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Groove ArmadaWith little more than a week to go before Spitfire Pictures' "Masked & Anonymous," starring Bob Dylan, has its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Sony Pictures Classics has swooped in and acquired the North American distribution rights.

Sony Classics' acquisition takes one of the more eagerly anticipated films of the festival off the table even before Sundance opens Thursday (Jan. 16) and also means that Dylan's new film will stay within the corporate family, where he records for Sony's Columbia label. The film's premiere Sundance screening is scheduled for Jan. 22.

In the feature, directed by Larry Charles ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Dylan plays wandering minstrel Jack Fate, who attempts to rekindle his career in a fictional country in the middle of a civil war. Dylan performs seven of his own songs in the film. The ensemble drama also stars Jeff Bridges, Penelope Cruz, John Goodman, Jessica Lange, Luke Wilson, and Angela Bassett.

-- Gregg Killday, The Hollywood Reporter

Groove ArmadaHayseed Dixie, the self-proclaimed "hillbilly rockers" behind the Dualtone bluegrass interpretation albums "A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC" and "A Hillbilly Tribute to Mountain Love," have put forth another opus in the form of "Kiss My Grass: A Hillbilly Tribute to KISS." Due Feb. 18 on Dualtone Music, the disc will feature 10 unique Hayseed Dixie versions of KISS songs, including "Cold Gin," "Love Gun," "Lick It Up," "Calling Dr. Love," "Detroit Rock City," and "Heaven's on Fire."

The group is also taking to the road to support "Kiss My Grass." A four-date tour starting on the day of the album's release in Charlotte, N.C., is expected to be augmented by more shows in the near future. Check the group's official Web site for more information.

Here are Hayseed Dixie's tour dates:

Feb. 18: Charlotte, N.C. (Sylvia Theater)
Feb. 19: Birmingham, Ala. (Nick)
Feb. 20: Atlanta (Smith's Olde Bar)
Feb. 21: Chattanooga, Tenn. (Rhythm & Brews)

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

Groove ArmadaNearly 20 years after Australia's Men At Work captivated U.S. audiences with its debut album, "Business As Usual," the set and it's 1983 follow-up, "Cargo," are being re-released in expanded editions by Columbia/Legacy. Due Feb. 11, both titles will include non-LP U.S. and Australian B-sides and live tracks, and new liner notes by Rolling Stone writer David Wild.

"Business" adds four tracks: the B-sides "Crazy" (U.S.) and "F19" (Australia); and live versions of "Underground" and "Who Can It Be Now?" from the band's 1998 "Brazil: Greatest Hits Live!" album. "Cargo" is expanded with five bonus tracks: U.S. B-sides "Shintaro" and "Till the Money Runs Out"; a live version of "Fallin' Down" that was an Australian B-Side; and live versions of "Upstairs in My House" and "The Longest Night."

Sporting the No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits "Who Can It Be Now?" and "Down Under," "Business As Usual" topped the Billboard album chart for 15 weeks and is certified six-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for U.S. shipments of 6 million copies. "Cargo" reached No. 3 on the album tally, and is RIAA-certified triple platinum.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.