Monday, July 1, 2002
More Americans in London
London ï¿½ Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan will make their local theater debuts Aug. 7 in "On an Average Day" by American dramatist John Kolvenbach.
The two-character drama starts previews July 25 at the Comedy Theater, with London-based Irishman John Crowley directing.
London's summer theater season has been full of American shows. Gwyneth Paltrow won acclaim in May in the London premiere of David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Proof," while Matt Damon did sellout business in the local bow of Kenneth Lonergan's "This Is Our Youth."
Harrelson and MacLachlan are cast as brothers in the play.
Not to be confused with Nyla's
New Orleans ï¿½ Britney Spears owns a New York restaurant that was named Nyla to honor the Big Apple and her home state of Louisiana. But Spears is a customer at a Mississippi eatery called Nyla's, too.
Nyla Price, owner of Nyla's Burger Basket, in Osyka, Miss., was in New York for the grand opening of Spears' restaurant Thursday, said Becky Millien, a waitress and cook at Price's restaurant.
Millien said the singer orders grilled chicken sandwiches when she's staying at her home about four miles west in Kentwood, La.
"And she likes mustard greens," Millien said Saturday.
Finished business, at last
Los Angeles ï¿½ A new documentary about Bruce Lee has reconstructed the finale to the late martial-arts star's unfinished film "Game of Death" nearly 29 years after his death.
"Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey," debuting on the American Movie Classics channel Tuesday night, features 33 minutes of finished footage presented according to an original outline by Lee, who also wrote and directed the movie.
Producers released a version of the film five years after Lee died in 1973, but Lee only appeared in 11 minutes, and much of the new footage has never been seen publicly.
Some admirers of Lee considered the 1978 version an insult to his legacy because it featured look-alikes in sunglasses and cardboard cutouts of the fighter in unfinished scenes.
Proud to be an American
Madison, Wis. ï¿½ Lee Greenwood had tried to write a memorable patriotic song since his years as a young Las Vegas performer in the 1960s.
It came to him in a couple of hours while riding home from a concert in 1983. He's sung "God Bless the USA" at every performance for nearly 20 years.
Greenwood's patriotic anthem found renewed popularity after the Persian Gulf War and again after the Sept. 11 attacks. He said it was written to welcome home Vietnam veterans.