A Fall preview of
It's the fall, but in the coming months a
plethora of movies, music, plays, books and games will be springing
up to catch your attention. With the kids back in school, this
season is usually the best time for the culture industry to
start churning out a wealth of products. After all, what better
way to get people to fork over the money they accumulated over
the summer working as an usher at the nearest Silvercity?
Now, onto the preview!
Britney Spears: TBA
Britney's back - and she probably won't ever go away. Spears's
fourth album follows the success of her 2001 Britney, which
sold 4.2 million copies in the United States. The pop princess
turned sultry star reportedly worked with Sean "P. Diddy"
Combs, Moby, The Neptunes and Fred Durst. Spears recently unveiled
her new song, "Me Against the Music," at the NFL season
kick-off concert in Washington, D.C. With insightful lyrics
like "all the people in the club/grab a partner/take it
down," she'll likely appeal to another slew of adolescent
girls and clubbers alike.
SCOTT FESCHUK: Searching
For Michael Jackson's Nose and Other Preoccupations of Our Celebrity-Mad
It's about time this off-the-wall National Post columnist
is gracing the world with his unique (and often angry) sense
of humour for more than a couple hundred words a day. Feschuk's
book will likely offer his incredibly humourous slants on celebrity
culture, coupled with criticism of all things Céline
Dion and of course, Michael Jackson. On the flip side, Feschuk
will hopefully offer some insightful comments on "our celebrity-mad
culture" in a way only he can deliver. What more could
you ask for?
KILL BILL, VOLUME
Uma Thurman plays a former assassin who wakes up from a coma
five years after being brutally attacked and left for dead by
her husband Bill (David Carradine) and her fellow assassins.
The film has been chopped into two volumes because Miramax feared
a three-hour runtime for an intensely gory homage to Japanese
samurai flicks may not be accepted by a mass North American
audience. The downside to all this is if the first one generates
little interest, then number two is sure to flop.
OBIE TRICE: CHEERS
Eminem protégé Obie Trice's new album, Cheers,
drops later this month. If Eminem vouches for it, then it will
sell. It can't hurt that Cheers' list of cameos includes
the obvious Eminem and Dre, as well as D12, Timbaland, Jay-Z
and the Doggfather himself, Snoop Dogg.
Eminem is having three golden
tickets placed in three random CD's across the country, with
the recipients of the Wonka-esque prize earning a free ride
to Detroit to sit in the studio while he records his new album.
- B. C.