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    LOTR: The Return of the King Story Spoilers!
    Saturday, January 4, 2003 10:28 CST

    Scooper 'T-MACK' shared with us The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King from an article in the Boston Herald. If you'd rather not know a thing about the next and final installment, then be sure to hit the back button...

    From the Boston Herald come these Return of the King spoilers from Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, and Billy Boyd.

    Philippa Boyens, the trilogy's Oscar-nominated screenwriter and producer, also was willing to offer the films' devotees a tease. "In film three, a huge part is the conflict between fathers and sons," she said. "Just as Gollum's schizophrenia is buried in the story and you have to dig it out, you have this story of fathers and sons."

    Other events to anticipate in "The Return of the King" include the transformation of Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) into warrior hobbits. "Merry learns how to ride a horse and wield a sword, and we make big differences in Middle-earth," Boyd said.

    Writer-director-producer Peter Jackson says his favorite character in the trilogy is Bilbo Baggins (played by Ian Holm), the humble hobbit whose discovery of the Ring is told in Tolkien's first book, the "Lord of the Rings" prequel "The Hobbit."

    "We saw Bilbo in the first film," he said. "He's a very affectionate character, but we will see him again in 'Return of the King,' when the journey ends as the hobbits return to the Shire.

    Also, Liv Tyler looks to be following in her fathers footsteps and is taking up singing. In New York to promote the second "Rings" film, "The Two Towers," Tyler told United Press International she recorded "Arwen's Song" a while ago and even previewed it for her dad. The actress, who plays an elfish princess in the spectacular fantasy trilogy, says director Peter Jackson hadn't told her in which of the three simultaneously filmed movies her song would appear.

    Also, David Wenham who plays Faramir has stated that he will indeed play a part in Return of the King.

    It turns out that size really does matter. Three hours of Middle Earth in "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" is nothing compared to the length of the last film in the trilogy due out next Christmas.

    "It might be much longer," says Elijah Wood, who plays Frodo Baggins, indicating that the last journey, "The Return of the King," will be inching toward the 3-1/2-hour mark. "It will be as long as it needs to be," says director Peter Jackson, who is busy editing the film right now. "The third is my favorite one in the trilogy. It's almost biblical and makes me cry. It's about incredible courage and the last part of it is just mind-boggling."

    Wood adds, "The third movie has always been my favorite. I've seen moments from it and they just break my heart," he says. "You've grown to care about these characters and they lose quite a lot in the process of the third movie. Frodo, Sam, Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn will never be the same."

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    QUEENSRŸCHE Scrap Album Title, Push Back Release Date - Jan. 4, 2003

    QUEENSRŸCHE have pushed back to Apr. 14 the projected release date through Sanctuary Records of their as-yet-untitled new studio CD (the previously-reported album title, "Tribe", has now apparently been scrapped). Undisclosed problems in the recording phase are being blamed for the delay, according to unofficial fan site WhoKilledMary.com.

    The band, who are believed to be recording their forthcoming CD as a four-piece while collaborating with different songwriters, utilized a stand-in second guitarist by the name of Mike Stone during their New Year's Eve headlining performance in Anchorage, Alaska. Stone stepped in as a temporary replacement for ex-guitarist Kelly Gray, who was dismissed from the group in late 2001.

    The New Year's Eve gig, which marked the live debut of frontman Geoff Tate in his newly shaven-headed glory, featured the following set list:

    01. Revolution Calling
    02. Breaking The Silence
    03. Walk In The Shadows
    04. The Mission
    05. Roads to Madness
    06. Liquid Sky
    07. Sacred Ground
    08. NM 156
    09. Damaged
    10. Breakdown
    11. Right Side of My Mind
    12. The Lady Wore Black
    13. Queen of the Reich
    14. Jet City Woman
    15. Empire
    16. I Don't Believe In Love
    17. Eyes Of A Stranger
    18. Take Hold Of The Flame
    19. Silent Lucidity

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    Canadian Singer Confirms Audition With Ex-GUNS N' ROSES Members - Jan. 4, 2003

    Vancouver-based singer Todd Kerns, of AGE OF ELECTRIC and STATIC IN STEREO fame, has confirmed that he has been invited to audition for the lead vocalist position in a new band comprised of former members of GUNS N' ROSES.

