Plus, Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller may reunite, and religious groups protest the Offspring and Silverchair
RECORD-BREAKING Is there nothing those plucky young ‘uns can’t do? The Backstreet Boys may have set a sales record with their second album, ”Millennium.” If early estimates are correct, the album will have moved 1.1 million copies in its first week, which would break Garth Brooks’ previous one-week high of 1.08 million units of ”Double Live” sold last fall.
CASTING ”There’s Something About Mary”’s dream team of Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller could reunite for the comedy ”I Went to Date School,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. The film is based on a magazine article about a company that analyzes your dating skills…. Nicolas Cage may put down the guns for a while to star in ”Jack and Jill,” playing a ruthless businessman who rediscovers his heart lost under a pile of cash when he falls in love with a schoolteacher…. ”Felicity”’s Amy Jo Johnson will play a Woodstock-era rocker whose band dissolves after her disabling throat surgery in ”Sweetwater,” a VH1-produced TV movie. Kelli Williams (”The Practice”) and Michelle Phillips (a ’60s music veteran herself as a member of the Mamas and the Papas) costar…. Willem Dafoe may play a prison inmate who acts as mentor to a young convict (lesson one: shiv-crafting) in Steve Buscemi‘s sophomore directing effort, ”Animal Factory.”
ANTI-ROCK An all-star concert featuring The Offspring and Silverchair is being protested by local religious groups and community leaders in a suburb of Atlanta, according to SonicNet. Although they want the whole show canceled (the other groups playing include Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Sugar Ray, and Collective Soul), the protesters have specifically targeted the Offspring and Silverchair because they believe these groups have songs with lyrics that encourage the kind of violent behavior in teens that erupted in Littleton, Colo., and Conyers, Ga. The president of the Speedway, the concert venue, said he won’t cancel the show, but he will request that the two bands not play the songs specifically cited as dangerous by their antagonists, including the Offspring’s ”Beheaded” and Silverchair’s ”Suicidal Dream.” There has been no response from the bands yet.
REEL DEAL Jim Carrey‘s director from ”The Mask,” Chuck Russell, has signed to write and direct a remake of ”The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” with the multimillion-dollar comic playing the meek daydreamer originally created by James Thurber.
LAWMAKING The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that news cameras or reporters are not allowed to accompany police into a suspect’s home when they go in for an arrest or a search. News crews are still welcome to accompany cops anywhere else, but entering private property violates the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures. Looks like ”Cops” will have to make do with drunk guys running through parking lots from now on.