Stories for June 2001


Saturday, June 30

Bugs, Daffy take on Hitler

Few turn to the Cartoon Network for history lessons, but "ToonHeads: The Wartime Cartoons" (9 p.m. Sunday) illustrates how animated favorites, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Popeye and Elmer Fudd, were enlisted into the World War II propaganda effort.

Sunday news shows

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:


Theater in spotlight Love-hate relationship Shark's best friend Reagan sunset

Poundstone investigation involves own children

Lewd conduct and child endangerment charges against stand-up comic Paula Poundstone concern her adopted and foster children, the director of the county's children's services agency said.

Elvis-like doll becomes cult sensation in Germany

An Elvis-like doll with a gyrating pelvis has become a cult sensation in Germany. Audi hoped to extol the virtues of its new automatic transmission in a television ad in which an Audi driver picks up an Elvis impersonator. The impersonator puts the doll on the dashboard, and the car shifts so smoothly the figure doesn't even dance.

Court TV marks 10th year in session

When Court TV began 10 years ago, its logo displayed "COURT" in the sort of no-nonsense lettering you might find carved above the columns of a courthouse. The message was clear.

Neck and neck

Men at work

Pulling some strings

'Pootie Tang': An inside joke that falls flat

Calling "Pootie Tang" incoherent doesn't even begin to describe it. It's more like an audiovisual assault. If the United States ever goes to war again, we can use "Pootie Tang" as a torture device against our enemies.

Friday, June 29

Actor Jack Lemmon remembered

Versatile performances ranged from wacky comedies to thoughtful dramas

Jack Lemmon, the two-time Oscar winner whose acting talents ranged from adroit comedies "The Odd Couple" and "Some Like It Hot" to the dramatic intensity of "Days of Wine and Roses" and "Tuesdays with Morrie," has died. He was 76.



Pretty single woman Death remains mystery Nuptial reprise Stayin' alive

Rapper Eminem receives year of probation on weapons charge

Grammy-winning rapper Eminem received one year of probation Thursday for a weapons charge authorities say stemmed from a dispute with a rival Detroit rap group.

'A.I.' blends sensibilities of Kubrick, Spielberg

"A.I." is a chilly fairy tale, a spooky and disturbing film about the nature of innocence, an investigation of personal love in which the nominally most caring, feeling creatures are not really human. If that sounds disconcerting and contradictory but still absorbing, you've arrived at the heart of the matter.

Thursday, June 28

Bird's-eye view

Lawrence photographer stalks an elusive prey

By Mitchell J. Near Captain Ahab spent his life in search of the great white whale, altering his existence to pursue it to the four corners of the earth. Don Gates has his own elusive prey, one that has caused him to change his own life course and learn a new skill. Don's now armed with a 35 millimeter Canon camera, and he's on a personal quest for a ... robin?

Parting shot

Out of Bounds: All-star boredom

The worst week of the year for sports television tries the patience of a loyal fan

By Seth Jones It's times like these that I realize there is some cosmic balance, that everything works out. It's a brilliance based on math or on the alignment of the stars or maybe Miss Cleo is the mastermind of it all.

Movie listings

Film Review - 'The Anniversary Party'

'The Anniversary Party' satirizes Tinseltown residents in overly familiar fashion

By Dan Lybarger Unless a movie set in Hollywood is as good as "Sunset Boulevard" or "The Player," it's hard not to wish the filmmakers had chosen a more imaginative locale. The new Tinseltown comedy "The Anniversary Party" sometimes falls into that trap, although there are several moments when the filmmakers' temptation to stay at home seems justified.

Film Review - 'crazy/beautiful'

Honest performances help typical teen romance 'crazy/beautiful' to shine

By Jon Niccum For a teen movie to transcend the trappings of its genre, it doesn't have to be revolutionary. (The bar is set pretty low already these days). Usually, all it needs is to avoid the plot clichés and the rampant pandering to a demographic market maybe even add a little honesty. The infuriatingly named "crazy/beautiful" (originally titled "At 17") is a cut above the usual teen romance. Occasionally, it's way above.


Word of Mouth: Hot off the grill

La Parrilla offers Latin American cuisine with plenty of local flavor

By Diane Frook Late nights and long hours. La Parrilla has them, so I put them in. It took a lot of research for me to really get a good feel for La Parrilla. The first 15 times I'd been there weren't enough for me to accurately report on this Latin American restaurant. Nor were my two "official" visits. While looking over my notes I panicked, realizing I'd neglected to try the bajan shrimp cocktail or the chocolate kahlua flan. Clearly, I had to go back.

Exclusive Online Profile: Sapphire Gin

Lawrence-based band stirred, not shaken

By Michael Newman Sapphire Gin might not be out to change the world, but one important corner of it, popular music, is squarely in their sites. "Negativity for the sake of negativity" is what drummer Micah Woulfe hears in abundance these days, and he's not happy about it.

Sculptor enjoying acclaim, work brought on by memorial

By Mindie Miller Lawrence sculptor Jim Brothers is feeling a little dazed. He just finished in a year's time a project he normally would have taken three years to complete. But the rewards outweigh the exhaustion, said Brothers, who has become something of a celebrity for his work on the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va.


'Today,' it's paternity leave Dancer insures his 'hot legs' Who says No More Mr. Nice Guy? Brady brother picks a fight

Critics be drubbed: NBC's reality reaches fans

NBC is getting at least the first laugh on critics who hate the network's wicked reality TV twins, "Fear Factor" and "Spy TV." Both are delivering strong ratings. NBC has already decided to run "Spy TV" twice a week and is considering keeping both shows on the air after their summer runs are complete. "You can't ignore these kinds of numbers," NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zucker said on Wednesday. "You can't ignore these viewers. It's telling you something."

Comedian Poundstone arrested

Comedian Paula Poundstone was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony lewd acts upon a child and child endangerment, the district attorney's office said. Poundstone, 41, was charged with three counts of committing a lewd act on a girl under the age of 14. She was charged with endangering two other girls and two boys, Deputy Dist. Atty. Gina Satriano said in a statement.The charges carry a maximum sentence of 12 years. "I have faith that the truth is the right thing," was the only statement a haggard-looking Poundstone made to reporters after she was released from jail on $200,000 bail.

Ducklings line up against Dr. Seuss

Massachusetts trying to choose 'official children's book'

Call it The Cat in the Hat vs. Jack, Mack and Quack. Young fans of "Make Way for Ducklings" are battling Dr. Seuss loyalists for the title of "official children's book" of Massachusetts. In one corner is Robert McCloskey's 1941 tale of a mother mallard shepherding her ducklings through Boston's narrow cobblestone streets to safety in the Public Garden. In the other are devotees of Dr. Seuss' whimsical neologisms and looping rhymes. At stake is the purely honorary title of "Official Children's Book of the Commonwealth," which would put the book beside such other emblems as the official dog of the commonwealth (Boston Terrier), official bean (baked navy bean) and official dessert (Boston cream pie).

Festival takes radical action

Crowd control, safety measures added to avoid recurrence of tragedy

The stage will be higher so fans at the back can see better. Fences and open spaces will keep crowds from packing too tightly in front of Guns N' Roses, Bob Dylan and other rock stars. Organizers of this year's Roskilde Festival, which opens today, say they have improved security since nine fans were trampled to death last year while Pearl Jam was performing. The victims all men in their 20s from Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Denmark slipped in mud in front of the festival's main stage when some 50,000 fans surged toward it last June 30. In all, 43 people were injured.

