Vol. 8 No. 37
Off The Record
Queens Of The Stone Age
Songs For The Deaf
California, the Queens are everything you want in hard rock by displaying
playful, tuneful, dynamic music. This is their 3rd full-length album with core
members Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri, mixing it up with a
top-flight bunch of ringers that includes Nirvana/Foo Fighters ace
Dave Grohl, and Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan.
Tunes like First It Giveth, Song for the Dead, Sky Is Falling, and Another Love
Song display the wistful tug and harmonic complexity of Goss's old band
Masters of Reality. Check out this powerful blast and entertaining hard rock
album that can stand beside any of the classics.
Relief has arrived for parents
who long to see their children carting flashlights off to bed for undercover
reading. No, J.K. Rowling has not released a new Harry Potter novel, but
German writer Cornelia Funke's The Thief Lord has hit our shores. Geared
to readers 9 and up, this exquisitely told tale of adventure and intrigue set in
contemporary Venice can be read by teenagers and adults alike. The Thief Lord
tells of two orphaned brothers, Prosper and Boniface who are on the run from
their German aunt and uncle. It would be a shame to reveal too many secrets from
Funke's well-crafted plot, so we won't. After reading The Thief Lord, your kids
may stop asking about a week's vacation to Disney World and beg for an airline
ticket to Venice.
Based upon the best selling
book We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young, by Lieutenant-General Harold G.
Moore and journalist Joseph L. Galloway, this top-notch war drama
follows Moore (Mel Gibson) as he leads his troops into one of the first
major battles of the Vietnam War. In a place soon to be known as the Valley of
Death, 400 American soldiers found themselves surrounded by 2,000 North
Vietnamese troops. The fighting is realistic enough to make you squint away from
the screen, and the sentimentality is piled on (as the women at home find out
about their lovers and husbands' deaths), but the film is admirable in its
depiction of the war-is-hell ethos. And, it actually paints the enemy as being
MOTLEY CRUE REUNION TOUR?
Nikki Sixx has promised that "if all goes well, there will be a farewell
tour, an amazing soundtrack and a movie" — presumably an adaptation of the
band's autobiography, "The Dirt" — "all hitting in late 2003, early 2004," in a
recent posting on the band's Web site. He also talked about a new group he's
forming with Kris Kohl (Adema), Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns),
an unnamed second guitarist and a vocalist named
In a surprise move, TNT the
cable network has decided to axe its supernatural drama Witchblade starring
Yancy Butler. This is despite the series significantly improving the TNT's
Tuesday night ratings.
Supermodel Tyra Banks,
who established a summer camp to help girls develop self-esteem two years ago in
plans to open a similar camp in Florida.
Director James Cameron
is going back to Titanic, this time with a 3-D camera. With help from his
brother, Mike, and cinematographer Vince Pace, Cameron designed a
lightweight camera able to film the sunken Titanic in 3-D. Two robots carried
the camera and swam through the ship's grand interior.
Imax Corporation and director
George Lucas have announced they're joining forces to release Star Wars:
Attack of the Clones to really big screens everywhere. It will be distributed by
20th Century Fox to Imax theaters in North America on November 1.
Brainwashed, released by
George Harrison's Dark Horse Records and Capitol, is due in stores November
19, just 10 days before the one-year anniversary of Harrison's passing. It will
feature several of the rocker's final recordings, including tracks laid down
just months before his death last November.
Reese Witherspoon will
pocket a whopping $15 million to star in a sequel to her comedy hit Legally
Blonde. The actress also will produce the flick
Oprah Winfrey will be
the first to receive the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award to be given at the
54th annual Emmys.
ABC Television and McDonald's
are teaming up to promote ABC's fall prime-time schedule.
McDonald's will tout the
network's shows running during the 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. time period, which ABC is
calling Happy Hour. Advertisements for the shows and questions for an
accompanying sweepstakes quiz will appear on tray liners, bags, signs in
drive-through windows and posters. The sweepstakes runs from Sept. 23 through
J.A.G. series star Catherine
Bell has closed a deal to head to the big screen, joining Jim Carrey,
Jennifer Aniston and Morgan Freeman in Universal
Pictures' spiritual comedy Bruce Almighty.
Swimfan's Jason Ritter
has replaced Brad Renfro and will star opposite Monica Keena in
New Line Cinema's horror franchise clash Freddy vs. Jason.
Metallica plans to
release their expansive Live S**t: Binge and Purge collection on DVD on Nov. 12.
The original set, which came out in 1993, featured three VHS videocassettes of
concert footage and three audio CDs; the reissue includes two DVDs instead of
the VHS tapes.
The three remaining members of
Rage Against the Machine and ex-Soundgarden singer Chris
Cornell are back in a Los Angeles studio hashing out new material for their
debut album. A new website suggests that the quartet has adopted the name
Audioslave. The band's first release reportedly is not expected before early
AC/DC and Black
Sabbath are among 15 acts that have been chosen for possible induction into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. The Aussie rockers have been nominated
three times previously, while the British heavy metal pioneers have been up for
the distinction six times.
fans might want to put their bids in on eBay item #1765388613, the four-bedroom,
Montesano, Wash., residence where late leader
lived from age 11 to 15. The asking price is $200,000, even though the
home's value was assessed at only $52,660 two years ago. The auction ends
Tim Burton, the director
behind the 1989 Batman feature and the man who started the franchise, will also
direct a new musical version of Batman on Broadway.
Britain's Prince Harry,
hurt by lurid headlines and stories since the death of his mother Princess
Diana, will mark his 18th birthday by paying tribute to her deep devotion to
charity work. Harry has decided to mark his coming of age next Sunday with a
series of public visits reflecting Diana's charity interests in a bid to remind
people of her good work.
Tougher Than Leather: The Rise
Of Run-D.M.C., a biography of the legendary rap group penned by noted
journalist Bill Adler, has been updated and re-released. The book returns
with a new introduction, cover art, and 12 pages of rare photos of Run-D.M.C.
not included in the original.
Peter Gabriel fans
making travel plans for this month should try to book their flights on Delta.
One of the in-flight entertainment choices now being offered by the airline is
Gabriel's new album Up, which won't be released commercially until September 24.
will release a DVD of their MTV "Unplugged" performance, recorded last July, on
November 12. The DVD will feature two songs that were not included when the show
aired, along with favorites like "It's Been Awhile" and "Outside."