Friday, January 31
Coldplay acclimates to reputation as one of Britain's hottest bands
Like the title of its most recent album, Coldplay is enjoying "A Rush of Blood to the Head." Call it the dizzying feeling of becoming an "instant" superstar mere months after the release of its 2000 debut: the multiplatinum, Grammy-winning "Parachutes," which featured the blissful radio staple "Yellow."
Given the long hours waiting around in bars with little to do, it's no wonder that many Midwest musicians know how to play pool. For most bands, the ability to shoot a game of eightball is as fundamental as the ability to drink beer or mismanage money. So it seems an appropriate fit that the two should come together. And over the last year at The Pool Room, 925 Iowa, that's been the case.
You want to know what my first clue was that "Biker Boyz," the new film about California motorcycle clubs and male bonding, wasn't going to be my cup of tea? I mean, other than the fact that I'm the sort of person who would actually use the expression -- let alone drink -- a "cup of tea."
"Final Destination" was one of 2000's guilty pleasures, a teen horror film with genuine substance, style and suspense. While delivering the requisite gross gore, it earned its $180 million worldwide gross with an intriguing premise cleverly explored:
For the first of its nearly two hours, "The Recruit" is just the sort of diverting, slick nonsense you expect and want when handsome devils Al Pacino and Colin Farrell play CIA spooks.
Prominent critics like Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times and Stephen Holden of The New York Times are quoted in ads for the movie "Antwone Fisher." But some recent ads show that political and social leaders also give it a "thumbs-up."
¢ Olsen twins all the online buzz ¢ Bon Jovi set to jam with Tiger ¢ Franklin subpoenaed in arson ¢ It's a boy for supermodel Schiffer
What do you get when you blend "American Idol" and "Star Search" with David Letterman's "Stupid Pet Tricks"? A perfectly entertaining half-hour of television distraction called "Pet Star" (7 p.m., Animal Planet), with Mario Lopez ("Saved by the Bell") as host. Each animal act -- make that bird, reptile and crustacean act -- will be judged by a panel of three notables, who, like Lopez, reside in the "where are they now?" subdivision of Celebrity Gulch.
ABC won a network bidding war to acquire the rights to a documentary about Michael Jackson and immediately scheduled it for prime time on Feb. 7.
Ted Turner's departure as vice chairman of AOL Time Warner Inc. renewed talk about merger negotiations between CNN and ABC or the possibility that Turner would consider buying back the cable network he founded.
"It's not exactly Sundance, but it's a start," says Tim Hintsala. The fledgling Kansas filmmaker is referring to the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival that starts on Thursday. Hintsala's debut, "The Adventures of Smiley Livingston -- Chapter 1: The Package," was selected to be screened in the short comedy division.
Thursday, January 30
Detective fans who like their fish out of water should enjoy "Columbo Likes the Nightlife" (7 p.m., ABC), the latest installment in the 35-year-old Peter Falk franchise. In tonight's mystery, the rumpled detective stumbles into the trendy rave dance scene. Who can resist the incongruity of watching the grandfatherly Columbo cavort with stoned ravers?
¢ Madonna leaving London ¢ Civil rights icon honored ¢ Edged out by a nose ¢ 'Joe Millionaire' finalist has secret of her own
Basketball great Earvin "Magic" Johnson is getting back into the TV game after fouling out in 1998 with his talk show.
'Jeopardy' writers keep home state in spotlight
Each time "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek reads a clue that mentions Nebraska -- and it's fairly often -- he teases some staffers after the show.
Wednesday, January 29
ABC ushered in its new late-night franchise, "Jimmy Kimmel Live," on Sunday night, and already the network is making a tweak: It's evidently doing away with the show's liquor license, after an audience member vomited on her chair, apparently in close proximity to a high-ranking Disney executive.
There are times when Eason Jordan, CNN's chief of newsgathering logistics, can relate to the generals preparing for a possible war in Iraq.
An armed Israeli settler casts his ballot at a polling station in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba near Hebron. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his Likud Party won a resounding victory in Israel's parliamentary elections Tuesday, as voters endorsed his hard-line approach to the Palestinian uprising and dealt the dovish Labor Party its worst defeat in history.
Lynne Green, director of Van Go Mobile Arts, right, and superJAMS (Jobs in the Arts Makes Sense) artist Barbara Reliford, 18, look over painted clay pots and watering cans while preparing for a "Have A Heart" Valentine Sale. The Feb. 7 sale is to raise money for the art program. Van Go Mobile Arts announced Tuesday that it had received a Topeka Community Foundation Grant for $30,000.
