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The Approval Matrix - Week of August 1-8

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


Hilary Swank and Kevin Costner have signed on to narrate the forthcoming film On Native Soil: The Documentary of the 9/11 Commission Report. . . . Madonna is releasing an autobiographical documentary later this year, which begins with her youth as a dancer and ends with her trip to Israel this spring. . . . Atria Books will publish the official story of the nineties band INXS, in which the surviving band members talk to music writer Anthony Bozza about singer Michael Hutchence’s death. . . . The rights to Sue Monk Kidd’s best-selling novel The Mermaid Chair, which chronicles a middle-aged woman’s obsession with a Benedictine monk, have been bought by Lifetime. . . . Sarah Jessica Parker will star in the film adaptation of Rebecca Gilman’s play Spinning Into Butter, which explores collegiate racism and political correctness. . . . Seminal downtown punk act the New York Dolls will release a new album, its first since 1974’s Too Much Too Soon, with three new musicians replacing the original members who have passed away.