2003 KYI Superstore (July-Dec)!

 

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Yes, it is your favorite Pop Culture Diva guiding you through the rough waters of the rest of 2003. Hopefully, you got a big kick out of the KYI Superstore for the first part of 2003, which notably brought you the TOP country music CDs, the books Seabiscuit: An American Legend and The Devil Wears Prada: A Novel, and the My Big Fat Greek Wedding DVD!

But now what?  In a year that can very underestimatedly be called "bumpy" for just about everybody -- the economy that keeps drooping, the fighting overseas which is clearly not over with, and thank your lucky stars if you have a job right now! -- what in the world could be next? Well, you know I got that covered! C'mon and scroll along with me...

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Books

Overall, movies have been a big letdown this year (and don't get me started on Gigli!). At least it's made people appreciate the entertainment value of a good book--! Check out the titles below...

1) The books everybody wants to read -- or have read already!

Underneath It All by Traci Elizabeth Lords
Just waiting for people to try to ban this from libraries, from the teen girls who need it most--! See the memoir, Underneath It All, by former "adult" (so to speak!) actress, Traci Elizabeth Lords.
Maybe You Never Cry Again by Bernie Mac
A truly deep and necessary memoir, check out Maybe You Never Cry Again by TV & movie actor, Bernie Mac.

And see his new poster below!
Bernie Mac READ poster by American Library Association

Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
This book has been called everything from a pack of lies to the longest Presidential stump speech ever. Read former First Lady and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's memoir, Living History, and decide for yourself.
Kate Remembered by A. Scott Berg
Could Katharine Hepburn keep something -- like a tell-almost-all book -- under her hat or what?? Secretly written for twenty years (!), check out Kate Remembered by A. Scott Berg.
A RIGHT to be HOSTILE: A Boondocks Treasury by Aaron McGruder
To get over four years of Huey & Riley in the 'burbs, changin' street name signs and givin' some Star Wars love, see A RIGHT to be HOSTILE: A Boondocks Treasury by Aaron McGruder.
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right by Al Franken
Ah, the book that touched off the infamous 2003 BookExpo tiff of  Al Franken vs. Bill O'Reilly, Al Franken's Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right. And you can watch the C-Span Smackdown here

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Threesome: Where Seduction, Power and Basketball Collide
Brenda Thomas's Threesome: Where Seduction, Power and Basketball Collide has gotten a lot of play since that famous basketball star bounced his balls in the wrong court.
Masters of Doom by David Kushner
In Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture by David Kushner, you find out that John Carmack and John Romero formed ID Software and set out only to create a great game, not the destruction of Western civilization. But some still feel differently.

 

2) Maybe you haven't even heard about these books--! Check 'em out anyway!

Bloggin by Biz Stone
Whattaya mean ya don't know what blogging is?? Read Biz Stone's Blogging: Genius Strategies for Instant Web Content and find out. Also see Biz's Blogging Companion web site.

The Sandman: Endless Nights
The Sandman saga continues! Check out Neil Gaiman's new graphic novel, Endless Nights.
Red Carpet Diaries by Steven Cojocaru
To know TV personality Steven Cojocaru is to go, "My god, is that outfit on purpose?!" (Jus' funnin' ya, Steven ;>!) Seriously, check out Steven Cojocaru's
Red Carpet Diaries: Confessions of a Glamour Boy.

 

Sandman READ poster by the American Library Association, with permission from Neil Gaiman
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See the new Sandman READ poster from the American Library Association!

 

 

3) And these books, which I either already own or are on my Amazon.com Wish List, prove that the film student/buff in me will never die :>!! 

Devil's Candy by Julie Salamon
Julie Salamon's The Devil's Candy is all about how Hollywood took Tom Wolfe's brilliant Bonfire of the Vanities novel, and destroyed it with the awful Bonfire of the Vanities film, starting with the casting--!

Close-up on Sunset Boulevard: Billy Wilder, Norma Desmond, and the Dark Hollywood Dream
Sam Staggs now turns his fun and funny and fan point of view from All About All About Eve: The Complete Behind-The-Scenes Story of the Bitchiest Film Ever Made to Close-up on Sunset Boulevard: Billy Wilder, Norma Desmond, and the Dark Hollywood Dream.

Fast-Talking Dames
Maria Dibattista's Fast-Talking Dames talks about some of my favorite movies and roles, including the fast-talking dame masterpiece featured on the book's cover, Cary Grant & Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday!

The Hollywood Book of Love : From True Romance and Blushing Brides to Tawdry Trysts and Femme Fatales by James Robert Parish
No summer fling this year? Tryst vicariously by reading James Robert Parish's The Hollywood Book of Love: From True Romance and Blushing Brides to Tawdry Trysts and Femme Fatales.

