EW Staff
September 05, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

News + Notes

12 | COME ALL YE FAITHFUL Mel Gibson has a religious epiphany, and studios are feeling his Passion… The reality of Big Brother: It’s a hit!… A notoriously good Crib Sheet on Duran Duran… Our Project Greenlight prescription, plus what we found on the cutting-room floor… The 5-Year Plan: Thirteen’s Nikki Reed… Hot Sheet… The Shaw Report… Monitor.


28 | AND THE GEEK SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH Part Howdy Doody, part Davy Jones, 100% stud, America’s favorite redhead (sorry, Lucy!) dishes on Ruben, stardom, and that hair. Our heart’s Aiken for Clay! BY DAVE KARGER

33 | GUILTY PLEASURES Okay, we admit it. Kurt Russell makes us giddy, and we’re a little too thrilled by Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. From Babe to Britney, stars’ and staffers’ true confessions.

43 | ORANGE ALERT With The O.C., Fox returns to what it does best — sexy teens in SoCal’s hottest zip. Just don’t call this hit 92660. BY JENNIFER ARMSTRONG

46 | MERRY J. BLIGE? After years of teary confessionals, the onetime Queen of Pain is confronting a new obstacle: Happiness. BY ROB BRUNNER


53 | MUST LIST Ten great things to see/hear/read.

54 | MOVIES Thirteen; also My Boss’s Daughter, The Battle of Shaker Heights, Marci X, The Medallion, The Other Side of the Bed. Plus: What’s the Story With…Elektra; Ask the Critic.

61 | DVD & VIDEO The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers; also A Man Apart, Identity, The Decalogue: Special DVD Edition. Plus: DVD Spotlight: National Lampoon’s Animal House Double Secret Probation Edition; Alias: The Complete First Season.

67 | TELEVISION Reno 911!; also Brilliant, But Cancelled. Plus: O Canada — This Blows; What to Watch.

74 | MUSIC The Raveonettes and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club; also Mary J. Blige, Jeff Buckley, Beth Orton, Nappy Roots, Neil Young, BT. Plus: Zevon: Unflinching Even as Dark Fate Awaits.

78 | BOOKS Kevin Smith reviews Filmmaking for Dummies; also Chuck Palahniuk, Tom Clancy, Daniel Boulud. Plus: The Know-Spin Zone; Reel Lit: Seen the Movie? Now Hit the Books.

8 | LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Introducing an expanded Listen2This.

10 | MAIL One Week in Hollywood

82 | STUPID QUESTIONS This week with…David Spade


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