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Friday, November 08, 2002  

sing to me

some selected FOWs received an email on wednesday night soliciting feedback on who their Top 10 favorite female singers of all-time were. what follows below are the compiled results from dedicated FOWs who took the time and effort to put their lists together. some sent in ranked lists, some went far over the 10 limit, some included dudes, but all responses were delightfully tigs to read. and as i have been compiling this list, i am surprised to see that very few chanteuses were altogether absent from this list. you won't see Ann Wilson (Heart), Whitney Houston, Billie Holiday, any of the chicks from En Vogue, Ronnie Spector, Diana Ross, Gloria Gaynor or even Kelly Clarkson, but trust me when i tell you that you WILL be impressed with this list's diversity. in fact, these lists were so impressive that I intend to build a special wing of Whatevs.org to house this list (and others like it that will follow), but that is a larger task for another time. until then, delight in the splendor of The Best Evs Female Singers of All-Tizz:

Uncle Grambo (ranked): 10. Sarah Cracknell (Saint Etienne) 9. Belinda Carlisle (The Go-Go's) 8. Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star) 7. Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) 6. Dido 5. Bjork 4. Liz Phair 3. Sinead O'Connor 2. Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) 1. Tracey Thorn (Everything But The Girl)

Melody Licious (in no particular order): Fiona Apple, Madonna, Aretha Franklin, Wendy Case (The Paybacks), Muffy Kroha (The Sirens), Janis Joplin, Jessicka (formerly of Jack Off Jill), Dolly Parton, Cyndi Lauper / Cher

Nummer (in no particular order): Fiona Apple, Tanya Donelly (Solo/Belly), Manda Rin (Bis), Juliana Hatfield (Solo/Blake Babies), Tracey Bonham, Muffin Spencer (Brassy), Kylie Minogue, Nina Persson (The Cardigans), Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori tie (Cibo Matto), Justine Frischmann (Elastica), Angie Hart (Frente), Allison Goldfrapp (Goldfrapp), Nina Gordon (Solo/Veruca Salt), PJ Harvey, Geike Arnaert (Hooverphonic), Anna Waronker (that dog), Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo), Aimee Mann, Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star), Liz Phair, Beth Gibbons (Postishead), Katharine Whalen (Squirrel Nut Zippers), Margaret Fiedler (Laika)

Mack10 (ranked): 1. Kate Bush 2. Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders) 3. Toni Halliday (Curve) 4. Laura Nyro 5. Dusty Springfield 6. Beth Orton 7. Shirley Manson (Garbage) 8. Liz Fraser (Cocteau Twins) 9. Gillian Welch 10. Syd Straw. (Honorable Mention: Carly Simon, PJ Harvey, Holly Cole, Jane Siberry, Lisa Germano, Bjork, Tanya Donelly, Carole King)

WinkleBest #1 - Rosie Gains (Prince's New Power Generation.) Runner-ups: Tracy Chapman, Madonna, Carly Simon, Barbara Streisand (the Bee Gee years in particular), Gwen McCrae, Shirley Manson (Garbage), Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Elton John, TLC

GKVizz (ranked) 1. Skye Edwards (Morcheeba) 2. Madonna 3. Bjork 4. Sade 5. Ella Fitzgerald 6. Kylie Minogue

Friggedy: A#1 - Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh (pronounced Mary Nee Mooney from Altan...Irish folk - angelic voice, and no neo-Celtic BS). Rizunner-ups: Kate Bush (HOUNDS OF LOVE is one of the finest concept albums ever), Nina Persson (The Cardigans - forget "Lovefool" and check out "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - live"), Dolores O'Riordan (The Cranberries - proved she's still got it this summer), Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays - makes me wanna move to Northern England with my girl), Elisabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins - without her, no Sugar Hiccup, both literally and in terms of good ambient music necessitating a Wednesday night happening), Madonna (yeah, not always a great voice, but still Madge rules!), Shania Twain (bestevs! no really, good singer AND songwriter), Kate Pierson (kickass harmonies), Enya (obvs). Close but no cigar: Karen Carpenter (Sonic Youth said it - she died for our sins), Nina Simone (Sinna man, where you gonna run to?), Sheryl Crow (rocks out despite recent sell-outs), Beth Gibbons (Portishead), Bjork

