Thursday, May 31
Did film critics score a hit on "Pearl Harbor"? Was the film a victim of unrealistic expectations? Did its long running time hurt it at the box office? Those were the topics in Hollywood earlier this week, after the holiday-weekend gross for the summer's most eagerly awaited movie though the second-largest in history fell short of expectations.
You don't have to be a Barbra Streisand fan to enjoy the "AFI Salute to Barbra Streisand" (7 p.m., Fox). I'll be the first to admit that I go out of my way to avoid Streisand movies. Like Elizabeth Taylor, she's more of an icon than an actress. When I see her on the screen, I see Streisand, not her character.
Pam blocks sex tape distribution Stork report No. 1 Stork report No. 2 Pavarotti bash aids refugees
The tug-of-war over who owns a celebrated glass mosaic designed by Maxfield Parrish and Louis Tiffany could turn on a secret legal agreement revealed in a surprise court action by four schools.
Bob Hope once joked, "You know you're getting old when the candles cost more than the cake." But even the high cost of illumination didn't stop him from celebrating his 98th birthday Tuesday. Age has slowed the master of the one-liner but it hasn't dulled his wit. His daughter, Linda Hope, informed him that the Los Angeles County supervisors had officially declared Tuesday "Bob Hope Day" to honor his birth.
Publishers now see e-books as complementary, not supplanting print
Michael Powell, one of the country's most prominent booksellers, laughed when reminded that at last year's BookExpo America, he predicted electronic publishing was coming "at lightning speed." "Did I say that? I must have had a couple of martinis," said Powell, owner of Powell's Books in Portland, Ore.
Rock and roll roadies find many resources on World Wide Web
By Michael Newman There are all kinds of rock and roll dreams. Some people want to be the band, some want to do the band, and believe it or not, some actually want to schlep the band's gear from town to town.
Columnist and loyal Kansans lose their Wings
By Seth Jones If the longest-running indoor soccer team fell off the face of the earth, would it make a sound?
Jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson will perform at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday at The Blue Room, 18th and Vine. The event is being taped for "BET on Jazz" for the BET network.
Award-winning musical takes to the LCT stage
By Mitchell J. Near When the staff of the Lawrence Community Theatre went searching for a summer musical to stage, they didn't have to look very far. In fact, they went straight to the record books and selected "Hello, Dolly!" one of the most popular, enduring shows in American theater history.
Ex-'Survivor' cast member makes the leap to feature film stardom in 'The Animal'
By Jon Niccum Colleen Haskell, the waifish brunette beauty from the original season of "Survivor," made it 39 days (that's sixth place) on the island before being voted off by the Richard Hatch alliance. During that time, viewers were privy to watching her hook up with fellow cast mate Greg Buis for the show's lone romantic subplot, and got to see her legs permanently scarred by infected bug bites. Yet her cheery demeanor and candid approach left her unscathed in the court of public opinion.
New Danny DeVito and Martin Lawrence flick doesn't live up to its comic premise
By Loey Lockerby First, the good news: "What's the Worst That Could Happen?" doesn't quite live down to its title. Now, the bad news: That's probably the best thing you can say about it.
Elaborate musical fantasy fuses modern pop culture to past with uneven results
By Jon Niccum Remember the Van Halen video for "Finish What Ya Started?" A mainstay on MTV when it came out, this black-and-white endeavor was the first to exceed the amount of edits-per-minute that was considered too much for a viewer's brain to comprehend. When I first saw the video's jarring technique, I was floored, then I was numbed, then I couldn't wait for it to end.
A diverse array of moviemakers seek top honors at the KAN Film Festival
By Dan Lybarger If you hear people talking about the KAN Film Festival, don't be disappointed if you discover that Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor are nowhere to be found, the beach faces no ocean and the accents are distinctly Midwestern. KAN may lack the glamour of the eminent French festival at Cannes, but it gives local viewers a welcome break from stale blockbusters.
Lawrence's Jose PH builds audience at local house parties
By Geoff Harkness The members of Jose PH aren't wussies when it comes to getting gigs.
Scotland's Mogwai finds progressive success on American shores
By Geoff Harkness In the 1984 flick "Gremlins," Gizmo a furry little Mogwai would remain cute, cuddly and faithful provided three simple rules were followed: 1) Keep him away from bright lights. 2) Keep him away from water. 3) Don't feed him after midnight.
Lawrence band stands apart from the alterna-crowd.
By Michael Newman Sturgeon Mill isn't running with the rest of the local, alternative pack. With a sound fueled by an appreciation of such "classic" rockers as Led Zeppelin, U2, Pink Floyd, the Doors and R.E.M., the band manages to sound utterly fresh, and not like some rehash of vintage arena rock.
Wednesday, May 30
There's nothing like the sound of thousands of squealing teens to generate excitement. And that's what you'll hear on "Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life" (7 p.m., CBS), the first musical special from the popular boy band.
The most startling thing about Ike Turner, up close, is that he's 69 years old. Trim, lively and what they used to call dapper, he could pass for half his age on style alone. You could safely call him "bad," except that in Turner's case, that's a word he's probably heard enough for one lifetime.
Cameron likes her alter ego Boss surprises birthday bash Duchovny longs for lingerie Clapton comes in from the road
Some independent music promoters have deals with radio stations that one critic says are nothing more than payola in modern dress, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. The promoters have arranged so-called "banks" for radio stations that play record labels' products, allowing stations to make "withdrawals" in cash and promotional material, such as airplane tickets, for airing certain tunes, the newspaper reported.
Coffee wasn't what helped disc jockey Glen Jones break the world record for the longest continuous radio broadcast. "A lot of it was just sheer will and determination," Jones said Tuesday, 100 hours and 40 seconds a little over four days after he began his shift on the Jersey City freeform station WFMU-FM.
ABC's 'The Beast' examines popular culture through TV news
A reporter beseeches a Death Row prisoner to allow his execution to be shown on her upstart cable news network. "I don't know if you can make your peace with God, Mr. Carmichael. But you can make it with the camera," Alice Allenby of World News Service breathily advises the doomed man in ABC's new drama "The Beast."
Tuesday, May 29
Overcoming doubts Home of the misguided Family values Not afraid of Nero Wolfe
"Pearl Harbor" won an easy victory at the box office, debuting as the No. 1 film with $75.1 million over the four-day weekend.
While advertising buyers say they generally like what they see in the fleet of new TV shows for the fall, they expect competition between networks to be fierce.
Canadians love TV show that pokes fun at their obscurity
Ever wonder whether Canada will outlaw the polar bear slaughter in Toronto or make beaver meatballs the national dish? If so, Rick Mercer wants to talk to you.
Monday, May 28
'Frasier' finally graduates Fifth Beatle hospitalized Won't you be my alumni? Brokaw no 'Survivor' fan
CBS is taking a bold step that many see as a beautiful way to increase ratings. The network is about to become the first American television network to simulcast one of its daily daytime dramas in English and Spanish.
"Pearl Harbor" opened big, but it will not break box-office records. The World War II epic took in $39.7 million in its first two days, according to figures provided Sunday by Disney, whose Touchstone Pictures released the movie. "They're phenomenal numbers for me. It's the biggest opening I've ever had," said producer Jerry Bruckheimer, whose other credits include "Armageddon" and "Gone in 60 Seconds."