¢ Senatorial bid considered ¢ Fuhrman sued for slander ¢ Uptown Girl uptight about Joel ¢ Marine can chase his dream
Like most TV shows or movies about the press, "War Stories" (7 p.m.) takes itself very seriously.
Tuesday, January 28
They just don't build sitcoms like they used to, and thank goodness for that.
Creator Don Hewitt moves on to new ventures at CBS
Legendary producer Don Hewitt, who created the first television newsmagazine, "60 Minutes," and has run it since the stopwatch began ticking in 1968, announced Monday he will give up the reins next year.
Baker University senior Erine McDonald, 20, of Lenexa does some reading in the newly renovated Collins Library in Baldwin. Spring semester classes at the school began Monday.
A flock of wild turkeys group in a field northeast of Lawrence, feeding on corn harvest leftovers.
¢ The wrath of Redford ¢ Hasty Pudding recipients chosen ¢ Jackson tries to save face ¢ Etheridge an organ donor
Charles Moose, the Montgomery County Police Chief who led the D.C.-area sniper investigation, plans to announce a deal for a book and possibly a movie about him.
Monday, January 27
(Updated Monday at 11:06 a.m.) Following up on last year's symposium that celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Langston Hughes, an annual festival is planned to be held each February to celebrate literature and art in Kansas.
At the seventh annual Eagle Day, Isaac Springe, 3, Lawrence, feels the fur of an opossum named Violet at the Prairie Park Nature Center display. The event to raise awareness of natural life in the Wakarusa Valley was held at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds on Sunday.
Kara Hicks, 12, twirls around during her fancy shawl dance at the Lawrence High School Powwow and Indian Taco Sale in the school's gymnasium. Saturday's powwow was sponsored by the LHS Native American Club.
¢ Academy Awards to honor O'Toole ¢ Supermodel fee to combat hunger ¢ Reubens' confiscated porn called valuable historical collection ¢ DiCaprio says imposter role easy
ABC launches two new supernatural series filled with cosmic mysteries and apocalyptic conspiracies. Let's just call it murky Monday.
Fear factor lifts 'Darkness Falls' to No. 1
The horror flick "Darkness Falls," about a vengeful spirit tormenting the town that lynched her, scared up $12.5 million in its opening weekend to debut as the No. 1 movie.
"Piano Man" Billy Joel was hospitalized for several hours early Sunday after smashing his car into a tree along a highway on far eastern Long Island.
Sunday, January 26
Talk often takes a back seat to taste in the fiery little restaurant that Topeka author Tom Averill gives life to in his latest book, "Secrets of the Tsil Cafe."
Sarah Kanning has been a writer since she can remember. As early as fourth grade, she declared her intention to one day blossom into a novelist.
T.J., A TOY POODLE who will turn 4 years old on Thursday, waits to check out his Christmas stocking and another sack of goodies. T.J. belongs to Ed Seratte, Lawrence.
Pioneer Ridge residents, from left, Maxine Benander, Cecil Johnson and Ralph Schmidt pass a beach ball during a variation of the game "Duck, Duck, Goose." The retirement home in west Lawrence conducted Olympics for seniors on Saturday for residents and friends of the facility.
¢ Somers struts into Walk of Fame ¢ Carter noble with Nobel money ¢ Lavigne rules MTV Asia Awards ¢ Fans help nab bogus promoter
McClendon blazed trails for women reporters
In a National Press Club ballroom off-limits for years to female reporters, pioneering journalist Sarah McClendon was remembered Saturday for her guts and grace.
Documentary explores dysfunctional life of comic-book writer Harvey Pekar
"American Splendor," a wily film biography that stars Paul Giamatti as churlish underground comic-book writer Harvey Pekar, won the grand jury prize, the top dramatic honor at the Sundance Film Festival.
Michael Jackson's red "Thriller" jacket, Prince's "Purple Rain" coat, Madonna's "Boy Toy" wedding dress and David Bowie's zebra-striped "Ziggy Stardust" getup are a part of rock 'n' roll lore as much as their music.
A 12-foot tall piece of borrowed scenery collapsed last Thursday during a New Jersey performance of the Russian State Opera's "Tosca," which is set to stop Thursday at the Lied Center.
