February 14, 2000
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Third time's a Scream

In "Scream 3," director Wes Craven gives his fans again the same combination of jolts and laughs, appropriately adapted to what fans expect in the third film of the trilogy.
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Jenny McCarthy Interview
Jenny McCarthy, of MTV fame, is appearing in the new film "Scream 3," as starlet Sarah Darling. The name of her character seems especially appropriate considering that Jenny started and finished most of her remarks by calling the interviewer "Honey." Overall, McCarthy came across as friendly, talkative, and sharper than you would expect. She started off the interview by asking people to call her "Jenny," saying that the plot was a secret, but that in "Scream 3," her character Sarah was making a movie that was part of the "Stab" series, a movie-within-a-movie. In the course of the interview, she also mentioned that she'd grown up outside Chicago, was a cheerleader at her Catholic high school, and seems to be quite a sports fan. Here is part of the phone interview (without most of the "Honeys"):

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Scott Foley Interview
The Current recently participated in an interview with actor Scott Foley, who is appearing in the new film "Scream 3," and who appears on TV in the show "Felicity." Scott plays Roman Bridger, the director of the movie "Stab 3," based on the events in the first "Scream" movies. In this movie-within-a-movie story, the actors in "Stab 3" start getting killed and, well, the director is a tad upset. The Current spoke with Scott Foley by phone, and we were told at the beginning of the interview that the plot of the movie was a secret:

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Where lead singers are concerned, tall people need not apply
Height never seemed a factor in music, but as Cory Blackwood points out, most lead singers aren't taller than 6'0".

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'Titus' excels with dream-like visuals, imagery
Murder, betrayal, revenge. "Titus" is a film based on Shakespeare's play "Titus Andronicus" and is directed by Julie Taymor, whose Broadway production of "The Lion King" amazed audiences with it's darkly dramatic and original costumes, sets and staging. This film is a movie version of her staging of "Titus Andronicus," perhaps Shakespeare's darkest tragedy, and it is therefore probably better suited to this gothic, dreamlike treatment than the highly-regarded "Lion King." "Gothic" is an especially good word for the look of this film, with actors clothed in black, with dark hair and pale complexions, stark sets that look alternately like Roman ruins or stark modern architecture, and scenes that are dominated by the colors black, white and red. These factors combined with a creative use of photography creates a very unusual and creative film adaptation that shows that Taymor is as skillful on film as in the theater.

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Local band needs to develop more material to catch label's attention
Musically, this plan doesn't work so well. The Urge was St. Louis' next great hope in music. While they have their niche, it is a small one, and the only rabid followers of the band are St. Louis residents. Gravity Kills went from industrial-rock sensation to industrial rock joke in the span of an album. Even Radio Iodine, a band possessing true talent and musical savvy, broke up, probably at least in part to the pressure of their hometown.

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DiCaprio gives washed up performance in 'The Beach'
What a difference a few years can make. Just seven years ago, fresh off of outstanding performances in two of his earliest films ("This Boy's Life," "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?"), Leonardo DiCaprio seemed to be well on his way to joining the echelons of Hollywood's most talented actors.

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