THE WIG’S UP Garth Brooks may again be hanging up his hat. But this time he won’t be putting on that scary Chris Gaines fright wig. During an interview on the Nashville Network, Brooks said that he may retire next year to ”spend more time with his three young daughters” and that ”music isn’t the first thing” in his life anymore.
PAYOFF Comedian Chris Tucker will get $20 million for ”Rush Hour 2,” the sequel to his kung-fu-fightin’ buddy flick with Jackie Chan. This will make Tucker the second African-American to get such megabucks in Hollywood, following Eddie Murphy, who’s making the same amount for the sequel to ”The Nutty Professor.” But Tucker shouldn’t start hiring hundreds of personal assistants, stylists, dog walkers, and assorted spiritual gurus yet. The deal is contingent upon New Line getting Chan to return…. Other animated stars are also making movie deals – MTV’s Daria is set to star in her own film ”Is It Fall Yet?” due, well, next fall.
CASH COW Since they can’t put ”Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” on every night, ABC is forking over $105 million dollars to keep ”The Drew Carey Show” on the network until spring 2002.
DEATH BY DISCO Culture Club frontman Boy George was knocked to the ground by a four-foot-tall 62-pound disco ball during a sound check for a concert at the Bournemouth International Centre in Dorset, England. George was treated for bruises and shock after the mirrored ball hit him but went on to perform that night. Guess we now know why he titled his autobiography ”Take It Like a Man.”
BIG DEALS Not willing to let that little Viacom/CBS merger upstage him, Ted Turner, Vice Chairman of Time Warner (EW’s parent company), told executives at the Western Cable Show in Los Angeles that he’d like to buy NBC, even though Time Warner already owns the WB network. According to Variety, Turner said, ”I’m like Noah, I want two of everything.”
HIGH SCHOOL HIGHNOTES This afternoon, Christina Aguilera will perform at Milwaukee’s Franklin High School as part of a radio promotion. Students submitted more than 1.6 million contest entries to Milwaukee’s KISS FM to win Christina for the day.
TOO RAW An all-sports network in Canada was ordered by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission to stop airing ”WWF’s Raw” during the day when young children can watch.
MAKIN’ TRACKS Now that it’s readily available for $5 at your local urban bootlegger, Jay-Z is adding three songs to his much anticipated ”Vol. 3… The Life and Times of S. Carter,” including a collaboration with Dr. Dre. Despite these last-minute additions, the album will still be released on Dec. 28th.