Someday, historians may look back on Liang Shuo's sculptures as relics from China, circa 2003, when blistering economic growth drove millions of peasants to the cities to become migrant workers in their own land.
¢ Polish 'Decalogue' to be screened at KU ¢ Vaudeville show headed for Topeka
It was 7:50 on a Monday morning. Fog hung over the city and a drowsy voice sounding like a sleepy Winnie the Pooh crawled from the radio.
¢ 'Guys and Dolls' in KC features Lawrence native ¢ Lawrence musician plays for St. Olaf College Band ¢ Liberty Hall screens Middle East films ¢ UMKC jazz festival features big names ¢ Zorro makes mark at Coterie Theatre ¢ Dance concert features Lawrence choreographers ¢ 'American Originals' opens at Union Station ¢ Magician of the Year brings tricks to Ottawa
¢ KU seniors in design mount group show ¢ Korean visiting artists to perform recital ¢ Hulsey prints to be sold at Fields Gallery benefit
Unless otherwise noted, all events are free, open to the public and require no advanced registration.
Celtic musician Maria Anthony and a cast of 13 other performers are bringing her musical drama about Kentigern, Saint Mungo of Scotland, back to the stage.
The characters in John Blair's collection of short stories, "American Standard," are people leading swept-away or about-to-be-swept-away lives, desperate but complacent nobodies on their way down the tube.
Jesse James was no noble Robin Hood, author argues
Back when my wife and I ran the newspaper in tiny Bern, I wrote a story about an old but well-preserved stone house on the outskirts of town. The owners shared a handed-down account about how Frank and Jesse James' gang had once spent the night there, and how, after they left, the woman of the house found a $20 gold piece under one of the James brothers' breakfast plates.
¢ Russian State Opera brings 'Tosca' to Lied ¢ Teens invited to enter national lyric contest
Arts Center exhibition shows many hues of late painter's world view
Nick Vaccaro painted colors. But he also tried to get at the abstractions of colors. "Everybody has a mental image of what iridescence is," says Lu Vaccaro, the late artist's wife.
Saturday, January 25
Three films open in Lawrence today, including "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," the competent adaptation of TV producer Chuck Barris' wildly inventive novel. Barris claims that while creating lowbrow TV hits such as "The Dating Game" and "The Gong Show," he was working as an assassin for the CIA.
And the No. 1 reason Mujibur and Sirajul will disappear from David Letterman's "Late Show" ... their boss is closing his Broadway souvenir store.
Kansas University students James Griffin, left, and Sven Hansen, both of Derby, compete in a Playstation2 football game while camping out before the KU men's basketball game against Arizona. Groups of students have been taking turns camping at Allen Fieldhouse since Sunday to get the best seats for today's tilt against the No. 1-ranked Wildcats. Tip-off is at noon.
National Geographic documents long and short of water wear
It's the middle of winter, so it must be time for a swimsuit issue to liven up magazine reading. No, not that one. National Geographic is doing a swimsuit issue.
Paul Enos, Lawrence, takes advantage of rare snow on the ground near Nicklaus Drive. Friday's temperatures weren't enough to melt recent snowfall, but today's expected high of 42 might do the trick.
The NAACP chose Cedric the Entertainer to be host of its upcoming Image Awards show despite his jokes in the film "Barbershop" that angered some black leaders.
¢ Gabor moved to star care center ¢ Darn those donkey-bottom biters ¢ He fights with expert timing ¢ Aretha disrespects code deadline
Friday, January 24
"Darkness Falls." Oy, how it falls. A horror thriller that makes audiences jumpy not with genuine suspense but with big, in-your-face whomps of sound and visual shocks, it falls prey to predictability, preposterousness and a hectic pace.
As the war over Internet file sharing goes global with the music industry's suit against Kazaa -- the multinational successor to mp3 file-sharing giant Napster -- a Kansas City rapper is fostering a revolution that could undermine the industry's case. In taking down Napster, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) argued the availability of free mp3s online was responsible for record low album sales.
¢ Parker, Broderick file image suit ¢ Columbia mulls Giuliani program ¢ Sajak gets a nice-guy talk show ¢ Springer considers Senate bid
There's some bleepin' bad news for the Osbourne family: Television viewers may be getting sick of them.
Nell Carter, who played the stout, sassy housekeeper on the 1980s sitcom "Gimme a Break!" and won a Tony Award in 1978 for her sultry turn in the Broadway musical "Ain't Misbehavin'," died Thursday at 54.
