Dateline: Week Of January 15, 2003 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Reaching out to North Korea, President Bush told reporters he might consider food and fuel aid and a “bold initiative” to improve relations with the Pyongyang regime – if it gives up its nuclear weapons program.
U.N. weapons inspectors in Iraq discover 11 empty chemical warheads at an arms depot south of Baghdad, their most significant find in nearly two months of searching for an illegal arsenal.
President Bush said that he was “sick and tired” if Iraq’s failure to cooperate with the United Nations on disarmament and warned that “time is running out.”
In a broad challenge to the Bush administration’s foreign policy, French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said that France would not yet approve the use of force against Iraq and cautioned that U.N. handling of Baghdad would set a precedent for North Korea and the Middle East.
Eight backcountry skiers from the U.S. are killed and two injured after an avalanche crashes down a mountainside in eastern British Columbia.
K-Mart announces it is shutting down 326 stores – in a plan to emerge from chapter 11 bankruptcies.
“MoveOn.Org” begins an anti-war ad on television this week. The ads raise the specter of nuclear war if the United States attacks Iraq and shows a mushroom cloud aimed at stirring controversy and galvanizing public opinion. “MoveOn.org” was formed during the Clinton impeachment trial, in an effort to get Congress to “move-on” and has since moved to other issues. Some say it is very left in its bent.
Al-Jazeera – the Arab satellite television channel, signs an agreement with the BBC for the exchange of news stories. Al-Jazeera, an independent channel, began broadcasting in 1996 and is based out of the tiny gulf Arab state of Qatar.
Some best-selling books – January 15, 2003
Prey – Michael Crichton
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
I Don’t Know How She Does It – Allison Pearson
You Shall Know Our Velocity – Dave Eggers
The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
Four Blind Mice – James Patterson
By The Light Of The Moon – Dean Koontz
Stupid White Men and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation – Michael Moore
Get With The Progress – Bob Greene
Bush At War – Bob Woodward
Everyday Grace – Marianne Williamson
Live From New York – Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller
Portrait of a Killer – Patricia Cornwell
Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie News – January 15, 2003
Hollywood news – passing actor Richard Crenna (75).
Lisa Marie Presley is set to release her first album – “To Whom It May Concern” April 8. She wrote most of the songs.
Tom Cruise wins a $10 million judgment against a porn actor (Chad Slater) who allegedly told a French magazine that the two men had a homosexual affair that broke up Cruise’s 10-year marriage to Nicole Kidman.
The fifth Harry Potter book is scheduled to be published on June 21. The announcement follows almost two years of publication date push-backs and countless articles speculating on the future of the publishing houses and film studios linked to the series.
At the Golden Globe Awards held this week…
Best picture (drama) – “The Hours”
Best picture (comedy) – “Chicago”
Best actor (drama) – Jack Nicholson _”About Schmidt”
Best actress (drama) – Nicole Kidman – “The Hours.”
Best actor (musical or comedy) – Richard Gere “Chicago”
Best actress (musical or comedy) – Renee Zellweger “Chicago”
Best director – Martin Scorsese – “Gangs of New York”
Television – Best drama series – “The Shield”
Best musical or comedy – “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Best actress drama – Edie Falco – “The Sopranos”
Best actor drama – Michael Chiklis – “The Shield”
Best actress musical or comedy – Jennifer Aniston – “Friends”
Best actor musical or comedy – Tony Shalhoub – “Monk”
Television news – January 15, 2003
Fox-TV says it will begin to premiere new shows in the summer, in the hopes of jumping on rivals. Will others follow?
After a rash of low-rated shows, ABC-TV says it’s going for a quick fix and will add a number of reality shows – most with a thematic emphasis on appearance. One, from the producer of “The Bachelor” is titled “Are You Hot: The Search For America’s Sexiest People.” Another project, “All American Girl” – is a kind of pageant with young woman competing on the basis of beauty, intellect and skills.
Fox-TV renews “The Simpsons” for two more years, easily making it the longest-running U.S. television comedy at 16 seasons.
Music news – January 15, 2003
Inflating airplay? There’s some controversy in the radio world with Mariah Carey’s new single “Through The Rain.” Island Def Jam Music bought radio spots featuring some 53 seconds of the song. Problem was/is, computers monitoring airplay gave the commercials credit for a full spin of the song, giving it momentum for airplay, when in fact, radio stations weren’t playing the song as much.
Radio news – January 15, 2003
It’s announced that Ryan Seacrest will be filling-in for Rick Dees on his morning show from time-to-time over KIIS-FM in Los Angeles. Dees has never had a live replacement - instead, opting to run voice tracks during vacations and sick days. Is Seacrest being groomed to take Dees’ place on KIIS-FM? Currently Seacrest holds afternoons on Star 98.7 in Los Angeles.
