Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Who’s Wearing What: Christina Applegate wore a top by Australian designer Collette Dinnigan for the 2004 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, August 8, 2004. She chose a cap sleeved white silk top trimmed with olive green sequins from the Collette Dinnigan Autumn/Winter 2004 collection and paired it with a pair of dark jeans.



The multi-award winning smash-hit spoof documentary The Office re-opens its doors for business in the U.S. premiere of The Office Special only on BBC AMERICA. Three years after the cameras stopped rolling, BBC AMERICA returns to Wernham Hogg to catch up with the staff, past and present, of the most famous paper merchants in Slough.

Gareth (Mackenzie Crook, Pirates of the Caribbean) is now office manager and Tim (Martin Freeman, Love Actually), last seen asking Dawn (Lucy Davis, Pride and Prejudice) out (again), appears to be nearing the point of despair. David Brent (Ricky Gervais) has blown his severance package on releasing a single, and now makes his living selling cleaning products door-to-door and making z-list celebrity appearances. Meanwhile, Dawn and her fiancé Lee (Joel Beckett) have relocated to Florida, but are being flown over specially by the documentary makers for the end-of-year office party. <>The Office Special brings the story to a close, as we find out whether anyone in this life ever gets what they really want.

Winner of two Golden Globes, a Peabody, four BAFTAs (the UK equivalent of the Emmys) and a Silver Rose at the Montreux TV Festival (Europe’s top television awards), in just two seasons the hit show has become one of the most critically acclaimed British comedies of all time on both sides of the Atlantic. The Office Special is sponsored by Honda.

The Office Special premieres Thursday, October 21, 2004 at 9 p.m. ET\PT.

AMNESIA (U.S. premiere original movie)

John Hannah (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Mummy) stars as Detective Inspector Mack Stone whose life is turned upside down when his wife disappears in BBC AMERICA’s U.S. premiere original movie, Amnesia. When his wife Lucia (Beatriz Batarda) unexpectedly leaves him, Stone is desperate to find her. Trawling through lists of missing persons, he finds a picture of Paul West, who disappeared after his wife died in a fire. Stone is sure West is the true identity of John Dean (Anthony Calf Pride and Prejudice -- he was Col. Fitzwilliam), a man who turned up in hospital with head injuries and amnesia five years ago. Dean is now married to Jenna (Jemma Redgrave The Grid) and says he has no desire to dig up the past. But as Stone becomes obsessed with proving Dean is a murderer, the tables are turned and questions are asked about Lucia’s disappearance. Who is the killer and who has lost his memory?

Amnesia premieres Monday October 25 at 8 p.m. ET\PT.

U.S. premiere original comedy)

Ever wondered what goes on inside a man’s head? Welcome to the private world of Jeremy and Mark – two very ordinary weirdos – in BBC AMERICA’s all-new U.S. premiere original comedy, Peep Show. Wannabe pop star Jeremy (Robert Webb) is a lazy man with big ideas, mostly about himself. His old friend and roommate is the astonishingly tragic Mark (David Mitchell), an obsessive loser with a no-pain, no-gain view of the world. In an inventive twist, Jeremy and Mark’s inner thoughts can be heard - whether they be dark, stupid or embarrassingly over-blown. Or sometimes all three…

Full of cringe-inducing embarrassment and excruciating faux pas, much of the show’s humor is best described as ‘close to the bone.’ But if you like jokes about onanism, sex, death, and misshapen genitalia - this will be right up your alley…

Peep Show premieres Thursday, October 28, 2004 at 9:30 p.m. ET, 11:30 p.m. PT.


Charlie, Tommy, Kirsty and the rest of the Ground Force team head to Hollywood to transform a community Health Clinic’s shabby garden into an oasis fit for a movie star in Ground Force America: Hollywood. The Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic offers free healthcare to the needy and homeless of downtown Los Angeles, and while the building was recently renovated, the neglected garden needs some attention before it’s ready for a close-up. The team is surprising Dr. William Vickery who has provided his services to the clinic free of charge for the past 32 years.The plan is to make the long, narrow garden more inviting to the patients and staff of the clinic. It’s a mammoth task to complete in three days, so Charlie decides to spring a surprise on Tommy and recruit some help. Enter Michael, the larger than life concrete truck driver from Ground Force: New York. For once, Tommy is left speechless!

<> <>Featuring extensive pathways, a secret garden and the biggest pagoda ever attempted on the show, this project has the team seeing stars – especially when Hollywood couple Corbin Bernsen (LA Law) and his wife Amanda Pays pop in to say hello and give the team a hand with some digging.