Summertime stars

Students take the stage at annual Lawrence youth theater

By Jan Biles When Maryl Sartin, 12, returns to Lawrence each summer, she knows one thing will be waiting for her: Summer Youth Theatre. "I come here every school break to spend time with my mom," said Maryl, who will be a seventh-grader at Northwest Middle School in Kannapolis, N.C. "I was in Summer Youth Theatre last year, in 'The Wizard of Oz.' I was one of the Emerald Citians."

Arts Notes

 Blackwood, Lindstrom in 'Night Music'  Leftover Salmon to host festival  Mystery writer slates writing workshop  Carillonneur lists summer concerts

What are you reading?

Broadway melody-lite

Elton John's 'Aida' comes to Kansas City's Starlight Theatre

By Mitchell J. Near "Aida" has as many admirers as it does critics, but thankfully for the show it's the regular folks who pay the money for those glitzy orchestra seats. The fans really love the slick and sleek Tony Award-winning sets and lights that almost hypnotize viewers with a simplicity that borders on elegance.

Film Review - 'A.I.'

Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick collaboration results in powerful 'A.I.'

By Loey Lockerby Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg. The man who made "A Clockwork Orange" and the man who made "Jurassic Park."


Guided by vices

By Geoff Harkness Robert Pollard's life has been turned upside down in the last couple of years.

Best Bets

SEVEN QUESTIONS with Matt Sorum of The Cult

By Geoff Harkness Matt Sorum has led a charmed life, at least for a musician, and especially for a drummer. He was initially recruited to back The Cult in 1988, just as the band embarked on a 185-date world tour in support of its most-successful effort "Sonic Temple." After a couple of years with The Cult, Sorum was tapped to man the sticks for Gun N' Roses during the group's massively-successful twin "Use Your Illusion" albums and globetrotting tour.

Paul Simon and Brian Wilson present their first rate songcraft

Paul Simon with special guest Brian Wilson - Sandstone Amphitheatre - 06/26/2001

By Michael Newman A twin bill of legendary songwriters shared the Sandstone stage Tuesday night. Paul Simon and Brian Wilson performed before a throng of music fans representing several generations. Headliner Simon, touring in support of his latest release, the Grammy nominated "You're the One," began his show its opening song "That's Where I Belong."

Wednesday, June 27

Bus transfer station moving across Mass.

By Joel Mathis The bus transfer station at Ninth and Massachusetts streets won't move so far after all. Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday approved moving the stop at the intersection's southwest corner, at Weaver's Department Store, across Massachusetts Street to the southeast corner near Firstar Bank. Buses stopping at the northwest corner of the intersection will continue to do so.

A boy's game

Rocker McClinton keeps on truckin'

Don't look for much truth in the titles of Delbert McClinton's last two albums. The roadhouse rocker named his 1997 disc "One of the Fortunate Few" when, he would shortly learn, nothing could be further from the truth.

'Gormenghast' a gothic feast

Peculiar characters, stunning special effects and photography and an old-fashioned tale of cunning and ambition make "Gormenghast" (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) a memorable television event.


Barbara Eden's son dies Rockin' in Texas Model out of hospital Prescribed role

MTV finally reaches agreement to air new Eminem video

Compared to a year ago at this time, MTV and Eminem are locked in a very reluctant embrace. MTV has agreed to play a new video by Eminem's group, D12, but only during the overnight hours and only after several days of negotiations with the rap star's record label, Shady Records/Interscope Records.

'Bunker' friends recall: Those were the days

Celebrities and entertainers said farewell Tuesday to Carroll O'Connor, the gruff actor who satirized prejudice as the buffoonish bigot on "All in the Family." Among the nearly 1,000 people at his funeral were comedian Carl Reiner and his son, actor-director Rob Reiner, who played the liberal son-in-law famously dubbed "Meathead" by Archie Bunker, O'Connor's character on the popular sitcom.

'Survivor III' location revealed

Contestants will live like African bushmen on Kenya reserve

The park ranger turns tourists away at a roadblock, a front loader pours gravel into a dump truck and a generator whirs in the distance. All are giveaways that this reserve where the movie "Born Free" was filmed a generation ago is being readied for the third edition of CBS' blockbuster series, "Survivor."

Tuesday, June 26

Latin TV star Cristina soaps up for NBC's 'Passions'

Talk show host Cristina Saralegui is joining NBC's soap "Passions," adding another Latino face in daytime.

Director returns to the 'hood

John Singleton's 'Baby Boy' examines growing pains of L.A. youths

John Singleton's new movie, "Baby Boy," offers the disturbing proposition that a boy cannot become a man without first being involved in a murder.


The fourth tenor? Irish eyes are smiling Rock's odd couple Beaming with pride

Paddington bears up through the years

Crikey, it's double marmalade sandwiches all round.

Monday, June 25

The tale of the movie star and Komodo dragon grows

Sharon Stone has said an employee at the Los Angeles Zoo did nothing to help her husband as he was attacked by a 7-foot-long Komodo dragon.

Pollen pies, milky marble, wax walls

German sculptor uses organic materials to create natural art

Pollen becomes art in the hands of German artist Wolfgang Laib.


Dylan boyhood home auctioned Julia: Don't bash Bushes A tribute to the master Rudy will show you the way

'Furious' races to top of box office

Race cars made road kill out of talking animals at the box office. "The Fast and the Furious," a thriller about Los Angeles street racers, debuted as the weekend's No. 1 film, grossing $41.6 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Sunday, June 24

Arts notes

NEA seeking painters to do portraits Retired colonel to lead orchestra concert


Ali gloves score big at auction Actress giving up on Mr. Right Lawsuit allowed to keep 'Truckin' Getting mileage out of Ronnie

Executive's death may help reunite TV academies

John Cannon, 25-year president of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in New York, died Friday of an apparent heart attack in Cologne, Germany.

Singer's concert message to prisoners highlights struggles with drugs, alcohol

Bonnie Raitt gave a free two-hour concert Saturday at San Quentin State Prison, describing her struggles with drugs and alcohol in hopes of helping inmates who are trying to stay sober.

O'Connor's genius defined 'Archie'

Late actor remembered for outrageous TV character

It's a mark of an artist's genius when his work lingers in the consciousness long after its moment passes. Here, reconstructed from adolescent memory, unrefreshed by database searches or TV Land reruns, is a 30-year-old scene starring Carroll O'Connor in one of the most influential sitcoms in television history:

Artist on site

State architect documented his surroundings

Charles Marshall, Kansas' state architect from 1945 to 1952, made at least one drawing a day. He loved to document his surroundings flowers, animals, family members and farming life. Andrea Norris, director of the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University, remembers Marshall telling her about how trips with his children were often delayed when he'd pull over to make a sketch.

Daughter's essay leads to Father of the Year nomination

Lawrence resident Doug Heacock has been nominated to become Topeka's 2001 Father of the Year as the result of an essay written by his daughter, Rebekah. Rebekah's essay was the winning entry in the high school division of the St. Francis Father of the Year Essay Contest, conducted in part by the National Center for Fathering, St. Francis Medical Center and the Kansas City Royals. Rebekah is a student at Free State High School


Author conjures up ghostly romance in first novel

By Joy Ludwig It's not a sappy love story, but it can make you laugh, cry and believe that the improbable is possible. In "If Only It Were True," author Marc Levy develops the elements of mystery and romance once Arthur, a young San Francisco architect, discovers a young woman in his closet. He soon finds out he is the only one who can see, hear and talk to her.