On the northeast corner of Eighth Avenue and West 47th Street, a large sign looming above a blue and orange construction fence proclaims "Broadway's Biggest Hits Are Just Around the Corner."
Sunday, May 27
Lawrence dancers perform in the Flint Hills
By Jan Biles When poet Carl Sandburg wrote "Prairie" in 1918, he had no idea that it would inspire an outdoor music and dance performance in south-central Kansas that would feature elaborate costumes based on John Steuart Curry sketches, music by composer Eugene Friesen and choreography by Lawrence's Candi Baker.
Lying in the streets naked could get you in trouble in most places, but Saturday in Montreal some 2,000 people stripped with the blessing of authorities to pose for a New York photographer famed for juxtaposing flesh and concrete.
What is a pair of golden shoes doing in an exhibit about genes? What do three towering stacks of phone books have to do with the human DNA?
Dainty dresses, long hemlines expected to get boost from film
Enjoy those skimpy T-shirts, low-slung jeans and pointy-toed stilettos. Come fall, they may be thrown overboard for frilly blouses, cinched-waist dresses and thick-heeled, ankle-strap shoes.
Movies pay tribute to veterans, show gory details of warfare
Ever since the day that will live in infamy, filmmakers' views of World War II have shifted drastically from propaganda and action-adventure stories, to courtroom and human dramas, to satire and now nostalgic reverence.
Nancy Stouffer, author of "The Legend of Rah and the Muggles" (Thurman House, 267 pages, $19.95), has been talking for months about what she considers suspicious similarities between her books and the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling.
Saturday, May 26
A federal appeals court lifted an injunction Friday against publication of "The Wind Done Gone," a "Gone With the Wind" parody at the center of a closely watched dispute over copyright law, the First Amendment and who owns some of literature's most memorable characters.
Shemekia Copeland, daughter of blues great Johnny Copeland, was a double winner Thursday night at the 22nd annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards. Copeland won awards for best contemporary female artist and blues album for "Wicked."
Media outnumber mourners at simple graveside service
Actor Robert Blake, haggard and somber, spoke fondly of his slain wife during a brief funeral that drew more reporters than mourners and none of Bonny Lee Bakley's family.
Friday, May 25
Using the glow from 29 TV monitors as their light source, producers of MTV's "The Real World" are huddled in a Greenwich Village apartment, waiting for something to happen.
Lawyers 'keeping a promise' to author's brother
They seem unlikely villains, two white-haired octogenarians former law partners of Margaret Mitchell's brother who are keepers of the keys to a literary kingdom, "Gone With The Wind."
Lawrence's downtown boasts new set of outdoor sculptures
By Matt Merkel-Hess You could call it the annual changing of the guard in the City of the Arts. Workers and artists Thursday mounted a new exhibition of outdoor sculptures that will be in place until next spring on various downtown Lawrence street corners.
Downey denies drug charge Dylan donates 'Shelter' song 'West Wing' star politically naive Playmate's millions voided
Live by Regis Philbin, die by Regis Philbin.
Thursday, May 24
Lawrence's Bombsquad gets ready to blow up the Midwest hip-hop scene
By Geoff Harkness Some groups employ a casual approach toward making music, but Bombsquad is a band that takes its art seriously. Very seriously.
'Baywatch' star reminisces Now, 'Voyager' says adios Country singers found innocent 'Frasier' gets sidewalk star
In his nine years at "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Jim Brogan helped craft a few thousand monologues and probably helped oversee as many as 45,000 jokes work that earned him the job title of "vice president in charge of monologues."
Stuck in a midweek, midnight time slot, it looked like curtains for "The Sopranos" in Italy.
Asian-Americans fear 'Pearl Harbor' may reawaken old hatreds
Coming to a theater near you: the three-hour, $135 million, torpedo-dropping, ship-exploding blockbuster, "Pearl Harbor."
Â Texas alliance seeks poetry entries Â Westminster bell choir to perform Tuesday Â Peanuts characters to visit toy museum Â White alligators on display at zoo
Swedish racing phenomenon Nathalie Visser rediscovers her calling in Lawrence
By Seth Jones It's amazing where life takes us. I wonder if Nathalie Visser ever imagined life would lead her to the Hy-Vee parking lot in Lawrence.
Hendricks-Backus dabbles with paint and light
By Mitchell J. Near Lauretta Hendricks-Backus is a fixture in the Lawrence art community, though she would never admit it herself. When she considers her own work, she always thinks of what she's not getting done. To onlookers, however, she's accomplishing plenty with the swipe of her brush.
Nabakov's story of reclusive chess master goes overboard
By Dan Lybarger Vladimir Nabokov's writing was so fluent that he could switch languages and maintain his eloquence. His internal narratives, however, don't always translate well to the screen. Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of "Lolita" is darkly hilarious, but it feels little like the more romantic book, even though Nabokov himself wrote the script.
'The Widow of St. Pierre' puts historic edge on capital punishment
By Dan Lybarger French director Patrice Leconte has made a habit of twisting the world out of recognizable shape. In "The Girl on the Bridge" he made the outlandish seem not only plausible, but also commonplace, and in "Ridicule" he delightfully blurred the definitions of folly and wisdom.
'Pearl Harbor' offers a thrilling action centerpiece but little else of substance
By Loey Lockerby It's difficult not to feel a little sorry for Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer. They try so hard to make "Pearl Harbor" into a stirring, emotional epic that you can practically see them sweating just out of camera range during every scene. But these guys make big, dumb action movies like "Armageddon" and "The Rock," and they just don't have it in them to pull off a "Titanic" or "Saving Private Ryan."
Ceramic artist finds inspiration in the forms of the sea
By Michael Newman Cathy Tisdale lives about 4 miles of gravel road off of the paved highway northbound out of Lawrence. Her home and her studio overlook lush, rolling valleys that make you wonder if you're still in Kansas. Visitors are greeted by a friendly old dog no more welcoming than Tisdale herself. Her studio is small, just half of a garage building she and her husband built, the other half houses his tools and workshop.
Kansas City's Seven Fold Symphony avoids negative rap stereotypes
By Geoff Harkness With the possible exception of The Roots, rap is not a musical style typically associated with live bands. Early pioneers of the genre couldn't afford traditional instruments and created new forms of music by turning record players into whole bands, spinning vinyl into orchestras. Seven Fold Symphony is here to put the music back into rap, a strategy that begins in the rehearsal room.
By Jon Niccum Contrary to most performers, Leon Redbone is more myth than man.
Wednesday, May 23
Award-winning journalist criticizes broadcast's loyalty to profits, ratings
Television reporter Tom Grant was the first to report that an epidemic of child sexual abuse in Wenatchee, Wash., may not have happened. Grant's reporting helped put a serial rapist behind bars in Vermont.
For Tony Curtis being in director Billy Wilder's comedy classic "Some Like It Hot" really was a drag. Part of the script called for Curtis and Jack Lemmon to dress in women's clothes.
After seven seasons and 172 episodes, "Star Trek: Voyager" (7 p.m., UPN) signs off with a two-hour episode. Action begins 10 years after Voyager's return to Earth.
