Bruce Springsteen's lyrics are too hot for Starbucks. NEWSWEEK has learned that the nation's favorite coffee chain has retreated from a potential deal to sell the singer's new album, "Devils & Dust," because of one steamy tune on the 12-song disc.The song, "Reno," is in part about an encounter with a prostitute.
NEWSMAKERSQ&A: Johnny DamonHis grand slam in last year's playoffs helped the Red Sox beat the Yankees--and their own 86-year curse. Outfielder Johnny Damon tells about that historic home run and more in his new book, "Idiot." He spoke last week with NEWSWEEK's Mark Starr.When you call the Red Sox "idiots," you mean it as a compliment.Absolutely. "Idiot" is considered a cool term now--you know, Green Day came out with its "American Idiot" song.
After months of contentious negotiations, Disney and its estranged film bosses, Miramax brothers Harvey and Bob Weinstein, reached an agreement today to formally divorce, ending the bitterest chapter in one of the most successful independent film ventures in Hollywood history.The long-anticipated settlement--in which the Weinsteins will receive an untold sum of cash and the highly successful Dimension film label as well as share with Disney certain existing high-profile projects--ends one of...
Heads rolled at CBS News after a report assigned blame for the controversial "60 Minutes II" story about President Bush's National Guard service. Senior news staffers tell NEWSWEEK the inevitable fallout from the story was worsened by an earlier incident that hurt the division's standing.
Carly Fiorina, CEO of Hewlett-Packard, and Gwen Stefani, superstar lead singer of No Doubt, may seem an unlikely pairing. But there they were, center stage at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, bantering for the audience about the new Harajuku Lovers digital camera, whose exterior was designed by Stefani.
The opening shot of Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" isn't an image of a clueless President Bush. It's a logo: a stylized drawing of the constellation Leo the Lion, the emblem of the film's distributor, and it's getting deafening applause. "The audience [knows] what we went through to get the picture to the marketplace," says Tom Ortenberg of Lions Gate Entertainment.
The spinmeisters at Miramax Books are busily manufacturing buzz about "Bling," the first novel by 31-year-old Erica Kennedy, for which she got a reported seven-figure advance. (Of course, she had to give Miramax the film rights.) This voyeuristic close-up of the hip-hop industry has already made it into the New York Post's Page Six gossip column--not once, but twice.
The drama inside the Philadelphia convention center last Wednesday was worthy of a Disney epic. The audience of 3,000--many of them looking like folks dressed for a day in Orlando, Fla. --sat spellbound as Michael Eisner and his nemesis Roy Disney, nephew of the fabled Walt, launched into a pitched battle of words.
Just 18 months ago, Richard Parsons faced a mass of angry shareholders at his first annual meeting as CEO of AOL Time Warner. Their list of complaints was long: a plummeting stock, strategic gaffes, even the shimmering headquarters project that one said was "replicating the Taj Mahal.'' But recently, Parsons was holding court in the almost-completed building, and much had changed.