Off The Record
Trembling Blue Stars - A Certain Evening Light
This is a superb 18-song collection of tracks that
have only appeared on various EPs and singles over the
past eight years. Most were done in limited runs, many
are out of print, and all would require extensive
research and quite a bit of cash to acquire. None are
the typical wasted filler that defines most B-side
material. In order to point up their artistic
importance, they've been assembled not in
chronological order, but in a way that makes a
cohesive album that continues the Trembling Blue Stars
narrative of love and loss in the most melancholy of
tones. She's Always There and Found Her Gone aren't
just song titles; they're a way of life.
At The Movies
Jackie Chan heads up this action comedy as Eddie Yang,
a resolute Hong Kong cop who suffers a near fatal
accident while investigating a case involving a
mysterious medallion. Eddie soon discovers that with
the powerful medallion in his possession, he gains
incredible speed, strength and skills taking his
martial arts abilities to a whole new level. Enlisting
the help of British Interpol agent Nicole James, Eddie
is determined to learn the secret of the medallion and
face down the evil Snakehead who wants to use its
awesome powers for his own nefarious plans.
Bowling for Columbine
A captivating insight into America's fascination with
guns, violence and fear by award winning director
Michael Moore. Moore mixes chilling footage, outrageous
animation and candid interviews with everyone from the
NRA's Charlton Heston to shock-rocker Marilyn Mason in
this tour-de-force that asks the question: Are we a
nation of gun nuts or are we just nuts? Moore journeys
into America's heartland to answer that question
following the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School.
Nickelback's new album hits stores on Tuesday,
September 23. Available for limited time only, the
first pressing of The Long Road will be a
deluxe digipak, featuring exclusive band photos and
three bonus tracks, including Nickelback's version of
Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting).
Warner Bros. is scrapping their previous work on
Wonder Woman, one of many high-profile superhero
projects that the studio has in development, and is
starting from scratch. Philip Levens (Smallville)
is out and the new screenwriter is reportedly Laeta
Kalogridis (Birds of Prey). Kalogridis' new
script will deal with the origins of the classic comic
Warner Brothers has
apparently settled on their Superman.
20-year-old British thespian Henry Cavill (best
known as Albert Mondego in The Count of Monte
Cristo) is being seriously considered for the lead
by WB executives. Talks have taken place, but Cavill
has not been formally offered the part, yet.
Never mind Sports Illustrated. For the most insidious
cover jinx in sports, look no farther than EA Sports'
blockbuster Madden football franchise. In the four
years that the game has featured an actual NFL player
on its cover, the player has been assured of total
football ruin. Following 01 cover boy Eddie George
(injuries), 02 Daunte Culpepper (turnovers)
and 03 Marshall Faulk (injuries), NFL flavor
of the month and 04 cover boy Michael Vick
broke his leg in a meaningless preseason game.
Jennifer Lopez is reportedly still fuming with
fiance Ben Affleck after his alleged fling with
a Canadian lapdancer - and is refusing to let him back
in their shared Los Angeles mansion. Two weeks ago a
furore kicked off after an exotic dancer claimed to
have had sex with the actor, and although Affleck
heavily denied the allegations, his romance with J.Lo
looked to be on the rocks for a while.
Despite needing time off to recuperate a torn groin
muscle, Triple H is currently the favorite to
retain his World Championship in the Elimination
Chamber match at SummerSlam. This would allow
the WWE to reschedule the original Triple H vs
Goldberg main event for a future PPV.
A highly respected NBA star's life is turned upside
down after a woman accuses him of rape: That's both
the story of Kobe Bryant and the plot of an
independent film that completed shooting last
February, months before Bryant's real-life drama
began. The movie was the brainchild of Portland
Trail Blazers center Dale Davis, who hopes
to have it sold to a distributor before the upcoming
Warner Bros. has their eye on either Josh Lucas
(Hulk) or Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order)
to be Halle Berry's leading man in Catwoman.
The lucky fella would play the crusty detective who is
Cat's love interest and nemesis. Berry and her costar
begin shooting in September for a summer 2004 release.
Kevin Smith is considering a number of A-list
stars to play the title role in his revamp of
Fletch, a prequel to the earlier Fletch films.
