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Let’s focus on the big picture, people!

UPCOMING FILM RELEASES

If you are like me you plan your life based on what new films are coming out. And if you really think I am like that you should plan an intervention!

Either way, here’s a loooong look at the films that are coming out soon!

Enjoy the list, and the popcorn, and I’ll see you at the movies!

– April 12th (This Friday) –
CHANGING LANES [Paramount]
THE SWEETEST THING [Sony]
FRAILITY [Lions Gate]
HUMAN NATURE [Fine Line]
THE CAT’S MEOW [Lions Gate – NY, LA]
THE LAST WALTZ [UA – NY, LA]

– April 19th –
MUTANT ALIENS [Apollo – NY]

– April 26th –
VULGAR [Lions Gate – NY, LA, SF]

– May 3rd –
SPIDER-MAN [Sony]

– May 16th –
STAR WARS II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES [Fox]

– June 14th –
WINDTALKERS [MGM]
THE BOURNE IDENTITY [Universal]
SCOOBY-DOO [WB]

– June 21st –
Mr. DEEDS [Sony]
MINORITY REPORT [Fox]

– June 27th –
CHARLIE’S ANGELS 2: HALO [Sony]

– July 3rd –
MEN IN BLACK 2 [Sony]

– July 12th –
JACKASS: THE MOVIE [Paramount]
8-MILE [Universal]
REIGN OF FIRE [Buena Vista]
THE ROAD TO PERDITION [DreamWorks]
GANGS OF NEW YORK [Miramax]

– July 19th –
STUART LITTLE 2 [Sony]
K-19: THE WIDOWMAKER [Paramount]

– July 26th –
AUSTIN POWERS 3 [New Line]
POSSESSION [USA]

– August 2nd –
SIGNS [Buena Vista]
FULL FRONTAL [Miramax – Limited]
XXX [Sony]

– August 7th –
SPY KIDS 2 [Miramax]

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Today’s New Releases

Oh baby, have I been scrimping and saving for this day! Yes, the new DVD and video releases for today, Tuesday April 9th, 2002 include some stuff I can’t afford, but will buy anyway (Gumby), a movie I love and wish the girl in it was in love with me (Serendipity) and an Oscar winner I have been waiting to see (No Man’s Land) plus the latest from David Lynch (Mulholland Drive).

So let’s get watching! Here’s the list. Like Christina Ricci it’s short and sweet:

MULHOLLAND DRIVE
MASSIVE ATTACK: 11 PROMOS
NO MAN’S LAND
SERENDIPITY
HIGH HEELS AND LOW LIFES
SPY GAME (DVD)

But the day’s biggest release is by far:

THE GUMBY BOXED SET (DVD)- The 7-disc (yes 7- disc!) GUMBY box set features a ton of GUMBY shorts made from 1956 to 1967, as well as bonus episodes, behind-the-scenes footage, and early art films from creator Art Clokey.

Yeah! Oh yeah! Oh, yeah!

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Second verse, same as the first

CSI Spin-off Introduced This May

The CSI: MIAMI spin-off will premiere on May 9th as a special episode of CSI.

The CBS drama is set to star David Caruso (NYPD Blue), Emily Procter (WEST WING’s Ainsley Hayes), Rory Cochrane (DAZED & CONFUSED’s Slater), Adam Rodriguez (Roswell) and Khandi Alexander (NewsRadio, ER).

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She is super hot, hot, hot! And sooooo sexy!

Sofer on FRIENDS This May

Rena Sofer (Ed, The Chronicle) will appear as a potential new love interest for Ross on a May episode of NBC’s FRIENDS. She’ll play a baby supply store salesgirl in the episode “The One with the Cooking Class.”

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More gimmick casting

Paul Schaffer to Guest on ED

LATE SHOW bandleader Paul Shaffer will make an appearance on the May 1st episode of NBC’s ED, playing a high school basketball referee asked to return to “re-do” a controversial game.

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Today’s New Releases

Oh yeah! It’s Tuesday! And that means new CD’s!! Oh yeah, baby! Oh yeah!

So, if you want a list, here you go! These are the new CD releases for Tuesday, April 9th, 2002.

GOO GOO DOLLS Gutterflower (WB)
BONNIE RAITT Silver Lining (Capitol)
NEIL YOUNG Are You Passionate? (Reprise)
JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION Plastic Fang (Matador)
MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD Uninvisible (Blue Note)
PETER MURPHY Dust (Metropolis)
IMPERIAL TEEN On (Merge)
JELLO BIAFRA Big Ka-Book, Pt. One (Alternative Tentacles)
MOTORHEAD Hammered (Sanctuary)
RUSTED ROOT Welcome to My Party (Island)
GRAVEDIGGAZ Nightmare in A Minor (Empire/BMG)

Plus…AZURE RAY, HEATHER B., BALDWIN BROTHERS, BRAXTON BROTHERS, LANE BRODY, BRUTE., SCOTT COLLEY, CONSONANT, DOKKEN, STEVE EARLE, FACE TO FACE, FULL NINE, MATT HARRIS, CHRIS LeDOUX, MASTERS AT WORK, MEAT PUPPETS, MELLOW MAN ACE, NINA NASTASIA, NIGHTHAWKS, O-TYPE, PORTABLE, PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES, THE QUEERS, LEON RUSSELL, LUKE SLATER, SLICK SHOES, SODASTREAM, SUPERCHUNK, TY TABOR, JUNIOR VASQUEZ, DAVID WILCOX, and the soundtracks to 1 GIANT LEAP and THE CAT’S MEOW.