Ground Force America: Hollywood premieres Tuesday, October 12, 2004 at 8 p.m. ET\PT.

ROCKFACE (U.S. premiere original drama series)

BBC AMERICA presents a captivating drama series about people who live on the edge in an all-new U.S. premiere original series, Rockface. Set in the Nevis mountain range of the Scottish highlands, Rockface follows the lives and loves of a volunteer Mountain Rescue Team brought together by their passion for the hills and dedication to saving lives. The job is perilous, demanding and unpaid – and every member of the team finds themselves trying to juggle their commitment to rescue work with their career and personal lives.

The team is led by strong and decisive Gordon (Clive Russell King Arthur, Cracker), and also includes confirmed bachelor deputy, Douglas (Brendan Coyle Amnesia), beautiful and loyal Annie (Zoe Eeles), and expert climber Jamie (Rupert Evans Hellboy).

Set in the fictitious town of
Glentannoch in the Scottish highlands, the series tells the story of the courageous and selfless men and women who risk their lives to rescue those in peril on the mountains – putting themselves in harm’s way to save others.

Rockface premieres Fridays from October 1, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. ET, 4:00 p.m. PT.

JUST FOR LAUGHS (U.S. premiere original comedy)

Practical jokes, a hidden camera and a few unsuspecting victims - the laughs are on BBC AMERICA this Fall in an all-new original hidden camera comedy premiere, Just For Laughs. In a fresh twist on the candid camera format, all of the gags are dialogue-free as bewildered members of the general public react to obscure and ridiculous situations that they stumble across in everyday life.

How would you react if a chef stabbed himself in the hand while demonstrating the cutting edge qualities of the latest kitchen knife? Or a cop pulls you over and emerges from his car to address you without any pants on? What would you do if a TAXI sign mysteriously appears on your car and tourists are lining up to get a ride? Or if a girl, with her arm in sling, asks you to pick up her dog’s poop? With no host and more than 20 set-ups per half-hour show, Just For Laughs is a fast-paced, fresh take on hidden camera comedy which emphasizes how we have the ability to laugh at ourselves, rather than at each other.

Just For Laughs premieres Saturdays and Sundays beginning October 2, 2004 and October 3, 2004 at 2 p.m. ET, 11 a.m. PT.

Yummy New Er’Go Scents: Jimmy Belasco of Er’go Candle (www.ergocandle.com) has developed new and delicious sounding new scents including Fresh Pineapple, and a spicy Chai Tea.

The tropic-oriented Premium SILVER Collection offers GINGERLEI (A dash of ginger sprinkled on white jasmine for a delicate, tropical floral blend) and MACADAMIA (A nutty, exotic blend of macadamia nut with sweet coconut and a touch of nutmeg). ($25 retail).

The singular-scent SOLO Collection features a juicy PINEAPPLE and the sweet spices of CHAI TEA ($23 retail).

The SPECTRUM Collection debuts COCONUT PINEAPPLE, and two new green fragrances, FOUR-LEAF CLOVER and GREENER PASTURES ($20 retail).

The NEW holiday collection, Er’go SOLO HOLIDAY debuts with four new fragrances ($23 retail):

JACK FROST: peppermint and pine.

MISTLETOE: hints of holly, mistletoe, and a sweet berry note.

CINNAMON BARK: warm cinnamon bread fresh out of the oven.

WINTER WREATH: piney scent of a freshly made fir wreath.

Er’go candles have 100-percent cotton wicks and are made of all-natural, vegetable soy wax, a clean burning, petroleum soot-free wax. Burning an Er’go Candle allows soot-free light without petroleum odor interference. Each 7 oz. candle burns for 40 to 50 hours. Visit: www.ergocandle.com.

Prada Perfume: Exclusively at Neiman Marcus, the new Prada perfume is hyped with typical hyperbole: Distinctive, intimate, sumptuous. Introducing Prada eau de parfum, a new age of amber fragrances with a compelling natural scent that possesses a hypnotic appeal. The Prada Fragrance re-explores the spirit of amber in four characteristic ways, each based on one ancestral ingredient:

Pure sandalwood oil from India
patchouli leaves from Indonesia
labdanum resin from France
Benzoin from

In a sleek, modern glass bottle with a vintage-inspired atomizer.
$95 for 2.7 oz.

by Eric Idle
Monday, 9 August 2004


You’ve got Grail!
Run Away!
Or we shall taunt you a second time!

Monty Python’s

The new musical lovingly ripped off from the classic motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Voted Best Musical of 937 A.D.

Features singing cows, spanking maidens, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits. legless knights, witches, bitches, tarts and divas in unforgettable production numbers that set back the Musical Theater a thousand years. SPAMALOT brings new depths to the meaning of bad taste.