A volume of contradictions

Burke soaks the national conscience in guilt, salvation

Beads of guilt drip from his books like sweat from Dixie long-necks. The good deal with the guilt and lose sleep over it. The bad are blithe about it and end up in purgatory. Only a place like southern Louisiana could have created a literary oddball like James Lee Burke: an Irish-Catholic cowboy and Southern gentleman rolled into one.

Arts notes

'Imagination Workshop' to be taped at K-State Lawrence student places in sculpture show Kansas/KC Camera awards announced Alliance offers tour of Oread homes

First impressions

Trio critiques downtown sculpture exhibition

By Jan Biles Rain pelted downtown Lawrence early Tuesday morning, washing the dust off the steel and marble sculptures mounted along Massachusetts and Vermont streets. It was 8 a.m., and the timing was perfect. The sky was overcast and between storms, the air moist and the temperature moderate as three Lawrence residents, who had agreed to be "art critics for a day," began their mission: To interpret the artworks in the 14th Annual Downtown Lawrence Sculpture Exhibition.

Saturday, June 23

Greenfield tackles pithy issues

No 'Dodgeball' stories or wisecracks found in CNN discussion show

"No Yelling, No Selling." That's one way to put it. Or how about "Conversation Without the Con"? There are many variations on the Big Idea behind Jeff Greenfield's new showcase for ideas large and small.

Making a splash

Bringing in the wheat

PBS to add new family-oriented programs

"Dragon Tales" is airing 25 new episodes this month for children, and the PBS series also is offering a special on child-rearing for parents. The common ground is how to approach problem-solving, said Rita Weisskoff, "Dragon Tales" content director, who is responsible for developing its curriculum and educational goals.

Bands battle on 'Cover Wars'

The old-fashioned battle of the bands gets a new makeover on "Cover Wars" (8:30 p.m. Saturday, VH1). David Letterman's musical sidekick, Paul Shaffer, hosts.


Clinton mulls book offers Actor recounts classic scenes Poitier proud of Bahama heritage Fans aren't the 'Weakest Link'

Grammer now highest-paid TV actor

"Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer will receive more than $1.6 million per episode in a deal that makes him the highest-salaried actor in television history, Daily Variety reported Friday. The deal, which is still not completed, would keep Grammer on the show as pompous Seattle psychologist Dr. Frasier Crane through 2004.

'Lord of the Dance' isn't tapped out

Michael Flatley makes tracks for Hollywood

The Lord of the Pants is back. Michael Flatley, whose come-hither glances and form-fitting leather pants turned Irish dancing from something done by little girls in green ruffled costumes into Las Vegas-style entertainment in "Lord of the Dance," is back in a new "Feet of Flames" tour.

Friday, June 22

Archie Bunker actor, Carroll O'Connor, dies

Carroll O'Connor, whose portrayal of irascible bigot Archie Bunker on "All in the Family" helped make the groundbreaking TV comedy part of the American dialogue on race and politics, died of a heart attack Thursday. He was 76.

Mass. St. adds handicapped spots

By Joel Mathis Finding a parking spot in downtown Lawrence isn't always easy and it has been even more difficult for people with disabilities. Now the city is installing wheelchair-accessible parking spots along each block of downtown Massachusetts Street.


At home with Naomi Judd Sue for Ben Stein's money Supermodel's recovery smooth People names top bachelors

Bluesman John Lee Hooker dies at age 80

Veteran bluesman John Lee Hooker, whose foot stompin' and gravelly voice electrified audiences and inspired several generations of musicians, died Thursday. He was 80.

Opera based on life of serial killer

Real-life story has elements of love, death, betrayal

The made-for-TV movie about her was only to be expected. So were the documentary films.

Thursday, June 21

New 'Hits' CD proves one 'Soprano' really can sing

Dominic Chianese, who plays Uncle Junior on "The Sopranos," wants you to know that really was him singing at the end of this season's finale. Now he's come out with a CD titled "Hits."

Panel picks best adventure stories ever

They take you up mountains, across continents and into the desert. They range from "Into Thin Air" to at least one book once alleged to have been created out of thin air. They are the 100 greatest adventure stories of all time, as chosen by a panel of experts assembled by National Geographic Adventure.

Comeback cowboy: LeDoux redux

Country-rock musician recovers from liver transplant

Once Chris LeDoux mounted the mechanical bull for his customary concert finale, there was no question. Eight months after the liver transplant that saved his life, the singer was back.

'Dr. Doolittle' delights in spite of predictability

They could have called this amusing comedy "Hello, Dolittle!" After all, the sequel to Eddie Murphy's 1998 talking-animal movie is basically a matchmaking comedy like "Hello, Dolly!" but the lucky couple this time is a pair of endangered bears.

Wrestlers audition on MTV

What do you get when you cross "WWF Smackdown" with "Popstars"? Something that looks like "WWF Tough Enough" (9 p.m., MTV). Judges from the wrestling federation and MTV executives will audition and choose a new wrestling performer from among 13 willing athletes who for the next 12 weeks will live, train and bicker together. The winner will be chosen on a live season finale.

Arts Notes

 Washburn stages 'Rocky Horror'  Filmmakers seek 'One Night Stand'  Press seeking poetry manuscripts  Event offers free hot dogs, ice cream

What Are You Reading?

Hurricane Dold

A Kansas writer revels in the seedy underbelly of criminal life

By Mitchell J. Near Gaylord Dold distills his experiences from traveling, studying and even movies and puts them into his crime novels. He's written a variety of tomes, including a new volume of his Mitch Roberts sleuth series, and bits and fragments of his life always end up on the page.

Out of Bounds: Carolina on my mind

Journey uncovers differences and similarities between KU and North Carolina

By Seth Jones I came to Chapel Hill, N.C., to see if Roy Williams made the right decision staying in Lawrence. Instead, I think I found God. Or, at least, the identity of God, according to the sidewalk in front of the student union at the University of North Carolina.

Spinning the Web: Traveling the Web-wide world

By Michael Newman Ah, by the time this column is published, I'll be poolside at a resort on the tip of the Baja peninsula, consuming umbrella drinks and dining on ceviche. I don't want to give the impression that I'm a globetrotter I'm not so please indulge me a little gloating. This is a family trip. My father put it all together, so I just get to go and enjoy. I don't have to think too much.

Movie Listings

When Harry met Larry

Dan Bucatinsky brings 'All Over the Guy' to the KC Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

By Loey Lockerby When Dan Bucatinsky decided to adapt his play "I Know You Are, But What Am I?" for the screen, he was faced with the dilemma of how to make it stand out in the crowd. It is, after all, a romantic comedy, and there are dozens of those produced every year. So he made a fairly radical decision: He changed the gender of the female lead and made the story about a gay couple. The result, "All Over the Guy," shows just how universal the ups and downs of relationships really are.


Film Review - 'Center of the World'

'Center of the World' makes steamy sex seem cliché

By Dan Lybarger "The Center of the World" director Wayne Wang ("Anywhere but Here") attempts to present sexuality with frankness and insight that are frequently in European films but alien to this side of the Atlantic. Curiously, despite the skin-filled moments and some other attempts at edginess (it was shot on digital video), the flick ends up being well behind the curve.

