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Elvis exhibition: a photographic exhibition exploring the devotion to Elvis Presley will be hosted at the Blender Gallery in Paddington, Sydney during August. (Elvis News, Source: Blender Gallery, 1 August 2004)

Elvis Presley The Last 24 Hours: EIN takes a detailed look at this recently released DVD/CD. The stories told by members of the Memphis Mafia are candid and caring, if at times unsettling. The release is packed with many bonus features and professionally produced, and has a clear agenda. (DVD/CD Review, Source: EIN, 31 July 2004)


Elvis '57 Chevy Pick Up released: The Bradford Exchange has released its latest Elvis collectible, a striking pink '57 Chevy Pick Up. Handcrafted in 1:18 scale by Ertl, the die cast model is fully authorised by Elvis Presley Enterprises.

Prices vary from country to country. The release is yet to be added to any of The Bradford Exchange websites but more information can be obtained by contacting the organisation via www.bradford.com.au or www.bradfordexchange.com (Elvis News, The Bradford Exchange, 31 July 2004)

Justin Timberlake to play Elvis?: Pop prince JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE is reportedly being lined up to play ELVIS PRESLEY in a new musical about the King of Rock. Movie giants MIRAMAX want the hunky singer - who has confessed to being a fan of Presley - to star in the Broadway, New York production to be titled ALL SHOOK UP. But representatives for Timberlake, who will make his movie debut playing a reporter in upcoming film EDISON, are remaining coy. When quizzed on the venture, a spokesperson told American news site PAGESIX.COM, "Absolutely no way." (Elvis News, Source: contactmusic.com, 30/07/2004)

Bestselling Elvis DVDs and books: the "online" best selling Elvis DVDs in England last week were (in descending order): Aloha From Hawaii; The '68 Comeback Special; Elvis The Last 24 Hours; Loving You and Elvis Presley True Stories (The Elvis Presley Anthology).

Meanwhile in the US there is a new best selling Elvis book. The recently published Elvis Presley The Man The Life The Legend by Pamela Clarke Keogh has replaced Elvis Fashion by Julie Mundy as the #1 selling Elvis book.

Peter Guralnick's two volume Elvis bio, Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love occupy the #2 and #3 spots respectively, with Elvis and Me by Priscilla Presley at #4 and Elvis Presley Unseen Archives (Marie Clayton) at #5. ElvisBookResearch commented that the golden age of high sales for Elvis books has passed. Most new Elvis books in the US are not selling in large numbers, partly due to the effect of so many competing Elvis titles and decreasing interest in new titles. (Elvis News, Source: Email/ElvisBookResearch, 29 July 2004)

Child Bride: The Untold Story of Priscilla Beaulieu Presley: who is Priscilla Presley?

EIN reviews Suzanne Finstad's colorful and never boring biography of a woman who splits the Elvis world. Fans either love or hate Elvis' former wife. There appears to be no middle ground, and what Child Bride offers will have you challenging your views about not only Priscilla but also Elvis! (Book review, Source: EIN, 29 July 2004)

New Elvis DVD & book releases announced: two new Elvis DVDs have been announced. Elvis: The Birth Of Rock N' Roll (Region 1, Full frame 1.33) is released this month and looks at the early, pre-fame years of Elvis' life and career. Many associates and fellow musicians recount encounters with the future legend and expand on what it was like to tour with The King around this time. Another DVD, Elvis Presley: A Life Story, has been announced for release on the 27th anniversary of The King's passing...16 August 2004. No other details were made available. On the book front, prolific publisher of Elvis sheet music books, the Hal Leonard Corporation, recently issued Elvis Presley Guitar Play-Along Volume 25 (ISBN: 0634079239). It comes with a CD. (Elvis News, Source: Email/Amazon.com, 29 July 2004)

Mick Gerace talks to EIN: Mick Gerace took time out to tell EIN about the postponement of the TCB Band & Myrna Smith concert and his future plans (Interview, Source: EIN, 28 July 2004)

2005 Elvis Convention: Registration is now open for next year's Elvis Convention in the USA. Fifteen Elvis tribute artists will be chosen by the organisers to perform and there will be plenty for fans, including the entertainment, a continental breakfast and raffles. The theme for the event is The Las Vegas Years and it will benefit Cancer Patients and Vets House. The convention will take place on 17 April 2005. For further details contact Andrew J. Howard (Elvis News, Source: Andrew J. Howard, 28 July 2004)