    The band, tentatively dubbed THE PROJECT, features Slash, Duff McKagan, Izzy Stradlin and Matt Sorum, all formerly of GN'R. The group launched a highly publicized search for a singer earlier this year, and have already auditioned a number of well-known candidates, including former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach, ex-BUCKCHERRY singer Joshua Todd, DAYS OF THE NEW leader Travis Meeks, PSYCHOTICA's Pat Briggs, LIT's A. Jay Popoff and former NEUROTICA frontman Kelly Shaefer.

    Apparently, though, the search is far from over.

    "I was sent three songs to work on," Kerns told Chart Attack. "Every singer on the planet has been sent three songs to work on. I am to write lyrics and record vocals to three instrumental tracks that the guys recorded… 'Appetite For Destruction' is still in my Top 3 greatest rock records of all time, so I do find the entire thing amusingly surreal."

    Kerns says he'll get to work on the tracks this week, but is trying to downplay his potential involvement in THE PROJECT, making it very clear that he has not actually been asked to join the band. Todd, who is busy producing an album by SUPERBEING 77, is also working on his solo album and getting ready to play a gig with his new band, TKO. Catch him on Jan. 23 at the Back Alley in Calgary.

    Meanwhile, another name has surfaced on the list of potential vocalists for THE PROJECT: Shawn Albro, lead vocalist for the band UPO. Like all the other candidates, Albro is believed to have laid down his vocals over several instrumental tracks recently recorded by the group and is currently awaiting word from Slash and co. regarding a possible further collaboration.

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    ANTHRAX Push Back Release Date For 'We've Come For You All' - Jan. 4, 2003

    ANTHRAX have pushed back the release date for their new CD, "We've Come For You All", until Apr. 15 in all territories outside Japan and Europe, where it is still scheduled to surface on Feb. 4 and Feb. 24, respectively. "We've Come For You All" will be issued through ArtistDirect/BMG Records in North America and Nuclear Blast Records in Europe.

    "I hate to tell you this but... the record got pushed back to April 15," ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante wrote on the band's official web site. "Go ahead and yell... finished? GOOD. April Fool's Day to Tax Day. How apropos! Next delay will be Arbor Day. It's only been 73 years since 'Vol. 8', what's another week or two? The record company needed the extra time to put more time into the promotion of the 'greatest record ever made'. One day all this crap will be over and you'll be in your car, your room, your bathroom, your girlfriend's (oops) or wherever you may be and you'll be rocking out to some killer shit!!

    "I know most of you understood what I said about downloading the record and I really appreciate the loyalty towards the band and the music. For those who think it is OK to download it I will say this — WHY? What right do you have to take MY Music for free? I wasn't recorded for free. This is a serious issue and I would like to see the record companies get behind it and REALLY do something about it. I would get pissed when this Napster thing was going down and you had these fucking moron artists saying 'It's OK to download our music.' Oh yeah!!! Now look at what's happening. People love getting something for nothing, I DO TOO! In this business you get some free CDs here and there but if I'm into the band or the song... I'm at the damn store buying the fucking thing! It's as simple as that. OK, enough already. Please be patient and wait for the 'greatest record ever made.' Alright maybe it's not the 'greatest record ever made' but how can you top Peter Criss's first solo album?"

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    DEFTONES Scrap Album Title, Refuse To Discuss New Music - Jan. 4, 2003

    DEFTONES have scrapped "Lovers" as the title for their much-anticipated fourth full-length album, due in the spring through Maverick Records.

