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News on Atlantic, MoveOn, KristoffersonAtlantic Records is about to shift into full-throttle promotion mode for several key rap projects. The "Joint Chiefs" campaign rolls out with the Oct. 19 reissue of Twista's "Kamikaze." The original version counts 29 weeks on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and 1.6 million in U.S. sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The revamped "Kamikaze" will feature new tracks "So Sexy Chapter II (Like This)" and "Y'all Know Who." New editions sold at Target stores will also contain the bonus track "Freak a Leek."
Next up will be Fabolous' "Real Talk" (Oct. 26); Trick Daddy's long-awaited "Thug Matrimony" (Nov. 9); Fat Joe's solo turn, "Things of That Nature" (Nov. 16); and T.I.'s "Urban Legend" (Dec. 7).
Prior to these releases, Atlantic's rap/hip-hop stable -- soca newcomer Rupee, Fat Joe, Trick Daddy, Fabolous, T.I. and Twista -- will headline a midnight showcase on the last night of the 2004 Mixshow Power Summit (Sept. 29-Oct. 2) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Looking to 2005, sources say to expect Atlantic releases from Tweet, Gerald Levert and new signee Juvenile.
-- Gail Mitchell, L.A.
The Roots, Moby and Perry Farrell are scheduled to perform Tuesday (Aug. 24) at MoveOn PAC's 10 Weeks: Don't Get Mad, Get Even! gala in New York. The event will serve as the kick-off to the organization's grassroots activism and television campaign leading up to the U.S. presidential election in November.
Comedian/Air America radio host Janeane Garofalo will host Get Mad at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Also expected to appear are comedian/author/radio host Al Franken, MoveOn PAC executive director Eli Pariser, actor Kevin Bacon, director Richard Linklater and former Democratic presidential candidate/Vermont governor Howard Dean.
General admission tickets are already sold out. VIP ducats priced at $250 and $500 include access to a pre-show reception and are available from moveon.tix.com.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Kris Kristofferson has signed on to co-star in the DreamWorks film "Dreamer." Starring Dakota Fanning and Kurt Russell, the project is written and directed by John Gatins and is scheduled to begin shooting next month.
Inspired by a true story, "Dreamer" originally centered on a Kentucky horse trainer and his 11-year-old son who rescue a horse with a broken leg. The two then help nurse the animal back to health and take it to race in the Breeders' Cup. Gatins rewrote the part with Fanning in mind to play the youngster opposite Russell.
-- Chris Gardner & Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, N.Y.