Five of hottest things happening in entertainment right now
By Alisha Davis
CNN Headline News
Political consultants James Carville, left, Mary Matalin and Michael Deaver, part of HBO's new reality-drama show "K Street."
(CNN) -- From actor Jack Black rocking out to director Martin Scorsese getting the blues, here are five of the things that have people talking in the world of entertainment:
"Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues" -- Congress has declared 2003 the Year of the Blues, and PBS is celebrating the music's 100-year history with a series of seven documentaries by legendary filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders and Clint Eastwood. Scorsese also served as executive producer of the project (hence the title of the series, "Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues"). His film is the one that kicks things off on September 28.
"Avenue Q" -- For those weaned on "Sesame Street," "Avenue Q" is now the hippest destination on Broadway. But don't let the presence of puppets fool you. With musical numbers like "Everyone's A Little Bit Racist" and "If You Were Gay," this send-up of political correctness isn't for the kiddies.
"Tarzan" -- The Lord of the Apes comes to the concrete jungle in this television drama debuting October 5. This update of the American legend relies on one of the WB's proven formulas: casting a modern-day fashion model in a classic hero's shoes, i.e. "Smallville." The fact that Tarzan isn't too fond of wearing shoes (or shirts) is only a plus for Calvin Klein underwear model-turned TV heartthrob Travis Fimmel.
"The School of Rock" -- Some of independent cinema's best, including the always hilarious Jack Black, filmmaker Richard Linklater and writer Mike White come together to make a feel-good, elementary school version of the film "Dead Poets Society" -- and it rocks!
"K Street" -- George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh go to Washington, D.C., mixing real politics and show business into HBO's "K Street." With everyone from CNN's "Crossfire" hosts James Carville and Paul Begala to Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean playing themselves on the show, trying to separate fact from fiction should keep news junkies tuned in to this show the way single gals follow "Sex and the City."