Nice guy Jerry (Matthew Lillard) is the same numbingly trite character we've seen in hundreds of other movies. He faces 30 with uncertainty. He doesn't know if he should propose to his beautiful girlfriend Denise (Bonnie Somerville). He just can't commit darn it! Oh life is so confusing! Meeting up with his best buds Tom "the rebel" (Dax Shepard) and Dan "the runt" (Seth Green) at the funeral of their dead friend Billy they reunite in the-what else?--tree house of their youth. There they discover a map of Billy's longtime obsession: The disappearance of hijacker D.B. Cooper with $200 000 cash. (Never mind that the real Cooper's flight took off in 1971 well before any of these characters would be born.) So these three friends set out on an expedition from the heart and learn a few valuable life lessons along the way. They embark on a canoe trip in the Pacific Northwest in search of Cooper's lost treasure with a very large bear and two even larger hillbillies in hot pursuit. Which is of course just a big excuse for some crazy hijinks in the woods the obligatory stoner sequence gorgeous but unshaven tree-huggers living atop a redwood a crazed mountain man the usual.
Lillard has an off-kilter charm that works in his supporting roles but not so much as the lead. One imagines the producers offering the role first to Adam Sandler and then to Vince Vaughn or Luke Wilson before finally settling on Lillard after they all refuse. His overbearing earnestness in the role recalls his work in SLC Punk straining for normalcy when something completely off-the-wall would work so much better. Shepard (from MTV's Punk'd) fares better he is amusingly annoying but at least he takes a side. Green is usually funnier than this but he doesn't usually have to lug an inhaler around with him as a prop or constantly stoop for laughs as the token scaredy cat. The three of them do have an easygoing chemistry that makes them good company. Burt Reynolds turns up with a foot-long beard as the mountain man who might know something about the treasure. It is certainly the most vanity free performance of Reynolds' career and while it doesn't amount to much it's a step in the right direction for a guy who could still be a great character actor if he could finally get over the fact that he is no longer Stroker Ace.
Steven Brill is best known as the director of the first Adam Sandler movie that didn't reach nine figures at the box office Little Nicky and he hasn't exactly advanced the art of screen comedy here. Nevertheless the pacing is brisk the timing is crisp and the repartee (credited to five writers) is snappy. Even the action comedy sequences mostly running away from the bear and the hillbillies are convincingly done. But make no mistake this is clearly the work of a man hell-bent on paying homage to The Goonies and for that miniscule target audience that not only saw The Goonies in the theater it can also differentiate the Coreys. Of course '80s music has been back in vogue for several years so it's inevitable that the '80s comedy embodied in this movie The Girl Next Door
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and others would return. But somebody had better make a good one soon or it will disappear faster than you can say Kajagoogoo.
September 12, 2002 11:52am EST
Out of the 10,000 pop star hopefuls competing to become an overnight "American Idol," one shone brightest: Kelly Clarkson.
The 20-year-old Texan with a booming set of pipes beat out rival Justin Guarini based on more than 15 million telephone votes. Clarkson's win, however, was no landslide; she captured 52 percent of the vote, defeating Guarini by a slim margin.
The two hugged after the winner was announced, and Clarkson held back tears as she belted out her final song for the night, her rendition of "A Moment Like This."
For the first time since the show debuted on June 11, judges Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell all agreed on one thing: Clarkson was most deserving of the title.
"Kelly, your voice makes grown men cry and young boys wish they were grown men," Abdul gushed.
There was no argument from Guarini. "Kelly Clarkson deserves it," the 23-year-old from Doylestown, Pa., said backstage. "I can't sing those songs nearly as good as she can."
Wednesday's two-hour finale featured the 10 finalists singing '60s and Motown-inspired medleys, peppered with hits like the Temptations' "My Girl," The Drifters' "Under the Boardwalk" and Janis Joplin's "Piece of my Heart." Clarkson and Guarini also performed a duet of "It Takes Two."
In fact, Clarkson said she and Guarini are planning to write a song together that they will perform as a duet on her debut album slated for release Sept. 26.
Clarkson now walks away with a recording contract with RCA Records, a management deal with 19 Management--the British agency behind the show and a lot of British pop stars--and an upcoming American Idol tour. She will also join the show's 30 finalists for a live performance in Las Vegas on Sept. 23 and her debut single, "For Your Love," is set for release Nov. 17. Not bad for a former cocktail waitress from Burleson, Tex.
Other finalists may also land recording deals, but are barred from releasing any music until three months after Clarkson releases her album.
All of them are also contractually bound to record for Cowell's label, S Records, and be represented by 19 Management. The finalists, however, will be free to record for other labels if Cowell and 19 Management don't exercise their options after a given grace period.
Here's an update on the other nine American Idol finalists.
Justin Guarini: In addition to his duet with Clarkson, Cowell also has said that he would work with Justin, provided RCA agrees. He'll join the upcoming American Idol tour and the live performance in Las Vegas on Sept. 23.
Nikki McKibbin: When Nikki got tossed, the judges basically all said, "Good luck and good for you for getting this far." To date, McKibbin has not had any recording contract offers. McKibbin will take part in the upcoming American Idol tour and the live performance in Las Vegas on Sept. 23.
