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PCR #111. (Vol. 3, No. 19) This edition is for the week of May 6--12, 2002.
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Hello gang! So, anyone else seen "Attack of the Clones?" No? Oh, well. Shall we begin?

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KICKING ASS AND TAKING NAMES
I can't tell you how proud I am that my little review brought nearly 1000 people from all over the world to our little site. I'm equally pleased that, according to Nolan, the majority of those people took the time to sample the rest of the PCR world. Hopefully they will become steady visitors. Thank you, Deadguy, for your kind words. Believe me, I do understand your reasons for enjoying "Jason X." We obviously share a kindred spirit in films. Now if we can get that youngster Terence to follow our lead.

WHERE'S MY PRIZE?
If I read the hit counter correctly, I was the 10,000th visitor to the PCR. Please make the check payable to Michael Smith. (Wow! Ha ha, that's terrific! I'm almost jealous...but I must say this rare once-in-a-lifetime honor couldn't happen to a nicer guy--also a deserving honor in light of your bringing so many new visitors to us. Thanks, Mike.---Nolan.

NEWS AND NOTES
What with the mind-boggling success of "Spider-Man," it's no wonder that Warner Brothers is pulling their own franchises, "Superman" and "Batman" off the shelves. Director Darren Aronofsky is still in the development stages of a new Batman film, while "Charlie's Angels" director, McG, is finalizing his deal for a new Superman. According to sources, McG's choices to play the Man of Steel are either Brendan Frasier............or Will Smith!!!!!!!

Saturday Night Live veteran Will Ferrell has announced that this year, his seventh on the show, will be his last. Ferrell plans to follow in the footsteps of Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Eddie Murphy and begin a film career. Good luck. Stay away from the footsteps of Joe Piscopo, whatever you do.

Despite being quoted in the mid-70's as saying, "I'd hate to think I'll still be touring when I'm 40," Mick Jagger and the rest of the Rolling Stones have announced their plans to celebrate their 40th Anniversary on the road the only way they know how to.........on the road. Having seen them on every tour since 1981 (My PAL, Matt, didn't think it was important to get me a ticket when he bought his for the 1978 tour), I can honestly say that when the show is over, they prove over and over again that they are the "Greatest Rock and Roll Band In the World." Plans are for the boys to do three seperate shows: Stadium, Arena and Theatre. They will have different sets, lights, etc for each venue. Some cities, like Chicago and New York, will have the opportunity to host all three shows over a one week period. Perhaps if they play the Boston area Matt can make up for the hurt I still feel from his sleight and buy me a ticket.

GET WELL SOON
Get well wishes to "Jaws" star Richard Dreyfuss, who last week spent considerable time in a Manhattan hospital where he was treated for a lung infection. Dreyfuss, 54, is currently starring on CBS in "The Education of Max Bickford." As filming for the season had already concluded, the show was not affected.

MOVING ON
Otis Blackwell
, a Tennessee musician/songwriter who's recorded work sold over 185 million records, died last week in Nashville from a heart attack. He was 70. He wrote songs for Elvis Presley (All Shook Up, Don't Be Cruel, Return to Sender), Jerry Lee Lewis (Great Balls of Fire, Breathless) and Peggy Lee (Fever). His song, "Handy Man", was a hit twice thanks to recordings by Del Shannon and James Taylor. A noted singer as well, Blackwell would often sing his own songs to prospective artists. Music historians note his manner of singing was a large influence on Elvis' style.

HONOR WELL DESERVED
The Cranbury, New Jersey post office was officially renamed in honor of Flight 93 hero Todd Beamer. Beamer's widow, Lisa, said the red brick building will help the couple's three young children remember their father.

Well, that's it for this week. See ya!


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