Plus, the Isley Brothers hit big on a teen-dominated pop chart, Edward Norton faces off against Hannibal Lecter, and more
GIRL TALK? Sean Hayes isn’t just Jack to a Los Angeles man he aided after the man was shot in a robbery attempt. Hayes’s publicist says the ”Will & Grace” star came to the rescue of Courtney Cunningham, 33, on Friday after two men tried to rob Cunningham and shot him in the leg, leaving him lying in the street in front of his house. Hayes reportedly pulled over, took off his shirt and used it as a tourniquet on Cunningham’s leg, then called 911 on his cell phone and waited until the paramedics arrived. The LAPD, however, says the 911 call came from a woman. Maybe Hayes’ far-from-butch portrayal of Jack could explain that discrepancy.
‘ETERNAL’ FLAME Watch out, teen popsters: a couple of guys old enough to be your grandfathers are breathing down your necks. While the pop compilation ”NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 7” and ‘N Sync‘s ”Celebrity” continued to hold down the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Billboard chart, debuting at No. 3 was ”Eternal” by the Isley Brothers, who’ve been making records for more than 40 years. The Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis-produced record, which features brothers Ronald and Ernie Isley and such guests as R. Kelly and Jill Scott, marks the best chart showing by the R&B siblings in a quarter century. ”Eternal” sold 225,425 copies, according to SoundScan, behind sales of 394,475 for ”Now 7” and 243,625 for ”Celebrity.”
”Eternal” wasn’t the only strong debut this week. Right behind it, at No. 4, was younger R&B lover man Usher‘s ”8701” (210,900 sold). At No. 5 was rapper Jadakiss‘ ”Kiss tha Game Goodbye (203,750 units). And to balance out the age level, 13-year-old Aaron Carter debuted at No. 7 with ”Oh Aaron.” Rounding out the top 10 were Alicia Keys‘ ”Songs in A Minor” (No. 6), Staind‘s ”Break the Cycle” (No. 8), Linkin Park‘s ”Hybrid Theory” (No. 9), and D12‘s ”Devil’s Night Out” (No. 10).