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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

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