Plus, Eminem IS allowed into Canada, Christina Aguilera cancels some gigs, Prince announces tour dates, and more
REEL DEAL The Yankees won the World Series! But of course, the really big news of the day is that Quentin Tarantino is reteaming with Uma Thurman for his first project since 1997’s ”Jackie Brown.” The movie is called ”Kill Bill.” And guess what? It’s a genre flick that will be written and directed by Tarantino and produced by his and partner Lawrence Bender’s a Band Apart studio. Shooting will start in the spring and Thurman is clearing her schedule to make sure she can get the film done before the possible Screen Actors Guild strikes, according to Variety. With any luck, posters from Tarantino’s new effort will soon supplant the ”Pulp Fiction” ads that currently grace the walls of college dormitories throughout the country.
ILLNESS Christina Aguilera has been calling in sick again. The ”Bottle” blond nixed a performance Thursday on ”Live! With Regis,” and canceled appearances at a Chicago radio festival tonight and a private Disney Channel event in New York on Saturday, reports MTV News. Aguilera’s rep, Pamela Murphy, says the teen queen is suffering from a ”viral syndrome associated with exudative tonsillitis” (i.e., her throat hurts). Right now, Aguilera is holed up in Hawaii, where she completed her fall tour with an Oct. 21 show in Honolulu.
APPROVED Despite officials’ efforts to block Eminem from entering Canada for the Toronto performance of the Anger Management Tour, the rapper passed through immigration yesterday without a hitch. Immigration Department spokesman Derik Hodgson told the Associated Press that Slim Shady was reluctantly allowed entrance. ”If you listen to his lyrics or read them, they’re abhorrent,” Hodgson said. ”But having said that, if somebody’s seeking entry into Canada and they’re convicted of a crime… we can deny them entry. He hasn’t been convicted of anything.”
RETIREMENTS? Hasn’t Garth Brooks already retired a few times? Well, he’s doing it again — sort of. Brooks announced yesterday that he was planning to go into semiretirement because he wants to be a full time father. But first the country singer plans to release a new album — and he cautioned reporters that it might not be his last. Moreover, contrary to previous reports, Brooks says that he and his wife Sandy are not yet ready for divorce. ”Sandy and I have not agreed to a divorce, as the effect it will have on our children is weighing very heavy on our souls right now,” he said…. Meanwhile, it turns out that Dick Van Dyke is NOT retiring. The ”Diagnosis Murder” star recently told the Associated Press that it’s time for him to go ”out to pasture.” But the 74 year old comedian now says that he was only joking. ”I’ve been talking about retiring for years,” he informed the AP yesterday. ”It’s my standard answer to the question, ‘What are your future plans.”’ Cool. Maybe we’ll get to see a ”Mary Poppins 3-D” after all.
CASTING Hayden Christensen, who will play the teenage Anakin Skywalker in ”Star Wars: Episode II” is already planning for his next gig. The actor is in final negotiations to play a troubled teen in ”Life as a House” opposite Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas, Variety reports. Yeah, but will he get to use a light saber?… John Cleese is joining the cast of ”Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. He’ll play Sir Nicholas De Mimsey Porpington — a ghost who haunts Potter’s dormitory, Gryffindor…. Ex ”ER” star Julianna Margulies has signed on to a new flick. She’ll join Andy Garcia, Jason Robards, and Mick Jagger in ”The Man From Elysian Fields.” Sounds more like a Bowie kind of movie.
TOURS The artist formerly known as the Artist is ready to take his recently revived name on the road — for a little while. Prince is planning three shows with his band the NPG in Cleveland, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Charlotte, N.C. The shows are scheduled for Nov. 12, 19, and 26, respectively. At least now the souvenir T shirts will be easier to print.
RELEASE Rage Against the Machine are already rolling out a post Zack de la Rocha album. Epic will release ”Renegades,” a collection of cover tunes recorded while de la Rocha was still in the group, on Dec. 5. And by the way, the Yankees won the World Series!