Film Review - 'The Fast and the Furious'

Street-racing tale 'The Fast and the Furious' is as entertaining as it is inane

By Jon Niccum "Bullitt" is to blame.

All the park's a stage

KC Shakespeare festival pulls in the crowds

By Mitchell J. Near Shelley McThomas-Bryant has always enjoyed the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival from her seats in Southmoreland Park. But now that she's the new executive director of the program, she has a different perspective.

Nothing's shocking

Infamous Gwar goddess brings fire and electricity to performance art

By Geoff Harkness When Slymenstra Hyman takes the Girly Freak Show stage, with 25-foot lightning bolts shooting from her outstretched fingers and 2 million volts of raw electricity surging through her body, she couldn't feel more at home.

It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world

Mad Professor schools Lawrence in art of dub

By Rebecca Bycott As the story of Lawrence's expansion unfolds, residents are quick to debate the merits of development, tax abatements and smart growth. Yet underlying the obvious cues that the city is expanding beyond small-town roots is the question of where Lawrence will go culturally. Will it continue to attract entertainment representative of its increasingly diverse community?

SEVEN QUESTIONS with Uncle Kracker

By Geoff Harkness The story of Matt Shafer is one that proves the old adage it's all who you know. One night in 1987, while attending a DJ battle in Clawson, Mich., 13-year-old Shafer bonded with one of his competitors, forming a friendship that remains rock-solid today. As Kid Rock's longtime turntablist and music collaborator, Shafer spent his early years in the business in Rock's large-looming shadow. The association produced multi-platinum efforts like 1999's "Devil Without a Cause" and gave Shafer ? who went by the stage moniker Kracker until lawyers for the alt-rock band Cracker forced him to change it ? a career of his own, though not completely overnight.

Best Bets

Side Notes: Dishing the dirt

By Geoff Harkness The scandalous, tell-all rock bio should be a staple of any rock fan's diet. Even if it's an occasional treat, there's nothing more satisfying than sinking your teeth into a sordid account of car crashes, drugs, infighting, touring, groupies and other sundries of rock life. Of course, if the subject is Paul Simon, you probably won't find much of the above. Conversely, if the topic is Mötley Crüe whose recently published autobiography, "The Dirt," made a surprising debut at No. 8 on The New York Times bestsellers list you'll get all that plus a bag of chips.

The filth and the fury

Lawrence scuzz rockers thrive on a diet of 'Whiskey and Porn'

By Geoff Harkness Filthy Jim is a slang term for a used condom. It's also the chosen moniker for one of Lawrence's most molten garage bands, who regularly douses area audiences with its patented brand of cocky scuzz rock, providing a welcome dose of relief from the anxiety-riddled art rock that often packs local clubs.

Parting shot


DJs fired for Britney death hoax OutKast, Whitney top awards Famous chef heading home Coming to a rhino's rescue

Wednesday, June 20

King of the Wine Frontier

'Davy Crockett' left Hollywood for a vineyard and never looked back

Television's King of the Wild Frontier now roams vineyards along California's Central Coast, where he's been dubbed King of the Wine Frontier. Nearly a half-century after Disney's "Davy Crockett" debuted, 76-year-old Fess Parker is still embraced by baby boomers as the man in a coonskin cap who stood for the spirit of the American frontier and died at the Alamo.

Guttermouth lives up to its name

Some bands get banned from cities for their outlandish stage show. Guttermouth got banned from an entire nation. And it wasn't even some oppressive dictatorship like Libya or the Marcos-era Philippines.

Reubens takes on odd character

Two comic veterans with a history of goofball screen personas get their own shows tonight. Best known for his classic character Pee-wee Herman, Paul Reubens hosts "You Don't Know Jack" (7 p.m., ABC), the trivia quiz show based on the 1995 CD/ROM of the same title.

"Where Freedom Speaks"

Monkey see


Web site celebrates McCartney Duchovny can't shake aliens When Sally met Babar Protesters rub Whitney wrong

Tape records rocker's 911 call for drowning child

A distraught Tommy Lee told a 911 dispatcher that a 4-year-old boy who drowned in his pool wasn't breathing when he was found. In a seven-minute tape released Monday by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the former Motley Crue drummer requested an ambulance, then stayed on the phone while the dispatcher attempted to determine whether the boy was breathing.

Racing revs up its TV profile

NASCAR set to launch new cable network

Ally McBeal at the speedway? It may sound strange, but the fictional Boston lawyer whose interests tend toward miniskirts and dancing babies could soon be discussing the Daytona 500 on the air.

Tuesday, June 19


Kelly has another co-host Bon Jovi lectures at Oxford Dudley meets the queen Oprah home worth $50 million

'Tora, Tora, Tora'... 60 years later

'Pearl Harbor' brings back memories for dive bomber

Shinsaku Yamakawa's first impression of Hawaii was one of beauty. From the air, he could see the colorful rooftops of houses mixed in with lush green foliage. He had little time to enjoy the view, though.

New 'West Side Story' released

Bernstein's classic becomes short rhapsody

A cool moon lazily rises after a hot summer day on the West Side. Suddenly: boom! Dancers brazenly force their way in. Then, even more unexpectedly, a gang member is stabbed and people scatter in panic.

Senator intervenes on Cuba art project

By Joel Mathis The U.S. government sends radio signals into Cuba every day in the name of poet Jose Marti, but it doesn't want Lawrence artist Stan Herd to create his likeness there. Now Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts is intervening with Treasury Department officials to allow Herd to make a landscape portrait of Marti on a hill overlooking Havana Harbor.

R&B tops radio formats

Rhythm and blues is the country's dominant radio format for the second time in two years, adult contemporary is suffering from the spread of '80s stations, and the once-hot "jammin' oldies" sound has almost disappeared.

Monday, June 18

Like a 'Virgin' controversy

Artist's cyber-rendition of religious icon stirs passions

Alma Lopez still doesn't get it.


More trouble for Tommy Lee Songs in the key of graduation Calling all housewives Rock pioneer hospitalized

'I Love Lucy' festival has some 'splaining' to do

For years, fans of "I Love Lucy" have had to content themselves with reruns of the black-and-white sitcom that captured the American imagination when it first aired in the 1950s.

'Lara Croft' battles into box office lead

The high score for the weekend belongs to Lara Croft. Her tally: $48.2 million. That was the weekend take for Angelina Jolie's "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," which opened at No. 1 with the best box-office debut ever for a movie based on a video game.

Sunday, June 17

Songwriters honor Warwick, Nelson, Joel

The Songwriters Hall of Fame recognizes that songwriters need singers. So Dionne Warwick is going into the hall even though she didn't write a word of her biggest hits, including "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" and "Walk on By."

Life still has normal moments for Jolie

'Tomb Raider' actress soon may acquire superstar status

Angelina Jolie, whose white T-shirt and jeans cover roughly half her tattoos as she curls up on a loveseat in a plush Los Angeles hotel suite, is describing the normal moments she shares with husband Billy Bob Thornton.

Angelina Jolie on Oscars and fame

On winning an Oscar "It is one of the pressures put on you as an actor so, in that sense, I don't have to worry about that anymore. I've already got mine. I can think about other things instead."