Although Smith veteran Jason Lee was the
filmmaker's first choice to star, Miramax reportedly
wants a bigger name for the role. Apparently the short
list is down to Ben Affleck, Brad Pitt,
Will Smith, Jimmy Fallon and Adam
He's tried offering professional assistance. He's
tried online pleas. Now Fred Durst is going the
way of the caveman to win the affections of his latest
crush. In The video for Eat You Alive, the
first single from limpbizkit's new album, Durst
kidnaps his object of desire, Thora Birch, and
carts her off into the woods. Birch's father, played
by actor Bill Paxton, is in hot pursuit with a
posse in tow. But Durst, ever the charmer, eventually
wins Birch's heart despite his felonious means, much
to the chagrin of Paxton.
HBO has ordered a third season of The Wire.
There is no premiere date yet for the third season,
which will run 12 episodes.
Morgan Creek is not very happy with director Paul
Schrader's cut of Exorcist: The Beginning.
The studio was expecting more gore, while Schrader's
film is more about the test of one's faith. Apparently
MC can't fire Schrader, and he won't quit and the
studio is "loathe to give Schrader post-production
money to finish his film." The film is scheduled to be
released February 2004.
After the release of a long list of summer sequels
pushed the movie aside, Mark Wahlberg's action
flick The Italian Job is poised for an expanded
run at American cinemas beginning August 29, three
months after its original release. Studio bosses hope
their latest efforts will push the film over the $100
Lord of the Rings co-star Sean Astin is
in the running to become one of the Fantastic Four.
The only question is who will he portray? Johnny Storm
a.k.a. The Human Torch? Ben Grimm a.k.a. The Thing?
The Moleman?! Or does Astin want to direct Fantastic
Four? The film is still looking for a director to
replace Peyton Reed.
The world premiere of Metallica's video for the
Frantic, the leadoff track on St. Anger,
took place Saturday on MTV2 during Headbanger's
Ball. The video features a desperate man in his
mid-20s driving a car and remembering traumatic and
chaotic incidents in his life. At the clip's
conclusion, the troubled man decides to end it all by
causing a high-speed multiple-car collision.
A few weeks ago, Snoop Dogg told 50 Cent
they should do an album together, and now it looks
like the P.I.M.P. video co-stars might make the
idea a reality. Under the supergroup moniker of DPG-Unit,
the Dogg Pound and G-Unit have recorded almost an
entire LP worth of material together while on the Rock
the Mic Tour.
Brad Garrett left the set of Everybody Loves
Raymond and apparently isnt returning unless he
receives a raise. His character has already been
written out of the season's first episode.
CineGroupe is in development with Marvel Entertainment
on the animated series Blade for MTV, based on
the blockbuster film franchise.
Apparently Marlon Brando really is the
Godfather. Grunge gal Courtney Love declared
herself totally shocked by the revelation that she
is, apparently, Marlon Brando's secret granddaughter.
The singer's discovery came with the publication of a
book this week by Love's mother Linda Carroll,
which revealed that Courtney's grandmother had had an
affair in the 1940s with Brando resulting in Linda's
Former Big Wreck frontman Ian Thornley
has signed with his friend Chad Kroeger's label
604 Records. He will begin recording with
Toronto producer Gavin Brown (Three Days
Grace) in September. The album, expected in the
first quarter of 2004, will likely come out under the
band name Thornley.
Freaks & Geeks creator Paul Feig has
signed a deal with HBO to create Nice Guys. The
new show will center on a trio of nerdy male
co-workers looking for love. "Just as Freaks & Geeks
was a realistic version of the high school experience
for many people, this will lay out what normal guys go
through as young adults."
Fans of Godsmack are used to hearing the band
play abrasive rock songs with plenty of attitude and
lots of volume. Frontman Sully Erna's growl
isn't going anywhere, but the band's next release will
be a bit quieter. An all-acoustic record is due
November 18 and will feature stripped-down versions of
hits like Voodoo and Serenity as well as
Mike Tyson, who was in attendance at the debut
K-1 PPV, watched Bob Sapp defeat former UFC
fighter Kimo. After the match, Tyson hopped the
rail and was held back from Sapp, challenging him to a
boxing match. The currently planned fight is rumored
for a January 2004 date, possibly in Japan.
Sony Pictures Television has tapped Emmy-winning
broadcaster Ahmad Rashad as co-host of the
long-gestated syndicated eBay-TV, which is
currently scheduled to premiere in the fall of 2004.
eBay TV will provide interactive auctions linked with
the site's online marketplace, as well as profiles of
members of the eBay community.
RCA Records is set to release the previously unheard
Elvis Presley recording of I'm a Roustabout on
the upcoming compilation Elvis 2nd to None, due
AC/DC plan to have a new album finished by the
end of the year. The upcoming set will be AC/DC's last
for Elektra Records. Future studio albums will be
issued by Epic, which has recently reissued AC/DC's