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Dateline: Week Of March 15, 2003 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 

 

In The News

President Bush and the leaders of Britain and Spain say they would give the United Nations until the end of today to authorize the use of military force against Iraq or they would go to war without U.N. approval.

President Bush puts the nation and the world on a war footing, issuing an ultimatum to Saddam Hussein to step down within 48 hours or face sure destruction “at a time of our choosing.”

War talks breakdown as Saddem Hussein rejects (with contempt) President Bush’s ultimatum to relinquish power and flee Iraq.

U.S. attacks Iraq – Air raid sirens blared and yellow-and-white tracers could be seen across the city of Baghdad.

U.S. And British troops sweep into southern Iraq in an invasion aimed at Baghdad, where a new wave of missiles and bombs struck a presidential compound housing several government departments of Saddam Hussein.

The United States launches an intense assault against Iraq, raining hundreds of bombs and cruise missiles on the capital and other places deemed crucial to President Saddam Hussein’s regime.

 

 Technology News – March 15, 2003

Computer manufacturer Gateway Inc says it will eliminate 1,900 jobs and close 80 retail stores by the end of this month. The company lost $309 million last year on sales of $4.2 billion.

 

Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie News – March 15, 2003

Hollywood news – Angelina Jolie’s gown, the one she is supposed to wear to the Academy Awards is stolen from the car of British designer Scott Henshall. The $4700 gown was among seven dresses, jewelry and accessories worth a total of $62,400 clipped from the back of the designer’s  convertible in London. Joline stars in “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.”

Pregnant Catherine Zeta-Jones agrees to perform in the upcoming Academy Awards, joining Queen Latifah in singing “Chicago’s” nominated song “I Move On.”

 

Television news – March 15, 2003

 Fox announces that it has signed Monica Lewinsky, former Clinton White House intern to be the host of “Mr. Personality,” a staged unscripted prime-time series. The show premieres April 21.

 Nickelodeon unveils “All Grown Up,” a spin-off from “Rugrats” that lets us know what they are like as adolescents. It should start soon. 

“The Sopranos” will continue. James Gandolfini, who had sued HBO to get out of his contract in a dispute over his salary, has agreed to drop his lawsuit and go back to work.

War coverage – Peter Arnett and NBC jump on the competition in the opening salvos of the U.S. led attack. NBC was the first with a report that something was happening in Baghdad, with ABC just minutes behind.

HDTV update – ESPN will launch ESPN HD on March 30 – the first channel dedicated to the new technology. Like CBS sports, ESPN has been producing certain sports broadcasts in HD. Less than 5% of U.S. homes have digital sets necessary to display HDTV.

Top TV Shows/Ratings – March 15, 2003

CSI – 28.60

American Idol (Tues) – 22.01

Survivor: Amazon – 21.05

Friends – 21.00

ER – 20.91

Everybody Loves Raymond – 19.47

CSI: Miami – 18.95

Fear Factor – 18.30

 American Idol - (Wed.) - 18.30

Law and Order – 15.99

Still Standing – 15.86

Scrubs – 15.64

Without a Trace – 15.38

Law and Order (Wed late) – 14.97

King of Queens – 14.04

60 Minutes – 13.68

Yes, dear – 13.47

48 Hours Investigates – 13.19

The Simpsons – 12.96

Law and Order: Criminal Intent – 12.63

Good Morning Miami – 12.57

Law and Order (Wed/early) – 12.46

My Big Fat Greek Life – 12.39

60 Minutes II – 12.3

JAG – 12.13

Meet My Folks (Mon.) – 11.97

That 70’s Show – 11.66

Star Search (Wed.) – 11.60

Dateline; NBC (Fri.) – 11.52

 

Top syndicated TV shows – week of March 15, 2003

Wheel of Fortune

Jeopardy!

Seinfeld

Friends

Everybody Loves Raymond

Oprah Winfrey

Entertainment Tonight

Judge Judy

Dr. Phil

Will & Grace

Live With Regis and Kelly

That 70’s Show

Inside Edition

King of the Hill

Millionaire

 

Wednesday Night Television listings/TV Guide – week of March 15, 2003

CBS – Survivor: The Amazon, Star Search, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Late Show

NBC – Dateline NBC, West Wing, Law & Order, The Tonight Show

ABC – My Wife and Kids, George Lopez, The Bachelor: Where Are They Now, All American Girl, Nightline

Fox – American Idol, Bernie Mack, Cedric the Entertainer Presents

UPN – Enterprise, The Twilight Zone

WB – Dawson’s Creek, Angel

 

American Idol – It’s down to 10 finalists.

Angel – Alyson Hannigan makes a crossover appearance in her role as Willow.

CSI: Crime scene Investigation – Grissom investigates a hit-and-run accident.

Law and Order – The death of an Asian woman is thought to be politically motivated in “The Wheel.”

