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Hey Dan, where are the weekend’s box office numbers?

It’s A Long Weekend In America
If you are wondering who did what at the box office this weekend, there won’t be any numbers released by the studios until later today as it is the Memorial Day Long Weekend in The U.S.
But although I don’t have any official numbers yet, I can tell you that “Star Wars: Episode II- Attack of the Clones” is on its on its way to beating the $200 million mark by the end of the holiday weekend.
The latest in the “Star Wars” franchise pulled $18.1 million Saturday, which combined with Friday’s $12.8 million, adds up to more than $172 million in box office receipts since it opened Thursday, May 16.
Meanwhile, “Spider-Man” crossed the $300 million mark in total box office Friday, as expected. The film drew $7.3 million Friday and $11.4 million Saturday.
“Insomnia” opened Friday, beating out fellow new films “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” and “Enough” for third place. “Insomnia” pulled $7.9 million Saturday, and $6 million Friday, while “Spirit” grossed $7.0 and $4.5 million, respectively. Jennifer Lopez’s “Enough” landed in fifth place, drawing $5 million Saturday and $4.5 million Friday.
Universal’s “About a Boy” held in the top 10, placing sixth Saturday with $2.8 million, followed by “Unfaithful’s” $2.3 million and “The New Guy’s” $1.6 million. “Changing Lanes” and”My Big Fat Greek Wedding” placed eight and ninth, respectively.

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Tomorrow’s biggest new DVD’s

Tomorrow’s Best Bets
After setting box office records last year and setting DVD sales records in England already, Harry Potter comes home tomorrow. But he isn’t the only reason to buy some new discs this week!
Released in America 2 weeks ago, the MEMENTO: SPECIAL EDITION DVD that I have been waiting for will finally see the light of day in Canada tomorrow.
Or will it? IT BETTER!!! I have cleared my whole day for it.
Either way, whether I am happy or not, here are the new DVD’s scheduled for release on Tuesday, May 28th, 2002.
Memento: Limited Edition- I highly frown on movies coming out with deluxe DVD editions so soon after the original release. (They really should put everything out at the same time whenever possible, so fans can choose which one they want.) Having said that, this beautifully packaged set gets top marks for clever extras and a menu that makes you answer clues just to access all the special features. Needless to say, I support this release, even if it does come so close after the release of the original one.
Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone- This DVD finally arrives to placate those who’ve already read the first four books, the jokey paperbacks about Quidditch and ferocious creatures, the unauthorized bios of J.K. Rowling, and simply can’t wait until Harry Potter 2 opens November 15. Marvelous casting – from the children to the all-star British supporting roles – saves this rather stiff rendition. It’s so faithful to the text, you’d think you were watching one of those tiresome Biblical epics instead of a quick-witted fantasy film. For me, Alan Rickman (currently triumphing on Broadway in “Private Lives”) steals every scene as Professor Snape. (And don’t even ask about Book Five – that’s been pushed back till next year.) Stop complaining and leave the poor woman alone. Maybe if she takes her time, she’ll actually let someone edit her text this go-round and we won’t suffer the niggling mistakes and overlong ramblings of Book Four.
Traffic- I was rooting for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’s Ang Lee over this movie and Gladiator, but I can’t help being happy for Steven Soderbergh’s win as Best Director. Visually, this is exciting, in-your-face moviemaking and well worth the imprimatur of a Criterion special edition. Warren Beatty in the Michael Douglas role? That’s one of the many possibilities covered in the extras from one of the best directors working today.
Rambo Trilogy Special Edition- With a new wave of post 9/11 patriotism, perhaps now is a fortuitous time for a reissue of Rambo’s oeuvre. Demoralized and betrayed in First Blood, vengeful in Rambo II, and cartoonish action hero in Rambo III, Sylvester Stallone’s second most memorable creation gives vent to every level of righteous indignation you could ask for. But what tone will he strike for the recently revived sequel Rambo IV?

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They were so healthy without him

EMINEM SHOW STOPPER
Nearly 30 people were injured during a mosh pit stampede as Eminem performed Saturday at a Washington, D.C., concert. Most of the injuries were minor. One man suffered a heart attack but was reportedly stabilized at a local hospital. The concert resumed after a 10-minute delay.
Meanwhile, the rapper’s long-awaited, much-bootlegged new album, The Eminem Show, went on sale Sunday. The album had originally been scheduled to be released June 4.

