Vol. 8 No. 22
Off the Record
Moby - 18
Radio and video wouldn't
touch Moby before his trippy music became the background for hip
advertising around the world. Now he's one of the hottest acts around, the first
DJ superstar, basically. Artfully combining vintage samples or new recordings
made to sound vintage blended with hypnotic grooves, the likable mixmaster has a
flair for writing songs. There is a certain minimal elegance to this music,
quite evident in the current hit single We Are All Made of Stars. Moby’s humble
recognition of his own fame is also a breath of fresh air in this ego driven
At The Movies
The Sum of
European terrorists get
their hands on a lost nuclear device, and set about on their plans to use it at
the Super Bowl. The plan is to disguise the attack as being caused by
in the hopes of rekindling the Cold War. Luckily, young CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Ben
Affleck) is on the case. The Sum of All Fears should be a good indication of
the public's ability to tolerate a shockingly brutal and incredibly realistic
look at a devastating terrorist act committed on U.S. soil. Tom Clancy's
story is plausible, the movie is exciting and the timing is right. America is
now absolutely ready to see it. Acceptable for kids around 12 and up.
Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
J.K Rowlings' first
book of wizards and witchcraft made it to the big screen as the family film of
the year. "Harry" is a wonder to behold for its acting, continuity of story
line, and special effects. Alerted on his 11th birthday that he's the orphaned
son of two powerful wizards, Harry is whisked away to the Hogwarts School of
Witchcraft and Wizardry to learn the tricks of the trade and fight off the evil
wizard who killed his parents. Even with a running time of two and a half hours,
this film is so full of great acting, screenwriting and direction that the time
just flies. Kudos to the supporting talents of Maggie Smith, Richard
Harris, Robbie Coltrane and Alan Rickman.
Producers are halting
production on the TNT sci-fi drama Witchblade after series star Yancy Butler
voluntarily checked herself into rehab for alcohol abuse. Six of the show's 13
episodes have been shot, and the premiere of the second season is still set for
The recording industry and
artists are calling for a government investigation and tougher laws banning
payola, in which radio stations are paid for playing certain music on the radio.
VH1's Divas Las Vegas
special, which featured performances by Cher, the Dixie Chicks,
Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige and Shakira, has raised more than
$1.4 million for the network's Save the Music Foundation, which aids school
DAMN INTERNET PRIATES!
Eminem, bumped up his
album release to combat Internet pirates once again. The Eminem Show is out now.
NBC is ordering six new
episodes of The Rerun Show, a half-hour series in which an acting ensemble
spoofs scenes from classic sitcoms. The show is set to air Tuesdays at
starting in mid-July.
MTV is enlisting
Nickelback, Boyz II Men and Sheryl Crow among the U.S.
performers joining Japanese stars Rip Slyme and Zeebra for the
first-ever Japan edition of its Video Music Awards.
ABBA songwriting duo
Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson were presented with an
international award for lifetime achievement by the British Academy of Composers
Barbara Walters is
donating $1 million to her alma mater, Sarah Lawrence College, to go toward a
gallery in a new arts center. The gallery will be named for Walters.
FHM magazine has named
Russian tennis babe Anna Kournikova the world's sexiest woman in its
Dave Berg, the
longtime Mad magazine cartoonist who spoofed everyday life for more than 40
years with his The Lighter Side comic strip, died May 16 at age 81.
Music producer Tom Werman
is suing Mötley Crüe and the band's label for back royalties, claiming
they withheld money owed him for his work on three early albums.
Robert Evans, the
former head of Paramount Pictures who approved some of today's cinematic
masterpieces, now has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Jerry Lewis the
legendary comedian returned home after doctors checked on an electronic device
implanted to ease chronic back pain. With the battery-powered gadget in working
order, the 76-year-old entertainer is now planning to get back on stage in Las
Vegas later this
7TH Heaven star Barry
Watson has revealed that he's battling Hodgkin's disease.