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Band of the Week: Bears

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Fun Fact: The band jokingly lists The Oneders—the 60's pop heartthrobs from the Tom Hanks movie That Thing You Do!—as its one and only influence. And for the record, it's pronounced "wonders," not "oh-knee-ders."

Why They're Worth Watching: D.I.Y., multi-instrumentalist duo crafts light-as-air melodies that hark back to an era of unassuming, saccharine-free feel-good pop.

For Fans Of: The Shins, Rogue Wave, Camera Obscura

At first, the songs from Cleveland-based duo Bears sound casual and jaunty, exemplifying breezy pop that aspires to be nothing other than good-natured and agreeable. But there proves to be underlying hurt behind some of the lyrics. On "Wait and See," the band bemoans: "I can't take it / I give up / I knew that we were doomed right from the start." The relationship-minded songs are accompanied by sunny, toe-tapping arrangements, and it's a juxtaposition the duo embraces—as if
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Applegate & Husband To Split

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Hollywood is reeling from another shock split - Christina Applegate's actor husband Jonathon Schaech has filed for divorce. In the papers, filed yesterday in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by entertainment news website TMZ.com, the actor cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. The That Thing You Do star wed Applegate in October 2001. He has reportedly hired top divorce lawyer Laura Wasser to fight for him in court. The divorce is a tough blow for The Sweetest Thing star Applegate, who has been apart from Schaech for much of 2005, starring in Broadway, New York, hit musical Sweet Charity.

ABC, Touchstone retain Scott for series in fall '03

ABC, Touchstone retain Scott for series in fall '03
Tom Everett Scott, who starred on ABC's legal drama Philly last season, is returning to the ABC fold in a talent deal with the network and sister studio Touchstone Television to topline a series project, most likely a comedy. Under the pact, the studio and the network will develop projects targeted for fall 2003 as potential starring vehicles for Scott. He is doing a multiepisode arc on NBC's hit drama ER, playing Eric Wyczenski, brother of nurse Abby Lockhart (Maura Tierney). Scott's TV credits also include Darren Star's short-lived Wall Street drama The $treet, the hit comedy Grace Under Fire and the telefilm Inherit the Wind. On the features side, Scott has starred in such movies as the Tom Hanks-directed That Thing You Do! An American Werewolf in Paris, Dead Man on Campus and Boiler Room. Scott is repped by the Gersh Agency and Anonymous Content.

Hanks Quits Directing

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Hanks Quits Directing
Oscar winning star Tom Hanks is hanging up his clapboard for good - after deciding his future lies in front of the camera. The Road To Perdition star has taken a few breaks from his glittering acting career to direct movie That Thing You Do and TV hit Band Of Brothers. However, Hanks says he can't see himself finding the time to make more movies because he wants to put his family first. He explains, "It takes a substantial amount out of you. I'm still in my child rearing years and I'd like to be around a little bit more - not only physically but also mentally for my family. If you're directing a movie, you're never there. You're always thinking about what you've got to do. As soon as you say you're gonna direct a motion picture the risks just keep piling up. It just goes on and on and on and never lets up until the movie comes out. The stuff of your worst nightmares, you know."

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