Directed by Mike Nichols, SPAMALOT features a book by Eric Idle, a score by Idle and John Du Prez, and will star David Hyde Pierce (“Fraiser”), Tim Curry (“Rocky Horror Picture Show”), and Hank Azaria (“The Simpsons”).

To enjoy a Little Knight Music order your tickets now -- or we’ll turn you into a newt! Use the Broadway in Chicago Ticketline 312-902-1400

Monty Python’s
DECEMBER 21, 2004JANUARY 16, 2005
THE SHUBERT THEATRE 22 W. Monroe Street, Chicago

THE SHUBERT THEATRE, 225 W. 44th St. New York

PS: SPAMALOT will play only at theatres called Shubert.
If someone tries to convince you you’re seeing SPAMALOT, and you’re not at a theatre called Shubert, you’re in the wrong place, so piss off.

P.P.S. If it’s Schubert you want, try Carnegie Hall…

Shubert Theatre, 44th and Broadway

http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/57402/927819 use the code “ZOOT” for exclusive advance tix

Dawn of the Dead on DVD: Never-Before-Seen Unrated Director's Cut Deemed Too Scary For Theaters Joins The Terrifying Rated Version On October 26, 2004

"Bloody good fun" - Richard Roeper, "Ebert and Roeper"

"Scary as hell!" - Shawn Edward, FOX TV

"Everything a horror film should be!" - John Anderson, Newsday

Dawn of the Dead will be available on DVD October 26, 2004. Dawn of the Dead Unrated Director's Cut contains additional footage and retails for $29.98 SRP and is also available on VHS for $22.98 SRP.

The DVD includes two original segments created especially for the DVD: "The Lost Tape," a video diary containing over 15 minutes of the last days of Andy, one of the survivors; and "Special Bulletin," news reports about the zombie invasions that expand the film's nightmarish storyline. Also included are deleted scenes, interviews, commentaries from the cast and filmmakers, and featurettes about the creation of the zombies.

Starring Mekhi Phifer (8 Mile, Honey), Sarah Polley (Go), Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible, Pulp Fiction) and Jake Weber (The Cell), and directed by Zack Snyder, Dawn of the Dead follows a handful of survivors as they wage a desperate last stand to stay alive....and human...as a mysterious virus turns people into voracious zombies who feed on the living.

The Dawn of the Dead DVDs include:

The Lost Tape: Over 15 minutes of Terrifying Footage Revealed

Shot exclusively for the DVD

Special Bulletin: Zombie Invasion!

Shot exclusively for the DVD

More than 12 Minutes of Deleted Scenes

With optional commentary from director Zack Snyder.

Surviving the Dawn: Dare to Face Your Fears!

A behind the screams feature with cast interviews, on-location footage and more.


Director Zack Snyder and producer Eric Newman offer perspectives about making the film.

Splitting Headaches: Anatomy of Exploding Heads - The gory details of how the filmmakers made the head-kills in the film look so believable.

Attack of the Living Dead - Dissecting the film's most memorable zombie kills

Raising the Dead - An in-depth look at turning actors into undead killers

Synopsis: An unexplained plague has decimated the world's population and yet...the dead aren't dying. They've become zombies stalking endlessly in a constant quest to feed on the flesh and blood of the few remaining living.

A ragtag group of desperate survivors seek refuge in a large indoor mall, where they must learn not only to protect themselves from the ever-increasing zombie horde, but also co-exist with each other as a last bastion of humanity. Sealed off from the rest of what used to be the world, the group uses every available resource in their against-all-odds fight to remain alive and human.

Director: Zack Snyder
Screenwriter: James Gunn
Based on a Screenplay by: George A. Romero
Producers: Richard P. Rubinstein, Marc Abraham and Eric Newman.
Executive Producers: Thomas A. Bliss, Dennis E. Jones, Armyan Bernstein
Director of Photography: Matthew F. Leonetti
Production Designer: Andrew Neskoromny
Editor: Niven Howie
Costume Designer: Denise Cronenberg
Makeup Designer: David LeRoy Anderson
Composer: Tyler Bates
Cast: Mekhi Phifer, Ving Rhames, Sarah Polley, Jake Weber, Ty Burrell, Michael Kelly, Kevin Zegers, Michael Barry, Lindy Booth

Street Date: October 26, 2004
Pre-Order Date: September 14, 2004
Copyright: 2004 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Price: $29.98 SRP ($19.95 MAP)
Selection Numbers: R-Rated: 23861 (Anamorphic Widescreen); 25469 (Full Frame); Unrated: 25819 (Anamorphic Widescreen), 25820 (Full Frame)

