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Entertainment industry plans for 9/11 anniversary

Entertainment industry plans for 9/11 anniversary — Expect the well of concerts, music, and movies to dry up near the date marking the tragedy

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Chante Moore, Kenny Lattimore
Lattimore and Moore: Arnold Turner/WireImage.com

With the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks weeks away, showbiz is mulling how to go about business as usual. While networks plan special programming for 9/11, here’s what else to expect.

CONCERTS The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, the Goo Goo Dolls, and most touring acts will take 9/11 off — some exceptions: Jewel and Kenny Rogers — but will perform later that week. ”[From] a purely business standpoint, it’s not going to be a good night to try and lure people out of their homes,” says Gary Bongiovanni of concert trade mag Pollstar.

MUSIC Major labels have spiked plans to break new discs on Sept. 10, except for smaller artists like Chant√© Moore, Kenny Lattimore, and Lyric. ”It’s too close,” explains Columbia’s Miguel Baguer, who shuffled Xzibit’s release from Sept. 10 to Sept. 17. ”It’ll be hard to get TV time,” adds a rep for RCA.

MOVIES Both MGM’s Ice Cube comedy ”Barbershop” and Columbia’s Tom Green yukfest ”Stealing Harvard” are due Sept. 13. Though sensitive to the anniversary, a Columbia rep notes that ”’Harvard’ is a back-to-school fall comedy. In the aftermath of 9/11, audiences support filmed entertainment more than ever.”