Rain soaks Queen Elizabeth II's grand birthday parade Helms attends first rock concert 'Miss Congeniality' - not Harden to appear in 'Seagull'

Lighting the way to a cure


Saturday, June 16

Original 'Finn' manuscript shows Twain labored over classic

Huck Finn didn't always talk like a down-home country boy at least not all the time. The first half of the original handwritten manuscript of the "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," lost in a Hollywood attic until 1990, reveals Mark Twain initially had Huck sounding more literary and labored to craft the boy's dialect and words into true Pike County, Mo., speech. "Forest" became "woods" and "wasn't" became "warn't."

Early work by 'Rent' author revived

Obscure musical monologue enjoys run off-Broadway

As his 30th birthday neared, struggling composer Jonathan Larson toiled on an autobiographical monologue a raw, musical rant about the frustrating demands of life as an artist.

Columbine victims protest against Manson concert

Marilyn Manson, the ghoulish shock rocker whose lyrics some think influenced the two teen-age gunmen in the Columbine bloodbath, has rejected pleas from victims' families and the governor to cancel a concert in Denver next week.


Calvin Klein hit by protesters' pie intended for Karl Lagerfeld Head of opera festival says she doesn't want job Girlfriend of New York mayor cries over custody battle

Show recognizes stunt actors

What would summer be without action movies? The real stars of blockbuster blow-'em-ups are the men and women who do the hard job of falling out of buildings, driving through walls and running through fire.

You'll go ga-ga over Goo Goo Dolls' latest CD

Probably the biggest casualty of the early '90s rock upheaval was the word "alternative." The dust had barely settled on Nirvana's first CD when every band out there from Seven Mary Three to Stone Temple Pilots was billing itself as "alternative."

Living on in memory

Emergency work

Making their mark

Friday, June 15


The best times of her life Putting the fun in dysfunction 'Hannibal' ready for another meal Sex and the wardrobe

In Japan, voice actors in demand

Highly paid dubbers have Web sites, followers and fan letters

Toshiyuki Morikawa used to imagine himself anchoring the evening news, his voice calm and smooth. His dream didn't quite come true. Even so, he is a television personality, and his voice is familiar to millions of Japanese.

Farrakhan, defending music, asks rappers to change

Louis Farrakhan defended rappers who use foul language and graphically depict violence and sexuality, saying they are only reflecting society and the nation's "gangsta" government.

Thursday, June 14


After 40 years of laughs, Bozo retires

Bozo has left the building. The clown with the bright red hair and members of the cast of what was once one of the most popular shows in television history and the longest running locally produced Bozo program in the country taped their final show Tuesday in front of about 200 people at a WGN-TV studio.

Jackson, Strait big winners at country awards

An absent George Strait was named the top entertainer in country music on Wednesday and shared three fan-voted awards with Alan Jackson for their duet "Murder on Music Row."

'Xena, Warrior Princess,' gets the X

Show leaves syndication airwaves after six seasons

A character on Showtime's "The Chris Isaak Show" is fretting about how odd his Russian girlfriend's family seems. When another character tells him he has xenophobia, he grows more disturbed. What's that mean, he asks.

'Blue's Clues' fetches rapturous reviews

By Jan Biles Imagine a rock concert with an audience of 3-year-olds. That was the scene Wednesday morning at "Blue's Clues Live!," an energetic Broadway-style musical aimed at preschoolers and their fun-loving parents.

Stringfield returning to 'ER'

Last spring, NBC treated its audience to an "encore" of the 1994 pilot episode of "ER" (9 p.m., NBC). Viewers were not fooled by the glorified repeat. But longtime "ER" fans may welcome the return of Sherry Stringfield and her character to the staff of County General.

Arts Notes

 Exhibit examines reformers in Kansas  Country singers gather for festival  Swedish celebration kicks off Friday  Shakespeare fest opens Tuesday

What Are You Reading?

The China syndrome

By Teresa Livengood Ha Jin's "The Bridegroom: Stories" beautifully explores matters of tyranny in contemporary China, set against the powers of capitalist America. These 12 stories capture daily struggles of Chinese people torn between matters of self and society.

Wake Up Call: Increasing the peace?

Nicaragua excursion generates thoughts about Peace Corps

By Greg Douros Editor's note: Mag columnist Greg Douros is spending the summer in Nicaragua doing research to complete his master's degree in sociology.

Movie listngs

A Kubrickian odyssey

Restored prints of Kubrick classics to be featured at KC festival

By Dan Lybarger The year 2001 has turned out a bit differently than envisioned in the 1968 movie "2001: A Space Odyssey." We may not have regular passenger flights to the moon, but this year is shaping up to be a banner period for the film's director Stanley Kubrick, who died in 1999 at the age of 70. A project he had been developing for years, "A.I.," will finally make it to theaters this summer under the direction of Steven Spielberg. Many of his previous films have just received a much-needed $3 million restoration. All of the films that Kubrick made at Warner Bros. have been restored for a new boxed set of DVDs that hits the marketplace this Tuesday. And two of the restored films, "Lolita" and "A Clockwork Orange," will play at Kansas City's Halfway to Hollywood Film Festival.

Hurray for Hollywood

Halfway to Hollywood Film Festival highlights sci-fi and overlooked gems

By Dan Lybarger To get a feeling of what the Halfway to Hollywood Film Festival is like, it's useful to know a little bit about its organizers. When contacted for this story, festival president Dr. Benjamin Meade had just finished running a half marathon, wrapping up another year of teaching at Avila College and constantly fielding calls on his cell phone. Brian Mossman, the vice president, is managing three movie theaters in the Fine Arts Group (The Fine Arts in Mission, The Englewood in Independence, Mo., and the Rio in Overland Park) while making arrangements to open a fourth and working on a weekly radio show. The two are alternating between a Mexican dinner and last-minute schedule changes.

The men from 'Atlantis'

The team behind Disney's newest animated flick deal with the baggage attached to the studio name

By Loey Lockerby "We've made a couple of movies that take place in Fantasyland. Let's turn left at the end of Main Street and make a movie that takes place in Adventureland."


Film Review - 'Atlantis: The Lost Empire'

By Loey Lockerby For decades, virtually all of Disney's animated features have followed the same formula: A young misfit, longing for a better life, goes through various trials before finally emerging as a true hero. When it works, this formula produces classics that speak to the hopes and dreams of the child in everyone. When it fails, it produces bland retreads that make "Pokémon" look like "Toy Story."

Out of Bounds: Scoring a Royals feast

By Seth Jones I hate it when people tell me I can't do something. In a casual conversation the other day, I revealed to someone that I was looking forward to catching a Royals game soon, and that I would write a column about it.

Banned in the U.S.A.

David Ollington's controversial P.O.W. play 'Resistance' meets up with resistance

By Mitchell J. Near David Ollington planned for his first full-length play to be a rather quiet affair. It would debut inauspiciously at a Kansas City coffee house, with only a two-person cast, and it would explore the brutality which is inflicted upon a man as a way to toughen him up and make him a superior soldier. In the process, the lead character would undergo a value check, as the torture forces him to examine what's really important in his life.


Knot's scary farm

Des Moines horror-metal machine Slipknot avoids the mainstream noose

By Geoff Harkness Though the world's scariest drummer still lives with his parents, Joey #1 is happy to be home.


Best bets

Mike Finnigan, Percy Sledge bring soul to Salina

By Dave Ranney In a roundabout way, last winter's soaring energy prices are luring Mike Finnigan back to Kansas for a one-of-a-kind Saturday appearance with soul master Percy "When a Man Loves a Woman" Sledge.