    "The thing is that 'Lovers' was the title for a while, but not now because we've had a lot of fun watching it get reported everywhere," drummer Abe Cunningham told Kerrang! magazine. "But it's cool that people are so interested in the title."

    With regards to the musical direction of the follow-up to 2000's "White Pony", vocalist Chino Moreno said, "I think we're making a record where we don't have to say nothing about it. I don't want to have to talk about this record, what it sounds like, what influenced it, or what previous record of ours it sounds like. It's just one of those records that wont need any explaining. You're just gonna hear it. You're going to need to just listen to it and figure it out for yourself."

    "With every record, there's always so much more that I don't want to do, so I'm constantly stopping myself from going in a direction that seems expected or familiar," Moreno added. "I'll just start all over again. It makes the process a little longer, but it always makes for a better record, I think. I try to keep myself from getting comfortable, because I think that when you get comfortable, you get boring."

    "I know that a lot of people are always expecting just a little bit more than what we've done before. They always will, and they always should. I do from the people who make music that I like."

    DEFTONES also revealed that will not be playing any new material on their upcoming Australian tour in an effort to keep the new songs from being widely bootlegged prior to their official release, a problem they had previously encountered with the material featured on "White Pony".

    "I do want to wait for this album to be completely finished, and then start working on the songs live," Moreno said. "We totally want to play them, but we don't want to rush into things."

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    The Simpsons Signed for Two More Years
    Saturday, January 4, 2003 10:04 CST

    "The Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean tells the Orlando Sentinel that you can expect at least two more years of the show.

    The Simpsons marks its 300th episode Feb. 16 with Bart learning that he was a baby star, named Baby Stink Breath, and that Homer squandered his earnings. In another episode, Ned Flanders dates a movie star (voice by Oscar winner Marisa Tomei) in a sendup of Notting Hill. Still another episode features David Byrne singing Homer's song about how he hates Ned.

    "They just closed a deal to do two more years," Jean says. "You get to do quality work. Here in Spain I see it on television. People love it. It's the best TV job I can think of. I just signed on to do another two or three years, depending on how long the show goes. I'd be happy to stick with it until the show goes off."

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    The (Rob) Lowe Down on Pee-wee

    by Joal Ryan
    Jan 3, 2002, 4:00 PM PT

    Looks like Rob Lowe's past is messing with Paul Reubens' future.

    Lowe's infamous homemade video featuring the future West Winger engaged in the body politic with two females, one of whom was underage, is one of the pieces of evidence in the child-porn case against Reubens.


    Reubens, better known by his kid-TV alter ego of Pee-wee Herman, was booked November 15 on suspicion of possessing material depicting under-18 types engaged in compromising positions. He has pleaded innocent to the charge, a misdemeanor.

    In court Friday, Reubens' camp earned a February 10 hearing to challenge the validity of the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office evidence. (Technically, to get the hearing, his attorney must file a formal challenge by January 24.) The 50-year-old actor was not present for the day's formalities. He remains free on $20,000 bail.

    Earlier on Friday, attorney Harvey Levin, executive producer of the infotainment show, Celebrity Justice, disclosed on CNN that the Lowe tape was part of the city attorney's case against Reubens.

    Erotica pictures--some "30, 40, 50, 100 years old," per Levin--also are part of the booty that police seized from Reubens' Hollywood Hills home during a November 2001 search.

    Do century-old snapshots, some of which would have been legal to possess, experts say, at the time of their manufacture, and Lowe's oft-bootlegged antics make for a kiddie porn case? Reubens' attorney declined comment. On CNN, Levin called prosecutors' case "a little troubling." Attempts to reach the city attorney's office for comment were not successful Friday.

    If convicted, Reubens, who had spent a decade rebuilding his career following a bust for indecent exposure at an X-rated theater in Florida in 1991, faces up to one year in county jail, and a $2,500 fine.

