By EW Staff
January 23, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

News + Notes

8 | Home Stretch Campaigning for Oscar night…Reality TV stars try for record deals…Hollywood actresses go ugly (and we don’t just mean they like those furry boots!)…Hot Sheet… The Shaw Report…Monitor…The 5-Year Plan: Jay Hernandez.


Forecast 2004

22 | Our early look at the coming year’s can’t-miss entertainment.

24 | Movies Halle Berry sharpens Catwoman’s claws. Plus: Denzel Washington and Nicole Kidman re-create The Manchurian Candidate and a Stepford wife; Brad Pitt dons armor for Troy; and will Harry Potter, Spider-Man, or Shrek be summer’s top superhero?

35 | Calendar Tear it out! Stick it up! Cross off the days! Our guide to the next 12 months.

48 | Television A sneak peek at Stephen King’s spooky ABC series Kingdom Hospital. Plus: The returns of The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Six Feet Under, and The Sopranos.

62 | Music Avril Lavigne, Fiona Apple, Gwen Stefani, N.E.R.D., the Roots, and Morrissey drop new product. Plus: The year’s unlikeliest duo — Loretta Lynn and Jack White.

68 | Books David Sedaris returns, and the long wait for a sequel to Mario Puzo’s The Godfather is over. Plus: The spring’s hottest socialite read.

76 | Stage Alfred Molina toplines Fiddler on the Roof, Bollywood comes to Broadway, and other highlights of the upcoming theater season.


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

80 | Movies Owen Gleiberman on Along Came Polly and Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!; also Torque, Touching the Void, Disney’s Teacher’s Pet, Tokyo Godfathers, My Baby’s Daddy, and Aileen. Plus: Ask the Critic.

87 | DVD & Video Chris Willman talks with Kevin Costner about Open Range; also Curb Your Enthusiasm, Spellbound, and MTV Punk’d. Plus: Sidney Poitier Directs; For Your Collection: Rules of the Game.

90 | Television Ken Tucker on The L Word; also What to Watch.

98 | Music David Browne on Starsailor and Elbow; also the Special Goodness, Lisa Gerrard and Patrick Cassidy, Katy Rose, Air, Stereolab, Voodoo Child, Amel Larrieux, Mindy Smith, the Flatlanders, Dave Douglas, and 10,000 Maniacs. Plus: ”Girl With a Pearl” video explained; Twista’s ”Slow Jamz.”

102 | Books Jennifer Reese on Columbine-inspired fare; also Michael Kruger, Haven Kimmel, Graham Robb, Anne Tyler, Ryu Murakami, Helene Stapinski, Joseph Finder, Harley Jane Kozak, Tibor Fischer, and Charlie LeDuff. Plus: The book versus the big screen.

6 | Mail The O.C.; The Simple Life.

106 | Stupid Questions This week with…Vanilla Ice.

Kellwood Co. (former home of Kathie Lee’s clothing line) has


Kellwood Co. (former home of Kathie Lee’s clothing line) has bought Russell Simmons’ Phat Fashions for $140 million