A judge granted Jane Fonda a divorce from CNN founder Ted Turner on Tuesday, ending nearly a decade of marriage without fanfare. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan granted Fonda's divorce petition, which she filed last month, said her attorney, John Mayoue.
"I have to learn to forgive and forget," said one U.S. sailor who survived the bombing of Pearl Harbor. "I've never forgiven 'em. You just don't lose that many shipmates and forget that it happened," says another veteran.
Tuesday, May 22
The mystery is no longer out there: Fox Mulder is saying farewell.
Bono's brood burgeoning 'Producers' swamps awards Stars come out for AIDS benefit Nicole opens up to Oprah
Call it cute. Call it corny. You could even call it a Hallmark sentiment. But Black Crowes' singer Chris Robinson truly believes that love has changed his life and, quite possibly, helped his band make its best record in nearly a decade.
Third volume to be last of group about 'Greatest Generation'
World War II is finally over. At least for Tom Brokaw.
Monday, May 21
The purported first drawings of Mickey Mouse estimated to be worth more than $3 million failed to sell at auction on Saturday, leaving the museum that owns them scrambling for other ways to pay its debts.
Keaton takes shot at Woody Redford sells his Malibu digs The mansion and the masterpiece Fonda eyes Southern artists
DreamWorks won ugly at the weekend box office with "Shrek," a tale of an ogre with a heart that recorded the second-highest opening ever for an animated film, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Italian film of family tragedy wins festivals top honor
Italian director Nanni Moretti's "The Son's Room" won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, while the French-language film "The Piano Teacher" took second place and both acting honors.
Sunday, May 20
Dylan celebrates a big birthday quietly
Picture this: Joan Baez, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Neil Young and Stevie Wonder gather around a table while a birthday cake bright with candles is placed in front of Bob Dylan. A chorus of "Happy Birthday" begins slightly off-key after a few drinks then the gang serenades Bob with a few verses of "Forever Young."
These days, you need a scorecard to track the magazine industry's permutations in a windless advertising climate.
Maybe staying away from the Daytime Emmys was the secret for Regis Philbin. Philbin was a double winner as best talk and game show hosts at the Daytime Emmys. Philbin, who had come up empty after 11 previous nominations, shared the talk show award with Rosie O'Donnell.
Pentagon wields behind-the-scenes influence on movies
If Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle comes across as particularly heroic in the new war epic "Pearl Harbor," the credit goes as much to the behind-the-scenes influence of the Pentagon as to the vision of Hollywood filmmakers.
Company seeks new artists, songs Buckley to perform at Starlight Benefit set for Unicorn Theatre KU students place in music competition Allyson to perform at jazz festival
Childlike 'cuteness' puts Googlies in demand
Googly eye, or goo-goo-eye, dolls nicknamed Googlies were popular in the early years of the 20th century. Rose O'Neill, the creator of Kewpie dolls, and Grace Drayton, the artist who created the Campbell's Kids and Dolly Drake, were the best-known designers of Googlies. There were many other illustrators and doll makers who imitated their style.
By Jan Biles Lawrence Community Theatre will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a new season of popular musicals, comedies and one special historical script. "We put a lot of thought into it," Mary Doveton, managing/artistic director, said of the 2001-2002 lineup.
New album proves they still got the beat
"God Bless the Go-Go's," the all-female rock band's first album of new material in 17 years, doesn't sound quite right. I figured out one reason why: I wasn't listening to it in the car. So I duped the CD onto a cassette, popped it into the tape deck and lit out, naturally, for a reckless drive to the mall.
Atchison festival features art, airplanes Artists collaborate on 'Frontier' program
Bob Feldman, president of Red House Records, says it's only natural for the Minnesota label to want to honor native son Bob Dylan on his 60th birthday. Various Red House folk singers and songwriters interpret Dylan on a new CD tribute. "He invented the genre, he opened up doors for them, for how to express themselves," Feldman said.
Whale tale Call him Ahab Rule Britannia
Author's 15th novel tells the story of Rebecca Davitch
Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person. With the lilt of a fairy tale and the deadpan sharpness of a keen observer, Anne Tyler opens her 15th novel, "Back When We Were Grownups" (Alfred A. Knopf, 279 pages, $25), with the promise to explore a life in the way only Tyler can.
92-year-old Wichita woman wins her own 'Oscar'
Irma Wassall won her "Oscar" at age 92 a Governor's Arts Award. The Wichita woman admits she didn't sleep much the April night after receiving the honor for her contributions to Kansas literature, more than 70 years of poetry and a spirit that has connected generations of artists. She brags that her acceptance speech was the shortest of all the recipients.
Deborah Anderson to lead Kansas Film Commission's efforts to woo Hollywood
By Jan Biles Deborah Anderson is still getting a foothold on her duties as the new director of the Kansas Film Commission. She knows what lies ahead is unpredictable: Hollywood writers may strike, reducing the likelihood of movies being made for television or the big screen. Competition is stiff for film projects, particularly because many filmmakers are taking their business to Canada.
Saturday, May 19
Ostentatious display was never his style, not even in death. Perry Como's funeral Friday was as humble, genuine and warm as the man who worked as a small-town barber before captivating millions with his silken voice and soothing delivery.
Facts, fiction bandied about loosely when it comes to Oscar winner
Poor Russell Crowe. Since winning the Best Actor Oscar earlier this year for his work on "Gladiator," he's been firmly entrenched in the nation's gossip columns. Earlier this week, for instance, the World Entertainment News Network which provides syndicated entertainment news to the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com) claimed that Crowe saved a small dog from being eaten by coyotes.
TV news next for duchess McLean returns to alma mater Carter toasts Mondale
Television dramatizes history mostly in isolation. No context, driftwood in a vast ocean. So viewers have an unusual opportunity this weekend, if a painful one. Saturday brings HBO's "Conspiracy," an uncomfortably real, brilliantly understated reprise of the Jan. 20, 1942, gathering at which arch criminals Reinhard Heydrich, Adolf Eichmann and 13 other important Nazis coldly addressed the problem of "the Jew."
Friday, May 18
Kathie Lee Gifford has been busy this spring. She did sweeps guest spots on "Just Shoot Me" and "The Drew Carey Show." Tonight, she hosts the 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (8 p.m., NBC) honoring the year's best talk shows, soap operas and daytime game shows. In short, all of the TV I don't cover in this primetime column.
Everything from Elvis' Cadillac to Junior Samples' overalls on display
Country music stars and hundreds of fans rose to their feet to sing "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" Thursday at the grand opening of a $37 million museum celebrating Nashville's most famous export. Ricky Skaggs, Charley Pride, Trisha Yearwood, Kathy Mattea, Eddy Arnold and Martina McBride were among the dozens of stars on hand for the outdoor ceremony in front of the new Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Bon Jovi advises graduates 'Shrek' gives lessons for life Celine returns in a big way Supermodel photo scam exposed
In Wednesday's powerful season finale of "The West Wing," beleaguered President Josiah Bartlet lashed out at God in two languages. First in English and then Latin, Bartlet lamented life's cruel twists, including the death of his longtime secretary in a drunken-driving accident, and reproached God.