    While Reubens could do jail time for allegedly possessing the Lowe tape, the star of the tape himself was never prosecuted (although the mother of the girl did sue).

    Lowe, now 38, was a Brat Pack member in good standing when, in 1989, a video depicting his extracurricular activities during the 1988 Democratic National Convention in Atlanta first surfaced, the resulting scandal putting more drag on his already stalling film career. Lowe, who'll depart his comeback gig on The West Wing later this season, settled the matter with the girl's mother out of court, and performed community service as part of the deal.

    Police allegedly found a copy of the Lowe tape at Reubens' house while investigating a now-discounted complaint lodged against the erstwhile Pee-wee by a 14-year-old boy.

    At the time of the search, Reubens' rep said that the actor has a "substantial collection of erotic art, but he has a lot of collections," including 3-D cameras. Said the flack: "His house is like a museum."

    Los Angeles County prosecutors declined to pursue the case as a felony, leaving it to their city counterparts to go for the misdemeanor.

    The charge against Reubens was filed one day after Ferris Bueller's Day Off star Jeffrey Jones was arrested on suspicion of hiring a 14-year-old boy to pose for sexually explicit photos. In addition to that felony charge, Jones, 55, faces a misdemeanor count of possessing child pornography.

    Jones, who, like Reubens, is free on $20,000 bail, is due to be arraigned January 9.

    Prosecutors have called the Reubens and Jones cases unrelated, though stemming from the same investigation.

    Reubens, a Saturday morning TV star for CBS from 1986-1990 on the surreal (and Emmy-winning) Pee-wee's Playhouse, dropped the childlike Pee-wee persona following his porno theater bust. As all-grown up Paul Reubens, the actor has appeared in films such as Blow and Mystery Men.

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    An Eight legged Freaks 2 Getting Webbed?
    Sunday, January 5, 2003 10:43 CST

    According to the folks at Moviehole, a sequel to Eight Legged Freaks is in the works...

    Despite the first film only being a modest success, Producer Dean Devlin is in talks for an "Eight Legged Freaks 2", a sequel to the David Arquette starring Spidey piece of 2002.

    According to the Producer, a sequel was always a possibility, hence the 'open for a sequel' ending of the first film.

    David Arquette will return and the originals lenser New Zealand Director Ellory Elkayem is in talks to direct the follow-up.

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    Jason Patric is Bowie in The Alamo
    Sunday, January 5, 2003 10:51 CST

    According to Variety, Jason Patric (Narc) has signed to play famed frontiersman Jim Bowie in The Alamo.

    Patric joins Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton and newcomer Patrick Wilson in the film's four meatiest roles. The John Lee Hancock-directed drama will be released by Touchstone around Christmas.

    Mark Johnson is producing with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Shooting begins late this month on a 40-acre replica of the Alamo built by Disney in Austin.

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    Producer: IRON MAIDEN To Begin Recording This Month - Jan. 6, 2003

    IRON MAIDEN will commence the recording process for their new studio album later this month, producer Kevin Shirley has confirmed via his official web site.

    "Indeed, we begin recording the new IRON MAIDEN album this month, and while I appreciate [everyone's] e-mails, please rely on the official IRON MAIDEN site for updates and news — I can't and won't be answering those e-mails and questions," Shirley wrote. "Also, do NOT send me artwork, song titles, lyrics or production tips (I love [longtime IRON MAIDEN producer] Martin Birch too, and he was an idol of mine growing up!!!), running orders, messages of hate or love to pass on, etc., etc. I will not pass them on, and I hope you understand that. Perhaps I'll do something on the site after the fact, on the making of the album .... and maybe that'd satisfy you."

    IRON MAIDEN's as-yet-untitled new effort is not expected to surface until the summer, at the earliest. In the meantime, the group have announced a host of European dates beginning in late June, including several festival appearances alongside METALLICA.

