Tuesday, September 10, 2002

New George Harrison album due

Los Angeles � The album George Harrison was working on until two months before his death will be released in November.

Produced by Harrison, his son, Dhani, and Jeff Lynne, the Dark Horse-Capitol Records album "Brainwashed" features 11 new Harrison compositions. It's the first release of new Harrison material since 1987's "Cloud Nine."

The former Beatle died Nov. 29, 2001, after a battle with cancer. He was 58.

"Brainwashed" will be released on Nov. 19.

Full of good intentions

New York � Rachel Griffiths says her character on HBO's "Six Feet Under," the promiscuous, pot-smoking Brenda, is a much better person than she seems.

"The thing you just have to know about Brenda is that her good intention is there," Griffiths tells Entertainment Weekly for its Sept. 13 issue.

"She actually has a clear and apparent humanity, you know? She'd jump in and pull out the drowning child, while the nicer people sitting around would go, 'Oh my God, there's a child in the river! Do something!"'

The 33-year-old Australian is nominated for an Emmy for best actress in a drama series for her work. The show, about a family that runs a funeral home, is up for a leading 23 Emmys when the awards are given out Sept. 22.

Hometown a special place

Start, La. � Tim McGraw came home, and about 40,000 fans showed up to greet him.

The country singer performed two shows in his hometown Saturday for a television special, drawing fans from all over the country. McGraw, who performs every year at his Swampstock benefit in nearby Rayville, sang hits such as "Down on the Farm" and "Something Like That."

"I see a lot of familiar faces out here tonight: some of my teachers, my coaches," the 35-year-old told the audience.

The NBC special is scheduled to air in November. As a tribute to his local fans, McGraw kept playing after filming was complete.

Model wants to expand her zone

Hollywood, Fla. � Supermodel Tyra Banks, who established a summer camp to help girls develop self-esteem two years ago in California, plans to open a similar camp in Florida.

Banks said Saturday that she's considering the Fort Lauderdale and Orlando areas as possible sites for the new non-profit camp, called T-Zone.

Banks started the first T-Zone camp in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 2000. She began the weeklong, all-expenses-paid camp for girls ages 13-15 after receiving countless letters from teenagers seeking guidance about body image, self-doubt and pressures from boys.

Banks said she eventually hopes to open T-Zone camps all over the country.

"I want to take it national as soon as possible," she said. "But I want quality control. I want it to be like McDonald's or Coca-Cola. It's the same everywhere."