxes.
Robert De Niro filed notice of a $1 million lawsuit Monday over a
photograph of him and fellow actor Sean Penn blowing out their birthday
candles at a private party last year.
Song writer Paul Simon will replace Paul McCartney at this year's
25th annual Kennedy Center honors, traditionally attended by the president and
Mötley Crüe has just signed a deal to turn their autobiography, The Dirt,
into a film, according to bassist Nikki Sixx.
Jaime Sommers could return to TV with new adventures next summer. In the
original 1976-78 Bionic Woman series, Sommers, played by Lindsay Wagner,
was rebuilt by docs at the top-secret government agency Office of Scientific
Intelligence (OSI). This time, she has cable's USA Networks and the producers of
the Austin Powers franchise to thank for her new chance at life.
has signed to star in a year-long national tour of "Jesus Christ Superstar,"
beginning November 1 in California, according to the hard rocker's Web site. The
former Skid Row frontman has previously appeared on stage in Broadway's
"Jekyll & Hyde" and "The Rocky Horror Show."
Slash, Queen's Brian May and
Steve Vai are among the guitarists who will lend their fretwork to the
upcoming, as-yet-untitled record from the latest incarnation of British Invasion
group the Yardbirds.
Oscar-winning actor Charlton Heston, 77, in
his first published interview since announcing that he has symptoms consistent
with Alzheimer's disease, said he had no plans to retire.
Opie and Anthony, co-hosts of WNEW-FM's
popular afternoon drive-time program, remained off the air for a second day
Tuesday while a 350,000-member Catholic group pushed for their station to get
its license revoked. The pair allegedly broadcast a live, eyewitness account of
a couple having sex in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.