Flashes: Week of Nov. 5, 1999 | EW.com


Flashes: Week of Nov. 5, 1999

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Most interesting It’s a record: The just-published edition of Guinness World Records 2000 contains no fewer than 497 entertainment-themed entries. ”Basically, we’re trying to reach the teenage marketplace,” says Guinness publisher Mark C. Young. ”And that’s where their interests are.” Here, some noteworthy additions.

1. Singer with most recorded duets: Willie Nelson, who has paired with about 100 artists, including Bob Dylan, Julio Iglesias, Frank Sinatra, and Sinead O’Connor

2. Richest supermodel: Elle Macpherson, who’s worth $38.12 million

3. Oldest female vocalist to reach No. 1 in England: Blondie’s Deborah Harry, 53, who topped the charts with ”Maria” in February 1999

4. Highest-paid active TV writer: Chris Carter, who’s earning $52 million in 1999

5. Biggest opening-day box office: Star Wars: Episode I —– The Phantom Menace, which took in $28.54 million in its first 24 hours.

Fright music

Horror master Wes Craven has done it again. Music of the Heart — his new drama about a violin teacher who bonds with inner-city youths — provides chills that rival such Craven classics as A Nightmare on Elm Street. Here, the five most terrifying moments at the heart of Heart.

5. The creepy head twitching of professional violinists during the climactic concert

4. ‘N Sync’s bone-chilling title song

3. The shocking appearance of another Culkin — Kieran, Macaulay’s brother

2. Meryl Streep. In a bathrobe. With curlers.

1. Gloria Estefan’s acting