O.J. Simpson has some advice for actor Robert Blake, whose wife was shot to death this month: Don't watch TV. "I know that watching TV is only going to frustrate him," Simpson told the syndicated TV show "Extra" for a segment scheduled to air Thursday.
At a final cost of roughly $140 million, Disney's big movie of the summer, "Pearl Harbor," looked like a bargain after the original price tag of $180 million first presented to Disney executive Michael Eisner.
Actor Martin Sheen was the target of a demonstration Wednesday as he stopped in Philadelphia to pick up an award for his work on behalf of the civil rights of immigrants.
Thursday, May 17
Lawrence pop jesters Danger Bob assemble for a musical reunion
By Jon Niccum "You know how it is in a band, you kind of get tired of each other," Danger Bob guitarist Andy Morton says. "It's not that you get tired of the people, you get tired of arguing your points."
By Geoff Harkness Is it me or are all the good band names taken these days? In the old days, rock monikers came a dime a dozen and cool denominations like The Sex Pistols, Public Enemy, Soundgarden and 1910 Fruitgum Co. were up for grabs. Lately it's getting harder and harder to find groups without ridiculous handles or Â even worse Â uncreative ones. Staind, Crazy Town and The String Cheese Incident all have recording contracts at the moment, indicating the problem might be more serious than previously known.
Dashboard Confessional frontman Chris Carrabba finds a home on the road
By Geoff Harkness For many musicians, touring is but one aspect of a larger job. For Chris Carrabba, the road is a way of life. The singer/songwriter/guitarist and mastermind behind indie band Dashboard Confessional just wrapped up a gig in Chicago and currently is en route to Seattle, where his band will begin a two-week tour with The Weakerthans. Following those dates, Carrabba will spend the rest of the summer playing on various tours with shows lined up well into September.
Nulisch brings diverse influences to blues circuit
By Dave Ranney If turntables could talk, they'd be thanking Darrell Nulisch. He's got a lot of the 40-and-over crowd looking for their Al Green albums, which, more than likely, are still in the basement in that lone surviving box of vinyl memories that are just too good to part with.
Daniel Woodrell writes about Midwestern life
By Mitchell J. Near Daniel Woodrell does not write stories with happy endings. His novels always descend into a haunted no-man's land of rogues, outlaws and cutthroats who would rather fight first and not talk at all.
Singer/songwriter is nothing if not a showman.
By Michael Newman Martin Sexton is going places. Currently, he's going there in a Toyota Land Cruiser pulling a trailer. The destination? His management hopes it will be Madison Square Garden, though if he makes it there, its unlikely he'll still be touring with an entourage of three in a sport-ute. This past Monday night it was the more modest Bottleneck here in Lawrence that was the beneficiary of Sexton's able talents.
Web concerts take the hassle out of live music
By Michael Newman I may just be getting old. I'm turning 41 this week, and going to concerts gets harder and harder every year. But it's possible that I have this concert business licked. I've been enjoying live music lately without some bozo spilling my beer, without ending up smelling like an ashtray, with nobody screaming "ROCK AND ROLL!" or "YOU GUYS SUCK!" in my ear. There are no long lines at the bathroom, my ears don't ring when it's over and no stage divers kick me in the head.
DreamWorks' animated blockbuster 'Shrek' revises rules of classic fairy tales
By Loey Lockerby At the beginning of "Shrek," the title character rips the pages out of a fairy tale book and uses them as toilet paper. That pretty much sums up the whole movie.
By Dan Lybarger Dallying with romance, crime, dysfunctional families and possibly the supernatural, "Angel Eyes" crams a lot of choice topics into just shy of a couple of hours. That running time seems longer because writer Gerald Dipego and director Luis Mandoki (the team behind "Message in a Bottle") never commit to one theme long enough to really pull a viewer in. When it's all over, "Angel Eyes" feels like an exhausting flirtation instead of a full-out seduction. That's a bit of a downer considering that it features the normally smoldering Jennifer Lopez and James Caviezel ("Frequency").
By Jon Niccum Most people in America know who Ron Jeremy is, but not everyone cares to admit it.
Mystery writer chooses historic Kansas City as setting
By Mitchell J. Near There's a new crime fighter prowling the streets of 1939 Kansas City. Dorie Lennox is young, pretty, tough and smart. She can roll with the punches and is fast with a quip and she carries a wicked switchblade knife.
Sports conversation and cutting remarks mean more than a routine haircut
By Seth Jones Direct deposit. Do-it-yourself check-out lines at Dillons. Gas stations without attendants. Some people call it progress; I call it another way to avoid talking to people.
Terry Miller makes art that serves a purpose
By Mitchell J. Near Terry Miller was going through a mid-life crisis a few years ago, wondering what he was going to do with his career that was not only meaningful but also creatively fulfilling. He enrolled in a few classes at Johnson County Community College where inspiration struck him. The great thing for Miller was that he did not have to alter his lifestyle as his new occupation took off, because he could adapt his regular trade to pursue his artistic dreams.
Â Musicians line up for bluegrass fest Â Book signings planned at Raven, library Â Kemper Museum acquires new artworks Â Trolley running again in Atchison
Proof that sweeps month razzle-dazzle can undermine the quality of even the best-written shows can be seen on tonight's hourlong "Will & Grace" (8 p.m., NBC). At their best, season finales tie up loose ends and keep you guessing until next season.
Eight new series introduced; only one night to remain same next fall
Richard Dreyfuss plays a college professor and Ellen DeGeneres an Internet executive in two of the eight new series that CBS will introduce next fall. The network is moving "Touched By an Angel" back to Saturday nights, eliminating one of its weekly movies and changing the schedule on all but one night of the week.
Viewers will see some major changes on ABC next fall schedule, as the network will cut back on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and bring at least five new shows, including Jason Alexander's latest comedy.
A David Letterman joke about beauty pageant contestant Miss Colombia has sparked an ugly international incident prompting a rare apology from the TV funnyman. The controversy started Friday on CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman" during a bit about the Miss Universe Pageant.
Musicals sink in red ink Go-Go's singer takes it off off 'Love Story' redux Being John Malkovich Stipe
Wednesday, May 16
I'll admit it. I don't know what's going to happen on tonight's "The West Wing" season finale (8 p.m., NBC). But I know I'll be watching. Last year's cliffhanger evoked memories of Dallas and the Reagan assassination attempt. This year, the writers of "The West Wing" have ensnared the Bartlet administration in a thicket of legal and political troubles that recall the Iranian hostage crisis, the Monica mess, Watergate and Iran-Contra.
It's a roll of yellowing, nearly transparent paper, 119 feet 8 inches long by 9 inches wide, covered with tightly packed typing and penciled notes and worth up to $1.5 million.
Mrs. Landingham is dead. Della Reese, watch your character's back on "Touched by an Angel." You too, Doris Roberts, on "Everybody Loves Raymond." Dolores Landingham was the president's secretary on "The West Wing." As played by Kathryn Joosten, Landingham was crisply competent and endearing in a no-nonsense way.
Comedies, crime, 'Weakest Link' populate the schedule
NBC is counting on "Weakest Link" host Anne Robinson to abuse contestants twice a week, and chef Emeril Lagasse will star in a comedy about his life. NBC unveiled a new fall schedule Monday that includes three new comedies, three new crime-fighting dramas, no more movies on Sundays and no XFL.
