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The Approval Matrix - Week of July 4, 2005


Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.

Blockbuster garage band the White Stripes have announced the second leg of a massive fall 2005 tour, which will bring them to Coney Island’s KeySpan Park in late September; co-headlining the show will be indie act the Shins. . . . Tom Cruise’s next installment of the Mission: Impossible series (which starts shooting next month in Italy, despite rumors of the project’s demise) has attracted an impressive cast, including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Laurence Fishburne, Keri Russell, and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. . . . The Disney Channel is rumored to have hired Avenue Q original star John Tartaglia to do a series called Johnny and the Sprites, which would debut in 2006. . . . In the latest example of child-of-a-famous-author-tells-all, Janna Malamud Smith (daughter of the late Bernard Malamud) is working on her own memoir, My Father Is a Book. . . . Hugh Jackman is the latest star to heed the siren call of Woody Allen; Jackman will star opposite Scarlett Johansson in the untitled Allen project that kicked off production in London in June.