Parting shot

Playing the shell game

Chicago band Tortoise takes the slow, patient route to the top

By Geoff Harkness Tortoise is one of the more appropriately named bands in modern music. It's a word that nicely describes the group's leisurely ambient dreamscapes as well as its unhurried approach to achieving success.

New Diana biography reveals royal trysts

Just days before she married Prince Charles, young Diana Spencer confronted her rival, Camilla Parker Bowles, at a London restaurant called, aptly, Menage a Trois.

How does their garden GROW?

Wednesday, June 13

Calvin Klein honored for life's work

Fashion mogul receives lifetime achievement award from designers

Calvin Klein, who leads the fashion empire that bears his name, is adding another jewel to his crown. The Council of Fashion Designers of America is presenting Klein with a lifetime achievement award. He's also nominated in the best womenswear designer category.

Moisture control

Don't let plants develop a thirst

By Gwyn Mellinger I was reminded, following the first big rain in our recent series of storms, of the importance of watering fruit and vegetables evenly throughout their growing period. That surge of precipitation hit just after small berries appeared on one of our cherry trees and produced a growth spurt powerful enough to split the skins on all the fruit on that tree.

Rappers to release album with some help from Eminem

If you blank when you hear the name D12, try tacking on this phrase: "Featuring Eminem." That's what Interscope Records and others associated with the Detroit rap group are hoping will lure the ears of hip-hop fans this summer.

'Beast' quickly becomes a bore

Bad ideas die hard. The notion that viewers care deeply about the behind-the-scenes politics of a TV network is as durable as crabgrass. And twice as annoying.


'Godfather' series coming to DVD

Home theater buffs rejoice! The Godfather series will finally be released on DVD, Paramount Home Entertainment and director Francis Ford Coppola announced Monday.

'Psycho' tops list of thrillers

The mother of all slasher films, "Psycho," topped the American Film Institute list of 100 most thrilling movies, with "Jaws" and "The Exorcist" coming in second and third. "Psycho" director Alfred Hitchcock and "Jaws" director Steven Spielberg combined for 15 films on the list released Tuesday.

Tuesday, June 12


Courtney loses the family jewels Madonna heads back on tour Another Tom Hanks sighting Restaurant has tee time

Home slated for destruction becomes temporary artwork

A bungalow in Birmingham, Mich., is Detroit artist Tyree Guyton's latest public canvas. But if you want to see it, you'd better do it fast. The house on Knox Street is expected to be demolished by the end of the month.

Fan-edited 'Phantom Menace' makes covert debut

Over the weekend, members of a Los Angeles-based fan network began the first stages of their plan to make an underground, re-edited version of George Lucas' "Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace" available to the public.

AFI ranks greatest film thrills

Tonight's special delivers list of all-time heart-pounding flicks

First came the 100 best American movies. After that, the greatest screen legends. Then the funniest comedies. Next up for the American Film Institute: the 100 most heart-pounding films.

Monday, June 11


Mr. Stone attacked by dragon Rather wins journalism award Blair wouldn't listen to her mother Little League in the big time

UMKC pianist shares prize at Cliburn competition

A pianist studying at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a pianist from Russia won the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition on Sunday, the first time in contest history that two gold medals have been awarded.

Travolta debuts at top of the charts

John Travolta's new thriller "Swordfish" hooked enough movie-goers to debut as the weekend's top film, earning $18.4 million.

Torture captured on canvas

Leon Golub's disquieting work shows man's darker side

Leon Golub's first retrospective in 15 years an exhibit of raw and often violent paintings, most hung without frames like huge animal skins has reached the Brooklyn Museum of Art as the last stop on its international tour.

Sunday, June 10

Lied Center gets a case of the 'Blue's'

By Jan Biles Criss-crossing the country with the touring company of "Blue's Clues Live!" doesn't bother Thomas Mizer. It's second nature to him. Mizer, who plays Steve in the high-energy musical for preschoolers, grew up in a military family that moved around quite a bit during his early childhood. He's been touring with "Blue's Clues Live!" for 1 1/2 years, performing up to 10 shows a week.

Politics now on the page

Former U.S. senator, presidential candidate turns novelist

More than 40 years ago, Fred Harris bypassed writing to pursue politics and public office. Success soon followed. He rose quickly from the legislature in his native Oklahoma to the U.S. Senate, headed the national Democratic Party and then made a bid for the presidency in 1976. Now 70, Harris is mining his experiences for the career he once considered but set aside while in law school: novelist.


Painting missing

A painting has vanished from the Jewish Museum's just-opened "Marc Chagall: Early Works from Russian Collections" exhibit, which consists mainly of works never before exhibited in this country.

Friends, fans pay tribute to Quinn

Standing under one of actor Anthony Quinn's paintings Saturday, friends and loved ones remembered the two-time Oscar winner for using his artistic talent to help others.

Barefoot, sassy and in 'Moulin Rouge'

Kidman, in midst of divorce proceedings, is kicking up her heels

Fresh from the Cannes Film Festival, Nicole Kidman is barefoot and sassy. If you expect a sad, downtrodden woman in the midst of one of the nastiest divorces ever, think again. That side of the estranged Mrs. Tom Cruise is way in the background.

Community theater breathes new life into Broadway classic

By Jan Biles When a small community theater takes on a big Broadway musical, it takes a risk: While the show and its songs are so familiar the audience will be humming along, the theater must stage the show in a way that's fresh enough to make theater-goers feel like it was worth their time and money.


Paperback books

Saturday, June 9

Department store taking case to move bus stop to City Hall

By Joel Mathis Weaver's is tired of the T. Officials of Weaver's Department Store, 901 Mass., have been arguing for months that the city bus system's transfer station on the store's north side is hogging valuable parking spaces and hurting sales.

Sign of things to come

Typo or fake? Another film's blurb called into question

In another embarrassment for Hollywood studio marketing efforts, ads for 20th Century Fox's "Moulin Rouge" attributed a positive comment about the film to the trade publication Hollywood Reporter when the critic actually is employed by an online entertainment site.

Backstage mom lends hand at Cliburn competition

Stanislav Ioudenitch, one of six finalists in the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, occasionally slips his hands into his jacket pockets for a few seconds during performances. It's a curious gesture, and it's caused no end of speculation among audience members. What's going on? Nerves? Good luck charm? Handkerchief?


Zoning board gives approval to bury Quinn on his property A columnist you can't refuse Henner divorcing after 11 years Lowe gushes over 'West Wing'

Note of discord jolts staid quartet

Disgruntled first violinist stops group from using its name

Behind a burgundy curtain, a string quartet waits for the college theater to fill. Most people filing into the 475-seat auditorium know the quartet's name, yet it is conspicuously absent from the marquee.

'Anniversary Party': an indulgence among friends

Alan Cumming and Jennifer Jason Leigh co-wrote and co-directed "The Anniversary Party," tailoring the roles with themselves and their friends in mind. Cumming and Leigh play Joe and Sally Therrian, a couple celebrating their sixth wedding anniversary, and you feel like you're privy to their small circle of friends all of them actors, musicians, writers or filmmakers.

Friday, June 8

BMW's Web films blend art, marketing

Clive Owen is cruising the Web in style these days as the coolest of hired drivers in a series of short Internet films bankrolled by luxury-car maker BMW. Owen gets to play protector to some worthy passengers, including a Tibetan boy threatened by a villain and a wounded photographer trying to smuggle inflammatory pictures out of a war zone.