Tuesday, May 15
Police would not comment Monday on a report that investigators found the gun used to kill actor Robert Blake's wife.
Louisiana symphony's 'co-op' approach reviving sounds of ten years ago
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, which bills itself as the nation's only musician-owned and -operated symphony, is closing its 10th season on a fitting note later this week: with Mahler's Resurrection Symphony.
Too much Destiny? ... and speaking of overexposure Hometown honors Brinkley 'Hometown' boots out 'Ed'
Oscar winners live nearly four years longer than their colleagues, according to a study that credits the "You like me! You really like me!" effect of an Academy Award on an actor's self-esteem.
Monday, May 14
Robert Blake's wife's slaying puts actor into unwanted limelight
On TV's "Baretta," Robert Blake was the tough and cocky cop who always knew right from wrong.
The Cannes Film Festival helped save Francis Ford Coppola from financial disaster on "Apocalypse Now."
J-Lo sues to stop sex tape Hollywood cruel to kids Ono stops Lennon fund-raiser Country singers' trial today
Sunday, May 13
By Jan Biles A theater near Perry Lake is paying tribute to its founder this summer by fulfilling one of his last requests: a production of the melodrama "The Drunkard." The Dale Easton Theatre at Apple Valley Farm will stage the play at 8:30 p.m. Saturdays until Sept. 29. "He asked me last year if I'd do 'The Drunkard' and I said, 'No, not without you,'" said Karen Hastings, founder of the Karen Hastings Players and director of the Dale Easton Theatre.
Peter Wiley was 11 and had been playing the cello for four years when his mother got a phone call from a friend recommending a new teacher. The then-fledgling Guarneri Quartet was establishing a residency at Harpur College in Binghamton. Although it was a four-hour roundtrip from the Wileys' Utica home, they seized the opportunity for Peter to study with Guarneri cellist David Soyer.
Trunks filled with costumes and props are stacked in the hallways. Dust collects on exposed pipes in the studio. Sweat hangs over the room. Suddenly, a young man leaps high into the air, suspended for the briefest of seconds like Superman. This rising star, the Ukrainian-born Maxim Belotserkovsky, performs for the American Ballet Theatre, one of the world's premier companies.
Tolkien trilogy to start theater run in December
Just how did filmmaker Peter Jackson manage to put 3 1/2-foot-high hobbits alongside full-scale humans and a towering wizard for the upcoming movie trilogy "The Lord of the Rings"?
Perry Como, the crooning baritone barber famous for his relaxed vocals, cardigan sweaters and television Christmas specials, died Saturday after a lengthy illness. Como died in his sleep at his home, his daughter Terry Thibadeau said. Some sources listed Como's age as 88; others said he was 87.
Douglas Adams, whose cult science fiction comedy "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" drew millions of fans and spawned a mini-industry, has died at age 49.
Basic fashion rules apply to sunglasses
You're staring at a case full of sunglasses, and all those sunglasses are staring right back at you. Which one will you try on? What style is best suited for your face? There are multiple factors to consider when shopping for sunglasses, says Carol Norbeck, vice president of special projects for Silhouette, including the shape and proportions of your face and your personal style.
Tom Averill mixes exotic recipes some quite unappetizing into his new novel
By Mara Reichman Special to the Journal-World Adventurous eaters beware Thomas Fox Averill's "Secrets of the Tsil Café" (BlueHen Books, 302 pages, $23.95) will tame even the wildest of appetites. With a unique mixture of prose and recipes, this coming-of-age novel will either leave mouths watering or stomachs churning. In the middle of Kansas City's trendy 39th Street, an American Southwestern "New World" restaurant and an Italian "Old World" catering business share not only the same building but also the same family.
Tomas Salamun says his poetry is 'very diabolical'
"Tomaz Salamun is a monster." So writes the Eastern European poet about himself. Salamun writes his poems in Slovenian, the language of a tiny, newly independent country between Italy and Austria. But his work has reached the world in 33 books translated into dozens of languages.
Jim Nedresky's work stretches from Kansas prairie to Gulf of Mexico
By Jan Biles A Lawrence photographer's work has been selected for this year's Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center's Mental Health Month print. Jim Nedresky's "Winter Prairie, Douglas County," a landscape shot north of the Lawrence Municipal Airport, will be reproduced on posters and note cards and used to raise money for the mental health center.
Saturday, May 12
Who knew virginity could be so funny? Or sexy? Set in 1959, the British comedy "Take a Girl Like You" on "Masterpiece Theatre" (8 p.m., Sunday, PBS, check local listings, concludes next Sunday) recalls the days before the sexual revolution when good girls defended their chastity and cads considered conquest as part of a "great game."
Redford rebuffs condor release Supermodel wins libel case Kid Rock sues rap rocker New 'Marilyn' is a Monroe fan Citadel critic returns
"The Sopranos" may be the most popular show on cable television, but try telling that to Rep. Marge Roukema, R-N.J., who plans to introduce a resolution this month officially condemning the HBO series as an affront to Italian Americans.
On the 25th anniversary of his popular radio series, broadcaster Paul Harvey wasn't behind the microphone to tell "The Rest of the Story." He was in bed. The man with one of the nation's most familiar voices is recovering from laryngitis, but he hopes to hit the airwaves again Monday.
Computer weapon 'not glorified,' studio executive says
The Walt Disney Co. has had enormous success marketing video games based on its popular storybook characters and hit television show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." Now, the company hopes to extend its success by adding a very un-Disney-like element violence. Not blood and guts, limbs flying, people screaming in agony.
It's inevitable that the new Latin jazz documentary "Calle 54" will be compared to the Academy Award-nominated "Buena Vista Social Club," the 1999 film that profiled the rich legacy of Cuba's forgotten musicians.
Friday, May 11
'West Wing' viewers earn highest TV audience income Teens to write book reports for stunt that went wrong
'Startup.com' rings true for two ex-Internet CEOs
Early in the documentary "Startup.com," the newly hired chief executive of govWorks.com tells employees he hates the name. Kaleil Isaza Tuzman says he wants to call the company, "RenderuntoCaesar.com."
Woody produces producer lawsui Love or money Gandolfini leaving the family? Cocaine found in Downey drug test
Expectations high for Far Eastern movies at Cannes festival
When Japanese actor Yusuke Iseya opened his mouth to reveal his pierced tongue for photographers, he was making a personal statement but it could also have been a statement about Asian films.
Thursday, May 10
The producer of "Survivor: The Australian Outback" has admitted to staging scenes with stand-ins for the show's contestants. Executive producer Mark Burnett readily admitted to employing the cinematic technique of the "pickup shot" to capture wide-angle views after the fact, when the scene is uncluttered by close-up camera crews shooting the actual contests.
Uncovered letters show fear, retaliation and life of crime
Slain grifter Bonny Bakley accused actor Robert Blake of cheating on her, threatened there would be no sex after they were married and feared that she was being set up, according to letters obtained by the New York Daily News.
Women rule the night at annual awards show
Southern darlings ruled the Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday with Lee Ann Womack and the Dixie Chicks claiming three honors each.