StephDMB #1 - Patty Griffin. Runner-ups: Sarah McLachlan, Alanis Morrissette, Etta James, Christina Aguilera, Diana Krall, Karen Carpenter, Juliana Hatfield, Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls), Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays), Gwyneth Paltrow

Gorilla (unranked): Joni Mitchell, Liz Phair, Fiona Apple, Emmy Lou Harris, Gabby Glaser (Luscious Jackson), Dolly Parton, Etta James, Alison Krauss, Thornetta Davis, Yoshimi

Hanszie (in no particular order): Aimee Mann, Natalie Merchant, Fiona Apple, Tracey Thorn (Everything But The Girl), Annie Lennox, Margo Timmons (Cowboy Junkies), Natalie Maines (Dixie Chicks), Tori Amos, Kate Bush, Stevie Nicks

Kegzies (ranked): 1. PJ Harvey 2. Bjork 3. Justine Frischmann (Elastica) 4. Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays) 5. Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders) 6. Ella Fitzgerald 7. Edith Piaf 8. Louise Wener (Sleeper) 9. Kylie Minogue (obvs) 10. Sophie Ellis Bextor (obvs)

APLarcadia (ranked): 1. ani difranco 2. kim gordon (sonic youth) 3. bjork 4. patti smith 5. kim warnick (the fastbacks) 6. laetitia sadier (stereolab) 7. pj harvey 8. corin tucker (sleater-kinney) 9. kim deal (the breeders) 10. mary timony (solo stuff + helium)

Seantizz: What about Christine McVie? She's the real female talent of Fleetwood Mac.

Pieps (ranked): 5. Madonna 4. Gwen Stefani 3. Sarah McLachlan 2. Fiona Apple 1. Lucinda Williams

Kotoroboto: 1) Laetitia Sadier & Mary Hansen - Stereolab. The close seconds: Nico (Velvet Underground), Hope Sandoval (mazzy star), PJ Harvey, Asha Bhosle (the "brimful on the 45" one), Morrissey, Bjork

Wartinsmooth (ranked): 1. Mary Timony (Helium) 2. Joni Mitchell 3. PJ Harvey 4. Sinead O'Connor 5. Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab) 6. Tori Amos 7. Patti Smith 8. Liz Phair 9. Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) 10. Michael Jackson

The Grizz (ranked): 10. Nina Persson (The Cardigans) 9. Louise Wener (Sleeper) 8. Peaches 7. Hanin Elias (Atari Teenage Riot) 6. Justine Frischmann (Elastica) 5. Mariah Carey 4. Baby Spice 3. Bjork 2. Courtney Love 1. Madonna

H-Bomb (ranked): 1. Tori Amos 2. Bjork 3. Allison Goldfrapp (Goldfrapp) 4. PJ Harvey 5. Fiona Apple 6. Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays) 7. Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star) 8. Geike Arnaert (Hooverphonic) 9. Kristy Thirsk (Rose Chronicles) 10. Audrey Gallaghar (Scheer)

ConnieNYC (ranked): 1. Dusty Springfield (Dusty In Memphis is one of my all-time favorites. The marriage of brit soul (Dusty), Brill Building songwriting (carole king/gerry goffin, bacharach/david, even randy newman) and Memphis instrumentation. Hey, thats a three-way marriage!) 2. Martha Reeves (martha and the vandellas - "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave" - classic) 3. Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles - Heavenly vocals on the last ten seconds of "If She Knew What She Wants") 4. Linda Thompson (Especially on "I Want To See the Bright Lights Tonight") 5. Emmylou Harris (Beautiful when she comes in on the second verse of The Band's "Evangeline")

MandyPantalons (in no particular order): Kate Bush, Madonna, Tori Amos, Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays), Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Belinda Carlisle (The Go-Go's), Andrea Corr (The Corrs), Debbie Harry (Blondie), Alison Krauss

LEADING VOTE GETTERS:
BJORK (9 votes)
PJ HARVEY (7 votes)
FIONA APPLE / MADONNA (Tied with 6 votes)
HARRIET WHEELER (5 votes)
TORI AMOS / KATE BUSH / LIZ PHAIR / HOPE SANDOVAL (Tied with 4 votes)

