January 5, 2004 |
Bruce Springsteen, thanks chiefly to the top-grossing concert tour of 2003, edges out rapper 50 Cent to top Calendar's seventh annual Ultimate Top 10, a list that combines album and concert ticket sales to show which artists U.S. pop fans spent the most money on. The results reflect stylistic diversity at the top, from classic rock (Springsteen) to hard-core rap (50 Cent), pop (Celine Dion) and country (Toby Keith). Springsteen's sales totaled $132.
January 11, 2004 |
You dislike us. You really dislike us. Or maybe the harsher truth is, we've begun to dislike ourselves. Let's admit it: We in the mainstream media deserve some of this rancor and resentment after the year we've had. Jayson Blair's serial falsehoods, the New York Times management crackup, the Washington Post's gung-ho reporting (and later re-reporting) of the Pfc.
December 29, 2002 |
Eva Mendes Actress She caught our eye playing Denzel Washington's girlfriend in "Training Day," directed by Antoine Fuqua. Now they're set to team up again in MGM's fall thriller "Out of Time," with Mendes playing Washington's love interest but in a more substantial, profile-raising role. The 25-year-old Cuban American actress, who started out doing commercials, also will star in "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," opposite Antonio Banderas and Johnny Depp.
December 7, 2003
American Expressionism Art and Social Change 1920-1950 Bram Dijkstra Harry N. Abrams/Columbus Museum of Art: 272 pp., $60 This is a marvelous, passionate and irritating book that proposes to retrieve a once-powerful movement in American painting from the rubbish heap of art history. That lost Depression-era movement has been sloppily labeled Social Realism by the clerks of academic art criticism, with their iron need for categories.
December 31, 2003 |
Heads, it's OutKast's wacky and wonderful "Hey Ya!" Tails, it's the White Stripes' powerful and mysterious "Seven Nation Army." However the coin falls, you can't lose in picking one of those smash singles to top our annual New Year's Eve countdown of the most compelling singles of the year. The playful "Hey Ya!" and the defiant "Seven Nation Army" are excellent records, radiating with the immediate punch that radio programmers crave when putting together playlists, and both records received enormous airplay.
December 29, 2002 |
Many media pundits predict that next year will be a time for rebuilding. But just as surely, it will be a time for rebelling. Granted, tremendous turmoil in the media sector this year is likely to lead to a search for stability in 2003, as leading media companies such as AOL Time Warner Inc., Vivendi Universal and Walt Disney Co. focus intently on recovery rather than rapid expansion through acquisitions.