"The Trumpet of the Swan," an animated movie based on the E.B. White classic, isn't much to trumpet about. There's very little to like here. The animation is unimaginative and uninspiring. Songs are just dropped into the movie like ads for a soundtrack CD, and only one of them performed by Little Richard is catchy.
As the season finale of "The Gilmore Girls" (7 p.m., WB) approaches its last scene, we see Lorelai in the lobby of her bed-and-breakfast surrounded by yellow daisies. Scenes like this pretty much sum up my feelings about this good-natured show.
Â KU professor to lead museum lecture tour Â Women's Chorale slates concert Â Bruner to perform acoustic set Â Fashion show raises money for Lung Assn.
Topeka artist displays 'Spring Flowers'
By Mitchell J. Near Johanna Hanks was not born with a paintbrush in her hand. She didn't feel the creative muse to recapture sights she'd seen on canvas until later in life. But once she did start painting, there has been no stopping her.
Fast-food giant king of marketing techniques
By Greg Douros In today's competitive global marketplace, shrewd business strategies equal market share. And what better way to learn these effective sales methods than by following the master of marketing: the McDonald's Corporation. The cornerstones of their savvy planning are children. Not only are children good consumers, but brand loyalties formed at a young age last into adulthood. As Kids 'R' Us president Mike Searles puts it "If you own this child at an early age ... you can own this child for years to come."
By Dan Lybarger Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Amores Perros (Love's a Bitch)" is certainly edgy and provocative. The violence in this Mexican film, which was that country's Best Foreign Film nominee at the Oscars this year, pushes the limits of audience endurance. At some moments, one begins to wonder if Iñárritu might be more at home in a padded cell than behind a camera. The scenes of simulated gore are especially hard to watch because they involve the abuse of dogs. Somehow viewing the mistreatment of pooches seems even more vile than watching a human being killed.
Brian Helgeland makes up his own rules for 'A Knight's Tale'
By Dan Lybarger Most filmmakers make sacrifices for their work. Brian Helgeland, the writer-director of "A Knight's Tale" took a personal loss during the sound recording sessions that took place after the film was shot.
Jousting tale links history and modern day with surprisingly entertaining results
By Dan Lybarger Much of the commercial success of "Gladiator" is due to a series of commercials that cleverly compared Russell Crowe's battles in the arena to contemporary pro wrestling and football. Now imagine an entire movie that blurs the distinction between modern sports and ancient spectator battles, and you get a rough idea what "A Knight's Tale" is like.
'Memento' adds new spin to the detective thriller
By Jon Niccum "John G raped and murdered my wife."
Ex-KU players stuck with few post-season options in the NBA
By Seth Jones Is it just me, or do the Kansas basketball players who don't fade away to work regular jobs in Lawrence go play for the Utah Jazz?
By Mitchell J. Near Sometimes I wonder if Lawrence's reputation as an art community is really on the up and up. Don't get me wrong, within Lawrence resides hundreds of artists of all types. But while there are scores here, creating paintings, music, plays and books, is the Lawrence community really supportive in the role of financially creating a marketplace for artists?
Budget problems behind KU staff's decision
By Mitchell J. Near For the first time in more than two decades, the University Theatre program will not be offering any productions during its regular summer season. That's because there will be no summer season. It's been eliminated this year due to budgetary problems.
By Geoff Harkness In an era of slick, commercial country music, BR5-49 remains an enigma. The Nashville-based quintet (vocalist/guitarists Chuck Mead and Gary Bennett, bassist Jay McDowell, drummer Shaw Wilson and multi-instrumentalist Don Herron) barnstormed Music City six years ago with a sound that seemed novel at the time: authentic, roots country played with all the raw power, energy and passion of a garage band. With a rock-solid reputation built one show at a time in Nashville's Lower Broadway scene, the '49-ers released three albums and an EP for Arista Records. Though critics slathered the band with praise and high-profile gigs were numerous, the mainstream never really caught on to the group's tightly wound grooves.
Prodigal daughter returns to make Lawrence her base of creative operation.
Missy Hamilton has come full circle. After completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in fine art, followed by years of laboring in various fields associated with commercial photography, commercial art, and pre-press production and sales, she is once more a professional, visual artist. And after many years pursuing her creative endeavors far and wide, she's back home in Lawrence.
Lawrence favorite Kill Creek returns with 'Colors of Home'
By Geoff Harkness The clock on the wall at Kill Creek's downtown rehearsal space runs backwards. Nearly every inch of the room is crammed with tools of musical trade: Brightly hued effects pedals and chunky black amps lay scattered about, scraps of paper with scribbled lyrics litter the floor. Cables, cords, drumsticks and mike stands jut out from odd angles, and no less than two drum kits compete for the last gasps of available space. A handful of guitars line the walls Danelectro, Silvertone, Fender Stratocaster, Gibson Les Paul each possessing a bit of rock history in their own right. It is in this room that the history of Kill Creek continues to be written.
Wednesday, May 9
LeAnn Rimes hosts the 36th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (7 p.m., CBS). The five artists vying for Entertainer of the Year Award include Brooks & Dunn, the Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill, Toby Keith and George Strait.
Woody gets away with it That's Dr. McGraw to you Wings taking off again? Actor fesses up to vandalism
A roomful of psychiatrists analyzed Harry Potter and concluded the boy wizard is wonderful. The orphaned hero of four best-selling children's novels makes mistakes but comes through in the end. He not only survived an abusive childhood in the home of hateful relatives, but came out with hope and the ability to love intact.
Katie Couric and her former morning television partner, Bryant Gumbel, will both be on location next week covering the execution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. But they have no chance of running into each other. Couric, the "Today" show host, will be stationed in Oklahoma City, where McVeigh's bomb killed 168 people six years ago.
Film festival promises darker tales spun by brightest stars
The limo-and-luxe extravaganza that is the Cannes Film Festival will feel the chill winds of reality this year. Death, war, disfigurement, bereavement and infidelity are just some of the themes being served up at this most glitzy of European film festivals, which opens Wednesday.
Tuesday, May 8
Actor Robert Blake's wife of seven months shot to death in her car over the weekend was obsessed with celebrities, had a criminal record and signed a prenuptial agreement promising to stay out of trouble.
De Niro given lifetime award Britney chatroom revamped R&B singer sidelined Trebek stiffs upper lip
Camp David is out, for sure. Oslo, Norway, and Madrid, Spain? Unlikely. But mediated peace talks somewhere might be the only way to calm the most recent Middle East conflict one that has heightened anti-Western rhetoric here and embittered thousands of Egyptians.
Mel Brooks' record-breaking Broadway musical up for 15 awards
"The Producers," Broadway's biggest hit in years, received a record-breaking 15 nominations Monday, including a nod for best musical, as the 2001 Tony nominations honoring the best of the Broadway season were announced.
Monday, May 7
Actor Robert Blake returned home Sunday from a brief hospital stay while police searched for the gunman who killed his wife as she sat in their car. Blake, 67, who had left his wife in the car while he went back to a restaurant to pick up his own handgun, entered the hospital Saturday to be treated for high blood pressure, attorney Harland Braun said.
The money returns. Movie-goers shelled out $70.1 million for "The Mummy Returns," a record for a non-holiday opening weekend. According to studio estimates Sunday, the movie was just $2 million behind the biggest all-time debut, "The Lost World: Jurassic Park," which opened on the Memorial Day weekend in 1997.
