Vol. 8 No. 29
Off the Record
K. - I Get Wet
It takes about five seconds of
listening to this infectious disc until you feel like popping open a beer and
throwing your TV out the front window. This album refreshingly copies the sound
of '70s glam band Slade, and a little bit of Billion Dollar Babies-era
Alice Cooper, a welcome change from the rest of today's mainstream
rock. It's Time to Party, Party Hard, Ready to Die, and She’s So Beautiful are
good, meaningless rock and roll songs, catchy enough to replace Zombie Nation as
2002's sports arena songs du jour. It's so simple and full of energy, that it's
At the Movies
Based on a true 1961 incident
with a Soviet top-secret nuclear sub. The captain (Harrison Ford)
of the Russian submarine, K-19, must lead his crew's efforts to prevent their
vessel from having a nuclear meltdown. When the cooling unit of the reactor
breaks down, the captain must figure out how to save their ship, because if it
blows, it could cause a nuclear explosion that would be interpreted as the first
strike of a nuclear war. Harrison Ford is quite good riding a fine line between
villainy and good. Director Kathryn Bigelow has pulled off a big
feat here. The camera work inside the sub will have you claustrophobic even
after you leave the film, not to mention the great shots of the sub surfacing
from under an ice pack or the grandeur of the open sea.
A delightful fantasy-romance
about a young Parisian woman Amelie (Audrey Tautou) raised by her
father after her mother is killed who uses her imagination to explore the world
around her. She pretty much keeps to herself until one day she discovers a box
of mementos belonging to a boy who used to live in her apartment. She decides to
track down the owner of the box and return his possessions, and this simple act
of giving changes her life. She now discovers the immense joy of bringing
happiness to others through random, anonymous and secret acts of kindness. Now
opened up to the world around her, she meets an intriguing young man and decides
to win his heart, hoping that she can find happiness for herself.
German tennis star Boris
Becker has split up with his girlfriend Patrice Farameh, a day after
prosecutors announced tax evasion charges against him.
The video industry hasn't even
begun to reap the rewards of the movies sparking the biggest summer in
box-office history, but consumer spending on the purchase and rental of DVDs and
videocassettes is already up 13.3% to a whopping $8.79 billion in the first half
of the year.
Spider-Man will swing into
video stores Nov. 1 with lofty expectations from Sony Pictures, which is
mounting a marketing campaign worth more than $100 million.
Tony and Carmela’s relationship
will be at the heart of The Sopranos when the hit HBO series returns for its
fourth season this September. Series creator David Chase signed a deal
with HBO that gives the network an option for a fifth season, which they
undoubtedly will take. The show’s ensemble of actors are all signed through six
seasons, so there shouldn’t be any problems keeping the cast together.
An HIV positive Muppet is
moving into Sesame Street. The character, who will be a five-year-old female,
will be unveiled this September on the South African version of the show, called
Beginning July 19, drummer and
bandleader Max Weinberg will take a leave of absence from Late Night with
Conan O'Brien to hit the road with Bruce Springsteen and the E
Street Band, whose latest tour kicks off August 7 in East Rutherford, New
CBS says it's delivering on the promises it made to keep
David Letterman with the network, heavily promoting his Late Show and
scheduling what it hopes will be stronger lead-ins to the program.
A former comic book collector has parted with his copy of
Amazing Fantasy No. 15, featuring the first appearance of Spider-Man, for
initial investment in the comic was 12 cents, close to 40 years ago. A mint
condition copy can fetch more than $42,000 today, according to comic book price
The criticism ABC faced over a
racy Victoria's Secret show won't deter CBS from airing a similar special. ABC
came under fire when it aired its Victoria's Secret special in November and
declined to show another one, giving CBS an opening.
Korn's Elementree label
is looking for new talent and is now accepting band demos at each venue during
the band's North American tour. Submission boxes will be set up next to
merchandising stands for all aspiring musicians with tickets to the show.
Rob Zombie settled his
federal copyright infringement lawsuit against Mazda Motor of America over the
use of music from his 1998 album Hellbilly Deluxe in a TV commercial. Terms of
the settlement were not disclosed.
Def Leppard have
scheduled a number of in-store appearances in the US to promote their new album,
X, due on July 30th. One such appearance is July 27th at noon in the Mall of
A long-in-development flick
combining two of Hollywood's baddest space-monster franchises, Alien vs.
Predator, looks like it's finally getting off the drawing board.
guitarist and singer Michael Houser has announced that he has terminal
cancer in a message to fans posted on the band's Web site.
and his wife have donated $1 million to the Museum of Contemporary Art.