Week of May 23, 2003
Congress approves a sweeping tax cut bill - a $350-billion tax cut bill.
Lt. Gen James Conway - a top marine commander in Iraq says that U.S.
intelligence was “simply wrong” in its assessment that Saddam Hussein intended
to unleash chemical or biological weapons against U.s. forces during the war.
Under criticism, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says his nation must end its
occupation of Palestinian lands.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair visits southern Iraq and the top military
commander says the war is still not over in many parts of the country.
The Pentagon says it is planning a broad re-alignment of troops in Asia - to
smaller more mobile forces.
The House approves new powers for defense
, capitalizing on his
clout following the U.S. military action in Iraq. The
plan bolsters Rumsfeld’s authority over hiring,
firing, pay and transfer of more than 700,000
civilian defense employees - over a quarter of
the entire federal civilian workforce.
Moscow asks Tehran to confirm that it is not
secretly developing a nuclear bomb and the
White House demands that the regime do more
to halt the activities of Al Qaeda terrorists within
Disney says it plans to close more than 100
stores and wants to sell the remainders to a buyer who would operate them
under a licensing deal. Disney has been in the retail business for 15 years.
Microsoft agrees to pay AOL $750 million to settle an antitrust
lawsuit alleging that Microsoft crushed AOL’s Netscape web browser.
ITunes 4.0 - Apple issues an update to ITunes curtailing the ability to share play
lists over the Internet. Under the ITunes 4.0 version released last month, Apple
allows users to stream songs over a local network. The company touted it as a
way family and friends could listen to each other’s music between computers at
home or in a small group setting, but some users found away to extend it beyond
Week of May 23, 2003
local networks to the Internet, making it similar to the music-swapping function at
the center of piracy debates.
Disney and its
star - 15-year-old
, are parting. The show has been a hit
on the Disney channel and is now a movie. It’s
described as a bitter parting. Lizzie is also a big
merchandise mover for Disney with books, clothes
and music. But Ms. Duff wants to move on. She’s
shooting “Cheaper by the Dozen” for Fox and next
month, begins production on the Warner Bros.
Film - “Cinderella Story.”
American Idol may be over for now, but host Ryan
Seacrest is up for a new daily live syndicated TV
show beginning in January. It’s part
newsmagazine and part variety.
Music news -
On Monday - American Idol winner
appear on the “Today” show.
Appearing on the “Today” show this week
- Mariah Carey and the same day, John
Mellencamp appears on GMA.
Performing on the MTV Movie Awards this week - t.A.T.u - the Russian duo
Available this week - A two DVD set of Led Zeppelin, featuring vintage concert
Sinead O’Connor has announced her impending retirement from music.
Brian Wilson will perform the lost Beach Boys album “Smile” in Boston, New York
and Newark in June.
Promotion - Nike is banking on a high school basketball player by the name of
LeBron James. He’s not even in the NBA and many say it’s a gamble. The deal
is for $90 million.
Week of May 23, 2003
Disney says it will offer movies on demand using over-the-air TV stations. For a
few dollars, customers with special boxes will be able stop, start, pause, rewind
and replay movies as if they were tapes or DVD’s. The video on-demand system
is called “MovieBeam" and will test in three cities this fall, and use the signals of
regular TV stations to beam digital signals to the boxes.
Friday night television -
CBS - JAG, Hack, 48 Hours Mystery, Late Show, Craig Killborn
NBC - Dateline NBC, Law & Order Special Victims, Tonight, Conan O’Brien
ABC - America’s Funniest Home Videos, 20/20, Nightline
Fox - Movie
PBS - Washington Week, Wall St. Week
Sci-Fi - Stargate SG-1, Scare Tactics
Late Show w/David Letterman - Halle Berry, Don
At the movies -
The matrix Reloaded
Daddy Day Care
X2: X-Men United
Down With Love
The Lizzie McGuire Movie