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    REB BEACH: 'WHITESNAKE's Music Runs Through My Veins' - Jan. 6, 2003

    Former DOKKEN and current WHITESNAKE guitarist Reb Beach has posted the following message via his official web site:

    "Well, friends... I finally got the WHITESNAKE gig. It is no secret that I have been pursuing David [Coverdale] for a long time, as WHITESNAKE's music runs through my veins. The time has come for me to get out there and kick some ass! Just the thought of going on this world tour with this spectacular band makes me so happy! I've heard from a lot of WINGER fans asking if this is the end for WINGER. Kip and all the guys in WINGER are my closest friends, and I don't think there will ever be an end to us writing and recording together. I'm sure there will be some down time in the next six months where I could shoot over to Kip's and write. I'm not sure of David's plans for a record, but I have some ideas for him, as well. For now, I am concentrating on the live thing, and the show David has in mind is really something. The song list is jaw dropping! I had forgotten how many great songs there are.

    "I'm looking forward to seeing the DOKKEN boys again! DOKKEN is opening the WHITESNAKE/SCORPS tour, and I have done lots of shows with the SCORPS, so I will be amongst friends! I look forward to meeting you all on the road again, and I wish you a prosperous and exciting New Year!"

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    AEROSMITH, KORN, TOOL, OZZFEST 2002 Among Top-Grossing Tours Of 2002 - Jan. 6, 2003

    AEROSMITH, KORN, TOOL, OZZFEST 2002 and GUNS N' ROSES are among the tours that have made concert trade publication Pollstar's list of the 100 top-grossing tours of 2002.

    The following are the top-ranked hard rock/metal tours of the year (overall ranking based on total box office gross data as provided to Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers):

    07. AEROSMITH
    Total Gross: $41.4 million
    Average Tickets Sold Per Show: 15,638
    Number of Cities/Shows: 53/55

    08. CREED
    Total Gross: $39.2 million
    Average Tickets Sold Per Show: 11,769
    Number of Cities/Shows: 81/83

    16. RUSH
    Total Gross: $27.0 million
    Average Tickets Sold Per Show: 9,650
    Number of Cities/Shows: 62/63

    17. OZZFEST 2002
    Total Gross: $26.3 million
    Average Tickets Sold Per Show: 20,436
    Number of Cities/Shows: 26/29

    18. TOOL
    Total Gross: $23.1 million
    Average Tickets Sold Per Show: 7,463
    Number of Cities/Shows: 86/86

    25. GREEN DAY / BLINK-182
    Total Gross: $19.9 million
    Average Tickets Sold Per Show: 14,230
    Number of Cities/Shows: 45/45

    30. INCUBUS
    Total Gross: $16.8 million
    Average Tickets Sold Per Show: 8,103
    Number of Cities/Shows: 87/87

    33. KORN
    Total Gross: $16.0 million
    Average Tickets Sold Per Show: 7,624
    Number of Cities/Shows: 67/68

    45. KID ROCK
    Total Gross: $11.7 million
    Average Tickets Sold Per Show: 8,420
    Number of Cities/Shows: 48/50

    50. SAMMY HAGAR & DAVID LEE ROTH
    Total Gross: $9.6 million
    Average Tickets Sold Per Show: 7,717
    Number of Cities/Shows: 40/41

    72. POISON
    Total Gross: $6.7 million
    Average Tickets Sold Per Show: 4,876
    Number of Cities/Shows: 59/59

    75. GUNS N' ROSES
    Total Gross: $6.5 million
    Average Tickets Sold Per Show: 8,660
    Number of Cities/Shows: 16/16

    80. LINKIN PARK
    Total Gross: $5.6 million
    Average Tickets Sold Per Show: 10,415
    Number of Cities/Shows: 19/19

    81. NICKELBACK
    Total Gross: $5.5 million
    Average Tickets Sold Per Show: 3,869
    Number of Cities/Shows: 75/78

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    WHITESNAKE's DAVID COVERDALE: No Immediate Plans For A New Studio Album - Jan. 5, 2003

    WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale has given his first in-depth interview since announcing a North American reunion tour with THE SCORPIONS and DOKKEN, set to kick off on Jan. 29 in Jacksonville, Florida.