Sutherland stars in 'Big Heist'

Donald Sutherland and John Heard star in "The Big Heist" (8 p.m. Sunday, A&E), a true-crime drama re-creating the infamous Lufthansa heist of 1978. Sutherland sports an unruly hairdo and speaks in a slight brogue as the Irish-American gangster Jimmy "The Gent" Burke. Upon returning from six years in federal prison, Jimmy discovers that his ragtag gang has run up quite a tab with the Gambino mob family.

Topeka's going to the birds

Caring for Kestrals

Garage celebrates progress

By Matt Merkel-Hess The new downtown parking garage played host to a party Thursday complete with a band, food and plenty of concrete. The party was put on by CSR Quinn, a Marshall, Mo., company that supplied pre-cast concrete parts for the garage, Mar Lan Construction LLC, which built the garage, and 9-10 LC, developer of Downtown 2000. The garage is part of the downtown redevelopment project.

Brief fight over for Goofy, Mickey, Minnie and Pluto

After almost two months at the negotiating table, the workers who play characters such as Mickey Mouse and Cinderella at Walt Disney World have won an important concession: clean undergarments.

MTV picks year's best on film

'Gladiator' named top movie; 'M:I2,' 'Crouching Tiger' also honored

"Gladiator" was named best movie and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" got the "best fight" honor at the irreverent 2001 MTV Movie Awards. The Chinese martial arts epic got the nod in Thursday night's broadcast for a scene in which the young heroine, played by Zhang Ziyi, bashes an entire bar full of tough guys. "Mission: Impossible 2" and "Charlie's Angels" received two awards each.


Fiorentino's failed film 'Peanuts' creator honored 'Basic Instinct II' ends up in court Bono urges debt relief

Thursday, June 7

Rain, rain go away

'Swordfish' unlikely to hook moviegoers

Swordfish is best served grilled, brushed with olive oil and seasoned with a buttery citrus sauce. Dished out as an explosive heist movie starring John Travolta, "Swordfish" goes belly up.

MTV awards pinpoint new stars

The often irreverent and always silly MTV Movie Awards (8 p.m., MTV) celebrates its 10th anniversary with plenty of special guests and musical performances. Expect musical numbers from the Dave Matthews Band, Weezer and a congregation including Li'l Kim, Mya, Pink and Christina Aguilera singing the old Patti LaBelle hit "Lady Marmalade."


Writers overwhelmingly approve new contract

Hollywood writers voted 9-1 in favor of a new contract that sets aside $41 million for pay raises to the 11,000-member Writers Guild of America over the next three years.

Movie's fake money passed as real cash

The Secret Service wants moviemakers to return bogus money that looks so genuine some people are spending it.

Parting shot

Gary Coleman waylaid by fame

Diminutive child star wants nothing to do with former TV series

Gary Coleman is a corporate shill. This is what he does with his fame, which he hates. He uses it to promote corporations, which he loves.

Exclusive Online Profile: Judi Geer Kellas

Photography has moved from being a tool to being essential subject matter in painter's work

By Michael Newman Judi Geer Kellas is contemplating suggestions that she show her photographs. And while that hasn't happened yet, it wouldn't be a surprising step in the evolution of her work. Photography is an integral part of her paintings. Quite often, the artist paints from drawings derived from photographs she's taken. Kellas considers these photographs sketches, of a sort.

Arts Notes

 Sci-fi devotees gather for fest  Zoo seeking entries in photo contest  Old-time crafts at heart of festival  'Coffee, Conversation' set for Friday

Barfly on the wall

Lawrence poet Jason Ryberg puts observation into his work

By Mitchell J. Near Jason Ryberg likes to party, often carousing into the early morning hours. But he may be the only person in town who actually does it for a constructive reason. Ryberg is a poet, and he's fascinated by the way people talk. So he goes to the clubs and the bars and the coffeehouses where the glasses clank and slips of conversation form a steady hum of noise. But to Ryberg's ear it's not noise, it's potential material.

Out of Bounds: One more barrier

By Seth Jones It was April 15, 1947, when the first African-American professional baseball player, Jackie Robinson, ran from the dugout onto a major-league field. Since that momentous moment in sports history, all types of minorities have been welcomed into major-league baseball.

Movie Listings


Film Review - 'Panic'

'Panic' puts a fresh twist on the link between killers and psychologists

By Loey Lockerby A criminal, in the throes of an existential crisis, turns to a therapist for help. Sound familiar? With the success of "Analyze This" and "The Sopranos," the pairing of killers and psychologists has almost become passe. With "Panic," writer-director Henry Bromell takes this unoriginal premise and turns it into something truly unique.

Film Review - 'Swordfish'

Computer geek-themed 'Swordfish' doesn't quite hack it as an action thriller

By Dan Lybarger With a few keystrokes, cyber crooks can steal fortunes and ruin people's lives. Because of the amount of damage hackers can cause, movies about them don't have to be boring. Thus the makers of "Swordfish" figured no one wanted to see a flick about tired, disheveled loners tapping at keyboards for hours on end.

What Are You Reading?

No commitments

The Evaporated Milk Society debuts play about messianic figure

By Mitchell J. Near Randall Cohn might best be described as a man who makes order from disorder, and who makes the incomprehensible readily understandable. But he's keen on experimental theater, so maybe that's just an edge one develops when working in a performance zone most people view as "out there."


SEVEN QUESTIONS with Davy Jones of The Monkees

By Geoff Harkness There are hundreds of bands that helped create rock history but few transcend the world of music and become popular culture. The Monkees are pop culture. One of rock music's first unabashedly manufactured ensembles, the band practically owned the charts and the television airwaves during the mid-'60s.

Almost famous

Alkaline Trio's chemistry is mixed for punk success

By Geoff Harkness Being part of an almost-famous punk rock group is no easy task, even for bands looking to venture into the limelight.

Permanently Staind

Massachusetts melodic metal outfit finds that you can never go home again

By Geoff Harkness Staind could arguably be called America's most popular band right now, but the members are trying not to let it bother them. The Springfield, Mass., quartet currently is in the unique and precarious position of having both the No. 1 album and the No. 1 song in the country. The album, "Break the Cycle," is a 50-minute melodic metal fest chronicling the ups and downs of being thrust into the glare of the national spotlight.

SEVEN QUESTIONS with Donny Osmond

By Jon Niccum Donny Osmond has always been a target for criticism. When the teen singer and his brothers came to prominence as The Osmonds during the early 1970s, he was immediately dismissed as a cleaned-up, whiter version of Michael Jackson from The Jackson Five. But over the last decade, Osmond has been able to accomplish something the King of Pop hasn't: He's been able to evolve.

Best bets


Rattle and hum

Australia's Powderfinger runs into the open arms of America

By Geoff Harkness You've achieved success that would make most rockers green with envy. Your band's most recent album debuted at No. 1 and is currently five-times platinum. Your group has also received numerous industry awards and appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone as "Band of the Year." You're finding it increasingly difficult to hit the pubs without being besieged by fans looking for photos and autographs. The phone rings nonstop and offers of worldwide tours start pouring in.

Just a hare to the left

Wednesday, June 6

Marvel comic book heads to the big screen

Another Marvel comic book is on its way to the big screen. Dimension Films has acquired the rights to create an adaptation of "Cloak and Dagger," which Marvel debuted in July 1985.