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lose yourself8 mizz

well, the reviews are in. both The Freep's Terry Lawson ("it will touch people who thought they hated hip-hop and/or Eminem in ways they would have never expected") and The Detroit News' Susan Stark ("("like "Rocky"), it will inspire noisy, vocal rooting all the way back to the last rows in theaters nationwide") gave it their maximum rating of four stars/roses (respectively). And The DetNews even devotes a page to other critic's praiseworthy reviews, including Ken Turan (LA Times) and David Denby (The New Yorker). Elvis Mitchell of The New York Times semi-politely slams the firm as "an 80's go-for-it movie (the picture feels like some odd combination of "Flashdance" and "Purple Rain")", but at the same time compares it to the "echoey, haunted heart of Johnny Cash's cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt": maybe the project doesn't make sense in the abstract, but once you submit to it, it works." David Edelstein of Slate.com argues that some of the films "nefarious cliches" are "overwhelmed by the pulsing, grinding, hopped-up camerawork and the soulful star turn of Eminem", and Salon.com's Stephanie Zacharek concludes her review with the following: "Eminem is still a mystery, and "8 Mile" doesn't come close to explaining him. It's probably safe to assume that part of the reason that older, more straitlaced white audiences don't respond to hip-hop is because they feel intimidated by the image -- whether it's real or merely just perceived -- of the angry black male. So what do we make of an angry white one, particularly one like Eminem, who's intimidating because of his sheer intensity? When Jimmy, a scrawny, hunched-over white kid with darting eyes, goes head-to-head in a battle of wits (and wit) with a buffed-up black guy in a muscle T-shirt, there's no question which character is more unnerving. We just don't know what makes Jimmy, or Eminem, tick. But we can hear it, and sometimes it sounds suspiciously like a heartbeat."

All in all, this movie is poised to blow up this weekend. Dave Poland is predicting an opening of $29.7 million, while The Box Office Guru Gitesh Pandaya is predicting around $25 mills. Go see this film. It's well worth your time and could very well see itself on The Grahammy's Top Ten Films of 2k3 list...don't miss out.

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snl season 28...revealed!

the ever vigilant Nummer and H-Bomb have been working hard behind-the-scenes to deliver you the very best reporting on this season of Saturday Night Live. unfortunately i have not been up to the task, as it took me well over a week to get around to posting their very fine review of the Halloween episode, but I managed to turn around the Eric McCormack / Jay-Z recap fairly quickly. and if those write-ups aren't enough to whet your appetite, they've also provided their pre-show comments on this weekend's Nia Vardolos / Eve episode. obvs!

SNL SEASON 28...REVEALED! Halloween Special (10.26.02)

SNL SEASON 28...REVEALED! Episode 4: Eric McCormack / Jay-Z (11.2.02)

SNL SEASON 28...REVEALED! Episode 5: Nia Vardalos / Eve (11.9.02)
Pre-Show Comments

Jason: This episode has absolutely no buzz at all. I've never seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and have no desire to EVER. I also know a grand total of zero songs by Eve. Hence, I'm not too upset that I'll be missing this episode live due to a Chicago trip Saturday night to catch Joseph Arthur at Martyrs.

However, the last two live episodes (McCain and McCormack) were decent. Hopefully the writers can continue their streak. I've noticed that in the past when they have a lesser known host on, Lorne seems to set aside the recurring sketches and approve the more fresh and edgier ones. Hopefully this will be the case. The quickest way to make the Verdalos episode lose even more buzz is to start throwing in Jarrett's Room, Brian Fellows, etc. Still, I expect Vardalos to be on par with Gellar. We'll see.

In other SNL news, the rest of the year's hosts have been "confirmed":
11/16/02: Brittany Murphy/Nelly
12/7/02: Robert DeNiro/TBA
12/14/02: Al Gore/TBA

Heather: Well, if I had no idea what to expect with last week's McCormack episode, I really, really don't have a clue about Nia Vardalos. My Big Fat Greek Wedding held no appeal for a viewing, so I don't have any thoughts on Vardalos as an actor. And since I feel a little jaded by the McCormack episode, I don't imagine this one being much better. Hopefully, I'm wrong. I agree with Nummer in that I'm looking forward to some good, break-out, off-the-wall sketches.