ABC adds late-night talk show
Jimmy Kimmel is live, devouring a burger at a Manhattan steakhouse and talking about his ABC late-night show.
Showtime may have finally found a controversial show worth talking about, even if you can't say the title in polite conversation. "Penn & Teller: Bullshit!" (10 p.m., Showtime) is a 13-part series dedicated to debunking spiritual, medical and New Age fads and those who profit from hoodwinking gullible Americans.
Lawrence teenagers have the opportunity to enter a national songwriting contest.
Charlie Hunnam leads winning ensemble cast
"I've spent three and a half years in America auditioning for American roles trying to perfect this accent," says British actor Charlie Hunnam. "Then my first starring role is to play a Dickensian Englishman, which is about as English as it gets. So I had to get a dialect coach to teach me how to speak English again. Isn't that just ludicrous?"
He was a TV producer credited with opening the floodgates of network bad taste. He was a successful songwriter who composed the top-five hit "Palisades Park." He was also a CIA operative responsible for killing 33 people. According to his 1982 autobiography "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," Chuck Barris was a lot of things. The Philadelphia-born entrepreneur made many outrageous claims in his tell-all tome, the most far-fetched of which has yet to be substantiated. Barris revealed that he was recruited in 1963 by the CIA when he answered a "College graduate: Free to travel" ad.
Dawn Brown builds career in comics, film production
Since graduating from Kansas University in 1991, Dawn Brown's career has gotten red hot. Actually, it's become Little Red Hot. The artist has found success in two different mediums. First, as a creator of her own comic book named Little Red Hot. Second, as a set designer on a multitude of major Hollywood films, including "Ocean's 11," "Solaris," "A.I." and "Charlie's Angels."
Thursday, January 23
Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Bill Mauldin, who as a young Army rifleman during World War II gave newspaper readers back home a sardonic, foxhole-level view of the front with his drawings of weary, dogface GIs Willie and Joe, died Wednesday at 81.
Millions of Americans spend at least eight hours of every weekday at their jobs. You'd think this fact would offer ample material for a decent sitcom. But white-collar comedy is easier said than done. Remember Daniel Stern in "Dilbert" or Fred Savage in "Working"? Of course you don't. Many office comedies, including "NewsRadio," "The Drew Carey Show" and most recently "Andy Richter Controls the Universe" opt for the absurdity of a live-action cartoon. In contrast, the new British sitcom "The Office" (9:20 p.m., BBC America) treats its subject with deadly realism. And the results are very funny.
¢ Working trip Down Under ¢ TV Land honors Mayberry ¢ Sobering experience ¢ Duty fit for a queen
R. Kelly, already facing child pornography charges in Illinois, was arrested Wednesday in Florida on additional child pornography charges after investigators said they found photos of him having sex with a girl.
Wednesday, January 22
Simon's back, and the knives are out. "If you lived 2,000 years ago and sang like that, I think they would have stoned you," judge Simon Cowell told one hapless contestant Tuesday on the return of Fox's "American Idol."
Bucking decades of television tradition, Fox Broadcasting Co. plans to launch some of its new shows in the summer instead of fall.
Drug-cartel drama will air on NBC, Telemundo, Bravo
NBC's new drug cartel drama "Kingpin" will be pulling triple duty, airing in Spanish on Telemundo and in a racier version on the Bravo cable channel.
From left, Tori Landry, 10, Anna Varney, 10, and Tristin Massey, 11, have a good time despite freezing temperatures along Schwarz Road. The trio laughed as they took turns riding a miniature bicycle.
¢ Singer diagnosed with cancer ¢ Chan has limits on stunts ¢ Belafonte keeps up criticism ¢ Fame in the balance
Tuesday, January 21
When it comes to predicting Oscar winners, the closest thing Hollywood has to a crystal ball is the Golden Globes.
Internet providers must abide by music industry requests to track down computer users who illegally download music, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a case that could dramatically increase online pirates' risk of being caught.
University of Kansas junior Amanda Lisko of Columbia, S.C., washes her SUV. Monday's 45-degree high might not have been car-washing weather, but the bright sun helped it feel warmer.
"American Idol" (7 p.m., Fox) returns for a second season with a 90-minute premiere, followed by "American Idol Revisited" (8:30 p.m.), a half-hour glance back at last summer's show. "Idol" hasn't even begun, but I'm sick of it already.
