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TheEveningStar
08-04-04, 02:00
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Writers Working on 'The Simpsons' Movie
NEW YORK - Lisa Simpson will still be eight when "The Simpsons" movie comes out but the rest of us will be a lot older.

Writers are working on the movie now, according to Yeardley Smith, who voices Lisa. But they won't start making the film until after the series is over and she says the series still has at least two seasons to go.

Once the show is over, Smith told AP Radio, it will still be at least three years before the movie hits theaters because "animation takes forever."

She thinks that a movie is a good idea. "My wish for the show is that we go out with a bang not a pimple. If we can do a movie and it can be as good as our best episodes, I'm thrilled. I think that would be wonderful."

She just hopes people won't be sick of the Simpsons, now in its 15th season, by the time the movie comes out: "I just hope that at this point ... people aren't like `Oh, a movie, we're over it!'"

TheEveningStar
08-04-04, 02:05
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Janet Jackson's New CD Debuts at No. 2

By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, AP Music Writer

NEW YORK - Janet Jackson is apparently suffering from a sales malfunction. Her new album, "Damita Jo," sold approximately 381,000 copies in its first week to debut at No. 2 on the charts. Her last album, 2001's "All for You," debuted at No. 1 with more than 605,000 copies sold. It's the first time her album has not debuted at No. 1 since 1989's "Rhythm Nation 1814."

Jackson was denied the top spot this time by Usher, who sold 486,000 copies of "Confessions." He debuted at No. 1 last week with 1.1 million copies sold.

Jackson, 37, released "Damita Jo" on March 31, about two months after her infamous breast-flashing Super Bowl halftime performance with Justin Timberlake.

Both blamed the incident on a "wardrobe malfunction," but it drew the ire of the Federal Communications Commission, which launched an investigation.

Since then, Jackson's popularity appears to have faded a bit. The album's first single, "Just a Little While," was a bust at radio and the second, "I Want You," has not gotten much airplay on Top 40 radio stations.

In addition, MTV, which produced the Super Bowl halftime show for fellow Viacom station CBS, did not initially play her new video, though last week the network said it would add the clip to its rotation.

There was plenty of hype surrounding "Damita Jo," including Jackson appearances on "The Late Show" with David Letterman and "Good Morning America."

This weekend, she will be the guest host and performer on "Saturday Night Live."

TheEveningStar
08-04-04, 02:11
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Cable's Bravo to Spin Off 'Queer Eye' for Women

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The women of America will soon have their chance to be criticized, stylized and lionized by a team of fashionable gay men.

Cable television network Bravo on Wednesday said it will create a women's version of its smash hit series "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," in which a team of five gay men, the "Fab Five," show a heterosexual man how to dress, dine and design.

A Bravo spokesman said many of the details for "Queer Eye for the Straight Girl" were yet to be worked out, including how many men would star on the show and whether or not the format would be exactly the same as "Straight Guy."

The new series, which will be set in Los Angeles, is expected to debut next year.

"Queer Eye" has consistently set new ratings records for Bravo, propelling it into the upper echelons of cable networks. Bravo parent company is television network NBC.

The "Queer Eye" team, with expertise in food, fashion, grooming, interior design and culture, have become stars in their own right, with book deals and advertising campaigns. NBC has used the show and the "Fab Five" on their own programs on a number of occasions.

Reuters/VNU
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