The Michigan Daily - Monday, July 15, 2002 - 9
WHAT'S NEWS IN ENTERTAINMENT
JOHN FRANKENHEIMER DEAD AT 72 -
Prolific film director John Frankenheimer
died of a stroke last Saturday after under-
going spinal surgery. He directed over 40
films, including "The Manchurian Candi-
date" starring Frank Sinatra and more
recently, "Ronin" with Robert DeNiro. His
final feature was 2000s "Reindeer Games"
with Charlize Theron, Ben Affleck and
"SUPERMAN VS. BATMAN" BEGINS TO
TAKE SHAPE - Director Wolfgang Peter-
son told MTV about his hopes to bring the
all-American titan Superman to the big
screen alongside his vengeful, darker
counterpart, the Batman. Peterson is quot-
ed as saying the two will collide in a post-
Sept. 11 world, where their very different
ideals will lead to dissention between the
two crimefighters. Superman represents
sort of everything clear and bright and
noble. He represents our hopes and ideals.
Batman, on the other hand, represents the
dark and obsessive and vengeful side."
Peterson went on to say that he hoped to
find dramatic actors, as opposed to "action
heroes" to fill the title roles.
JACKO BLAMES POOR RECORD SALES
ON RACISM, NOT HORRIBLE ALBUM -
Michael Jackson, the self-proclaimed King
of Pop, has accused Sony of racism in the
promotion of last October's "Invincible"
album. Billboard.com reports that Jackson
has the support of friend and civil rights
advocate Rev. Al Sharpton and attorney
Johnny Cochran. During a press confer-
ence, Jackson claimed that Sony Music
Entertainment Chairman Tommy Matola
was both racist and "devilish." The former
pop superstar then held up a picture of
Matola with devil horns drawn on. Record
executives and other black performers
alike are stating that Jackson's crusade
doesn't interest them, and that they have
never felt such racism themselves in the
industry. Jackson counters that if his fans
back him, they will be fighting for the
rights off all black performers, "living or
Singer, civil rights crusader, man: Michael Jackson.
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