Oasis Wants the Osbournes Treatment
Godfathers of Britpop Oasis have joined the stars lining up for the fly-on-the-wall treatment made famous in the hit show “The Osbournes,” which followed rock singer Ozzy Osbourne and his family.
Tour-bus footage of the famously foul-mouthed Gallagher brothers has already been released and singer-songwriter Noel Gallagher told NME he is also keen for cameras to film his domestic life.
“That would be fantastic, but how would you have breakfast with the guy with that big furry thing (the microphone boom) and someone running around after him with the cable?” he was quoted as saying.
MTV’s profanity-prone show “The Osbournes” gained the highest rating on U.S. cable television last month as 7.8 million viewers tuned in to watch Osbourne’s wife threatening to urinate in a whiskey bottle. Since then, celebrities including topless model Anna Nicole Smith and rapper Sean “P Diddy” Combs have said they want to be filmed.
An Oasis spokeswoman said footage of tour-bus life with the had already been released as a 20-minute DVD recording with the single “Hindu Times” and there was more to come.
After bursting onto the music scene in the early 1990s, Oasis scored UK number ones with their first two albums “Definitely Maybe” and “Morning Glory.”
Oasis Wants the Osbournes Treatment
Voice of Bart Dreads ‘Simpsons’ End
It’s been on the air since 1989, but “The Simpsons” actress Nancy Cartwright said she hopes the Fox TV series will go on forever.
“I just want to say right now we are in season 14, and I am on a personal campaign of ‘Simpsons’ forever,” Cartwright told The Associated Press. Cartwright provides the voice of the smart-aleck Simpson, Bart.
“Simpsons” creator Matt Groening told London’s Financial Times in May that he was getting close to ending the series, whose longevity and consistent critical acclaim have made it one of the best TV shows ever made. He retracted his comments days later, after fans loudly objected to the prospect of life without Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie.
“There’s no reason why the show can’t go on forever, as long as the writing holds up to what it was that Matt Groening established from the very beginning,” Cartwright said.
Even if “The Simpsons” doesn’t go on forever, Cartwright will keep busy. She’s working on a new animated show called “Kim Possible,” providing the voice for a mole rat named Rufus. “Kim Possible” debuts Friday night on the Disney Channel.
Memo To The Record Companies: Release Music Worth Buying And We Will Respond
Folks, Eminem sold 1.3 million units in his first week The rapper’s fans couldn’t live without him. His latest release, “The Eminem Show” sold 1.3 million albums in its first full week in stores, according to industry figures released on Wednesday.
It’s the biggest single-week sales total of the year and easily allowed Eminem to retain his hold at the No. 1 spot for a second week in a row.
Last week, the disc sold 285,000 copies in just three days of release. Interscope Records pushed the release date up to May 26 because it was being heavily bootlegged.
The first song from the CD, “Without Me,” was up to No. 4 this past week on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
“The Eminem Show” is the rapper’s third disc and the follow-up to his Grammy-winning, multiplatinum album, “The Marshall Mathers LP,” which was released in 2000.
Top 20 Hottest Upcoming Sequels
From Star Wars to StarTrek, film franchise fans already are feverishly foreseeing the future. Here’s a list of the movies that inquiring sequel devotees are most curious about, according to Internet Movie Database. Sequels, in fact, dominate the list of films moviegoers want to see. (Opening dates are subject to change.)
1. Star Wars: Episode III (May 25, 2005)
2. The Matrix Reloaded (May 2003)
3. Spider-Man 2 (May 7, 2004)
4. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Dec. 18)
5. X-Men 2 (May 2, 2003)
6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Nov. 15)
7. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (July 2, 2003)
8. Austin Powers in Goldmember (July 26)
9. Star Trek: Nemesis (Dec. 13)
10. Men in Black 2 (July 3)
11. Die Another Day (20th MGM/UA James Bond movie; Nov. 22)
12. Indiana Jones (third sequel)
13. The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
14. Halloween: Resurrection (July 12)
15. Red Dragon (a remake of original prequel Manhunte, it’s the third Hannibal Lecter sequel; Oct. 4)
16. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Dec. 17, 2003)
17. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
18. Batman: Year One (No date set)
19. True Lies 2 (sequel not certain, but fans are clamoring)
20. Once Upon a Time in Mexico (second sequel to El Mariachi; March 2003)
WHAT A SPELL!
Warner Home Video’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone earning an estimated $19.1 million in first-week video rentals–the biggest opening in history, surpassing previous rental record holder, Universal’s The Fast and the Furious. DVD sales figures are due later this week.
