News + Notes
14 | AND THE WINNERS ARE... The court decision that could level the playing field for indies and blockbusters alike...Palestine has an Oscar contender...Who knew Jack Nicholson could sing?...Meet Fox's World Idol sing-off contestants...The 5-Year Plan: The Lord of the Rings' Miranda Otto...Hot Sheet...The Shaw Report...Monitor.
28 | LOVE AMONG THE RUINS Welcome to Cold Mountain, for which one guy (Jude), two gals (Renee and Nicole), and one mogul (Harvey Weinstein) traveled halfway around the world to place an $83 million Oscar bet. BY JOSH YOUNG
38 | I AM SAMURAI He's battled cancer, culture shock, and hundreds of warriors. But Ken Watanabe's latest victory is winning over Hollywood. BY JOSHUA RICH
40 | 'SHAKE IT UP The brassy belter behind winter's raciest smash is a closet foreign-film geek? R&B singer Kelis is full of surprises (and -- burp -- ice cream). BY MICHAEL ENDELMAN
43 | LEGENDS OF THE FALL It was the best of time slots and the worst of time slots, with only the fittest surviving in a TV ratings free-for-all. BY DAN SNIERSON
49 | THE MUST LIST Ten great things to see/hear/read.
51 | MOVIES The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King; also House of Sand and Fog, Mona Lisa Smile, Stuck on You, The Statement, The Fog of War, and Love Don't Cost a Thing. Plus: Alec Baldwin's dance with The Devil and Daniel Webster; Ask the Critic.
59 | DVD & VIDEO Take a test run this year with some new yuletide titles; also EW's Top Gun 10, Seabiscuit, and Freaky Friday.
62 | TELEVISION CSI and CSI: Miami; also Life With Bonnie and The Apprentice. Plus: Alias boasts a new guest star; What to Watch.
73 | MUSIC A look at holiday albums; also Ruben Studdard, Celine Dion, Memphis Bleek, Floetry, and Musiq.
79 | BOOKS The lowdown on coffee-table reading; also Anne Perry, Jude Deveraux, Eric Jerome Dickey, Jennifer Fisher, Jacquelyn Mitchard, and Richard Preston. Plus: In the ring with a new tribute to Muhammad Ali.
12 | MAIL Britney Spears; Ron Howard.
84 | STUPID QUESTIONS This week with...Jackie Collins.
ON THE COVER Renee Zellweger, Nicole Kidman, and Jude Law photographed for EW by Brigitte Lacombe in New York City on June 7, 2003
Indie Spirit Awards best pic noms: American Splendor, In America,
Indie Spirit Awards best pic noms: American Splendor, In America, Lost in Translation, Raising Victor Vargas, Shattered Glass