Red Hot Halle: The Story of an American Best Actress
Prolific music biz author Kelly Kenyatta takes a detour into the movie biz! Read Kelly Kenyatta's Red Hot Halle: The Story of an American Best Actress.

From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies by Molly Haskell
The book I should have read back in film school, Molly Haskell's From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies.

 

 

Music

DANCE: 2003 has been a good year for dance tunes, if nothing else. So far, here's what's I thought really rocked!

[FYI: To see the music videos linked below, you may need to disable any pop-up blocker programs, INCLUDING the pop-up blocker in the Google Toolbar!]

All the Things She Said, TATU
Yeah, I know the phony lesbian relationship is a pretty tasteless deal, but T.A.T.U.'s All the Things She Said was a splashy return for 80s dance music producer god, Trevor Horn.

Lasgo, Something
Because the USA is so slow to pick up on things outside of certain former Mouseketeers, Lasgo's 2001 hit song Something didn't properly reach our shores 'til this year.
Rock Your Body, Justin Timberlake
Seriously, though, Justin put the mouse ears away a long time ago, and is Justified in becoming a real force to be reckoned with in the music world. C'mon and Rock Your Body!
Intuition by Jewel
My eyes just about popped out of my head when I first saw the video for Jewel's song, Intuition, but once you get that it's supposed to be so over-the-top, it's really fun.
Stacie Orrico, Stuck
Guilty pleasure alert! Christian artist Stacie Orrico's "crossover" hit, Stuck, plays in my head incessantly for hours at a time!

Get Busy, Sean Paul
Sean Paul has taken the US by storm pretty much out of the box, both with his own songs, like Get Busy, as well as appearances on other artists' tunes. Get busy indeed!

 

Under Construction, Missy Elliott
Yes, Missy deserves her own box! Hit after hit is spinning off Missy's Under Construction CD. MTV has rained down Video Music Award nominations on the Work It music video. Funky Fresh Dressed to Impress, Ready to Party!

 

ROCK: There's some great things going on in rock music, too. Here's who's impressed me so much this year...

Bring Me to Life, Evanescence
All I can say when I hear this near symphony of a song (and see the video) is WOW!This band is simply amazing. Get the version of the single that includes the video!: Bring Me to Life (Enhanced) by Evanescence

Coldplay's Clocks
If you're not feeling the gothic drama of Evanescence, ya gotta be able to get into Coldplay's Clocks, THE coolest song this year! Watch the video!

Maroon 5, Songs About Jane, Harder to Breathe
And a song that's gotten nowhere near the same amount of play, but which I've enjoyed all the same, is Maroon 5's Harder to Breathe, from their CD, Songs About Jane. Cool tune! Watch the video!

 

Now That's What I Call Music 13
Some of the songs mentioned above (Rock Your Body, Stuck, and Clocks) can be found on Now That's What I Call Music 13.

 

COUNTRY: I know, I already did country. But I HAVE to mention these records -- and their music videos!

Brad Paisley, Mud on the Tires
Brad Paisley is SO crazy! Brad's song, Celebrity, from his #1 CD, Mud on the Tires, and its star-studded music video (William Shatner, Jason Alexander, Jim Belushi) is just TOO funny! My favorite part in the video is when his "kids" rip off these silly masks he has them wearing--! Which seems familiar somehow...
Dierks Bentley, What Was I Thinkin'
If Brad leaves you cold, check out Dierks Bentley's song, What Was I Thinkin'. The music video follows the storyline in the song, which is hilarious! And ya gotta love the dog (which is Dierks' real pet dog, Jake), he's so cute! And find out all about the lovely lady in the little white tank top, Lauren-Elaine, at the Dierks Message Board.

 

NEWEST MUSIC LOVER'S NECESSITY: Got your Apple iPod yet? Whattaya mean, "No"--?! With artists themselves sportin' them in their music videos, like Mary J. Blige in her Love @ 1st Sight music video, ya better catch up!

 

 

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BONUS!: Thanks to Julie Andrews and the Sound of Music, people think that all that marionette puppets can do is yodel--! Watch the music video for Tiga's remake of Nelly's Hot in Herre and you'll change your mind!
Tiga, Hot in Herre
Find out all about the making of the video at the web site of the director, http://www.eyeballnyc.com/tiga!

 

 

DVDs

1) MOVIES: The buzz is all about B-movies and cult movies this year -- especially the titles getting A-level remake treatments this year (most notably -- and unfortunately, because there's just not a way a remake could be any good -- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). With a nod to the list compiled by Entertainment Weekly magazine earlier this year, here are some modern day cult flicks! 

Office Space
Office Space
As the Entertainment Weekly article pointed out, the advertising poster really hurt this film. No, that's not some big bird guy covered in feathers, it's a guy covered with yellow post-it notes! Get it? Got it? Good! Find out more at the Office Space Movie Fan Site hosted at Bullsh*tJob.com -- only, y'know, without the asterisk--!