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Welcome back, chicks

Dixie Chicks Release Sony Single
It looks like the Dixie Chicks may be closer to settling their differences with Sony Music than many had originally thought. According to Billboard, Sony digitally delivered the Chicks’ new single, “Long Time Gone,” to country radio just prior to the trio’s performance of the song on VH1 Divas Live on May 23.
The single is the first from the Chicks’ upcoming album Home, tentatively set for release August 27 on Sony’s Monument label.

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I’ve been swinging to most of the big films 3 or 4 times each!

In Case You Haven’t Noticed
The Summer Movie Season is in full swing.

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July 26th, baby!

Myers Borrows Themes for ‘Powers’
Mike Myers says he likes the style of 1970s blaxploitation films, and he’s borrowing from the genre for the third “Austin Powers” movie.
“It’s such a yummy flavor ó the language, the music, the cinematography ó and the clothes are so cool,” Myers said.
Beyonce Knowles of Destiny’s Child co-stars as Foxxy Cleopatra with Myers in “Austin Powers in Goldmember,” which opens July 26.
Myers isn’t the only one looking back at blaxploitation films.
Opening Friday is “Undercover Brother,” an action-comedy that spoofs the genre. The era produced such films as “Shaft,” “Foxy Brown,” and “Super Fly.”

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It’s a twelve inch pianist!

But He’s Still Not Allowed In America
“The Pianist,” Roman Polanski’s highly personal film about a musician who survives the Holocaust, won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday.

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Go get ’em Em!

THE EARLY, EARLY SHOW
Eminem, having already bumped up his album release to combat Internet pirates, once again moving up the release date of The Eminem Show to Sunday, this Sunday, May 26.

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This is sad news! I used to love Mad MAgazine when I was a kid.

R.I.P.
Dave Berg, whose irreverent and affectionate cartoons for Mad magazine captured “The Lighter Side” of life in suburban America for more than 40 years, died on Friday. He was 81.

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Me loves music!