No gossip here

Snakes alive


Fake critic's rave reviews puzzles Sony Pictures

The revelation that Sony Pictures promoted several movies with accolades from a critic who didn't exist raises the question: Why would the studio even bother? "That's the question we've got, too," Sony spokeswoman Susan Tick said Monday, adding that an investigation was under way into who generated quotes from the phony "David Manning of The Ridgefield Press."

Cruise challenges gay rumors

Tom Cruise has filed a $100 million defamation lawsuit against a man who allegedly offered to sell videotapes of himself having sex with the actor. It's the second lawsuit Cruise has filed in the past month, challenging rumors that he is gay.

'Radio Margaritaville' making waves

Internet music station anything but homogenized, Jimmy Buffett says

You can go to the island of St. Somewhere. St. Anywhere. Just boot up your PC, make a drink, put on your headphones and close your eyes.

PBS revives 'Don Quixote'

There are some great classic movies from the 1970s. In that vein, "Great Performances" presents the 1973 film version of the ballet "Don Quixote" (7 p.m., PBS, check local listings) featuring dancing legend Rudolf Nureyev.

Tuesday, June 5

Tonys Awards last place in ratings

Even "The Producers" couldn't produce a ratings winner for the Tonys.

Booze, tobacco prevalent in G-rated films

The "G" in G-rated doesn't stand for goody-two-shoes, according to a study of alcohol and tobacco use in animated movies for children.

Sadness pays off for singer

Real-life angst aided country artist's ability to write tunes

Memo to any man who loves Lucinda Williams' music and may be interested in loving Lucinda Williams: You can't have one with the other.


Prosecutors drop one warrant for Gusinsky; one remains Jolie loves athletic roles Travolta survives by not worrying Domineering men became McEntire's nemesis

British novelist faces prison sentence if convicted of perjury

Best-selling novelist Jeffrey Archer won a $750,000 libel award 14 years ago against a London newspaper that had accused him of sleeping with a prostitute and paying her $3,000 to keep quiet about it.

Monday, June 4

'Producers' toast of Broadway

Mel Brooks musical wins record 12 Tony Awards

"The Producers," led by a merry Mel Brooks, made Broadway history Sunday night, winning a record 12 Tony Awards, including best musical. The best play award went to "Proof," which won three.


Sisterly advice Playing many roles Ratings booster Cooking up business

'Pearl Harbor' narrowly maintains lead at box office

"Pearl Harbor" edged out the story of a humble ogre to remain No. 1 in weekend box office for the second week.

Sunday, June 3

'Dream Street' looks at cultural conflicts of Vietnam War

By Kim Callahan When an American writes about Vietnam, there's a presumption that war will figure largely. That's why Dana Sachs begins her extraordinary memoir by saying: "This is a story about Vietnam, but it's not about the war." Indeed, it's not. "The House on Dream Street: Memoir of an American Woman in Vietnam" (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 348 pages, $22.95) is, however, about conflict personal, social, economic, philosophical.

Life is low-down but poetic in 'Woodcuts of Women'

By Scott Rothschild In "Woodcuts of Women," Austin, Tex., writer Dagoberto Gilb provides the antidote to all that commercial junk that surrounds us. Don't get me wrong. I like commercial junk but after a while you know what I mean. Anyway, Gilb's characters are down, but not out, neither good nor bad, just human, real human, trying to ... well, they're not trying to do much other than survive love, lust, betrayals, dead-end jobs and rejection.


Author argues that religious beliefs lead to better health

By Jim Baker Faith can make you well. That's the provocative and inspiring message of social epidemiologist Jeff Levin in his new book, "God, Faith and Health: Exploring the Spirituality-Healing Connection" (Wiley, 256 pages, $24.95).

Up in arms

A refreshing lap

Not just horsing around


Museum in the midst of slum brings hope to Venezuelans

Build it and they won't come. Jacobo Borges heard that when he and his friends unveiled plans to build an art museum smack in the middle of Catia, a teeming, crime-ridden Caracas slum of 2 million people.

Imogene Coca, Caesar's perfect foil, dies at 92

Imogene Coca, the elfin actress and satiric comedienne who co-starred with Sid Caesar on television's classic "Your Show of Shows" in the 1950s, died Saturday. She was 92. Coca died of natural causes at her Westport, Conn., residence, said longtime friend Mark Basile.

Gunman's book finding no takers

Publisher backs off after state threatens to confiscate profits

Wendell Williamson says the voices didn't stop. They just kept pounding his head with a stream of telepathic messages. It was a desperate attempt to silence the voices, he said, that drove this law student to load a military rifle and open fire on the streets of this college town on Jan. 26, 1995.

Saturday, June 2

Big-name acts on tour this summer

Economy raises box-office worries in entertainment industry

With superstar acts such as Madonna, U2, 'N Sync and the Dave Matthews Band taking to the stage this summer, the concert industry appears to be on pace for another record-breaking season at the box office. But with the economy cooling, some worry that the industry may not be recession-proof.

Looking to make the cut


Ten-year sentence given in Times Square shooting Conductor regrets Israeli decision not to allow Wagner to be played Blanchett says she's pregnant

Comic strip 'Dennis the Menace' to continue after death of Ketcham

Hank Ketcham, whose lovable scamp "Dennis the Menace" tormented cranky Mr. Wilson and amused readers of comics for five decades, died Friday. He was 81. Ketcham, who died at his home in Pebble Beach, had suffered from heart disease and cancer, said his publicist, Linda Dozoretz.

Drama perks up next week

Is America ready for a funeral home soap opera? Created by Alan Ball, the Oscar-winning writer of "American Beauty," the new drama "Six Feet Under" (9 p.m. Sunday, HBO) takes a bleak look at domestic dynamics.

Actress Arlene Francis dies

Arlene Francis, the witty actress and television personality who was a panelist on the popular "What's My Line?" show for its 25-year run, has died. She was 93. Francis died Thursday at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco. Her son, Peter Gabel, said she had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for many years.

Actor leaving 'NYPD Blue'

It appears Rick Schroder has solved his last case for "NYPD Blue." Schroder, who played Det. Danny Sorenson for two-and-a-half seasons on the ABC cop drama, won't be back for its ninth season, Variety reported Friday. The trade publication quoted Schroder as saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Fallon's the best part of 'What's the Worst That Could Happen?'

Colorful supporting characters are the key to "What's the Worst That Could Happen?" The best of the bunch is the exuberantly talented Siobhan Fallon. A little-known character actress, she's probably most familiar from her brief stint on "Saturday Night Live," but she has brought a lot to little parts in "Men in Black" (she was Vincent D'Onofrio's loony wife), "Striptease" (Demi Moore's rapacious, trailer park-dwelling enemy) and "Dancer in the Dark" (Bjork's surprisingly tender jailer).

Friday, June 1

Eminem fights annual child support of $142,480

Eminem says $142,480 a year is too much child support for his 5-year-old daughter. His estranged wife says it's not enough.

CNN to launch evening newscast with Aaron Brown

CNN said Wednesday it will launch an evening newscast this fall with ABC News veteran Aaron Brown as anchorman.


Leno lives life in the fast lane Pope teams with pop singers Ellen who? Bond, Mrs. James Bond

Tonys plan to halt ratings slide

'Producers' stars Broderick, Lane team up to lure viewers

Can Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane accomplish what Rosie O'Donnell and Lane were unable to do last year halt the slide in viewers of the annual Tony Awards telecast?