New Elvis Shop website: Elvis Direct is a new outlet selling EPE authorised merchandise online. You can access its attractive site at: www.elvisdirect.com (Elvis News, Source: Susan & Roy NZ, 27 July 2004)

Elvis Has Left the Building: the film trailer for Kim Basinger's new movie has been released. The film also stars Sean Astin from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Annie Potts and John Corbett (Elvis News, Source: Elvis News.com/Elvis Collectors Forum, 27 July 2004)

Elvisly Yours Restaurants: Sid Shaw has announced plans to open an international chain of Elvisly Yours Restaurants. If Sid is successful in launching this venture it will be interesting to see EPE's reaction, given their previous legal battles with him. (Elvis News, Source: Sid Shaw, 26 July 2004)

Elvis Expo in Las Vegas: If you are a hardcore Elvis fan or just love to listen to his music, well then, this is for you. On October 29th-31st in sunny Las Vegas at the Sam's Town Hotel & Casino, R&B Promotions will be presenting it's first annual Elvis Expo. Special guests include such greats as: James Burton, Jerry Scheff, Glen D. Hardin, the Imperials, the Sweet Inspirations, Charlie Hodge, DJ Fontana, Terry Mike Jeffrey, the ExSpence Account Show Band, Darwin Lamm of Elvis International Magazine and Stephen Christopher of "Elvis on the Air" radio broadcast. (Elvis News, Source: Susan & Roy NZ, 26 July 2004)

TCB Band concert in Australia postponed: the TCB Band and Myrna Smith concert with Australia's Mick Gerace scheduled for 28 August in Sydney has been postponed due to unforeseeable circumstances. It will now be held in November. People who have already bought tickets can either keep them until November or return them for a refund. More details shortly. (Elvis News, Source: Mick Gerace, 25 July 2004)

The New Gladiator Reunion Lucheon - Relocated! The New Gladiator reunion luncheon being staged by Essential Elvis, the UK's official Elvis Presley magazine, has been re-located to Elvis' former home at 1034 Audubon Drive. The event, taking place on August 15th - commencing at noon, will include special guest speakers, a dance contest, a raffle, entertainment by Tyke Harrison’s Tomcat and Food. You'll also be able to Swim in Elvis’ pool, tour his home and enjoy a silent auction. The event will benefit MASH—Moving Animals Safely Home by Labs4Rescue Tickets are now $35.00 per person in advance only. Checks: personal (USA), travelers checks or international money orders to: Cindy Hazen or Mike Freeman, 1034 Audubon Drive, Memphis, TN 38117. For more information contact Andrew Hearn at ElvisMagazine@aol.com or visit www.essentialelvis.com (Elvis News, Source: Andrew Hearn/For Elvis CD Collectors Only, 25 July 2004)

Jake Hess talks about Elvis: legendary gospel singer and one of Elvis' idols talks about his friend (Interview, Source: Elvis World-Japan, 24 July 2004)
The Elvis Collection: a six DVD boxset will be released by Warner Home Video in the US on 24 August. It comprises Viva Las Vegas, Jailhouse Rock, Spinout, Speedway, It Happened At The World's Fair and Harum Scarum. Amazon.com's price is US$34.94 plus p&p. (Elvis News, Source: EP Gold.com/ Amazon.com, 24 July 2004)

Elvis on cover of "World Traveler" magazine. The lead article is "Memphis & Elvis 50 years of rock"

(Elvis News, Source: EP Gold.com, 24 July 2004)

Elvis #1 and #2 in Australia?: Both the '68 Comeback Special and Aloha From Hawaii DVDs are selling very well in Australia in the lead up to next Monday's ARIA Music DVD chart. The Comeback Special has held the #1 position for the past two weeks and will be seriously challenged by Aloha, BMG's latest 'So Fresh' compilation DVD and Kylie Minogue's 'Body Language' release. There is a distinct possibility of Elvis holding the #1 and #2 positions on the chart! Let's keep our fingers firmly crossed. (Elvis News, Source: BMG Australia, 23 July 2004)

Elvis and Other Celebrities: a new book focusing on Elvis and other celebrities will be released in the EU shortly. (Elvis News, Source: Elvis Unlimited, 23 July 2004)

Sony-BMG merger approved: the merger of Sony & BMG has been approved. It brings together two of the world's biggest entertainment companies boasting a talent list including Elvis, Barbra Streisand, Britney Spears, Bruce Springsteen and Avril Lavigne. The merger will offer additional marketing opportunities for catalogs from both companies. The other three big companies are Universal MUsic, Warner Music Group and EMI Group. (Elvis News, Source: AP/BMG, 23 July 2004)

