REEL DEAL ‘N Sync has finally settled on a script to launch their careers on the silver screen. But — alas! — the impending actors’ strike may be holding them back. The boys have greenlit ”Grease 3,” but because of Hollywood’s oh so icky labor woes, teens may not be seeing it for a while. ”We’re going ahead and getting the script written,” Lance Bass said during a teleconference yesterday. ”It’s a go from the studios and we just got to wait until the strike is over, then we can start filming.” They were reluctant to say which female teen pop star might be cast in the lead, however. (Britney Spears is, of course, rumored to be attached.) ”It’ll definitely be more written for a group,” Bass said. ”We’ve got a great cast in mind right now.” In the meantime, the group says they are trying to decide on a producer for their next album, which is likely to be released in February. ”We’re definitely getting into that side of it more,” says Bass. ”There’s been several people we’ve been talking about. Maybe getting with She’kespere again, Timbaland, Missy Elliot. Even Richard Marx would be great to work with again.” Oh to be part of that flawless spin machine!
TOUR After weeks of speculation, Radiohead have announced plans for a brief three city tour to promote their recently released enigmatic fourth album, ”Kid A.” They’ll play first at New York’s Roseland Ballroom on Oct. 11, then at Toronto’s Air Canada Oct. 17, and Oct. 20 at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. They’ll also perform for the masses this weekend on ”Saturday Night Live.” And they say that they plan to hit the road in earnest sometime early next year. Of course, ”Kid A” won’t sound the same when it’s performed live as it does on the single free studio album. (Napster users discovered this when they downloaded live tracks months before the official release.) ”The thing about [the ‘Kid A’ songs] that’s really liberating to play live is that because they weren’t made in a band context — they weren’t written on the road or they hadn’t been written for a band — we’ve had to change them to work live,” guitarist Ed O’ Brien told Wall of Sound. Whoa, man, it’s like a whole new concept for today’s hitmakers: A performance that doesn’t sound like a recording.
SEQUEL Hot off ”Meet the Parents”‘ record $28.6 million October debut, DreamWorks and Universal have closed a $1.1 million deal with scribe Jim Herzfeld to write a second installment. Herzfeld will begin scribbling immediately, though Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, and director Jay Roach have yet to say whether they will be back. They’re undoubtedly still recovering from the soul searching demands of the first script.
SPLITS Garth Brooks is separating from his wife, Sandy (with whom he has three daughters), after 14 years of marriage, he says in this week’s Billboard magazine. ”Sandy and I both agree that we need to get divorced,” Brooks says. ”Right now, we’re focusing on the impact it will have on the children and how to handle that best, to remain parents even if we don’t remain husband and wife.” Still, the changes may not be such bad news for Brooks fans. Country music’s best selling solo artist also indicates that he may delay plans for retirement. ”Does one more album excite me? You know, yeah, making music always does excite me, but I don’t know if as a songwriter I have it in me,” says the performer. ”[Still] I don’t want this to be called the last album or the farewell album — that’s not my bag. If we can come up with songs that feel comparable to the other seven studio albums, then we might [release one more].”
BIZ The European trials may be over for at least one megamedia corporation. After a lengthy battle, the European Commission has decided to give conditional clearance to America Online‘s $135 billion acquisition of Time Warner (EW.com’s parent), an EU source told Reuters. The announcement of the clearance and restrictions is expected tomorrow. Whew! We thought those pesky foreigners might foil our secret plans for world domination.
MAGS This news has been around for a while, but we felt that EW.com’s readers might need to be forewarned: The Olsen twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley, 14, are launching their own magazine, creatively titled Mary-Kate and Ashley. The bimonthly periodical will be aimed at girls aged 8 to 13. The twins — whose fresh faces already grace numerous toys — are also launching a new Wal-Mart clothing line. They will serve as coeditors of their publication, which will be sold at a steep $5.95 per copy. We prefer an alternate title: O No!