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Thursday, November 07, 2002  

from the "you have GOT to be shitting me" files

this comes from a Canadian newspaper called The Globe and Mail: "A New Brunswick father is suing the provincial amateur hockey association after his 16-year-old son failed to win the league's most-valuable-player award. Michael Croteau is seeking $300,000 in psychological and punitive damages from the association. He is also demanding that the MVP trophy be taken from the boy who won it and given to his son, Steven, as well as the league's playmaker award, which was awarded to a different boy." you have GOT to be shitting me.

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inbox

sometimes you're so fargin' swamped you have no idea where to start. well, i thought i would start by filling you all in on some of the subject lines i need to respond to this evening. it goes great lengths to show that I truly have no life, because i understand and can eloquently respond to all of these items! off the top of my head! worst!

CVO Winback list. WEB COPY FOR DEACTIVATION. RE: Bank One Approval for Q3 Winback. PREZ R2 L&L versions, copy decks. Bank One Testing Recap. RE: Revision to Canadian Q1'03 UFR Matrices. FW: 3.0 Package Codes. MARY KAY Renewal Confirm: Decision Needed. RE: Answers to VME - CN R4/Nov Test File. Fleet Meeting Recap-APPROVALS/ANSWERS needed. RE: August Winback - Go with MAKE. Project J Schedule. FOR APPROVAL: Celebration R1 GM FF, S&S Offers & G1 versions. RE: R2 Matrix and quick question. RE: Jan-March'03 Canada UFR Campaign Data Requests.

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Dead Or Alive IIIbuzz

— remember the banners at Crisler Arena celebrating the `92 and `93 Final Fours? well, they're gone. U of M has self-imposed some major sanctions on its basketball program in the fallout from the Ed Martin scandal, including a ban from post-season play in 2003, forfeiting all the wins from the Fab Five era and taking down the banners. worst.

— "I'd hate to believe race played a factor." Brains Williams speaks! Listen up dude, it wasn't your race that got you fired. it had nothing to do with that. it was the fact that you admitted you lost control of your team. it was the fact that your team sucked. it was the fact that your team quit on you. it was the fact that your star quarterback and star running back decided to fall apart within two weeks of each other. it was the fact that you had just lost to your in-state rival by the biggest margin in over forty years. isolate any of these situations and the coach wouldn't have been fired. when all of these things happen within a month, it's time to pack your bags.

— videogames have come a long way since the days of Leisure Suit Larry. an article in today's New York Times explains how video game companies are reacting to our culture's "changing tastes and standards in mass entertainment in an age that is less "American Graffiti" than "American Pie." for an example of what i'm talking about, see the Jpeg to the rizz. obvs.

— good news! this year's Academy Awards (March 23) will be hosted by Steve Martin!

— while most critics have good things to say about "8 Mile", Hot Button columnist David Poland has this to say: "8 Mile is a movie about youth and race and sex and growth that has no respect for youth, has a disturbing undercurrent of hatred for Blacks, thinks all women are whores and for which growth is as simple as not being too afraid to let your voice out." for the record, he's wrong on every count. more on that later.

Mike Kegler of Glamorama fame is back from his trip to the Ukraine, of all places. i think the closest i'll ever get to the Ukraine will be the next time I sit down to play Risk. but it's good to have Kegzies back, not only because Glamorama is the Harper's to my US Weekly, but also because of this week's "Glamorama MP3 Of The Week", which features Radiohead's Thom Yorke performing a solo piano version of "Everything In Its Right Place" from the recent Bridge School Benefit. tatts!

and finally, thanks to The Grizz for forwarding along the news that Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach (writer/director of the terminally underrated masterpieces "Kicking and Screaming" and "Mr. Jealousy") are collaborating to make "Squid and Whale", in which Baumbach will direct Bill Murray, Laura Linney and John Turturro. whoah BEST!