Tamyra Gray: When Gray was voted off, all three visibly upset judges said they would help her in any way. Obviously they meant what they said: Just a week after her exit, Gray signed a management deal with one of the show's producers, her first step on the path to a music career. 19 Management has picked up an option to manage Gray, who was once considered by fans and the judges to be a shoo-in for one of the final slots, if not the winner. Gray will take part in the upcoming American Idol tour and join the show's 30 finalists for a live performance in Las Vegas on Sept. 23.
RJ Helton, Christina Christian (pictured right), Ryan Starr, A.J. Gill, EJay Day, Jim Verraros: All will take part in the upcoming American Idol tour and join the show's 30 finalists for a live performance in Las Vegas on Sept. 23.
'N Sync heartthrob Justin Timberlake told Rolling Stone magazine on Tuesday that he wants to do a duet with pop princess girlfriend Britney Spears." "I feel like we still have artistic growth to show, and maybe after that, then I'll think about it. It definitely would be a spectacle. It would be huge," he said.
'N Sync fans are still having a hard time coping with the recently confirmed two-and-a-half-year romance between Timberlake and Spears. On July 21, MTV premiered Road to Celebrity, a listening party where the members of 'N Sync played some songs of their new album prior to release date. After fans asked Timberlake about his relationship with Spears and he said he loved her, they booed. "Hey, booing isn't going to change anything," Timberlake said to them.
The pair made a perfect match when they went public with their relationship last March, but it gets to be a bit irritating when both constantly talk about each other (Timberlake describes her as "the cream of the crop"). The big question is, will any of Timberlake's 12-year-old fans who are still upset about his romance with Spears buy his new single? Many fans who once liked Spears stopped liking her after they heard of the romance between the two. Sometimes a duet between musicians who are dating can be cute (gag), but how long does it last? We all remember Jessica Simpson's duet "Where You Are," (as well as her relationship) with 98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey, don't we?
Jackson tribute causes family feud
Poor Michael, all he wanted to do was celebrate his music career. But a month shy of the Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration show, the long-anticipated reunion of the original Jackson 5 brothers is slowly falling apart.
On July 20 Reuters reported a statement made by Jackson 5 members Jermaine and Randy saying they would not participate in the show because of "exorbitant" ticket prices. As fans (and media) began to doubt the reunion would take place, brother Marlon issued his own statement apologizing for the confusion caused by Jermaine's statement, which Marlon claimed was "totally false." He apologized and said that Randy had "never seen the statement" and confirmed his presence in the event.
Talk about brotherly love....The fact that the Jackson family constantly points fingers at one another no longer comes as a surprise to fans, who could care less who said what to whom or who's accusing whom, but who just want to know if there will be a Jackson 5 reunion or not. It's time to put the dirty laundry aside and give the fans something they want to see. It's the music that matters; maybe that's something the Jackson family still has to learn after all these years.
Hetfield joins McLean in rehab
Looks like rehab is the rock star's version of a summer spa. Only two weeks after Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean checked himself into an undisclosed location to treat his alcohol abuse and depression, Metallica frontman James Hetfield jumped onto the (band) wagon as well. According to Rolling Stone magazine, Hetfield entered a rehab facility to treat alcoholism and "other addictions." Ironically enough, alcoholism and drug abuse is the reason why Metallica fired their former lead singer (and now Megadeth lead singer) Dave Mustaine from the group in the early '80s.
In the meantime, Metallica has canceled all of its scheduled activities, including a July 29th party marking the relaunch of their official Web site, www.metallica.com, and the recording sessions for their first studio album since 1997's Reload.
We're not gonna take it...or are we?
Wait, is that Twisted Sister's Dee Snyder? Oh sorry, Christina, from behind you almost looked like him. The "Lady Marmalade" team of Christina Aguilera, Mya, Pink and Lil' Kim picked up six nominations for this year's MTV Video Music Awards, which airs on Sept. 6 at New York's Opera House. Some of the "Lady Marmalade" team's nominations include Best Dance Video, Best Pop Video and Best Video from a Movie (Moulin Rouge). As if the video didn't play enough on MTV, or the song on the radio. Well, I guess 30 pounds of makeup and very little clothing is what guarantees these performers a spot onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Beatles to release another greatest hits album
The surviving members of the Beatles are considering releasing yet another greatest hits album to follow the huge success of last year's compilation release 1, drummer Ringo Starr told the syndicated TV show Access Hollywood on Tuesday. "There's a couple of projects in the works," Starr said. "Nothing will be out until next year and we're all going to meet up again in October and finalize what it will be. I mean, everybody wants the No. 2s."
It makes sense for a band as famous as the Beatles to put out a greatest hits album to remember the best songs of their career, but haven't they done that enough times already? The Brit band released the two-CD sets 1962-1967 and 1967-1970 years ago, as well as the three Anthology albums in 1996--all including the same songs. Why would anyone want a 2--to own the same songs with a different album cover? It begins to defeat the purpose of a recollection album altogether. If the Beatles released an album featuring different versions of their songs that might be worth buying, but a sixth compilation CD featuring the same recycled music is clearly a rip-off.