Billboard Bits: Lopez/Redford, Paul Westerberg, O.A.R.

News on Lopez/Redford, Paul Westerberg, O.A.R.

LopezRobert Redford has been cast to star alongside Jennifer Lopez in "An Unfinished Life" for director Lasse Hallstrom, Miramax Films, and Revolution Studios. As previously reported, "Life" centers on a down-on-her-luck woman who is desperate to care for her daughter, forcing her to move in with her estranged father-in-law. Through time, they learn to forgive each other and heal old wounds. Production on "Life" is slated to begin in the spring.

Lopez next stars in Revolution's "Gigli" opposite fiancee Ben Affleck. She also has ties to Miramax, for whom she recently wrapped the studio's comedy "Jersey Girl," also opposite Affleck, for filmmaker Kevin Smith. That project is due for release this year.

-- Ian Mohr, The Hollywood Reporter

WesterbergPaul Westerberg is recording a new album set for an August release on Vagrant. According to label president Rich Egan, the former Replacements frontman has put a series of covers to tape, as well as new material. "He just recorded about a dozen covers which range from the Kinks to Jackson Browne," Egan wrote on the label's official Web site. "So, yeah, the covers record has come up... but we shall see."

Egan continued, "As for the new stuff, there are about 40 songs, all of different tones and textures, what eventually ends up on the record is yet to be determined. And it all rules."

Westerberg, who last year broke a three-year recording hiatus with the double album "Stereo/Mono," will not be releasing a DVD of his 2002 Come Feel Me Tremble tour, as had been tipped. "I doubt that tour DVD will ever be released as a whole," Egan said. "We may use some of the footage, but it just didn't come out so hot."

-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto

OARO.A.R. (Of A Revolution) will preview music from its Lava Records debut, "In Between Then and Now" (due May 27), on a U.S. tour set to kick off March 11 in Indianapolis. "We try to keep routine out of our vocabulary. There's no excitement in that," singer/guitarist Marc Roberg said in a statement. "We can't wait to get out and get these new songs to an audience."

The 15-date tour will hit a mixture of clubs and college campuses before closing March 30 at Indiana University in Indiana, Pa. Despite making the move to a major label, the band plans to continue encouraging fans to record its shows.

In addition to new studio music, "In Between Then and Now" will feature a limited edition bonus DVD with live footage of the band, including two new tracks the band plans to record at a one-off Feb. 18 show at New York's Irving Plaza.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


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