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day onesee through thisfallen idol

it is difficult to pinpoint the exact place in time where Winona lost her luster. she's been on my radar ever since she appeared alongside Corey Haim and Chuck Sheen in "Lucas", way back in 1986. there was just something behind those dark brown eyes that you could just sense was capable of intoxicating an entire generation. with the 1-2-3 combo of "Beetlejuice", "Heathers" and "Edward Scissorhands" in `88-`90, she rose to stardom and became the shining beacon of what was to become Generation X, though Douglas Coupland had yet to coin the phrase. i think what made Winonzies so appealing to everyone was that she seemed so much like us. she excelled at portraying characters who were proud to sit outside of mainstream popularity and weren't ultra-concerned with going along with the crowd. her individuality was always her most alluring trait, and Hollywood saw big things for her. in the early `90s, she worked with big-time directors like Coppola and Scorsese, and also found time to squeeze in a supporting role in indie-stalwart Jim Jarmusch's "Night On Earth". she continued to build her indie cred while simultaneously courting Oscar. Unfortunately, at this same time, Winona's personal life was fair game for the tabloids and her relationship with Johnny Depp became a media fixation. around the time that they broke up, she starred in "Reality Bites", a role that Salon.com calls "Queen Alternababe". It's true. The year was 1994 and the film matched up the Slacker Prince Ethan Hawke with the Queen Alternababe in a slugfest of slackerness. While I loved this film then and continue to love it now, it was on this set where she met Dave Pirner (of Soul Aslyum fame) and stole him from his long-time girlfriend. Bad move. While this particular relationship has never really been noticed as a focal point for Shark Jumping, I firmly believe that it began to show who the "real" Winona is. Stealing Pirner (btw - why steal Pirner? did you really love "Runaway Train" *THAT* much?) cast a subtly negative light on her -- she began moving away from being sexy shy (appealing to both guys and girls) and into the kind of girl who can AND WILL steal your man (girls HATE this), but always has one eye looking off in the other direction for something better (guys REALLY HATE this). she somehow acquired that "can't trust her" label, and it was from this point on that the glow began to wear off. Remember "Boys"? Didn't think so. Remember "The Crucible"? If you do, you remember Daniel Day-Lewis and Joan Allen, not Winona. "Alien Resurrection"? No ah ah. Flop followed flop followed flop, and her full-blown attempt at Oscar cred in the ChickFlick Cuckoo's Nest "Girl, Interrupted" was wholly usurped by Angelina Jolie. She dated Ryan Adams on the sly and dumped him, inspiring a number of the songs on last year's "Gold". She began hanging with Courtney Hole, who I love but I also acknowledge is probably not what one would call a "good influence". After her famous words of "Not...since...The...Replacements" after seeing The Strokes perform for the first time, she proceeded to wig out on Julian when he admitted that he never really dug U2 or Bono. Something was awry and everyone knew it, then came the big shoplifting arrest which ended with yesterday's guilty verdict. While she likely won't do any hard time, this arrest is the nail in the coffin of the "old Winona's" grave. While this controversy is guaranteed to stir interest in her career, I'm going to have a tough time warming up to an actress who I once found to be as close to perfect as you could possibly be. While we'll always have "Heathers", it's kind of sad to know that a 31-year old actresses glory days are a full 10 years behind her. Oh Winona.

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Wednesday, November 06, 2002  

WINONA GUILTY!!!

breaking news! Actress Winona Ryder Found Guilty of Shoplifting (AP) !!!

no way!

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teenage wasteland

as the reviews start pouring in on the newly issued journals of Kurt Cobain, I'm not sure you'll read a more interesting take than the one published in The London Observer. why? because it was written by Pete Townshend, someone who knows a thing or two about addiction, rock and roll and the daunting pressures of being famous. it is especially interesting because Cobain wrote in his journals that "I hope I die before I become Pete Townshend", presumably because he found it impossible to live with the inevitability that someday his cultural relevance would fade.