The Tupelo-Memphis Murders!: "sensational" new book release announced. Anonymously written, its themes are taken directly from the Elvis underground. (Elvis News, 22 July 2004)

Political correctness in the Elvis world: Dr. Gary Enders argues in a thought-provoking article that the Elvis world is becoming increasingly intolerant and too "politically correct" (Article, Source: Dr. Gary Enders, 22 July 2004)

Priscilla Presley flanked by security guards: Priscilla Presley had more security than Australia's Prime Minister when she visited Melbourne recently. (Elvis News, Source: Herald Sun, 21 July 2004)

Rare Elvis book being reprinted: "The King Is Dead" by Robert Holton is to be reprinted. This is the only book released that is entirely about Elvis' funeral. (Elvis News, Source: Elvis News.com, 21 July 2004)

Website worth visiting: fans can check out "The Making of Elvis - 50 Years of Promotion" at http://www.hollywoodmuseum.com/ (Elvis News, Source: Travelscene Tweed Valley, 21 July 2004)

Elvis & Castro visit Saddam's last hiding place: an unusual visit took place in Iraq last week (Elvis News, Source: Associated Press, 20 July 2004)

Viva Las Vegas out of favor in Vegas, but...: Las Vegas has a new favorite Elvis theme song (Elvis News, Source: Las Vegas-Review Journal, 20 July 2004)

2004 Annual National Elvis Presley Convention: Elvis will invade Canberra, the national capital of Australia, during the weekend of 27-28 November. On the 27th, an Elvis motorcade will be staged, and on the 28th, the 2004 Annual National Elvis Presley Convention will be held. (Elvis News, Source: Susan MacDougall, 19 July 2004)

Chart Update (United World): Elvis' That's All Right has debuted at #21 on the United World Singles Sales Chart (Top 40). The single did not make the United World Singles Chart (this chart is based on a combination of sales, airplay, download and voting). Unfortunately Elvis At Sun did not appear on the latest United World (Top 40) Album Chart. (Elvis News, Source: Media Traffic, 19 July 2004)

Chart Update (Australia): The '68 Comeback Special DVD is celebrating its second consecutive week at #1 on the ARIA Music DVD Chart. Meanwhile, That's All Right has disappeared from the ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart after one week (#31), while Elvis At Sun has again failed to register on the ARIA Top 50 Album Chart (last week #69). On the K-Mart store chart, Elvis At Sun was #24 last week. (Elvis News, Source: ARIA/K-Mart, 18 July 2004)

Flashback: fabulous pictures and music make this FTD release a must buy! (FTD Review, Source: EIN, 18 July 2004)

Elvis copyright to expire in the EC: That's All Right, Mama is set to enter the public domain in Europe. There are very serious implications for all record companies. (Elvis News, Source: Elvis News.com, 18 July 2004)

Elvis song begins series "More than Music" (17 July, 9 pm, 12 pm/ET; BRAVO): US viewers now have the opportunity to watch the excellent music documentary series sub-titled "songs that changed our world". Heartbreak Hotel leads the series. (Elvis News, Source: TV Guide, 17 July 2004)
Paradise, Hawaiian Style: EIN's intrepid audiophile, Piers Beagley, takes an inside look at the latest FTD soundtrack release. Is it a pallid imitation or guilty pleasure? (FTD Review, Source: EIN, 17 July 2004)

Burning down the road: noted music critic Greil Marcus reflects on the Elvis phenomenon in a thought provoking article he wrote in the lead up to Elvis Week 1997. (Article, Source: Reuters, 16 July 2004)

Elvis' granddaughter, in fashion: three generations of Presley women have come together as The King's granddaughter hits the boardwalk. (Elvis News, Source: EP Gold/USA Today/Vogue, 16 July 2004)

I Remember His First Love Song: Billy Rebel's new tribute single takes us back to days now long gone. (CD Review, Source: EIN, 16 July 2004)

"Taste bud treat" - Elvis ice cream hits the market: two mouth watering Elvis inspired ice creams are now available in the US. (Elvis News, Source: PR Newswire, 15 July 2004)

Memphis ramps up for Elvis Week 2004: 27 years on and showing no signs of waning, preparations for Elvis Week in Memphis have begun. (Elvis News, Source: Miami Herald, 15 July 2004)

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