Vol. 8 No. 43
Off The Record
Looking a lot like Britney
Spears older sister on the cd cover of her latest effort, country singer
Faith Hill is back. Don’t expect the image to reflect the music, this album
heads in the direction of competing at the Celine Dion level. The
Nashville hottie shakes off some of her past cobwebs for slicker, bawdier rock
and a collection of power ballads that will have all high school proms slow
dancing for the rest of the school year. Cry, the first single, has a
respectable swagger, while the tender restraint of You're Still Here remind us
that there's a huge heart beneath that soft-rock production. Mrs. Hill is hoping
her fans will follow her as she moves away from her country roots, so have faith
in Faith and enjoy.
At The Movies
When Canadian Air Force pilot
Jack Ferriman (Desmond Harrington) recruits the team to investigate a
mysterious vessel he has spotted floating adrift off the coast of Alaska, they
discover the remains of the fabled Antonia Graza, thought lost at sea for more
than 40 years. The salvage rights alone could be worth a fortune, and by the law
of the sea, any vessel discovered on international waters can be claimed by
whomever is fortunate enough to find her and skilled enough to haul her back to
port. But once onboard the eerie, cavernous ship, the crew discovers that the
decaying vessel is anything but deserted. It’s home to something more deadly and
horrific than anything they’ve encountered in all their years at sea. Now the
crew must uncover the truth about the ship’s past and unlock the mystery that
threatens their very survival. A great thrill ride just in time for the
Adam Sandler takes on
the classic Mr. Deeds, playing Longfellow Deeds, a simple-minded, small-town
pizzeria owner whose life is turned upside down when a long-lost relative leaves
him an inheritance of $40 billion. It's a rags-to-riches story that quickly puts
Deeds in a media frenzy. Leading the pack of tabloid reporters salivating for
the story is Babe Bennett (Winona Ryder), a beautiful TV producer who
devises a devious plan to get the scoop and falls for Deeds in the process.
Deeds quickly learns what life is all about and sets out to prove that money
changes everything, but not everyone. Certainly not the classic that the
original was, but Sandler is able to take his likable persona and give this tale
a fresh new twist.
Rosie O'Donnell fired a
$125 million-plus lawsuit at her ex-publishing partners, blaming them, not her,
for the wilting of Rosie and accusing them of trashing her Queen of Nice image
in the process. This counters the $100 million suit brought against O'Donnell by
Gruner/Jahr, Rosie's publisher.
DROWNING POOL TRIBUTE DVD
Wind-up Records will release
Drowning Pool's Sinema DVD on November 19. The two-and-a-half hour program
celebrates the meteoric rise of the Dallas-based metal band, and its late
charismatic frontman Dave Williams who passed away on August 14th. The
label has committed $250,000 from the sale of the title towards buying a home
for the parents of the singer, one of his primary dreams while alive.
latest clip is too much for Thailand. Government officials there are fuming over
the pop diva's racy new video Dirrty. But it's not Aguilera's R-rated bumps 'n'
grinds or her revealing getups that’s the issue. Those Thai-language billboards
that she’s gyrating in front of translate to "Thailand's sex tourism" and "young
The folks who brought you
Scream are looking to sink their teeth into something scary again.
Director Wes Craven and
screenwriter Kevin Williamson are reuniting with Dimension Films for the
werewolf tale Cursed.
British singer Claire
Sweeney followed in the steps of Dame Vera Lynn and Marilyn Monroe
on Thursday as she set off for the Middle East to give a series of
morale-boosting concerts for troops stationed there.
A judge dismissed drug
possession charges against actress Winona Ryder on Wednesday and said her
trial on charges of shoplifting about $4,000 worth of goods from Saks Fifth
Avenue must start immediately.
Vietnamese actor Don Duong,
branded a "national traitor" for a role in a movie about the Vietnam War
starring Mel Gibson, has not been jailed but authorities were considering
how he would be punished.
Victorian supersleuth Sherlock
Holmes has become the first fictional character to be granted an honorary
fellowship by Britain's prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry.
Marilyn Manson is set to
score the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the Tobe Hooper cult
classic about a chainsaw-wielding madman and his rural family of cannibals.
Filming begins in July 2003.
KISS will perform with a
symphony orchestra in Australia next year. Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons
and Peter Criss will fly to Melbourne to announce the show with the
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
In three short weeks, Elvis
Presley's 30 #1 Hits has passed the one million copies sold mark, making
this his fastest platinum release. At the same time, Elvis held the number one
spot all three weeks, fending off major debuts by such heavyweights as the
Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Xzibit, Beck, India.Arie
and the new American Idol compilation.
Audioslave, the new
group featuring ex-Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell and former
Rage Against the Machine members have posted a teaser for the upcoming
video for the first single off their self-titled debut album, Cochise.
The bickering trio of American
Idol judges has agreed to reunite for the second edition of the summer’s smash
pop talent search on Fox. The network has confirmed that Paula Abdul and
Randy Jackson will once again join razor-tongued Simon Cowell for
American Idol 2.
Puddle of Mudd will
perform two dates on Nissan's free concert series, the Z Tour. Recent Z Tour
performers include No Doubt, Eve, Enrique Iglesias
and Stone Temple Pilots.
AC/DC reportedly will
release the follow-up to 2000's Stiff Upper Lip in March.
HBO has decided not to pick
Arli$$ for an eighth season, despite scoring its highest ratings ever in its
seventh season earlier this year. But Robert Wuhl, the show's creator,
star and executive producer, is expected to stay in the fold. A deal is in the
works for Wuhl to develop a new series and other projects for HBO.
John Woo is in
negotiations to direct Paramount Pictures' Paycheck for producers John Davis
and Michael Hackett. The project is aimed to go into production in
NBC is ordering more episodes
of the new dramas American Dreams and Boomtown, but it's curtains for the 5-year
Hoping to hit a home run on the
big screen, Major League Baseball has struck a deal with Imax Corp. and Mandalay
Entertainment to create the first-ever baseball-themed large-format film.
The Betty Ford Center
celebrated its 20th anniversary Saturday by honoring more than 56,000 alumni
worldwide who have been treated for drug and alcohol abuse.
Rock pioneers Queen
received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Jam artists including the likes of Chimaira, Slipknot, Stone
Sour, Killswitch, Murderdolls and more will be featured on the
Soundtrack to the upcoming Playstation 2/Gamcube videogame, Evolution
Securities and Exchange
Commission lawyers have told Martha Stewart that they are ready to file
civil securities fraud charges against the home decor entrepreneur for her
alleged role in an insider trading scandal.