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Today’s New Releases

NEW ELVIS COSTELLO CD LEADS THE PACK

Not much of a selection, but there is a lot of variety with the list of new CD’s coming out today. But once again there’s the incredible Elvis Costello leading the way.

So with further adieu, here are the new CD releases for Tuesday, April 30th, 2002.

* DOGTOWN & ZBOY OST Dogtown & Zboy (Universal)
* ELVIS COSTELLO When I was Cruel (Island)
* KEPLER Missionless Days
* KEVIN DENNEY Kevin Denney (Lyric Street)
* STEVE AZAR Waitin’ On Joe (Mercury Nashville)
* STEVENS SISTERS Little By Little (Rounder)
* THE MARTINETS Your Avid Output
* THE REGISTRATORS Rare Tracks
* VARIOUS ARTISTS Think of the Good Times
* VELVET EMPIRE Velvet Empire (Universal)

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They can’t stop the downloading, they can only hope to contain it

Music labels EMI Group and Warner Music Group separately unveiled new online systems Monday to streamline and improve the way their music is licensed.

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I like the show, I truly do, but I hope that eventually Craig figures out he’s an asshole

KILBY IS STAYING AT CBS

Craig Kilborn will continue to work late. Kilborn, host of “The Late, Late Show” on CBS, has signed a contract extension that will keep him on the air for at least two more years, the network said Monday.

He has been host since March 1999, and the network is up 25 percent in viewers at his 12:35 a.m. time slot since then.

The former ESPN sports anchor is best known for his “5 Questions” feature, posing quiz questions to his celebrity guests.

“Craig has done everything we expected since taking over `The Late Late Show,'” said CBS President Leslie Moonves. “He has attracted more young viewers to the time period and his show has proved to be a terrific companion to David Letterman’s `Late Show.'”

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This is very sad news (If you live in Regina)

FAMOUS PLAYERS LEAVING REGINA

Famous Players will walk away from their 21-year-old home in the Cornwall shopping centre — and from the Regina market — at the end of August.

“Our lease expires at the end of the summer. We are not renewing it,” vice-president of corporate affairs Joanne Fraser told the Regina Leader-Post on Monday. “It’s a business decision. We’ve been closing more traditional theatres on a national basis.”

It’s the Cornwall cinema’s age, rather than its downtown location, that has led to the decision, Fraser said. When the silver screen turns gray, audiences stay away.

“People have shown a marked preference for the newer multiplexes.”

Audiences like the leg room, the sound system and the food choices found in the newer cinemas, she said.

“I don’t think any (cinema) company in North America anticipated the impact the new theatres would have on the old theatres,” Fraser said. “With our older buildings, as the licences come up, we let them expire.”

“They’ve come to the conclusion the can’t be competitive, given how the theatre looks and feels and where it is,” Cornwall Centre general manager Josh Lommer said. “The two years I’ve been here, the theatre has been subpar compared to how some of the theatres in our (Cadillac-Fairview’s) other malls in Western Canada have done.”

The decision means Famous Players will no longer have a presence in Regina. The national chain has leased 20,000 square feet and operated four screens inside Regina’s downtown mall since 1981.

In 2000, Famous Players explored the possibility of building a $20-million multiplex outside city limits to get around the zoning bylaw that confined new theatre development to the downtown. Last week, city council amended the bylaw to remove that condition.

However, Fraser is not aware of any current plans to build a newer, suburban theatre here to replace the Cornwall operation.

“The reality is we’ve been through an expansion plan, but that’s ended. We built 44 new theatres from 1995 to 2001.”

Cadillac-Fairview is searching for a new tenant. Lommer did not believe the loss of the shrinking theatre crowd will affect spin-off traffic for the mall’s other retailers.

However, the city councillor for the ward that includes the downtown said the departure hampers efforts to turn the area into an entertainment hub.

Coun. Fred Clipsham said the industry standard is one screen per 10,000 people, but the pending construction of two new multiplexes in northwest Regina would have brought the total number of local screens to nearly 40. “I kind of expected that something was going to give.”

One of the two new multiplexes is part of the Galaxy chain, which Famous Players owned five per cent of until the federal competition bureau recently directed them to divest. Fraser did not know Famous Players’ long-term plans for Saskatoon, where it currently operates one older theatre.

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Have you seen it yet?!?

There is a new trailer available online for the upcoming Summer blockbuster Men In Black II.

Enjoy!

D, out.

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It says “Spider- Man 2!”

The incomparable Kirsten Dunst divulges some “Spider- Man 2” details.

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I guess he’s Mr. Bigshot now

LOSING ITS FUEL

Because he wasn’t getting the kind of money he wanted, actor Vin Diesel has opted out of Universal’s sequel to the street-racing hit “The Fast and the Furious.” The film will now revolve around actor Paul Walker’s cop character. Because Diesel’s out, original director Rob Cohen is also leaving the project.

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He is sorely missed as “the Tonight Show” is no longer worth watching

10 years after retiring Johnny Carson is planning to stay out of the spotlight.

Noooo!!!! Come back, Johnny! Come back!

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I can’t wait to see it again!

After years of delays “Spider- Man” is set to make his big screen debut on Friday.

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Personally, I have noticed that the show has a revolving pattern. One week it is great, then it is horribly awful, followed by mediocre. Great. Awful. Mediocre. In a nutshell that is the show.

HBO has renewed its latest “it” Sunday series, “Six Feet Under,” for a third season.