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By Serena Kappes
Updated August 13, 2004 03:00 PM
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With a new director in tow, Friends star Jennifer Aniston starts filming her new movie. PEOPLE checks out that and other big events to watch for in the coming week:

SATURDAY, AUG. 14: Phish fans are sadly counting down the days until their favorite jam band bids adieu. But before they break up, the quintet is throwing one last party. Guitarist Trey Anastasio, bassist Mike Gordon, keyboardist Page McConnell and drummer Jon Fishman will perform their final shows at a two-day festival in Coventry, Vt., ending on Aug. 15. As the band writes on its Web site, “This is our last chance to show the rest of the world what makes the Phish community so unique.” If you couldn’t score a ticket (each day the band will play three sets starting at 5 p.m.), the concerts will be simulcast at select theaters across the country (for a mere $20).

MONDAY, AUG. 16: The musical ITALIC “We Will Rock You,”] a show built around the music of rock group Queen (which has been a hit in England since premiering in 2002) begins previews at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. No telling if the show – set in a future society where rock ‘n’ roll doesn’t exist – will be another Mamma Mia!-size smash in the U.S., but as Queen guitarist Brian May told Billboard about singer Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991: “He would adore it.” A new edition of the band’s greatest hits album also will be released on Aug. 17.

Meanwhile, Courtney Love is back in familiar territory – a courtroom – as the troubled rocker will be arraigned in Los Angeles on a felony assault charge after she allegedly attacked a 32-year-old woman with a liquor bottle at the home of Love’s former boyfriend and ex-manager, Jim Barber. The singer also is juggling a drug possession charge and reckless endangerment charges for allegedly throwing a microphone stand into the audience during a New York City performance. Love was sentenced on July 27 to 18 months of outpatient drug rehabilitation for being under the influence of cocaine.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 18: With her Friends days behind her, Jennifer Aniston is diving right into a full-time movie career. But it’s been a tough start: The director of her first post-show project – a romantic comedy in which she plays a woman who finds out that her grandmother (played by Shirley MacLaine) was the inspiration for Mrs. Robinson in the 1967 movie The Graduate – was fired and replaced by veteran director Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally). Aniston reportedly felt that the movie was lacking the “right comic tone.” Reiner takes the helm on Aug. 18, and Jen can get back to work.

THURSDAY, AUG. 19: A few days after wife Faith Hill does a four-night stand performance in Las Vegas, road warrior Tim McGraw and his Dancehall Doctors kick off their fall tour in Baton Rouge, La. Part of the proceeds from the 22-date tour (which ends Oct. 10 in Charleston, West Va.,) will go to the Grammy winner’s Swampstock charity and the Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Organization. McGraw is also due to release his ninth album, Live Like You Were Dying, on Aug. 24.