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By PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter   |   May 7, 2003 at 4:07 PM   |   0 comments

WEIRD AL TAKES ON EMINEM

Weird Al Yankovic fans can stop wondering when their idol will get around to a parody of Eminem -- he's done it and it's ready for market.

Yankovic's new CD "Poodle Hat" includes "Couch Potato" -- a parody of Eminem's Oscar-winning song "Lose Yourself."

However, don't look for a music video for the song. For the first time since in his 20-year career, Yankovic is not doing a video for the lead track of an album.

According to a publicist for Yankovic, Eminem was OK with the song parody of "Lose Yourself" but was not comfortable with the idea of Yankovic making sport of the song in a video.

"Eminem sees 'Lose Yourself' as an important hip hop song with a strong legacy," said a press release for Yankovic's album, "and is afraid that a Weird Al video might detract from that."

"Poodle Hat" -- which also features send-ups of songs by Backstreet Boys, Billy Joel, Avril Lavigne and Nelly -- is due in stores on May 20. Yankovic launches a North American tour on June 19 in Del Mar, Calif.


INDIANA JONES COMING TO DVD

Indiana Jones fans are looking forward to Nov. 4, when the George Lucas-Steven Spielberg-Harrison Ford trilogy will finally come out on DVD.

Paramount Home Entertainment will release a four-disc set that includes all three theatrical features -- "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" -- as well as something like four hours of features created for the DVD release.

Daily Variety reported that the set could become the biggest-selling DVD movie series ever -- until George Lucas gets around to releasing the first three "Star Wars" movies. The package will be released simultaneously on Nov. 4 in 20 of the world's largest markets, and on Nov. 7 in Japan.

Jim Ward, in charge of marketing for Lucasfilm, told Variety the THX digitally remastered films will be available in both widescreen and full screen versions with new Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks.

"If you ever (visit) Indiana Jones fan sites and see what their expectations are," said Ward. "I think we will fully meet those expectations and go beyond that."

Lucas, Spielberg and Ford are expected to return as producer, director and star of a fourth Indiana Jones movie. No start date has been announced for filming on the project.


JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE HAS GOT GAME

Multi-platinum recording artist Justin Timberlake is joining Turner Sports as a special correspondent for Turner Network Television and TBS Superstation.

Timberlake will contribute features and appear on several TNT sports shows -- including the NBA regular season, playoffs and All-Star Game, NASCAR events and professional golf tournaments such as The British Open and the PGA Championship. He will also appear on TBS telecasts of Major League Baseball and Big 12 and Pac-10 college football games.

Timberlake recently filmed features with TNT analyst and NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson for use during the NBA playoffs. The segments -- which compare "new school" NBA stars with "old school" legends -- begin airing this week during the second round of the NBA playoffs.


DESTINY'S CHILD BACK TOGETHER?

It's not being billed as a reunion, but all three members of Destiny's Child are planning to perform on the same pay-per-view show next month.

The telecast -- "Ford Presents Beyoncé Knowles, Family & Friends" -- will feature Knowles in concert from the Henry Ford II World Center in Dearborn, Mich., at 9 p.m. on June 14. Knowles will perform songs from her new CD "Dangerously in Love," which is due in stores in July.

The show will feature solo turns by Knowles' fellow Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams -- as well as appearances by Knowles' sister Solange Knowles, Swedish pop band Play and the gospel group Ramiyah.


MARLON WAYANS JOINS CASTS OF TOM HANKS MOVIE

Marlon Wayans is joining the cast of the Tom Hanks-Coen brothers' remake of the 1955 British comedy "The Ladykillers," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Wayans is best known as the star and writer of "Scary Movie" and "Scary Movie 2."

"The Ladykillers" featured Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers in a dark comedy about a gang of would-be robbers who rent a room at a sweet old lady's home, to use as a base of operations. The remake has Hanks as an eccentric Southerner who tries to orchestrate the robbery of a riverboat casino.


STARS LINE UP FOR 'STARLIGHT'

An all-star line-up is set for this Saturday's celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Starlight Children's Foundation in Hollywood.

Jamie Lee Curtis will host the event. Actress Emma Samms ("Dynasty") and film producer Peter Samuelson ("Revenge of the Nerds") established the Starlight Children's Foundation in 1983 to serve seriously ill children and their families.

Saturday's event will feature appearances by Michael Chiklis ("The Shield"), Kerr Smith ("Dawson's Creek"), George & Geoff Stultz ("7th Heaven") and Bob Saget.


FANS STAND UP FOR DIXIE CHICKS

An activist organization in Colorado Springs, Colo., has launched a campaign to get a radio station there to put Dixie Chicks back on its playlist.

Springs Action Alliance is also demanding that KKCS reinstate two disc jockeys who were suspended for playing Dixie Chicks, and they want the station manager to apologize on the air.

"This censorship is home-grown terrorism," said SAA organizer, Criz Stoddard. "Now we are scared just to play music?"

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