Coming Soon To A Music Store Near You
It’s Summer time! That means the livin’ is easy and the new music releases are plentiful.
To help you keep track of all the new CD’s on the horizon, here’s a weekly chart starting from Tuesday through to the end of August. These are highlights only and both release dates and album titles are not carved in stone.
MAY 28 RELEASES
* Eminem, The Eminem Show
* Bryan Ferry, Frantic
* Tricky, A Ruff Guide To Tricky
* Something Corporate, Leaving Through The Window
* Killswitch Engage, Alive Or Just Breathing?
* The Freestylers, Pressure Point
JUNE 4 RELEASES
* Brian Wilson and guests, Pet Sounds Live
* Tift Merritt, Bramble Rose
* MC Mario, Sun Factory 3
* Los Lobos, Good Morning Aztlan
* Avril Lavigne, Let Go
* Doves, The Last Broadcast
* Meshell Ndegeocello, Cookie: The Anthropological Mix Tape
* P18, Electropica
* Donell Jones, Life Goes On
* DJ Shadow, Private Press
* David Sylvian, Camphor
* INXS, The Best Of INXS
* Jesus & Mary Chain, 21 Singles
* Various Artists, The Sum Of All Fears soundtrack
* Various Artists, Music From And Inspired By Scooby-Doo
* Nashville Pussy, Say Something Nasty
* Dirty Vegas, Dirty Vegas
JUNE 11 RELEASES
* Korn, Untouchables
* The Tragically Hip, In Violet Light
* David Bowie, Heathen
* They Might Be Giants, No!
* Molly Johnson, Another Day
* Holly McNarland, Home Is Where My Feet Are
* Orbital, Work
* Ralph Stanley, Ralph Stanley
* Stompin’ Tom Connors, Ode For The Road
* New Found Glory, Sticks And Stones
* Boyz II Men, Full Circle
* Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Live And Rare (three-CD set)
* Lil Romeo, Game Time
* Raphael Saadiq, Instant Vintage
* The Proclaimers, The Best Of (Three New Songs)
* Marco Beltrami, The Dangerous Lives Of Altar Boys soundtrack
JUNE 18 RELEASES
* Our Lady Peace, Gravity
* Wyclef Jean, Masquerade
* Jerry Cantrell, Degradation Trip
* Papa Roach, Lovehatetragedy
* Judy Garland, The Best Of (Two-CD Anniversary Package)
* Belly, Sweet Ride: The Best Of
* Anastacia, Freak Of Nature
* Master T, Reggae Vibes Session 1
* David Charvet (of Baywatch fame), Leap Of Faith
* Various Artists, Minority Report soundtrack
* Various Artists, Lilo & Stitch soundtrack
JUNE 25 RELEASES
* Will Smith, Born To Reign
* Various artists, The Osbourne Family Album
* Red Hot Chili Peppers, By The Way
* Sonic Youth, Murray Street
* Nelly, Nellyville
* Ozzy Osbourne, Live At The Budokhan
* Fatboy Slim, Live On Brighton Beach
* Dream Warriors, The Legacy Continues
* Roland Gift, Roland Gift
* Slayer, Undisputed Attitude
* Aerosmith, The Ultimate hits
* Orbital, Back To Mine
* Juliana Hatfield, Gold Stars 92-02
* Eliades Ochoa, Estoy Como Nunca
* Chumbawamba, Readymades
* Reel Big Fish, Cheer Up
* Michelle Wright, Shut Up And Kiss Me
* SheDaisy, Knock On The Sky
* Scorpions, A Savage Crazy World
JULY 2 RELEASES
* Oasis, Heathen Chemistry
* Silverchair, Diorama
* Jarvis Church, Shake It Off
* Green Day, Shenanigans
* Morcheeba, Charango
* Grand Funk Railroad, Live: The 1971 Tour
* Aaron Tippin, I Believed
* The Roots, TBA
* Various Artists, Men In Black II soundtrack
JULY 9 RELEASES
* Counting Crows, Hard Candy
* Junior Kimbrough, You Better Run: The Essential Junior Kimbrough
* Adam Gregory, Workin’ On It
* Bowling For Soup, Drunk Enough To Dance
* Mobb Deep, Songs From Murda Muzik
* Luis Fonsi, Fight The Feeling
JULY 16 RELEASES
* Robert Plant, Dream Land
* The Vines, Highly Evolved
* Beth Orton, Daybreaker
* Dave Matthews Band, Busted Stuff
* David Bowie, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spider From Mars
* Linda Thompson, Fashionably Late
* Lovher, To Know Her Is To Loveher
* The Flaming Lips, Yoshimi Vs. The Pink Robots
* Various Artists, Stuart Little 2 soundtrack
* Various Artists, Austin Powers 3 soundtrack
JULY 23 RELEASES
* Danko Jones, Born A Lion
* Solomon Burke, Don’t Give Up On Me
* O-Town, O2
* Alexandra Slate, Edge Of The Girl
* Diamond Rio, Completely
* Abra Moore, No Fear
* The Holmes Brothers, Righteous! The Essential Collection
* Brett James, TBA
* Tortoise, TBA
JULY 30 RELEASES
* Linkin Park, Reanimation
* Uncle Kracker, No Stranger To Shame
* Filter, The Amalgamut
* Fear Factory, Concrete
* 30 Seconds To Mars, 30 Seconds To Mars
* Rage Against The Machine, TBA
* Darius Rucker, Back To Then
AUGUST 6 RELEASES
* Solange Knowles, Solo Star
* Whitney Houston, TBA
* Rascalz, TBA
* Vertical Horizon, TBA
* Alabama, TBA
* Heather Headly, TBA
AUGUST 13 RELEASES
* Sparta, The Wiretap Scars
* Beatsteaks, Living Targets
* Splender, To Whom It May Concern
* Jade Anderson, Dive Deeper
* Loudermilk, The Red Record
AUGUST 20 RELEASES
* Queens Of The Stone Age, Songs For The Deaf
* Flipmode Squad, The Rulership Movement
* Andy Slochansky, Five Star Hotel
* Various Artists, Scrubs soundtrack
* The Wilkinsons, TBA
* Monica, TBA
AUGUST 27 RELEASES
* Division Of Laura Lee, Black City
* Jeffrey Steele, Somethin’ In The Water
* Dropkick Murphys, TBA (live album)
* Lyric, TBA
* More August Releases
* Third Eye Blind, Crystal Ballet
SUMMER RELEASES TBA
* Coldplay, A Rush Of Blood To The Head
* Anne Murray, Country Croonin’
* Dayna Manning TBA
* Blondie, TBA
* The Fixx, TBA
* Anthrax, TBA
* Aaron Neville, TBA