 

The Big Lebowski
The Big Lebowski
Maybe you never saw this movie, or any of your friends, or any of your family, or any of your co-workers, or... wait, what was my point? Ah, screw it -- what other film do YOU know of, outside of your usual Star Trekkers, that has its own annual Big Lebowski What-Have-You Fest?!

 

Psycho Beach Party
Psycho Beach Party
Ok, how to explain Charles Busch's oh-so-homo 1960s murder mystery/Frankie & Annette beach party movie parody? Oh, wait, I think I just did :>! Lead role "Chicklet" was gender re-cast with Lauren Ambrose (currently starring on HBO's Six Feet Under), making the main relationship(s) in the film het, but you'll catch on. Also stars "what I did on hiatus from my TV show" actors Thomas Gibson (starred on ABC's Dharma & Greg), Nicholas Brendon (starred on UPN/WB's Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Beth Broderick (starred on ABC/WB's Sabrina the Teenage Witch).

 

Valley Girl
Valley Girl
One of life's little mysteries will always be that the poster for this film, a drawing, is dead on for lead Nicolas Cage, and then features a blond female standing beside him who looks NOTHING like the the film's star, Deborah Foreman. What??! Whatever!!

Anyway, see the film's two CD soundtracks below. Oh, why are there two soundtracks? They're not tryin' ta milk ya, it's just that the first one didn't (couldn't?) include such major tunes from the film as the Sparks' "Eaten by the Monster of Love (Don't Let It Get Me!)" and Bonnie Hayes's "(They Got A Name for) Girls Like Me." Like, gag me with a spoon!!

Valley Girl: Music from the Soundtrack
Valley Girl: Music from the Soundtrack

Valley Girl: More Music from the Soundtrack
Valley Girl: More Music from the Soundtrack

Frank Zappa, Ship Arriving Too Late to Save A Drowning Witch
Frank Zappa's Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch
The album/CD from Frank Zappa that includes the song, "Valley Girl," a "duet" of sorts with daughter Moon Zappa, that started it all! Like, oh-mi-god!, it was all supposed to be a joke, but a lot went over 1980s America's head...!

 

Plus did you know Mystery Science Theater 3000, a TV show responsible for bringing attention to bunches of obscure movies (worthy or not!), is out on DVD?

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Brain That Wouldn't Die DVD
Dr. F and Frank have picked a real winner for Mike's first experiment, but will the sci-fi saga of "Jan in the Pan" and her mad doctor boyfriend break Mr. Nelson and the bots?

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Manos: The Hands Of Fate DVD
What movie could possibly be so bad that Dr. Forrester and Frank actually apologize to Joel and the bots for showing it? How about this low-budget horror outing of a Satanic cult, a vacationing family, and Torgo the handyman?

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Red Zone Cuba DVD
From the opening credits, when John Carradine(!) sings the theme song, you can tell this twisted Coleman Francis thriller will give Mike and the bots a workout!

 

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2) TV: Now your favorite TV shows can be found on DVD! Make up your own "Must See TV" schedule! Watch your favorite shows, in episodes that are uncut! No commercials! Bunches of extras!! Check out the current selection below.

 

As Seen on TV -- The Best of the Muppet Show Collection, all 15 volumes! Exclusively sold by Time Life Video in conjunction with The Jim Henson Company. The most sensational, Muppetational show on TV is back. These hilarious, uncut episodes are filled with the skits, music hits, guest stars, and Muppet(TM) moments you love...plus some extra tunes and sketches never before available

 


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Video Games

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See Bernie Mac's new READ poster from the American Library Association! He's holding up the book of bible verses, Armed and Dangerous: Straight Answers from the Bible by Ken Abraham.

 

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Finding Nemo (2003) VHS
In this spectacular animated family adventure from Pixar Studios, young clownfish Nemo is separated from his anxiety-ridden widower father Marlin on the first day of school. After Marlin discovers Nemo has been captured by a diver and placed in a dentist's office aquarium in Sydney, he frantically tries to rescue him with help from a forgetful blue tang named Dory. With voices by Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Geoffrey Rush and Barry Humphries. 100 min.

Finding Nemo [DVD] (2003) DVD
In this spectacular animated family adventure from Pixar Studios, young clownfish Nemo is separated from his anxiety-ridden widower father, Marlin, on the first day of school. After Marlin discovers Nemo has been captured by a diver and placed in a dentist office aquarium in Sydney, he frantically tries to rescue him with help from a forgetful blue tang named Dory. With voices by Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Geoffrey Rush and Barry Humphries. 100 min. Standard and Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1 EX, French Dolby Digital 5.1 EX, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 EX; audio commentary; "making of" documentary; featurettes; bonus short "Knick Knack" (1989); games; more. Two-disc set.

 

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