Running Time: R-Rated: 1 Hour and 41 Minutes; Unrated: 1 Hour and 50 minutes.
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); Full Frame (1.33:1)
Disc: 1 Dual-Layer (Single Sided)
Rating: R (Pervasive Strong Horror Violence and Gore, Language and Sexuality) and Not Rated.
Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround/Caption; French Dolby Digital Surround 5.1/Subtitles; Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround/Subtitles

Date: October 26, 2004
Pre-Order Date: September 28, 2004
Copyright: 2004 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Price: $22.98 SRP ($15.95 MAP)
Selection Numbers: 62204 (R-Rated); 62820 (Unrated) 62808 (Spanish Subtitled - rated R)
Running Time: R-Rated: 1 Hour and 41 Minutes; Unrated: 1 Hour and 50 minutes.
Aspect Ratio: Full Frame Only (1.33:1)
Rating: R (Pervasive Strong Horror Violence and Gore, Language and Sexuality) and Not Rated.
Audio: Hi-Fi Stereo Surround

For more information go to www.dawnofthedeadmovie.net

Sinatra on DVD: Frank Sinatra Show With Ella Fitzgerald

Available on DVD October 26, 2004 Through Music Video Distributors

Known as “The Golden Age of Television”, the fifties made way for big name stars like Charlie Chaplin and Frank Sinatra. Much of their success was due to the arrival of television variety shows. Most of the performers had honed their comedic skills on vaudeville stages, and they were ready to take these vaudeville-structured revues to television. On December 10, 1959, a rare rainy day in Palm Springs, California (hence the improvised sets and the cast ribbing Sinatra about his grand idea of filming in a “sunny” Palm Springs), The Frank Sinatra Show was filmed. This program is remastered from the archive tape of broadcast, and is the original show in its entirety including the sponsors promotional segments. With the special addition of guest star Ella Fitzgerald, it is a rare and glorious account of two of the most popular performers of the Twentieth Century

Track List:

You’re Invited to Spend the Afternoon

I’ve Got the World on a String

Lazy Afternoon

Comes to Love, Nothing Can be Done

There’s Lull in my Life

It’s Alright with Me

Too Damn Hot

Too Marvelous for Words

Here’s That Rainy Day

Just You, Just Me

I’ll Never Smile Again

Can’t we be Friends

Puttin’ on the Ritz

He Loves, She Loves, They Love, I Love You

Love Walked Right In

Love is Here to Stay

Love is Sweeping the Country

Item# DM-2501

UPC# 022891250197

Street Date 10/26/04

Prebook cut off 09/28/04

Running time 60 minutes

Audio: AC3

Retail 14.95

Passionate Voice: Singer/songwriter/instrumentalist Lisbeth Scott who co-wrote lyrics and provided solo vocals for the score to “The Passion of the Christ,” is now a solo artist. Scott will release her newest album, "Passionate Voice," inspired by her work on The Passion of the Christ, which is currently in stores through Burnside Distribution on Zone Records.

The Passion of the Christ soundtrack hit #1 on both the Soundtrack and Christian charts and climbed to #17 on Billboard's Top 200 in just two weeks. Mel Gibson (director, producer and co-writer of The Passion) said the score made the film "ten times better." The score was recorded in London, mixing Scott's vocals with a full orchestra and choir conducted by The Passion of the Christ composer John Debney.

Lisbeth Scott's singing voice has been featured in hit films including Shrek, Shrek 2, The Scorpion King, Spy Games, The Sixth Sense and the trailer for Troy. Her original songs and vocal performances have also been heard on television shows, including Alias, Survivor, Touched By An Angel, and MTV's Road Rules. She has spent the last four years performing in Europe and Asia, touring the West Coast, and recording and working with some of Hollywood's top film composers and musicians.

CNN filmed a piece about the classically-trained Lisbeth that aired internationally for four months, featuring her as the next in a long line of talented contemporary female singer/songwriters to make their mark in Hollywood. As an instrumentalist, she plays keyboards, guitar, and djembe. She has meshed cultures by singing in Armenian on past albums, Aramaic for The Passion of the Christ, and Latin for Paul Schwartz's album, "State of Grace," a Windham Hill/RCA release. Her solo release, "Dove" (2002), featuring members of The Seattle Symphony, hit #2 on the NAR charts.

Sad News: As suspected, it was revealed in today’s news that BeansTalk acquaintance Eric Douglas, did indeed, die from an overdose of alcohol and prescription drugs. Whatever the afterlife brings him, we hope it’s the solace he never seemed to find in life.