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Today’s New Releases

A few of today’s New Music releases answer 2 of the age old questions: 1) Where are they now, and 2) Are they still alive. See which ones answer those questions for you:

Here are the new music releases for Tuesday, March 5th, 2002.

LISA LOEB Cake and Pie (A&M)
NATALIE IMBRUGLIA White Lilies Island (BMG)
ANIKA MOA Thinking Room (Atlantic)
ANN AND NANCY WILSON The Essence Of (EMI)
BRANDY Full Moon (Atlantic)
CHOCLAIR Memoirs Of Blake Savage (Virgin)
CRUSH Here (Warner)
GERI KING Deja Vu (Tenderly, The LP) (Nuendo Music Group)
GILBERT BECAUD Encore Plus de Becaud (EMI)
LO FIDELITY ALLSTARS Don’t Be Afraid Of Love
M2M The Big Room (Atlantic)
MULL HISTORICAL SOCIETY Loss (Warner International)
PRO-PAIN Shreds of Dignity (Spitfire)
SIX FEET UNDER Six Feet Under (Universal)
TESLA Standing Room Only (EMI)
ZAKK WYLDE’S BLACK LABEL SOCIETY 1919 Eternal (EMI)

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James Bond 20 News

Madsen to play recurring role in Bond films

“Reservoir Dogs'” Mr. Blonde now has a new job as James Bond’s sidekick.

The Moviehole.net website reports that actor Michael Madsen has taken on the role of CIA operative Damian Falco in the as-yet-untitled 20th Bond film.

Plot details are being kept to a minimum, but the site said Bond goes undercover to combat the villain, Colonel Moon. The site also said cast members were required to learn how to surf for the film’s trademark, action-packed opening sequence.

“It’s not a big role but it’s somewhat pivotal in that it introduces a new recurring character”, Madsen says of his role.

“Most of my scenes are with Judi Dench (as M), who is a delightful human being.”

Madsen told the site his character will return in the 21st Bond film, and that he has also lined up a role in “Kill Bill,” which will reunite him with his “Reservoir Dogs” director Quentin Tarantino.

Madsen’s character in “Kill Bill” is named Budd. He lives in a trailer park in Texas and is brother to the film’s title character.

He says he’s still hopeful of reprising his “Reservoir Dogs” character for a proposed “Pulp Fiction” prequel, which would incorporate characters from several Tarantino films.

“If there is a God … it will still be made,” Madsen told Moviehole.net.

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The suits have seen it!

The folks at CBS have watched their September 11th Documentary.

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Happy Anniversary folks!

An exhibit and a new book mark the Reagan’s 50th Wedding Anniversary.

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Check the name on this kid!

BEAMING DOWN BABY

Anne “Celestia” Heche giving birth to a baby boy, “Homer Heche Laffoon”, Saturday in Los Angeles. It’s the first child for Heche and hubby Coleman Laffoon, who tied the knot in September.

The kid’s name is Homer Heche Laffoon! Man is he going to get beaten up a lot! And then when the kids start teasing him that his mother used to live with Ellen… Well, let me just say that I feel so sorry for this kid! No baby should have to be born that far behind the 8- ball!

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First he had pie, now he has Woody

Woody Allen Gets Slice of ‘Pie’s’ Biggs

Woody Allen has tapped “American Pie 2″ star Jason Biggs to star in his next film. Shooting will begin in the late spring for DreamWorks.

Biggs is the first actor to be cast in Allen’s latest Gotham-based ensemble comedy, and as usual, the contents and title are a closely held secret.

The picture gives the Jersey-born Biggs more time to spend near home. On April 4, he opens in the Dustin Hoffman role in the Broadway stage adaptation of “The Graduate,” which co-stars Kathleen Turner and Alicia Silverstone. The play, which previewed in Boston, Toronto and Baltimore, has brought Biggs back to his roots, as he began his career on Broadway starring with Judd Hirsch in “Conversations With My Father.”

Biggs’ next film release is “Prozac Nation,” the Miramax picture that co-stars Christina Ricci and Jessica Lange. It is scheduled for release in May.

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Now that would have been hilarious!

Here’s a good one, The Beatles wanted to make “The Lord Of The Rings.”

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An act of contrition could help him win The Oscar!

‘Gladiator’ Crowe Apologizes for Film Award Fracas

Actor Russell Crowe has apologized for the tongue-lashing he gave a British television producer who cut a chunk of his ‘Best Actor’ acceptance speech from a delayed British awards show broadcast.

The New Zealand-born star, who shoved and cursed Malcolm Gerrie at a party after the British Academy Film Awards in London last Sunday, apologized to the producer in a weekend telephone call, a spokesman for Gerrie’s production company told Reuters Monday.

“He said his language had been excessive and yes, he was still a bit sore (that his acceptance speech had been cut) but he understood that Malcolm had a job to do,” the spokesman said.

Crowe, whose angry outburst after the BAFTA’s — Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars — was reminiscent of his “Gladiator” role, even offered to buy Gerrie a drink on his next visit to London.

He also apologized to Gerrie’s family for the press intrusion after the incident. “He asked if he could make up for the door-stepping and spoke for 15 minutes to Malcolm’s son, Oliver, who was thrilled,” the spokesman said.

He added that Gerrie was delighted by the apology and there were “no hard feelings.”

On being offered a drink by the Hollywood star, Gerrie suggested they meet up at his local pub for a Guinness, the spokesman said.

Gerrie raised Crowe’s ire when he cut his recital of a poem by Patrick Kavanagh from the tape-delayed broadcast of the awards ceremony.

Crowe carried off the prize for best actor for his role as a schizophrenic mathematician in “A Beautiful Mind,” raising the prospects of repeat success at the Oscars themselves.

Last year, Crowe won the Academy Award as best actor playing a Roman general turned warrior-slave in “Gladiator.”

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Voulez vous give me an award?

With The Academy Awards less than 3 weeks away The Producers Guild has named “Moulin Rouge” Best Film.

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Ah, man! Now I’ll have to watch those shows!

THE FORCE IS WITH FOX

The new trailer for “Star Wars: Episode II- Attack of the Clones” will premiere March 10th on Fox between “Malcolm in the Middle” and “The X-Files.” The two-and-a-half-minute preview will then hit theaters March 15, accompanying the new computer-generated ‘toon “Ice Age.”