    The question-and-answer session, the first part of which was posted on the singer's official web site, features questions asked by the members of Coverdale's message board and covers primarily the group's reformation and the band's future plans.

    When asked if WHITESNAKE was back to stay or simply for the duration of the 2003 tour, Coverdale responded, "I sincerely hope that I will be working under the name WHITESNAKE for at least 5 years… Physically, I'm confident that I'll still have the voice, and the legs, to perform confidently. And, if my feelings toward record companies change, or if their overtly gluttonous attitudes change, who knows?! I do know I will record the forthcoming shows for a live 'Greatest Hits' package, probably an in-concert DVD as well. I have a bunch of pretty potent songs currently gathering dust on the shelf at home, and I'm sure I'll end up playing them to the new guys —see what they think of them — and if they feel they should see the LIGHT of day, and, of course, if they would like to be a part of a new WHITESNAKE studio record, and how we could get a new album to as many people around the world who would actually want one… I do know that each of the new musicians has original music in them — they are all songwriters in their own right — and as I have repeatedly said, I always prefer writing with a partner, or partners, MUCH more than solo… 'Tis a lonely ol' existence!!! But, as of this time, I have no immediate plans to record a studio album. I am concentrating on preparing to tour right now — that is the prime motivator for me. Then we'll have to see what happens."

    In response to a question about his statement from a couple of years back — "I've had enough of hiding behind the identity of a band. I've wanted to work under my own name since the end of WHITESNAKE in 1990 and certainly at the end of COVERDALE/PAGE" — Coverdale said, "The circumstances have changed…or, at least, mine have. At the beginning of 2002, I believed I was about to get involved with a major record company and sign a worldwide deal, and, for whatever reason, it fell through. So, I felt sorry for myself for a while, and wondered what I should be doing with my career. Should I look for a band to join??? Not really. I like being my own boss. Seek out a collaborative project, similar to the COVERDALE/PAGE thing? But with whom? Jeff [Beck]??? Edward [Van Halen]??? And then it came to me, comfortably and naturally. Why not just put my energies into touring with a new, revamped, revitalized WHITESNAKE — some new, inspirational blood — and, if all goes well, eventually sell my creative, er, 'bits and pieces' directly to anyone who is interested, thereby maintaining an independent profile. But, of course, first things first. Get the band together, and get out on the road. Test the waters, and see if there is still any interest. After all, I have made significantly better living from touring than I have ever made from record sales, and most certainly, I have had more 'fun'. I asked my partner, my beloved wife, Cindy, and she gave me her blessing to move forward with the idea. I have also been very happy being a father to my son, Jasper, for these past 6 years, and he just can't wait to get on Daddy's bus!!! I didn't want to make the same mistakes I had made when my beautiful daughter was born. I hardly saw her through the early, important, bonding years, because I was working away from home so much, promoting WHITESNAKE. She was actually born in 1978, while I was making the 'Trouble' album. Anyway, as I was saying, no sooner had my assistant, Michael, made some calls, putting the word out I was interested in working again, we were inundated with offers from agents all over the US, and ALL of them strongly recommended that I work as WHITESNAKE, and that as WHITESNAKE, I would stand a much better chance of getting substantial work. So, it was a modest case of 'reality check' time, DC. WHITESNAKE, was, is, and will probably remain my most acknowledged public identity, so why not?! I meant what I said at the time — I always do — but, it really wasn't such a difficult decision to make. I may even be able to do some things as David Coverdale —unplugged stuff…whatever — on the strength of my working under the banner of WHITESNAKE. And, please, I must ask you, don't group me in with other artists. Other artists do what they feel, or want to do. Whatever they desire, or want from life, is not necessarily what starts my engine on a cold, winter, Tahoe morning…I have never woken up and thought, 'I really must put a modest, little band together, and do a tour of Siberian blues clubs!!!' Sorry, that ain't me, and has never been. I wish whomever it is who does that every success, but, it isn't me, and if that is what you expect or want of me, I will no doubt disappoint you, unfortunately. I must say, though, I have a feeling I will make [my last solo record] 'Into the Light' ultimately successful, or introduce it to more people over time."