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Tuesday, November 05, 2002  

take me back to dear ol' blighty

before i get started to say, first i must thank the UAW and their powerful contingent for today. "why thank the UAW on Election Day?" you wonder. BECAUSE WHILE YOU'RE AT WORK, I'M SITTING AT HOME PLAYING NINTENDO GAMECUBE!!! ah yes, when you work for one of the Big Three, this is one of the perks of the job. while i plan on getting out to the polls early this afternoon, i thought i would chip in a few links for the faithful FOWs throughout the course of the day. so without further ado, i bring you linkage...

it was just last Wednesday at Sugar Hiccup when Damore, a FOW who could appropriately be described as a "long-time listener, first time caller", told me that there was a new band called Haven that I just HAD to listen to. well my resulting trip to Best Buy this weekend revealed no Haven buzz, but that didn't stop Johnny Marr from performing with them on Saturday night at an industry showcase in NYC. according to Smiths lore, this is Marr's first onstage appearance in New York in 10 years! in other Smiths news, props out to Glavzies for informing me that Morrissey was just voted the greatest Mancunian of all-time, over such stalwarts as David Beckham and computer pioneer Alan Turing. booya!

and to top you off this morning, it's already obvs that Brains Williams was fired as the Sparty football coach last night. duh. what is not quite as obvs is that The Breeders are guest starring on Buffy tonight. 8pm, UPN stizz. yum.

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Monday, November 04, 2002  

RIP-DMC

limited edition. obvs.

they're tricky tricky tricky tricky HUH!

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mom's spaghetti

unless you've been hanging out in rural Cambodia over the last few weeks, you know that "8 mile" hits theatres nationwide this Friday, November 8th. and while Eminem hasn't been as forthcoming with the press as, say, Bruce Springsteen, it is impossible to avoid the avalanche of press that this movie is going to accumulate over the next few days and i will feature as much as i can here on whatevs.org. of all the profiles i've read on Marshall over the years, this weekend's New York Times Magazine featured one of the best; Frank Rich's interview / film review / artistic deconstruction is a vivid portrait of the man AND his myth and is definitely considered a "must-read" by yours truly. terry lawson, lead film critic at The Freep, contributed a 4-star review of the film in yesterday's paper, scooping just about everyone else in the country besides Jeffrey Wells. Today, both of Detroit's dailies feature an article on 7-year old Chloe Greenfield, a local girl who plays Eminem's little sister in the movie. for the better article, check out this interview she conducted with The Grizz; if you're left wanting more, too bad because the interview she conducts with The Freep's John Monaghan lacks depth and totally blows in comparison. obvs. it is The Grizz we're talking about, after all...

but if you're waiting for Em to sit with Letterman, Leno, Conan or Katie Couric, it ain't gonna happen. in what is being billed as an "exclusive", he sat down with Pat O'Brien for a lengthy interview that has been airing in small chunks over the last few days on "Access Hollywood". if you're down, it airs at 7pm on CBS, Channel 62 in Detroit. punch 62! obvs!

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i got more links than Bob Evans

— in box office news this weekend, "The Santa Clause 2" ho-ho-ho'd its way to $29 mills, which is kinda sorta not really an impressive debut. it's Tim Allen's best opening since his "Toy Story" days and is mildly impressive considering we've still got over eight weeks until Christmas hits, but it pales in comparison to "Spiderman's" take of over $125 mills in DVD / VHS sales this weekend. "Spidey" sold an estimated 7 million copies on Friday (!!!) and another 4 million on Saturday and Sunday. now that's amazing. who knew that Dunst in a wet t-shirt could make 11 million americans THAT weak in the knees? hubba hubbzies!

— in the latest round of foiled celebrity kidnapping attempts, five UK blokes have been arrested for planning to kidnap Posh Spice. i don't want to make light of what could've been a grisly situation, but Posh only ranks above Scary Spice as the Spice Girl that I would be least likely to kidnap. i know that her and Becks are rolling in dough, but seriously, she is so NAST and so bitchy! kidnapping Victoria would've been the worst decision since Judge Reinhold and Helen Slater decided to kidnap Bette Midler in "Ruthless People"!