Late Show – Barbara Walters and actor Eddie Griffin guest.

Tonight Show – Oprah Winfrey and Scott Foley guest

 

Thursday Night television listings/TV Guide – week of March 15, 2003

CBS – College Basketball, The Late Show

NBC – Friends, Scrubs, Will & Grace, Good Morning, Miami, ER, Tonight Show

ABC – Profiles From The Front Line, Are You Hot?, Primetime Thursday, Nightline

Fox – Married by American, the Pulse,

UPN – WWE Smackdown!

WB – Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Family Affair, Jamie Kennedy Experience, On the Spot (premier)

 

Debut-On The Spot – Stars Jeff B. Davis whose mail clerk character zooms up the corporate ladder.

ER – “Chaos Theory” – finds the emergency room still under quarantine as officials look for a deadly illness.

Tonight Show – Renee Zellweiger, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow guest

 

Top DVD’s – March 15, 2003

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost dreams

Sweet Home Alabama

One Hour Photo (Widescreen)

Brown Sugar

City By The Sea (Widescreen)

 

Music news – March 15, 2003

Dixie Chick Natalie Maines, who told a London audience last week that she was “ashamed” of President Bush,” now says she’s sorry for her comment:

“As a concerned American citizen, I apologize to President Bush because my remark was disrespectful. I feel that whoever holds that office should be treated with the utmost respect.”

Matchbox Twenty postpones a European tour because of the war in Iraq. The tour was to have begun in Germany. MTV.com also reports that Lisa Marie Presley has called off a two-week promotional swing through Europe for the same reason.

 

Radio News – March 15, 2003

Sirius is coming on strong with a new advertising campaign. One print ad reads: “Commercials-OFF… music shouldn’t be brought to you by a double espresso in a can…” 

 

 Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – March 15, 2003

Can’t Stop – Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Somewhere I Belong – Linkin Park

Like A Stone – Audioslave

No One Knows – Queens of the Stone Age

When I’m Gone – 3 Doors Down

Times Like These – Foo Fighters

Bring Me To Life - Evanescence

Swing, Swing – All-American Rejects

Clocks – Coldplay

Fine Again – Seether

Always – Saliva

 

Top CD/albums – March 15, 2003

Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ – 50 Cent

Come Away With me – Norah Jones

Chocolate Factory – R. Kelly

Home – Dixie Chicks

Philadelphia Freeway – Freeway

Cocky – Kid Rock

Grammy Nominees 2003 – Various artists

Let Go – Avril Lavigne

Room For Squares – John Mayer

This is Me…Then- Jennifer Lopez

Under Construction – Missy Elliott

Daredevil: The Album – Soundtrack

A Rush of Blood The Head – Coldplay

The Eminem Show – Eminem

Chicago – Soundtrack

Cradle 2 The Grave – Soundtrack

200 KM/H In The Wrong Lane – T.A.T.U.

Nellyville – Nelly

Livin’ Legend – G.G.

Dutty Rock – Sean Paul

 

Top Country Hit Music – March 15, 2003 

Travelin’ Soldier – Dixie Chicks

Man to Man - Gary Allan

Brokenheartsville – Joe Nichols

That’d Be Alright – Alan Jackson

19 Somethin’ – Mark Wills

The Baby – Blake Shelton

Big star – Kenny Chesney

You Can’t Hide Beautiful – Aaron Lines

I Just Wanna Be Mad – terri Clark

She’s My Kind of Rain – Tim McGraw

 

Top Pop Hits – March 15, 2003

I’m With You – Avil Lavigne

Landslide – Dixie Chicks

You Body Is A Wonderland – John Mayer

The Game Of Love – Santana Featuring Michelle Branch

 Picture – Kid Rock with Sheryl Crow

Big Yellow Taxi – Counting Crows with Vanessa Carlton

Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones

Underneath It All – No Doubt with Lady Sew

Unwell – Matchbox Twenty

Don’t dream It’s Over – Sixpense None The Richer

When I’m Gone – 3 Doors Down

Drift Away – Uncle Kracker with Dobie Gray

In A Little While – Uncle Kracker

Beautiful – Christina Aguilera

 

Top Rap Music – March 15, 2003

Ignition – R. Kelly

In Da Club – 50 cent

How You Gonna Act Like that – Tyrese

Exuse Me Miss – Jay-Z

Miss You – Aallyah

The Jump Off – Lil Kim with Mr. Cheeks

Gossip Folks – Miss “Misdemeanor” Elliott with Ludacris

All I Have – Jennifer Lopez with LL Cool J

Wanksta – 50 Cent

 

Top Movies – March 15, 2003

Bringing Down The House

Agent Cody Banks

The Hunted

Tears of the Sun

Chicago

Old School

How to Lose A Guy In 10 Days

Willard

Daredevil

Cradle 2 The Grave

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