Audiences cheer checkmates as knights, rooks take to big screen
The boys of summer are finally slugging, catching and pitching again. The hoopsters and hockey players are gunning for their championships. But as the jocks take center stage on the small screen, it's a very different kind of sport chess that's about to get a jolt from Hollywood.
Sunday, May 6
Until 1960s, White House remodelings put furniture on the market
For many years, retiring public officials took some government office furniture with them when they left. Collectors like the pieces because the historic ownership adds to the prestige, value and "aura."
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has overhauled its African art galleries for the first time since the gallery opened in the 1970s. The revamped space showcases more than 65 masterpiece-quality works from the museum's permanent collection.
By Jan Biles Kansas University theater professor Marianne Kubik's academic research into a singular dance form could be dry as a bone, but instead has resulted in an entertaining, probing multimedia work called "The Waltz Project."
The zipper on an average pair of Levi's jeans is 5 1/2 inches long. The zipper on the midriff-revealing Levi's Superlows measures about 3 inches. Maggie Winkel, the women's merchandise manager at Levi's, sees the resurgence of fashion from the 1960s and '70s as a major impetus for the popularity of low-rise pants.
Singer-songwriter Jamie Anderson will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave. Anderson has appeared at the National Women's Music Festival and Kerrville Folk Festival and has been a finalist at the Napa Valley Music Festival, South Florida Folk Festival and Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.
Nothing says Mother's Day like a noodle necklace. And for dads, there's probably a tie made out of construction paper waiting to be made for Father's Day. Parents love to get any little thing from their kids, says Joyce Marlow, author of "Making Memories: Celebrating Mothers and Daughters Through Traditions, Crafts and Lore" (Simon & Schuster, $14). Kids' gifts are usually simple and endearingly sweet and always appreciated.
By Jan Biles What entices visitors to come to Lawrence? Do people come to shop downtown, to attend arts events or antique shows, to root for the Jayhawks all of the above? And once they are here, just what do they see and what images remain with them? Those questions often are on the minds of Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau employees.
Grimes to sign books Festival goes country Vibrations Studio to show works today
By Jan Biles Organizers of a new juried art exhibit not only hope to benefit a community agency but also hope to promote sales of local artworks. "Lawrence Own-Your-Own" will be displayed from Sept. 29 to Oct. 7 at Fields Gallery, 712 Mass.
By Jan Biles A request from a French museum to borrow and display some beadwork items from Kansas University's Museum of Anthropology has inspired the KU museum to put the items on display at home. "Plains Indian Beadwork," about 150 objects representing the beadwork of the Great Plains Indians, will be shown through Aug. 5 at the Museum of Anthropology in Spooner Hall.
'Sexually Charged' exhibit explores sensuality, attitudes
By Jan Biles Anna Glynn's Barbie and Ken photographs are not for little girls. The black-and-white images, part of the upcoming "Sexually Charged" exhibit at Carmesi, 1012 Mass., show the plastic dolls posed in various stages of sexual acts. "They are the Barbie dolls I had as a kid," Glynn said, explaining how she came to make the photos five years ago.
By Jan Biles A composition by an English teacher and musician living in Sicily will be the centerpiece of the CottonWood Winds' "Pops at the Winery" concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Heimhof Winery near Tonganoxie. Wine tasting begins at 6:30 p.m.
Actor Robert Blake's wife shot to death near restaurant Death penalty opponent speaks as McVeigh nears execution Berry to settle case out of court Conductor says Wagner concert in Israel should be performed
Chris Noth may have been bummed, for the moment, about his knee, but he couldn't be happier about his new TV movie. Noth both stars in and has a producer credit in "Steve Martini's The Judge," a two-night, four-hour NBC legal mystery airing at 8 p.m. today and Monday.
Dennis Sparacino's fingers glide over the cold bronze toes, curve up and around the muscular torso and dip into the crater at the top of the sculpture. A "touch tour" allows him to experience, in the only way he can, a cast of the "Headless Naked Figure Study for Balzac" that Auguste Rodin crafted in 1896.
British playhouse performs 23 plays of famed mystery writer
In a bare rehearsal room, among pieces of threadbare furniture and sagging drapes, a group of actors feverishly works on scenes from Agatha Christie's rarely performed play, "Fiddlers Three."
Inspector Thomas Pitt is on the witness stand as Anne Perry opens her latest Victorian mystery novel, "The Whitechapel Conspiracy" (Ballantine, 368 pages, $25). A distinguished soldier is on trial for murdering his friend, and the absence of a motive has everyone on edge. Pitt's testimony sends the soldier (and his secrets) to the gallows.
Mothers, baseball and fast cars subjects of latest volumes
For "Hollywood Moms" (Abrams, 112 pages, $29.95), Joyce Ostin photographed 50 of filmland's female actresses, producers, directors and performers with their mom or daughter. Or with both, as in the case of Carrie Fisher, who wrote the book's introduction. Many of the black-and-white photos are accompanied by quotations.
Former resident exhibits work at Lindsborg gallery Time to submit information for KU Edition Restaurant, club raise funds for epilepsy research Spencer Museum acquires works of female artists
Days aren't long enough for some busy families
By Theresa Freed Every day on his way home to Lawrence from work in Topeka, Jeremy Anderson calls his wife on the cell phone. In those few moments they discuss their day, tasks that need to be done and their children. Jeremy and Cherise Anderson who have two children, Caden, 1 1/2, and newborn Makenna say their talks snatched during the commutes are all the time they have for quality conversation.
Saturday, May 5
Don't count on New York art dealer Edward De Luca to be aggressively bidding during the major spring auctions, which start next week. He may be using his paddle more wisely. "I am going to be a little bit more cautious. I will sit and wait to see what happens," said De Luca, director of New York-based DC Moore art gallery, which specializes in 20th and 21st century contemporary art.
Negotiators for Hollywood writers announced a "groundbreaking" contract with producers Friday, averting a strike some feared would cripple the TV and movie industry and cost the area economy billions of dollars.
'The Producers' expected to win, '42nd Street' to place
Can there be any doubt? "The Producers," the biggest musical hit in years, is expected to lead the pack when the 2001 Tony Award nominations are announced Monday. Yet look for the lavish revival of "42nd Street" also to score with multiple nominations for the best of the Broadway season.
While "Citizen Kane" is often said to be the finest movie ever made, its creator Orson Welles spent the last quarter-century of his life outside of the Hollywood community, reduced to doing commercials and bit acting parts to produce his own films.
Friday, May 4
Supermodel undergoes surgery To all the girls he's loved Hefner home in the clear Country singer stopped for DWI
Tennessee nurse takes home $1 million prize
Tina Wesson, the sweet-talking nurse from Tennessee, joined Richard Hatch in the "Survivor" millionaires club on Thursday.
Former Beatle George Harrison has undergone lung cancer surgery in the United States, the singer's lawyers said.
By Amber Stuever The tribe has spoken, and America has survived another reality show.
Tom Cruise filed a $100 million defamation lawsuit against a pornography actor who allegedly claimed he had a gay affair that broke up Cruise's marriage.
