It's hard to believe that it's been more than three years since U2's Bono, buoyed by the bounty of awards and accolades heaped on their 2000 release All That You Can't Leave Behind, said they were reapplying for the job of "best band in the world." On Thursday, the first single since that remark, the guitar-driven, glam rock rave-up single Vertigo, will be released. When the album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb is released later in the month, the job could very well be theirs.
Here's what else is happening in the coming week:
DVD: Today, this summer's not-so-surprising computer-animated hit Shrek 2 hits shelves on DVD. The feature-packed presentation includes commentary tracks and making-of documentaries, in addition to technical flubs and a look at the music and characterization challenges involved in making the movie.
BOOKS: Journalist-turned-novelist Tom Wolfe, whose previous books examined the stratification of society along economic and racial lines, releases I Am Charlotte Simmons, a look at perhaps the most divided of societal microcosms - the college campus. The novel, which takes place at a mythical Pennsylvania school known for both athletic and academic excellence, will hit stores Tuesday.
MOVIES: It is possible that I am the only soul scared by The Polar Express, in which a computer-animated Tom Hanks mustering his best faux New England accent and urging a small boy, clad only in pajamas, to board a train that has mysteriously appeared on his street. The film, directed by Robert Zemeckis (Cast Away, Forrest Gump) opens Wednesday.
LOCAL: As much as we might like to believe that movies are made as art, the truth is the silver screen stories are produced with one simple goal in mind - making money. Nobody knows that better than Simon Kornblit, a former head of worldwide marketing at Universal Pictures. Mr. Kornblit, who now lives in Atlanta, supervised the selling of more than 100 movies, including Jurassic Park and Back to the Future. Mr. Kornblit will speak at Augusta State University on Wednesday from 12:30-2 p.m. in Allgood Hall, Room N126.
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