Vol. 8 No. 11
Off The Record
The Hellacopters -
Sweden's The Hellacopters, featuring former
Entombed drummer Nicke Andersson on guitar/vocals, will issue their
latest studio album, High Visibility, in the US through Gearhead Records during
March. Thin Lizzy fans should really give this album a try, because of
the storytelling lyrics and Lizzy-like drumbreaks. And Nick Royale's
vocals make it seem like Phil Lynott has risen from the grave in some of
the songs. The new Hellacopters disc contains thirteen classic sounding tunes
that should please rock fans worldwide, although theres no surprises to watch
out for. This is just one straight ahead kickin rock record.
At The Movies
Set during the Ice Age, this is the story of a human
infant who is found by a group of animals that includes a woolly mammoth, a
sabre-toothed tiger, and a pair of giant sloths. Together, they try to reunite
the baby with his parents. The whole concept of Ice Age is really fun. Its a
time period where humans and prehistoric creatures interacted, but it is rarely
fully explored. The voice line-up for this film is well cast, featuring Ray
Romano as a grouchy mammoth and Denis Leary as the surly sabre-tooth.
However, it is the sabre-tooth squirrel Scrat that really steals the show. Check
out Ice Age, it is well worth seeing on the big screen.
Straight-ahead thrills and chills make this teen
suspenser a real joy ride of an outing. Paul Walker (The Fast and the
Furious) stars as college student who sets out on a trip home, along the way
picking up his errant brother whom he bails out of jail. The boys have fun with
their CB radio, playing a prank on a trucker by creating a fictitious female
named Candy Cane and setting up a meeting in a motel room. When the meeting
turns to murder and the police can't find the trucker, the boys resume their
trip, stopping to pick up Paul's unrequited love, Venna. But the trio is being
pursued by the never-seen trucker, setting up all sorts of nasty encounters,
including a wild chase scene in a cornfield, some kidnappings, and a thrilling
finale that will leave you on the proverbial edge of your seat.
Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz is
reportedly close to scoring a $2 million paycheck to star in the teenage spy
flick Agent Cody Banks. The deal would make him the highest-paid child actor
since Macaulay Culkin in his Home Alone days.
Oprah Winfrey is planning to end her
talk-show at the end of the 2005-06 season, which will be the 20th
anniversary of The Oprah Winfrey Show's premiere in syndication.
Two tours featuring glam-rocks finest acts will vie
for your concert dollar this summer. Poison, Cinderella, Faster Pussycat
and Winger will head out together on May 16th, while Dokken,
Ratt, Warrant, Firehouse and L.A. Guns, lined up respectively, will
tour beginning on June 21st.
VH1 is stepping up its output of original TV movies,
signing a deal for MGM Television to produce five music-themed movies for VH1
during the next three years.
Mark Wahlberg is hatching The Entourage, a
comedy series for HBO about the chaotic existence of the core group of people
behind a movie star.
DROWNING POOL WILL PLAY "THE
GAME" AT WRESTLEMANIA X8
Wind-up Records recording artist
Drowning Pool has now sold well over a million copies of Sinner. The
band will headline the Jagermeister tour with Coal Chamber and others, and will be in Toronto to perform at the WWF's Wrestlemania. They
will open the show in the Skydome with the band's latest single, Tear Away, and
then perform "The Game", as
Triple H enters the ring.
David Letterman has
decided to remain with CBS, spurning a multimillion-dollar offer to jump to ABC.
That leaves ABC's corporate bosses trying to mend fences with Nightline host
Ted Koppel, whose time slot was offered to Letterman.
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Inc. has agreed to pay the state of Connecticut $326,000 for using fake reviews
attributed to a local newspaper in promoting its films.
An estimated 39 million people
tuned in Sunday night to the CBS 9/11 documentary that featured video footage
from inside the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks, making it last
weeks most watched show.
Sally Jessy Raphael's
daytime talk show, the longest-running of its genre, has been canceled after
almost two decades on the air.
MGM and producers of the latest 007 flick announced
that James Bonds 20th big-screen adventure will be called Die Another Day.
RealNetworks and Nokia have entered into what the
companies characterized as a long-term, comprehensive relationship to bring
audio and video to mobile devices.
Randy Quaid has signed on to head The Grubbs,
a family comedy in the hopper for Fox, while John Larroquette is eyeing a
family ensemble drama in the works for ABC and Touchstone Television.
98 Degrees singer Drew Lachey is
dismissing break-up rumors in a statement on his group's official Website, but
he does say the boys are currently "taking a break."
Paul McCartney is choosing his hometown of
Liverpool to unveil an exhibition of about 70 paintings, sculptures and
photographs running May 24 to August 4.