Top Television Shows/Ratings – January 15, 2003
CSI – 25.48
Football – 24.93
Friends – 23.67
ER – 21.52
Everybody Loves Raymond – 19.7
Law & Order – 19.55
Joe Millionaire – 18.61
60 Minutes – 17.61
CSI: Miami – 17.52
The Bachelorette – 17.44
Scrubs – 17.18
Law & Order – SVU – 16.59
Without a Trace – 16.34
Will & Grace – 16.25
Law & Order: Criminal Intent – 16.21
Monday Night Television listings/TV Guide – week of January 15, 2003
CBS – King of Queens, Yes Dear, Everybody Loves Raymond, Still Standing, CSI:Miami, David Lettermen
NBC – Fear Factor, Fear Factor, Meet My Folks, Tonight Show
ABC – Movie – “The Rock” , Nightline
WB – 7th Heaven, Everwood
UPN – The Parkers, One on One, Girlfriends, Half and Half
PBS – Antiques Roadshow, American Experience, P.O.V. Charlie Rose
CSI – The team investigates the death of a male stripper found after a sex party.
7th Heaven – Eric agrees to see a therapist.
Everwood – Andy is offered the lead in “The King and I.”
Meet My Folks – 8 Woman spend time with a man’s parents in their home.
Tuesday Night Television listings/TV Guide – January 15, 2003
CBS – JAG, The Guardian, Judging Amy, David Lettermen
NBC – In Style: Celebrity Weddings, Frasier, Hidden Hills, Meet My Folks
ABC – 8 Single Rules For Dating My Daughter, According To Jim, Less Than Perfect, NYPD Blue, Nightline
WB – Gilmore Girls, Smallville
UPN – Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Abby, Girlfriends
PBS – Nova, Journey of Man, Charlie Rose
JAG – A Navy whistle-blower claims a top-secret device is defective.
Judging Amy – Amy’s lawyer wants to put Lauren on the stand during a custody battle with Michael.
Smallville – Clark rescues his mother from thugs without revealing his powers.
According to Jim – Cheryl and Jim play matchmaker to a cop and his partner.
Top Pop Hit Music – January 15, 2003
Die Another Day – Madonna
Dirrty – Christina Aguilera
Picture – Kid Rock (Feat Sheryl Crow)
Ignition – R. Kelly
This Is My Party – Fabulous
All The Things She Said – Tatu
A Moment Like This – Kelly Clarkson
Gangsta Lovin’ – Alicia Keys
Auld Lang Syne – Kenny G
Don’t Mess With My Man – Nivea Featuring Brian and Brandon Casey
Lose Yourself – Eminem
Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – January 15, 2003
All My Life – Foo Fighters
Always – Saliva
No One Knows – Queens of the Stone Age
The Red – Chevelle
When I’m Gone – 3 Doors Down
You Know You’re Right – Nirvana
Fine Again – Seether
Honestly – Zwan
Still waiting – Sum 41
Poem – Taproot
She Hates Me – Puddle of Mudd
Cochese – Audioslave
Top CD/Albums – January 15, 2003
8 Mile – Soundtrack
Let Go – Avril Lavigne
Home – Dixie Chicks
Stripped – Christina Aguilera
This Is Me…Then - Jennifer Lopez
Justified – Justin Timberlake
Up! – Shania Twain
I Care 4 U – Aaliya
Now 11 – Various artists
Under Construction – Missy Elliott
God’s Son – NAS
The Eminem Show – Eminem
Better Days – 2PAC
Nellyville – Nelly
Forty Licks – Rolling Stones
The Last Temptation – Ja Rule
Josh Groban – Josh Groban
MTV Heavy rotation – January 15, 2003
Lose Yourself – Eminem
Cry Me A River – Justin Timberlake
Without Me – Eminem
03 Bonnie & Clyde – Jay-Z
Top Hip-Hop Music Hits – January 15, 2003
Love of My Life – Erykah Badu
Bump, Bump Bump – B2k & P. Diddy
Work It – Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott
Air Force Ones – Nelly
Miss You – Aallyah
I Should Be… - Dre Hill
Fabulous – Jaheim
Ignition – R. Kelly
Don’t Change – Musiq
Thugz Mansion – 2PAC
03 Bonnie & Clyde – Jay-Z Featuring Beyonce Knowles
Wanksta – 50 Cent
Made You Look – Nes
Top Country Music Hits – January 15, 2003
19 Something – Mark Wills
Fall Into Me – Emerson Drive
She’ll Leave You With A Smile – George Straight
The Baby – Blake Shelton
These days – Rascal Flatts
Somebody Like You – Keith Urban
I Just Wanna Be Mad – Terri Clark
Who’s Your Daddy? – Toby Keith
A Lot Of Things Different – Kenny Chesney
You Can’t Hide Beautiful – Aaron Lines
Top Movies – January 15, 2003
Kangaroo Jack – Jerry O’Connell, Anthony Anderson
National Security – Martin Lawrence, Steve Zahn
Just Married – Brittany Murphy, Ashton Kutcher
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.