Entertainment Weekly profiled the biggest bombs of 2002 and in the pack are Madonna for her film ‘Swept Away’, which was quickly swept away from the box office. Michael Jackson also gets a mention saying the lesson learned about the Gloved One is: “Parents should never — repeat, never! — push their kids into show business.” The full story at ew.com has since been removed.
Bookies Offer Odd Pop Star Odds
December 20, 2002 – The Scottish Daily Record reports that bookies are offering odds of 500-1 that Michael Jackson will have a complete head transplant next year. Meanwhile, they offer 5-1 odds former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham will have another baby, and a 10-1 payout if Britney Spears falls pregnant.
Jennifer Lopez Steals Chart Title From Madonna, X-Tina Jumps
December 19, 2002 – Contributed Anonymously: MyKe’s chart report: Jennifer Lopez’s new single featuring LL Cool J, ‘All I Have,’ debuts at #25, making it the highest Hot 100 debut of the year. Madonna’s ‘Die Another Day’ previously held the title with #40 debut. Meanwhile, Christina Aguilera’s ‘Beautiful’ jumps 4 spots from #10 to #6. All the 5 tracks above it have constantly decreasing airplay, and ‘Beautiful’ is expected to leap into the top 3 next week.
Sean Penn Trip Makes A First
December 18, 2002 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Tuesday, “They said tonight on the news — this is amazing. This is the first time Sean Penn has ever been in a country [Iraq] where he was the only guy who had slept with Madonna. Yeah, that’s what they said tonight.”
Madonna Could Learn From Cher
December 16, 2002 – ‘Sex and the City’ stylist Patricia Field tells the New York Daily News that Madonna could learn some lessons from Cher on putting on a good show. “Madonna puts on a fabulous show, but you’re not looking at her,” says Field. “You’re looking at all of the stuff she’s whipped out – the dancers, the whole show. You go to Cher’s show and she could have flying people on bungees, and your eyes never leave Cher.”
Big Changes At Madonna’s Mansion
December 15, 2002 – The Sunday People reports Madonna is having a butlers’ quarter, garages and bigger kitchen added to her Wiltshire mansion Ashcombe House.
Jacko So Wacko He’ll Kill Himself
December 15, 2002 – The Sunday People reports Michael Jackson’s family are worried about his state of mind – and have said that he may be on the verge of suicide. Former brother-in-law Jack Gordon says psychiatric help is the only way to save Jacko. “Sadly, I am convinced it’s only a matter of time before Michael commits suicide,” Gordon said. “It will be sooner rather than later and maybe before the end of the year. In his state of mind, he may harm his three children as well. He’ll want them to go with him too.”
Leno’s Quick Hits On Madonna & Jennifer Lopez
December 13, 2002 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Thursday, “Mel Gibson’s getting $25 million to star in the new ‘Mad Max: Road Warrior’ movie. And listen to this. Madonna’s getting $30 million not to be in it. So that’s pretty good.” Jay later joked, “Oh, Jennifer Lopez has a new holiday album out called, ‘The 12 Days of Marriage’.”