    On the subject of his previous statement that he would not be releasing any new music because he was disappointed in the state of the music industry, Coverdale said, "With respect, I think anybody who pays any attention to what is going on in the music biz can tell from a mile away that all is not well there. In my experience, the last several years, with all the 'corporate takeovers', it has produced an uncaring, unmusical shift in the industry. There are many people involved in the music business that have no feeling whatsoever for 'music'. They deal with profit margins, and quick ones, or you are out on your arse. There doesn't seem to be any significant artist development anymore. They look around, see what's turning the young 'uns on, and sign a shitload of that particular 'style' of performer. And, as soon as these kids don't sell records, they're 'released' from their contracts, and find themselves hugely in debt. 'Tis most unfair, and soul-less. I am not surprised that many people are downloading 'free' music. CD's are too expensive. and not as 'quality'-orientated as they used to be. I find one, maybe two, at the most three, decent songs on most of the CD's I buy. You know, the ones produced to be 'hits' for radio, and video, or specifically for movie soundtracks. Or even worse, for TV commercials. I have just recently passed on a request to use 'Here I Go Again' for a breakfast fiber cereal. What are they trying to say?! Here I go again…to the toilet??? How in God's name would I be able to sing that song in concert again?! Would everyone in the audience be thinking, 'Oh…isn't that the song from the cereal commercial???' No, thank you. Sorry, but I want more for my money, I'm a consumer too, mate!!! It appears to be all 'business', right now, with minimal emphasis on 'music'. Strange times… Hey, I'm not being na´ve, here. I am totally aware that it has always been a business, but, at this particular time, it is ALL business. It breaks my heart to hear people say that they HATE the music that's out there now. I have never in my life heard so sweeping a statement as this. There has always been some saving grace to help fans of quality music keep their collective chins up, but not now, apparently. It is screamingly obvious that it is time for artists who feel they have any integrity left, to make a stand as independents, and to be able to afford to do that, they will have to work live, and people will have to go out and support them, or guess what?! We'll all end up sitting on our distracted, fat arses at home, being force-fed genetically-modified music on TV, and it won't be stimulating music either. It will be crap, designed specifically to keep you shopping for products you don't need. I'm not going down without a fight, boys and girls, and may I respectfully suggest, you don't either. Fight for the music you want. Support the bands that record companies don't support, or the party's over. And we wouldn't want that, now…would we???"

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    We've got two Batman 5 rumors to share with you today. Since nothing is confirmed with the studio, take both stories with a grain of salt. First up, scooper 'BatFan401' writes in with word on a possible project...

    I heard from a friend at warner bros studios, ****** dept, that a unknown film writer has been payed for a script called "Batman: The Dark Knight." No word about the concept or contents of the script but I think the title gives it away. The only thing I know about the writer is his initals are SRW.

    Then, the folks at Ain't-It-Cool recieved more info on a rumor that's been going around for a while now...

    I managed to get my grubby little paws on a draft of what I assume may be the next Batman movie. My big bro works for a division of WB and handed me a photocopy of what is currently titled Batman: The Frightening and the credited writers are Rafael Yglesias and Terry Hayes. Neither name struck a bell so I wasn’t sure if I’d be enduring another Batman and Robin or something special. Well, I’ll be honest, this draft is something special. The date on the draft is from December 23rd of 2002 and was marked as a First Draft so I’m not sure what will be changed, but with a little work I think this could be a great turn around for the franchise.

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