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1 MONSTER GARAGE Auto mechanics are challenged each week to turn cars into things like pontoon party boats on the Discovery Channel. Okay, but can they turn a Yugo into a car?

2 CHARLES SHAW WINE The nickname for the surprise hit $1.99 vintage is Two-Buck Chuck. Why? Drink a whole bottle of it and that's what you get.

3 JAMIE FOXX He was arrested for allegedly refusing to leave a casino. Man, how much do you have to win before they do that?

4 KENTUCKY DERBY The most exciting two minutes in sports? Sure -- if you don't count having sex with a jockey.

5 BEN & JEN reportedly bought a Gone With the Wind-like plantation. First order of business: introducing their personal assistants to the time-honored tradition of sharecropping.

6 J.K. ROWLING The Harry Potter author is now worth an estimated $445 million, making her even wealthier than the Queen of England. Well, at least until Elizabeth takes her cut.

7 SINEAD O'CONNOR The Irish singer surprises the music world by announcing her retirement. Who knew she was still working?

8 REALITY CENTRAL A new cable channel that will show nothing but reality programming all day long. Wasn't there already something like this called...the news?

9 SHOPLIFTING ACTRESSES First Winona and now, police say, that maid lady from Will & Grace. Ladies, ladies -- everyone knows it's better for your career to be a junkie than a shoplifter.

10 X2: X-MEN UNITED If the evil, small-minded people really want to rid the world of the superheroes and their mutant ilk, why don't they just take them to see The Real Cancun?

Originally posted May 09, 2003 Published in issue #709 May 09, 2003 Order article reprints