Plus, ''Dark Angel'''s Jessica Alba is engaged, the Academy of Country Music hands out its Hats, and more
‘SURVIVOR’ RULES That’s ”Survivor,” the Destiny’s Child CD, which debuted atop the Billboard charts this week. It sold 663,275 copies, according to SoundScan — about 58,000 more than Janet Jackson‘s ”All For You” sold when it debuted at No. 1 last week. It drops to No. 2 this week, with sales of 310,450. Other strong female debuts this week include Stevie Nicks at No. 5 with ”Trouble in Shangri-La” (109,125 sold), her first album of new material in eight years and her highest chart debut since 1983; and girl group Eden’s Crush at No. 6 with ”Popstars,” named for the WB reality show that spawned them.
Other top 10 albums include ”NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 6” (No. 3, 163,425 units sold), Tim McGraw‘s ”Set This Circus Down” (No. 4, 117,650 albums sold), 2Pac‘s ”Until the End of Time” (No. 7), Shaggy‘s ”Hotshot” (No. 8), Uncle Kracker‘s ”Double Wide” (No. 9), and Case‘s ”Open Letter” (No. 10).
‘ANGEL,’ DUDE, CAKEWho wants to marry a genetically enhanced superbabe? Seems Fox has played matchmaker to another couple, as Jessica Alba confirmed on Tuesday her engagement to her ”Dark Angel” costar Michael Weatherly. No word on when or where the 20 year old Alba and the 32 year old Weatherly will tie the knot, or who will be left to watch their show when millions of heartbroken guys hurl themselves off the Space Needle.
HAT TRICKS Women ruled as well last night at the 36th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, where host LeAnn Rimes presided over the handing out of three ”Hats” apiece to the Dixie Chicks and Lee Ann Womack. Dixie Chicks won Entertainer, Group, and Video of the Year honors (the last for their homicidal hit ”Goodbye Earl”). Womack performed ”I Hope You Dance,” which won Best Song, Single, and Vocal Event, during the ceremony at Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheatre.
Faith Hill won her third straight Female Vocalist honor, while Toby Keith won Male Vocalist and Best Album for ”How Do You Like Me Now?!” Barbara Mandrell and Kenny Rogers won awards for career achievement. Clint Black and Lisa Hartman-Black missed the show due to the birth of their daughter Tuesday night.
COURT PEOPLE Randy Newman, Tom Waits, and Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson have filed a $40 million copyright infringement suit against MP3.com. The music download website has already paid $130 million in damages to the major record labels for allowing users to post and listen to thousands of songs whose copyrights the labels own. But these artists own their own publishing rights, and their lawyer, Bruce Van Dalsem, says that other artists may join the suit as well.
CANNES CANNES Dance was the theme as the Cannes Film Festival kicked off yesterday. At the opening ceremony, hoofers tapped to the tune of ”Hey, Big Spender,” followed by a screening of the $50 million musical ”Moulin Rouge,” whose stars, Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, strolled down the red carpet past a kickline of red plumed cancan girls. The official opening night party featured a lamb dinner for 700, while Fox’s ”Moulin Rouge” bash, billed as the most expensive in Cannes history, had guests dancing to discs spun by Fatboy Slim at a re-creation of the titular Paris windmill / nightclub.
COMING DISTRACTIONS In a world of hyperloud, hyperviolent pre- movie fare, trailers are about to become a tad less so. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) is to star in a spot sponsored by Americans for Gun Safety that will play on 2,500 screens starting next week. Before they watch their heroes blow away dozens of bad guys, moviegoers will hear McCain urge adults to keep guns locked up and kids to report on other kids who may have guns. Also, starting June 1, the Motion Picture Association of America will require admakers to ratchet down the volume of trailers one notch, from 86 to 85 on the Dolby LEQ (m) scale.
‘SOPRANOS’ CENSURE The Sopranos have run afoul of the Feds in New Jersey yet again. Representative Marge Roukema (R-N.J.), herself the granddaughter of Italian immigrants, is drafting a House resolution to condemn the HBO series for ”unfair stereotyping.” ”People stop me in the grocery store, objecting to [the show],” she said. Tony and crew needn’t panic, however, since a resolution only states an opinion and doesn’t carry the force of law.
CASTING CALL Sean ”P. Diddy” Combs may have been acquitted, but he’s still getting the chair. He’ll play a death row inmate in ”Monster’s Ball,” opposite Billy Bob Thornton, Heath Ledger, Halle Berry, and Mos Def. Shooting begins May 24 in Louisiana.
It was inevitable: Jamie Lee Curtis will scream her head off yet again in ”Halloween 8.” She’ll join potential slashees Busta Rhymes, Tyra Banks, and Sean Patrick Thomas on the Vancouver shoot, which begins May 14.
”ER”’s Goran Visnjic will play a different kind of medic in ”Doctor Sleep”: a hypnotherapist with telepathic powers who chases a serial killer. Shooting starts May 13 in London.
Brownie points to Lisa Kudrow for starring in and producing the dark comedy ”Intense Girl Scouts,” where she’ll play a scout troop leader entangled in a murder mystery. The film will shoot later this year.