O-Town may be the best prefab group since the Monkees.
Ashley Parker Angel (he's got the name to make it big!), Erik-Michael Estrada, Dan Miller, Trevor Penick and Jacob Underwood learned the tricks of trade from Lou Pearlman at his boy band factory down in Orlando, Fla. That meant copying everything possible from 'N Sync and the Backstreet Boys.
Pearlman turned them into superstars, and O-Town was even the subject of an ABC television series called "Making the Band." The band released its first single, "Liquid Dreams," in December, and it earned a gold record. Now the boys are touring and are rumored to be coming to Buffalo in May.
O-Town appears Wednesday at 6 p.m. at chat.yahoo.com
Jennifer Lopez has been a roll.
This month, Lopez had the No. 1 album, "J.Lo," the No. 1 movie, "The Wedding Planner," and the No. 1 boyfriend involved in a criminal trial: Sean "Puffy" Combs.
The man known as Puff Daddy is facing weapons and bribery charges stemming from a shooting incident in a New York City club on Dec. 27.
Celebrity gawkers are turning out in full force at the courthouse to catch a glimpse of Puffy, Lopez and a host of other characters. But you don't have to go to the Big Apple to catch any of the courtroom drama.
Yack.com offers information updates on the trial, including a 45-minute streaming video. The whole situation is reminiscent to the sample of one of Puffy's old hits, borrowed from a song by the Police - the band, not the NYPD - "I'll Be Watching You."
Valentine's Day is around the corner and the Poetry Cafe at excite.com presents "Love Poems," Sunday at 9 p.m. It's billed as "rhymes and sonnets to win the heart of the one you love." It's perfect to read while cuddling up with someone special in front of the warm glow of a computer monitor.
Two popular magazines are now available on the Web. Talk is now at Talkmagazine.com. Also, New Yorker.com begins its Web site on Monday, to mark the 76th anniversary of the magazine's print issue.