Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Who’s Wearing What: Nick Lachey chose to wear preppy Abercrombie and Fitch jeans and button-up cotton shirt to the 2004 Teen Choice Awards.

Jazz Superstars on DVD: Jazz Memories DVD Series will be released on October 5, 2004 (prebooking September 7, 2004). Each DVD retail at 19.95.

Cultural icon, civil rights pioneer, sex symbol, actress, cabaret singer and Broadway star, the legendary Lena Horne has left an indelible mark on American culture, and the world. Her rise to greatness from a difficult childhood to becoming one of America’s leading ladies, reads like a script to a Hollywood success story, and has made her one of the most respected and well-loved figures in history. This DVD, through video and television clips, and rare early photos, uncovers Lena's life and career, including all of her movies scenes from her first appearance on screen in "The Duke is Tops" to her later roles in great musicals such as "Panama Hattie," "Thousands Cheer," "Broadway Rhythm," "Two Girls and A Sailor," "Ziegfield Follies," "Words and Music," "Till the Clouds Roll By," and her two masterpieces, "Cabin in the Sky," and "Stormy Weather." (TRT 65 minutes)

This DVD uncovers the life and career of this “dark lady of the sonnets”, featuring Count Basie, Lester Young, Doc Cheatham, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Gerry Mulligan, Mal Waldron and others. It includes rare TV and movie clips, her four sequences of “New Orleans” (her unique appearance on a Hollywood movie, with Louis Armstrong), and the extremely rare fifteen-minute musical short presenting Count Basie and his Sextet, Billie Holiday and “Sugar Chile” Robinson: a virtual triptych of talent, for the first time complete. (TRT 65 minutes)

This DVD gives an in-depth view into the life and music of one of the most charismatic and influential performers in the history of American popular music, the legendary Nat King Cole. Through video and television clips, and rare early photos, this DVD uncovers the life of one of America’s leading cultural icons, documenting Cole’s struggles and successes from his early childhood in Alabama to his transformation into America’s best loved performer. Also included are countless bonus clips of such classic hits as “Mona Lisa,” “Nature Boy,” “A Christmas Song,” “Route 66,” “Paper Moon,” “Sweet Lorraine,” and “For Sentimental Reasons,” taken from Cole’s live concert and television performances, as well as collaborations with outstanding artists like Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins, Sammy Davis Jr., Harry Belafonte, Ertha Kitt and Johnny Mercer, to name a few. (TRT 65 minutes)

American Dreams on DVD: American Dreams is coming to DVD with the release of the complete first season of the Emmy Award® winning series featuring extended performances presented in digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Rock and roll hits and exciting bonus features American Dreams: Season One- Extended Music Edition features artist such as Usher, Ashanti, Kelly Rowland (of Destiny's Child), LeAnn Rimes, Michelle Branch, Vanessa Carlton, India.Arie, B2K, Stacie Orrico, Third Eye Blind, Duncan Sheik and more. The seven-disc collection including all 25 Season One episodes plus bonus features is priced at $89.98 SRP.

The Beat Goes On: American Dreams Extended Music Edition features extras including documentaries and audio commentaries. Features include:

Brian Willams Hosts Timeline 1963 - 1964: NBC News' Brian Williams hosts a 30-minute documentary that takes you inside the historic events providing the backdrop for the first season of American Dreams.

Back to Bandstand: Rare footage from American Bandstand, including Dick Clark interviews with The Beach Boys, Leslie Gore and Marvin Gaye.

"My Boyfriend's Back" Music Video: Meg and Roxanne perform as backup dancers in a never-before-seen performance of this classic hit!

Audio Commentaries: Three audio commentary tracks featuring Brittany Snow, Executive Producer Dick Clark, Creator and Executive Producer Jonathan Prince and the cast of American Dreams.

Time Capsules for every episode

Amazing transformations − turning pop superstars into music legends

Synopsis: Set to the backbeat of 1960s hits, American Dreams, depicts a more innocent America bracing for the cultural turbulence ahead as seen through the eyes of the Pryor family. Sixteen-year-old Meg Pryor (Brittany Snow, "Guiding Light") pursues a dream of dancing on Dick Clark's "American Bandstand," allowing the series to showcase performances from today's musical artists appearing as '60s icons. In addition to Snow, the cast includes three-time Emmy nominee Gail O'Grady ("NYPD Blue"), Tom Verica ("Providence"), Will Estes ("7th Heaven") Rachel Boston ("The Andy Dick Show"), Ethan Dampf (Collateral Damage), Jonathan Adams ("The American Embassy"), Arlen Escarpeta ("The Shield"), Sarah Ramos ("Blastzone"), and Vanessa Lengies ("Popular Mechanics for Kids.") TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD Street Date: September 7, 2004 Rating: Not Rated Suggested Retail Price: $89.98 DVD Selection Number: 25737 Bonus Material: Brian Willams Hosts Timeline 1963 - 1964; Back to Bandstand; "My Boyfriend's Back" Music Video; Audio Commentary with Brittany Snow, Executive Producer Dick Clark, Creator and Executive Producer Jonathan Prince and the cast of American Dreams; Time Capsules for every episode; Amazing transformations.

Customized Rings: is now offering customized engagement rings, in which the betrothed can design their own rings.

Hot Designers: Neiman Marcus is showcasing the designs of Nanette Lepore, Tracy Reese and Milly for contemporary fall collections.

New from Yuko: Brand new for 2004, a Yuko palm size iron is featuring a "castanet" design for easy application and styling control. $95.00 at BROOKE SHIELDS AND LAURA PREPON (THAT 70'S SHOW) are fans. Has been seen on "The Today Show." Features: *Power requirement/AC120V, 60 Hz *Power Consumtion/75W *Weight/0.50lbs *Power code length/6.0ft *Temperature control/Micro computer control *Safety device/Temperature operated fuse *Automatic shutoff *Accessories/Matching drawstring bag and sponge pads.

It’s Natalie: Last night, TBS's reality series OUTBACK JACK came to a conclusion when Jack (athlete-outdoorsman Vadim Dale) chose Louisville, Kentucky, native Natalie as the woman of his dreams. OUTBACK JACK, from Bruce Nash's Nash Entertainment (Meet My Folks, For Love or Money, Who Wants To Marry My Dad?), put a group of pampered city women to the test as they vied for the affections of their rugged leading man. The series, hosted by JD Roberto (Shop Til You Drop, Shark Chasers), combined fish-out-of-water comedy with romantic adventure. The finale of OUTBACK JACK opened with Jack and the remaining two women, Natalie and Marissa, arriving at their last camp via hot air balloon. This ocean-front camp, however, has its share of bugs to contend with, not to mention wind gusts that nearly destroy the women's tent. After a day of flying in a seaplane, snorkeling, frolicking in the surf, riding around the beach in an ATV and hitting the water in kayaks, Jack made his final choice, saying goodbye to Marissa and asking Natalie to sail away with him into the sunset on a 70-foot catamaran.