— while I have the utmost respect for esteemed Los Angeles Times music writer Robert Hilburn, his review of The Strokes' recent performance at the Greek Theater in LA will disappoint a lot of their fans. although he praises Julian and crew as having a "sensualist, minimal sound", he openly questions "whether the Strokes will eventually be a chapter or a footnote in this movement"; the movement he is referring to is, of course, the revitalization of rock music's importance in the US. he alludes to the fact that bands like The Vines, The Hives, and The White Stripes will have more long-term success and a bigger impact on music than The Strokes, but i must take a stand and vehemently disagree. personally, the music of The Vines and The Hives feels ultra-gimmicky to me, and it's hard to forsee The White Stripes outlasting the media's curiousity with Jack and Meg's "are they or aren't they" relationship. The Strokes were thisclose to making a perfect album their first time out, and if you have seen them live, you know they've got the chops to hang around as long as they want. while Hilburn is one of my fave music journo's, he's way off this time.

— last but not lizz, here are sneak previews of the new J. Lo and Mariah album covers (thanks to The Grizz for supplying the J.Lo J.Peg):
this is me...thencharmbracelet

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nice captains

the only captains i've seen with less buzz than Jeff Smoker and Dawan Moss are Captain America (is he ever going to get a movie?), and Cap'n Crunch (even Franken-Berry has more relevance to today's youths). after Saturday's royal ass whuppin' at The Big House, the shiznit hit the fan as Moss was arrested and Smoker's parents admitted their son has a "substance abuse problem". shatts. things have been on a downhill slide for the Spartys ever since Coach Glinka, Jillycakes, Malbersblows, Jen and myself invaded East Lansing during Week 3 for the debaucle that was the MSU vs. California game. don't get me wrong, I do not derive pleasure from seeing the Spartys fail. but this football season has been an atrocity, especially for a team that was picked by many to compete for the Big Ten title. and it might not get any better when the T. Izzo and his ballers hit the hardwood; the team lost Marcus Taylor to the NBA and, in their first exhibition game of the season, lost to Magic Johnson's All-Scrub Team on Friday night by a healthy margin.

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quote-a-matic
"I started out with a lot of Audioslave or anything Chris Cornell -- it helped with the aggression. And Chris Webber from the [Sacramento] Kings. There's a real sweetness behind his eyes, but he's pissed off."
Brad Pitt on the sources of inspiration for his character in "Troy"
be like mark
ECOUTEZ


loretta lynn - van lear rose



REGARDEZ


king of new york (special edition)



LISEZ


john kennedy toole - a confederacy of dunces

adventures w/disposable income
date: 5.8.04
source: CVS
amount: $19.48
(1) liter of Captain's
(2) liters of DC w/lime
(1) mother's day card

snl season 29
REVEALED!
by Nummer & H-Bomb
where's grambo?
may 10: the strokes @ state theatre
may 15: cardigans @ magic stick
may 17: softball league @ 8:30pm
may 17: last tourist @ small's (10pm)
may 24: softball league @ 6:10pm
may 27: sea ray / stills @ st. andrews
june 6: dido @ fox theater
june 7: softball league @ 7:20pm
june 14: softball @ 6:10pm
june 19: jessica's graduation party
june 21: softball @ 8:30pm
june 28: softball @ 6:10pm
july 3 - july 11: vacation @ TBD
july 12: softball @ 7:20pm
july 19: softball @ 7:20pm
july 26: softball @ 9:40pm
august 2: softball @ 7:20pm
august 14: nuptial buzz w/c friggs + lescal!!!
october 23: nuptial buzz w/the grizz + mandypants!!!
twenty word reviews
van helsing
**
REVIEW TK.
hellboy
***
REVIEW TK.
walking tall
*
REVIEW TK.
scooby doo 2: monsters unleashed
NO BUZZ!
REVIEW TK.
dawn of the dead
****1/2
REVIEW TK.
eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
****1/2
REVIEW TK.
starsky & hutch
***1/2
REVIEW TK.
girl next door
***
re-imagines "Risky Business" with Vivid Girls instead of prostitutes; marks Elisha Cuthbert's arrival as an alluring, big screen sex symbol.
eurotrip
*
Despite the best efforts of TrachtenBest, suffers greatly from a lack of forward momentum (scriptwise) and some remarkably bland casting
along came polly
**
aside from Philip Seymour Best Ever's performance ("RAIN DANCE!"), I vastly preferred this when it was called "Dharma And Greg."
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