EW Staff
December 05, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

News + Notes

12 | Invincible Man? An abuse allegation, a baby over a balcony, and a criminal arrest: Michael Jackson is making more headlines than music…Style Sheet: red-carpet nightmares…The 5-Year Plan: Marsha Thomason…Hot Sheet…Monitor.


28 | VETERANS PLAY Thirty years ago, Meryl Streep and Al Pacino met cute. Now, they meet nasty (on screen) for the first time ever in Tony Kushner’s epic Angels in America. BY JEFF JENSEN

40 | THE GOOD DOCTOR Master and Commander’s Paul Bettany keeps a steady hand at sea and a wonderfully low profile at home. BY JOSH WOLK

44 | GREEN DAY Revisiting his musical roots, jolly soul giant Al Green feels the rhythm & blues once more with I Can’t Stop. BY KEN TUCKER

50 | THEY WILL, THEY WILL ROCK YOU The Darkness are the funniest metal act since Spinal Tap. Except they’re not joking. Or are they? BY DAN SNIERSON

57 | THE FAMILY GUY Ex-SNL wild man Tracy Morgan goes Father Knows Best for a new sitcom. BY BRUCE FRETTS


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

63 | MOVIES The Last Samurai; also The Haunted Mansion, The Triplets of Belleville, The Cooler, Timeline, In America, and My Flesh and Blood. Plus: Ask the Critic; Trailer Park.

75 | DVD & VIDEO The Ben Stiller Show; also Pirates of the Caribbean, To Live and Die in L.A., Firefly, How to Deal, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment.

81 | TELEVISION The West Wing; also Malcolm in the Middle. Plus: the 14-year-old mind behind a Survivor immunity challenge; What to Watch.

93 | MUSIC Johnny Cash Unearthed; also Alicia Keys, Kinky, Wax Poetic, Underworld, Raik’s Progress, the Gurus, Trace Adkins, James Carter. Plus: In the Studio With Wilco.

103 | BOOKS Pat Barker’s Double Vision; also Simon Cowell, Jane Gardam, Jeffery Deaver, Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson, Moacyr Scliar, Mickey Spillane. Plus: Reel Lit: Read It or See It?

8 | MAIL Keanu Reeves; Everwood.

108 | THE POP OF KING Stephen King on baby-boomer entertainment.

ON THE COVER Al Pacino and Meryl Streep photographed for EW by Robert Maxwell in New York City on Oct. 29, 2003

”With Meryl…you know that she too is looking out for you, even


”With Meryl…you know that she too is looking out for you, even though she’s doing her role. It really helped me a great deal,” says Pacino.

”There are certain things that come along that you don’t even get a vote on. This material, its ambition, the people involved — irresistible,” says Streep.

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