Thursday, May 3
Gillian Anderson brings spark to stiff adaptation of Wharton
By Dan Lybarger Because Gillian Anderson is so closely identified with her character Agent Scully from "The X-Files," it's continually surprising to see her in much different roles, even though her range is formidable. She was completely convincing and rather unrecognizable as trailer trash in "The Mighty" or as Jon Stewart's nervous girlfriend in "Playing by Heart." She was even quite good as the voice of a wolf goddess in "Princess Mononoke."
'The Mummy Returns' proves to be exactly what summer blockbusters are all about
By Loey Lockerby "The Mummy Returns" has non-stop action, one-dimensional characters, fantastic special effects and lame dialogue. In other words, it's a perfect summer movie.
Arrowhead turns into a World Cup qualifying combat zone
By Seth Jones God Bless the U.S.A. I'm proud to be an American. Buy American made goods. Why am I so proud of my country? I just finished watching the U.S.A. soccer team defeat Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier match at Arrowhead Stadium. Myself and 37,000 people went crazy when Josh Wolff touched in a ball to give our boys in red, white and blue a 1-0 victory and another 3 points to put our team in the driver's seat to qualify for the World Cup.
By Geoff Harkness In the world of modern blues, where scrawny Stevie Ray impostors serve up equally scrawny guitar licks, Robert Cray remains an enigma. Though Cray formed his first band in 1974, it was his 1980 debut "Who's Been Talkin'," that caused a quiet storm, eventually revitalizing blues for a whole new generation of fans. The 1986 effort "Strong Persuader," with its massive hit "Smoking Gun," made Cray a genuine superstar for a time ? complete with swooning MTV coverage, movie offers and glossy magazine covers.
The Offspring combats Internet, labels and old-school fans on road to success
By Geoff Harkness The Offspring has always been a band intent on forcing an opinion from its audience. Loved and loathed in equal numbers, the Southern California quartet has perpetually gotten people talking, be it with praise or condemnation. Currently in its 16th year of recording and touring, The Offspring can easily command the various trappings of rock stardom packed venues, platinum discs and groupies galore. But as a group that grew up among the California punk elite, typical notions of success don't easily satisfy, and The Offspring has continually searched for ways to make its fans matter most.
By Geoff Harkness When you were Nirvana's single biggest influence and you've recorded "Smells Like Teen Spirit" with Leif Garrett, what's left? Nothing, according to Buzz "King Buzzo" Osborne of Melvins, whose approach to his career is as low-key as his music.
Lawrence group Phat Albert gets 'Devious' with new project
By Geoff Harkness "Kindergarten underwear." It's one of the more unusual descriptions of a group's sound, but that's exactly how Phat Albert drummer Freak-A-Delic describes his band's sonic boom.
Frank Black and the Catholics - The Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS 05/02/2001
by Michael Newman As a rock and roll kid, or even during the heyday of the Pixies, Frank Black couldn't have imagined this time coming. This is the time of life for a rock musician where there are but a few choices; cling to the past, get the hell out, or soldier on as an artist, creating new work without regret for what was.
'Love Story' star has cancer Do as I say, not as I do People names 'Beautiful People' 'West Wing' creator in court
MTV revealed its fall development slate for music and original programming Tuesday, which includes plans for four new series and five pilots. The new shows include "Becoming," a series picked up for 10 episodes where fans get to mimic their favorite stars by wearing their clothes, dancing their moves and shooting a copy of one of their videos.
The country music industry will try to overcome a persistent inferiority complex with a self-deprecating advertising campaign aimed at encouraging fans to be proud and vocal. The slogan is "Country. Admit it. You love it."
10 years after breakup, band back together for tour, album
Richard Butler, his deep, growling voice the signature of the Psychedelic Furs, sounds nothing like Mick Jagger. And the Furs sound little like the Rolling Stones. Yet Butler finds a comparison between the bands.
Actress stars in trilogy of films, including 'Lord of the Rings'
With everything she already has in the can, Liv Tyler could sit back and coast yet still have a high profile in movie theaters over the next three years. First up, Tyler essentially plays three different roles as a femme fatale in the black comedy "One Night at McCool's."
As you might have heard, "Survivor" wraps up its second season today (7 p.m., CBS). And not a week too soon. It looks like the franchise is running out of steam. Last week's episode, featuring the series' second-to-last elimination, lost millions of viewers from the week before. Just as the show is supposed to be picking up momentum, viewers are fleeing.
Prairie Fire chef features locally grown delicacies
By Michael Newman With over 20 years in professional kitchens behind him, Prairie Fire executive chef Tom King may be the elder statesman among the influx of skilled and talented chefs that have been recently attracted to Lawrence. With a minor explosion of eclectic new eateries in town, it says a lot that a chef that's opened nine new restaurants to date felt that Lawrence was a place to bring his talents.
Â Country Stampede lineup announced Â KU orchestra, choirs join for concert Â Installation students slate exhibit at KU Â InPlay presents thought-provoking play
Post-Napster solutions promise to keep collectors in the cold
By Michael Newman OK, so Napster is a smoking crater, but its management is still making noises as though they have a future. Maybe they do. AOL Time Warner Inc., Bertelsmann AG, the EMI Group and RealNetworks think they know what it is: their newly formed "MusicNet." And though they freely admit that they don't really know WHAT MusicNet is precisely going to be, they say Napster can play if they play by MusicNet's rules.
Amy Tan explores themes of memory
By Meghan Fryett In Amy Tan's long-awaited fourth novel, "The Bonesetter's Daughter," she again twists stereotypes. Ideas clash when West meets East, but when these ideas are inside the same family, bonds far stronger than words meld them together.
A well-traveled photographer comes home to Kansas
By Mitchell J. Near Laura Dalrymple has literally traveled to Timbuktu for her artwork. A native of Kansas, Dalrymple went back to school later in life, majoring in the fine arts, and when an opportunity arrived to journey to Africa, she took it and went on the adventure of a lifetime.
By Kevin Bates The characters in Tim DePaepe's film aren't any different from anyone else in real life.
Wednesday, May 2
Backstage at talk show includes liquor for guests
Forget the watermelon triangles and the spring rolls and the Evian what "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" is offering to its guests backstage these days is liquor. Not endless belts of booze, just something to take the edge off.
Michael Jackson's "Thriller," a mini-movie that was more of a pop culture event than a mere music video, topped VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Videos," which the cable music channel released Tuesday.
Talks between producers and representatives of Hollywood's television and movie writers union continued well into the night Tuesday, with no settlement or stalemate to announce.
Whoopi honored with humor prize Supermodel injured in car crash Prince Charles charms Canada Wishing his wife well
Tuesday, May 1
Entertainment industry continues talks, but braces for the worst
With less than two days left in the Hollywood writers contract, negotiators resumed talks Monday, hoping to avert a walkout that would halt TV and movie production.
A bunch of liberals had the run of the White House on Sunday when the cast of "The West Wing" got a tour of the real thing. But President Bush wasn't around to greet them. And actor Martin Sheen, who plays a Democratic president on the hit NBC-TV show and called Bush a "moron" during an interview in February, also was a no-show.
One year after filmmaker Gregory Nava submitted a pilot to CBS with hopes that it would become the first Latino family drama in the history of network television, the show's odyssey has ended at the smaller, lower-budget PBS network.