Vol. 8 No. 36
Off The Record
KISS - The Very Best of KISS
All the hits from the hottest band in the world,
collected on their biggest ever single-disc retrospective. With more than 80
million albums sold, KISS are a rock ‘n’ roll institution. They’ve
outlasted their critics while their rabid fans have stood by them the entire
way. The emphasis of these 21 tracks is on the pre-1980 period with the only nod
to the non-makeup years being Lick It Up, Forever, and God Gave Rock & Roll To
You. This disc serves as both an introduction new fans and the one KISS album
listeners who just want the hits-and-nothing-but-the-hits will need. These are
the undeniable classics and at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.
At the Movies
In the vein of Fatal Attraction, this high school
thriller introduces us to the title character Ben who is the star swimmer in
school, with a great girlfriend, a loyal best friend and a swimming scholarship
to Stanford in the works. Then an alluring new girl in town, Madison, arrives on
campus and Ben can't keep himself from going after her. He knows he's made a
terrible mistake, but he doesn't realize he's playing with fire. As Ben tries to
extricate himself from the mess, he only makes Madison more and more angry. As
Madison's obsession with Ben grows, his life begins to unravel. A perfect back
to school film, with an attractive cast and a huge amount of creepy tension.
Director John Carpenter creates an
old-fashioned campfire ghost story with The Fog. Antonio Bay, a quaint, small
seaside town is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding. That night a
heavy, mysterious fog rolls through the town and people begin to die in savage
ways. The beautiful cinematography and the great locations, combined with solid
acting and masterful editing make The Fog a timeless flick that has more in
common with classic horror films than modern fare, and should be appreciated as
such. The presentation of the DVD has been meticulously prepared. The extras are
entertaining and informative and especially the commentary track stands out as a
gem for fans, so the verdict is very simple. This is the DVD version of The Fog
fans have been waiting for, so go and get it!
GUNS N' ROSES RETURNS!
Axl Rose brought Guns N' Roses
back to the MTV Video Music Awards Thursday night for the first time in 10
years, but the frontman indicated that the wait for a new album will continue."
You'll see [the album], but I don't know if 'soon' is the word," Rose explained
after unveiling the current GN'R lineup to an American television audience for
the first time. So while Guns N' Roses may be back on the airwaves, they may not
be back in record stores any time soon.
Tommy Lee has decided not to star in a VH1
reality series, so the already-filmed footage may be used for a pair of two-hour
specials on the hard-living hard rocker.
Eminem's upcoming film 8 Mile, will premiere at the Toronto International
Film Festival as a work in progress, with Eminem and director Curtis Hansen
expected to attend.
Rapper Ludacris has joined the cast of Universal Pictures' The Fast and
the Furious 2 for director John Singleton.
Rush Hour and Red Dragon helmer Brett Ratner is among the list of
directors being considered to shepherd the solo Superman movie to the
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr., who appeared
together in this summer's Scooby-Doo, were wed last week in Mexico.
The indie sleeper hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding nabbed a whopping four-day dowry
of $14.5 million, its best weekend showing yet, and moved up to number two in
the movie race.
Papa Roach and Pepsi Cola have entered into a cross-marketing partnership
that will see the video for forthcoming Roach single Time and Time Again
mirrored in a conceptually similar Pepsi Blue ad featuring the tune.
Rob Zombie's highly anticipated House of 1,000 Corpses flick is expected
to hit theaters in early 2003 through its new distributor, Lions Gate Films.
CBS and USA Network indicated over the weekend that they would continue to carry
the Masters Golf Tournament, even though they're feeling pressure from a women's
group that wants the Augusta National Golf Club to admit women.
Inspired by the success of Fox's American Idol CBS has ordered a nine-episode
update of Star Search, the long-running syndicated talent contest hosted by
Ed McMahon during the 1980s and '90s.
Hackers attacked the Recording Industry Association of America's Web site for
the second time in a month, altering several pages of content in what appeared
to be a protest against the group's position on file sharing.
The remaining Led Zeppelin members' vocalist Robert Plant,
guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones may reunite in
2003, which would mark their first time touring together since drummer John
Bonham passed away in 1980.
Hollywood screenwriter Dean Riesner, who shared credits on two of the
Dirty Harry movies and came up with the immortal Clint Eastwood line "Go ahead,
make my day," died of natural causes. He was 83.
Things are certain to get "Complicated" at John Adams College this year when
Avril Lavigne performs in a nightclub scene on an upcoming episode of
Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Others making cameos on the show's fall season
include the Goo Goo Dolls, Ashanti and MTV's Carson Daly.
The Jerry Lewis Labor
Day Telethon raised a record $58.3 million in nationwide pledges.
Tool will once again be taking Meshuggah
out on the road with them on the next leg of their Pop Sux tour.
Domestic ticket sales will have totaled about $3.15
billion since Memorial Day weekend, surpassing the record of $3.06 billion set
last summer, according to box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations.
Andrew WK's song We Want Fun will be the
first single released from the soundtrack to the forthcoming feature film
Jackass. Spike Jonze will direct a video for the track.
James Hetfield is officially a benefactor of
the Marin County, Calif., park system, as county supervisors have agreed to
accept a 438.5-acre easement from the Metallica singer/guitarist.