By EW Staff
November 21, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

News + Notes

8 | Where the Boys Aren’t Seven weeks into the fall schedule, double-digit declines among 18-to 34-year-olds are plaguing the networks…Legacy: Art Carney…Legacy: Bobby Hatfield…The Matrix goes global…Style Sheet: Metrosexuality… A Crumb and Pekar reunion…The Shaw Report…Hot Sheet…Monitor.


22 | All Eyes on Britney The ‘Oops’ girl pulls out of Paris (and the rest of Europe) on the eve of the high-stakes release of In the Zone. So what’s really bugging Britney Spears? BY BENJAMIN SVETKEY

30 | Katey Sagal Takes the Lead After losing her good friend and on-screen spouse, the former Married…With Children star opens up about mourning John Ritter and heading the 8 Simple Rules… household. BY JENNIFER ARMSTRONG

38 | Newton’s Laws of Emotion Wayne Newton, the king of Las Vegas, seduces audiences six nights a week. His show is a finely tuned machine that manufactures love. So what makes it go? BY TIM CARVELL

49 | At Home on the Range Ron Howard expresses his dark side (yes, he has one) with his violent new Western, The Missing, and reflects on all the mermaids, aliens, astronauts, and math whizzes he’s known. BY REBECCA ASCHER-WALSH


55 | The Must List Ten great things to see/hear/read.

56 | Movies Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World; also 21 Grams, Tupac: Resurrection, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, My Architect, and The Gospel of John. Plus: Ask the Critic.

67 | DVD & Video The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers; also La Strada, A Tribute to Hank Williams, Naked Lunch, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, and Winged Migration.

71 | Television Frasier; also Survivor: Pearl Islands. Plus: Sound Bites; What to Watch.

81 | Music The Beatles’ Let It Be…Naked; also Britney Spears, blink-182, G-Unit, Cyndi Lauper, Moby, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Timbaland & Magoo, Al Green, Ja Rule. Plus: Catching Up With the Latest in…DVDs.

88 | Books Robert Harris’ Pompeii; also Rick Bragg, P.D. James, Jimmy Carter, Tobias Wolff, Ken Kesey, Jan Morris, Peter Carey, Kathryn Bertine, John Kander and Fred Ebb, Jim Patton.

93 | Stage Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; also The Caretaker, The Retreat From Moscow, The Violet Hour, Wicked, Golda’s Balcony, Wonderful Town, The Long Christmas Ride Home, Bounce.

6 | Mail Power 101; Clay Aiken.

96 | Stupid Questions This week with…Heidi Klum.

ON THE COVER Britney Spears photographed for EW by Martin Schoeller in New York City on Oct. 5, 2003

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