By EW Staff
Updated February 20, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

News + Notes

8 | You Can’t Do That on TV! What are the kids watching tonight? How about some pig-rectum nibbling?…Star Wars comes to DVD. Also: Is Bob Berney the new Harvey Weinstein?…Hot Sheet…Donald Trump: We appreciate the gesture… The Pie Chart: Why being Martha is still a good thing…Miracle’s athletic supporters…The Shaw Report… Grammy fashion…Monitor… The 5-Year Plan: Walton Goggins.


18 | The Agony & the Ecstasy With the much-anticipated, hotly debated, and closely guarded The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson risks his career for his creed. BY JEFF JENSEN

24 | Spring Movie Preview The buzz, the budgets, the backstories: our inside look at the season’s 89 new releases.

34 | No Place Like Home Video shoots and promo tours and high-pressure follow-up albums, oh my! Norah Jones braces for another tornado. BY TROY PATTERSON

38 | Let Him Entertain You Cedric the Entertainer brings depth, perspective, and maturity to his expanded role in Barbershop 2: Back in Business. But don’t worry — he still knows how to cut things up. BY NANCY MILLER


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

43 | Movies Owen Gleiberman on 50 First Dates; also The Return and Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin. Plus: Spotlight on Errol Morris and Ask the Critic.

49 | DVD & Video Runaway Jury, Wonderland, and Mambo Italiano. Plus: The Lion King 1 1/2.

53 | Television Ken Tucker on Boohbah and Astro Boy; also One Tree Hill. Plus: What to Watch.

63 | Music David Browne on Courtney Love, Probot, and the Grammys. Plus: Two Reasons to Turn the Radio On & Two Reasons to Turn It Off.

68 | Books Jennifer Reese on Guy Vanderhaeghe’s The Last Crossing; also Hanif Kureishi. Plus: Chick Lit 101.

6 | Mail The Oscar race; Jessica Simpson.

72 | Stupid Questions This week with…Chris Noth.

ON THE COVER Mel Gibson rendered exclusively for EW by Matt Mahurin