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And coming soon…

So, now that you know what is coming out today, I bet you are wondering what is coming out next week? Okay, here’s a sneak peak at the new CD releases for Tuesday April 16th, 2002.

SHERYL CROW C’mon C’mon (A&M)
MICHELLE WILLIAMS From My Heart to Yours (Columbia)
KMFDM Attak (Metropolis)
SUPERSUCKERS/ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN Splitsville (Music Cartel)

Plus… ACID HOUSE KINGS, STEVE AZAR, THE BEARDS, DENALI, FLYING TIGERS, GRAND MAGUS, FAITH KLEPPINGER, MAKTUB, MELVINS, MODEL ROCKETS, TOOG, and the scores to ENIGMA and THE PANIC ROOM.

Hey, and as a special treat, let me tell you about the new discs due on April 23rd, 2002.

Q-TIP Kamaal/The Abstract (Arista)
PULP We Love Life (Sanctuary/Rough Trade)
PET SHOP BOYS Release (Sanctuary)
GAY DAD Transmission (Thirsty Ear)
SNEAKER PIMPS Bloodsport (Tommy Boy)
CORNERSHOP Handcream for a Generation (Wiija/Beggars Banquet)
ELVIS COSTELLO When I Was Cruel (Island)
PAUL WESTERBERG Stereo/Mono (Vagrant)
DAN CASTELLANETA I Am Not Homer (Oglio)
WILCO Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Nonesuch/Atlantic)
JETHRO TULL Living with the Past (Fuel 2000)
GOMEZ In Our Gun (Hut/Virgin)
DISHWALLA Opaline (Immergent)

Plus… 12 STONES, ALFIE, AMBER, AUDRA, AUTOPILOT, SUSANA BACA, BIG MOE, CEE-LO, DAMON & NAOMI, DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND, DJ SHADOW, MARK EITZEL, LUNA, TINA NOVAK, R.L., TOSHI REAGON, CHARLIE SIZEMORE, SLOAN, STEVENS SISTERS, CURTIS STIGERS, TALL PAUL, and the soundtracks to ANSEL ADAMS, CHELSEA WALLS, DARK ANGEL, THE NEW GUY, SPIDERMAN, and STAR WARS II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES.

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I can think of about 1000 titles for this collection!

A new series will feature forgotten Canadian classics.

Let’s see, there’s 8 Seconds, Gary O, One 2 One, The Jitters, The Drivers, Toronto, Chilliwack…

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Yes, really!

There is more Sloan than you know.

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Their name is Rio and they are mad at The Simpsons

Rio Irked by Simpsons Portrayal, Seeks Legal Action

Rio de Janeiro’s tourist board on Monday said it was mulling legal action against the producers of “The Simpsons” show for undermining a multimillion-dollar campaign to attract visitors.

In the episode “Blame it on Lisa,” Homer is robbed by street kids and kidnapped by an unlicensed taxi as the world-famous U.S. cartoon family goes to Rio to find a missing orphan Lisa has been sponsoring.

The family runs across rats and monkeys looking for the orphan. When they find him, he has grown rich working on a television show and pays for Homer’s release in gratitude for shoes Lisa had bought him to escape monkeys at the orphanage.

Riotur president Jose Eduardo Guinle requested a copy of the episode, which he had yet to see, and asked the board’s legal team to look into what action could be taken.

“He understands it is a satire,” Riotur spokesman Sergio Cavalcanti said. “What really hurt was the idea of the monkeys, the image that Rio de Janeiro was a jungle. … It’s a completely unreal image of the city.”

Rio, a city as well-known for sky high crime levels as it is for natural beauty, is set in a series of bays backed by jungle-covered mountains, but monkeys do not inhabit the area.

Makers of the award-winning satirical U.S. cartoon that appears on 20th Century Fox Television were not immediately available to comment on the Riotur statement.

Riotur said if the producers were concerned about Rio’s orphans, they should donate the revenue from the episode to help them.

Cavalcanti said the board invested $18 million in the last three years promoting the city, whose tourist industry has this year suffered from an outbreak of dengue, an affliction carried by mosquitoes. More than 220,000 U.S. citizens visited Rio in 2001, he said.