Extra ‘Stuff’: New DMB Album To Include DVD
Fans who purchase Dave Matthews Band’s upcoming album “Busted Stuff,” due July 16 from RCA, will be getting more bang for their buck.
Spielberg confirms ‘Indy 4’ details
Never fear, Indiana Jones fans. Harrison Ford is more than up to the task of starring in a fourth film in the series, according to Steven Spielberg.
Spielberg told Cinescape that despite the almost 25 years that have passed since “Raiders Of The Lost Ark,” he has no doubt that Ford can handle the physical demands of the action role.
“Harrison Ford can still kick the shit out of most people half his age,” Spielberg told Cinescape.
“I think he’s in great condition to put the fedora and the hat and the leather jacket back on and crack that bullwhip a few more times.”
The screenplay for the as-yet-untitled “Indiana Jones 4” is being written by Frank Darabont, the writer-director of “The Green Mile” and “The Shawshank Redemption.”
“We just made Frank’s deal two weeks ago. We have the story, which is a story George Lucas wrote. It’s a wonderful story. We have Harrison Ford, who’s approved the story. He’s ready to perform in the movie,” Spielberg told Cinescape.
He also confirmed that the movie will likely be shot in May 2004. The movie is being targeted for release during the July 4 weekend of 2005, so as not to conflict with Lucas’s final “Star Wars” film, which is due during the U.S. Memorial Day weekend in May 2005.
Coming Soon On DVD’s
Just announced for a 8/13 DVD release is the hit indie comedy hit and critical fave Kissing Jessica Stein. Complete with an anamorphic widescreen transfer, English and French 5.1 surround tracks, English and Spanish subtitles, extras include a making-of featurette, filmographies, and the trailer. Retail is $29.95.
Also just announced from Fox are price reductions on another wave of action and comedy catalog faves. Effective 9/3, the following will all be reduced to a new low price of $14.95: Pushing Tin, Python, Commando, Rangers, Airheads, Wing Commander, Ravenous, Firestorm, Venomous, Volcano, Broken Arrow, The Scout, Romper Stomper, Poseidon Adventure, and A Glimpse of Hell. Brand-new to DVD on 9/3 and also for $14.95 is the direct-to-vide actioner One Last Score, starring Matthew Modine and John Hurt. Presented in anamorphic widescreen with English 5.1 and French 2.0 surround tracks, extras include the trailer and filmographies.
There’s plenty more titles hitting shelves on 9/3, all courtesy of Warner Home Video. Making their long-awaited DVD debut are a number of adult dramas: Barfly, Enemies: A Love Story, The Ninth Configuration, 1990 remake of The Sheltering Sky, Deja Vu, The Wanderers and Gypsy Moths. Each features a new anamorphic widescreen transfer with English and French 2.0 surround tracks, plus filmographies and trailers (Sheltering Sky also includes a featurette). Retail is $19.95 each.
Also arriving on 9/3 are a number of family favorites new and old alike. The Oscar-winning classic The Yearling makes its DVD debut in a newly-restored transfer in its original 1.37:1 theatrical aspect ratio and a 5.1 surround mix, plus filmographies and the trailer. Up next is the recent theatrical release Alaska, presented in anamorphic widescreen and full screen versions, with English and French 5.1 surround tracks and extras including a featurette, filmographies and trailers. Last but not least we have the animated versions of Oliver Twist and Treasure Island, The Amazing Panda Adventure and Little Big League, presented in full frame only with 2.0 surround tracks, trailers and filmographies. Retail is $19.95 each.
In scary TV news, on 9/3 Warner will release yet another South Park best-of collection, Ghouls, Ghosts and Underpants Gnomes. Another batch of 4 themed episodes, extras include a promo and retail is $19.95. Hitting shelves a week later on 9/10 is – yes, I’m not kidding – The Best of The Bachelor, that television show that disguises d prostitution as a marriage proposal. Presented in anamorphic widescreen (the show was shot in HD, believe it or not), retail is $19.95. Shudder.
Here’s A Look At Elektra
Step inside for a great pic of Jennifer Garner as Elektra in DAREDEVIL.
Toymax Launches New-Old Atari System
Toymax International has announced that they have partnered with Atari to produce the Atari 10-In-1 TV Games. The console, selling for $20, is an 8-bit system that comes with games like Centipede, Asteroids, Missile Command, Battlezone, Adventure, Combat, and more. It also features a small controller that can travel anywhere, as well as ATV jacks that will accommodate almost any tv made within the last decade. The system should arrive in stores sometime this quarter.