Vol. 8 No. 44
Off The Record
Valance - Footprints
Now that reality TV has enabled
the pop industry to create stars from an endless supply of desperate wannabes,
it's no wonder that few actors hit the charts anymore. Strange then that ex-Neighbours
star Holly Valance has managed to make the transition from soap to pop so
easily. Holly has struck a chord with one of the oldest tricks in the book, sex
sells and there are plenty of buyers. Holly has dispensed with the foreplay and
dropped the blonde bombshell straight away. The tried and tested formula of
dance tinged pop lasts for the opening trio of tracks, Kiss Kiss, Tuck Your
Shirt In and Down Boy, before Holly explores a variety of other styles. If your
not one of Holly's legions of fans you soon will be.
At The Movies
Scott Calvin (Tim Allen)
has been Santa Claus for the past eight years, and his loyal elves consider him
the best Santa ever. But Scott's got problems. His son, Charlie, has landed on
this year's naughty list and to top it all off, if Scott doesn’t get married by
Christmas Eve, he’ll stop being Santa forever. Desperate both to find a wife and
help his son, Scott heads back home, leaving a substitute Claus to watch over
things at the Pole. But when the substitute institutes some strange
redefinition’s of naughty and nice putting Christmas at risk it's up to Scott to
return with a new bag of magic to try to save Christmas. The Santa Clause 2
takes the cuteness of the original and makes a full family fun adventure from
The Sum of
nuclear-blasting fourth big-screen Jack Ryan spy adventure (based on the Tom
Clancy books), here starring Ben Affleck as a younger Ryan who alone
can prevent World War 3. It seems some bad guys have acquired a lost Israeli
nuclear bomb and blow up
in the hopes of causing a face-off between the
and Russia. Fortunately for the good guys, Ryan and partner John Clark are on
the case, and track the mushroom cloud to the real villain. Now it's a race
against time to prove their case before the American president retaliates and
sets off Armageddon. A frightening, harrowing thriller that scored at the
box-office, no doubt playing off and feeding post 9/11 fears.
The Anna Nicole Show
will return for a 13-episode second season in early 2003.
Woody Harrelson is
tapped to host NBC's Three Stooges' 75th Anniversary Special, a one-hour event
celebrating the legendary comic trio via highlights of rare shorts, feature film
clips and favorite routines. No air date has been set.
UPN is giving a full-season
order to its updated version of The Twilight Zone. The show has been performing
strongly on Wednesdays.
A two-year-old Britney
Spears concert recorded at London's Wembley Stadium in late 2000, will air
November 23 on pay-per-view.
Robert Redford and
screenwriter Larry Gelbart are hatching a sequel to their 1972 political
drama The Candidate. Redford will reprise his role as idealistic politician Bill McKay.
Popular arts channel Trio is
planning to air classic episodes of Late Night with David Letterman
starting with a 53-hour Thanksgiving marathon beginning November 28. The reruns
officially launch once a week in January.
Filmmakers Peter and
Bobby Farrelly planning to direct Stuck on You, a comedy about the
adventures of conjoined twins. The brothers are in talks with Matt Damon
and Greg Kinnear to star.
Former Wimbledon champion
Boris Becker was found guilty of tax evasion but was spared jail by a German
court which handed him a two-year suspended sentence and a hefty fine.
Work is clearly going well on
the story for the fourth and final Indiana Jones film. It's the good old days
all over again, with the dynamic George Lucas-Stephen Spielberg duo
hammering out a new adventure for Indy, once again played by Harrison Ford.
The studio behind the Godfather
movies will likely have first dibs to the screen rights for a new
book about the Corleone family.
The novel is still on the drawing board, with publisher Random House looking to
commission a writer to take over for original author Mario Puzo,
who died three years ago.
Harland Braun, the
lawyer who has represented Robert Blake since his wife was murdered last
year, resigned as Blake's attorney saying that he objected to actor's decision
to go on television and discuss his case.
Even though the World Series
went seven games, it still may set a record low for televising ratings.
Anaheim's thrilling 6-5 comeback win Saturday night received an 11.8
preliminary national rating and 21 share. Fox's six-game average is 24 percent
below the first six games last year.
Linkin Park is wrapping
up work on its sophomore album with producer Don Gilmore for an early
2003 release through Warner Bros. Records.
ANNUAL ROCK STAR PIG OUT!!!
93X has 2 Holiday Concerts, The 93X Butterball with Korn & Trust
Company on November 26th and the 93X Nutcracker with Disturbed,
Stone Sour and Chevelle December 20th. Both shows are at the Roy
Wilkins Auditorium and you can find out how to get tickets at www.93x.com.
Andrew W.K. has been
officially tapped to open for Aerosmith on the December leg of their Just
Push Play tour.
Bad-Boy rocker Tommy
Lee has been dropped from his label, MCA.
The executive producer and
creator of the real-life dating drama The Bachelor has hatched a new reality
series called The Will for ABC. The show will revolve around a wealthy
benefactor who will bequeath his family fortune to the winner of a game-show
style, real-life contest between his relatives.
That '70s Show stars have
signed six-figure contract extensions that will keep Fox's nostalgia comedy
grooving through May 2005.
The Sonny Bono Concourse
has been added to the Palm Springs International Airport.
Rebekah Revels, the
beauty queen who resigned amid a topless photo scandal, has been selected to
represent the United States in the Miss World pageant.
ABC has greenlighted a
three-hour biopic about Natalie Wood with Oscar-nominated director
Peter Bogdanovich on board to direct and British actress Justine
Waddell set to portray the late
Michelle Yeoh is
donning her actress-producer hat again for a stint as a female Robin Hood with a
new film, The Masked Crusader, to be directed by Jingle Ma.