¢ Spiking 'Barbershop' humor ¢ Living memorial for Strummer ¢ Scorsese scores top honor ¢ One of the screwy ones
Show-biz caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, who with his curlicued, pen-and-ink drawings captured the biggest stars of Broadway and Hollywood, from Charlie Chaplin and Ethel Merman to Woody Allen and Jerry Seinfeld, died Monday. He was 99.
Monday, January 20
A kangaroo hopped past comedian Martin Lawrence at the weekend box office.
Teryl Norwood, a teen nursery helper at Lawrence Wesleyan Church, 3705 Clinton Parkway, helps Frank Tuttle, 21 months, Lawrence, ride a decorated tricycle during "Baby Day" at the church. The congregation celebrated the church's babies and nursery workers on Sunday with a parade of children at the beginning of the service.
Singing "Jesus Loves Me" during the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Musical are members of the MLK Community Youth Choir, from left, Rebecca Thompson, 8, Kanequa Judson, 6, Tori Mitchell, 5, and Dajaia James, 6. They performed Sunday evening at Free Methodist Church, 3001 Lawrence Ave.
¢ Jagger-Lennon record for sale ¢ Deconstructing Michael ¢ Better late than never ¢ J. Lo says they have to go
Few Americans have lived as strenuously, or with as many varied interests and activities, as Theodore Roosevelt, the subject of the four-hour, two-night documentary "TR: An American Lion" (8 p.m., History).
'Chicago,' 'The Hours' favorite movies at Golden Globes
The sultry jazz musical "Chicago" won the Golden Globe for best musical-comedy Sunday while "The Hours" was honored as best film drama.
Sunday, January 19
Former first ladies Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush and Hillary Clinton celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse in elegant style.
Artist John Jones of Lee's Summit, Mo., creates a pencil portrait of young cowboy Laramie Moore, 6, of Bucklin at the Cowboy Winter Gathering at the Lawrence Holidome. Jones drew Laramie's portrait on Saturday. The event celebrated Kansas cowboy culture with a trade show, poets, musicians and storytellers.
¢ Video of Ross shows, doesn't tell ¢ Couple arrested in Dion case ¢ Madonna flirts with small screen ¢ Second defense attorney allowed to quit Blake's murder case
¢ University offers free children's drama classes ¢ Community Theatre issues call for auditions ¢ Deadline extended for outdoor sculpture show ¢ Folly Theater stages family-oriented play ¢ Production revisits life of Harriet Tubman ¢ KC Symphony to play concert for all ages ¢ Museum exhibition explores new media ¢ Photographer's work taps historical process ¢ Mini museum mounts tiny tractor exhibition
¢ University group buys area artists' paintings ¢ Lawrence Arts Center awarded $10,000 grant
It's hard to look at Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood standing next to each other and not at least smirk.
Satire is a signature of Gilbert and Sullivan operas. "Even in the times that the pieces were written and performed, they were constantly changing the lyrics to certain songs to make them appropriate to things that were happening in politics and society at that time," said Mark Ferrell, the Kansas University associate professor of music who's serving as musical director for the upcoming KU production of the "Mikado."
¢ EMU Theater to stage play by local writer ¢ KU faculty musicians in Brown Bag series
Many of the hallways in Kansas University's Art and Design Building are relatively quiet places. Faculty and students work in their studios, doors closed, concentrating.
Lawrence artist brings new life to discarded toys; results will hang in exhibition
Warning: If you collect Barbie dolls or have a special place in your heart for the perfect 10 plastic babes, you probably should stop reading now.
With his sixth novel and ninth book, Nicholson Baker proves you just can't pin a good writer down.
Doris Pilkington's real-life story 'more fantastic' than most made-up screenplays, director says
On Christmas Eve in 1962, Doris Pilkington took her children for a surprise visit to see their grandmother in Balfour Downs Station, western Australia.
¢ CornerBank showcases Lawrence artists ¢ New hire: Lied Center names new education director ¢ Music: Five hundred pianists join forces for concert
Richard Crenna, the Emmy award-winning character actor who starred as a lovesick teenager on "Our Miss Brooks" and Sylvester Stallone's Green Beret mentor in the "Rambo" films, has died. He was 76.
Amid the glitz, celebrity-watching and dealmaking that has overrun his Sundance Film Festival, Robert Redford figures now and then he has to step out from behind the scenes and remind people it's really all about movies.
Saturday, January 18
Perpetual 10-year-old Bart, his clueless dad Homer and the rest of the Simpsons clan are about to go into TV history as stars of the longest-running sitcom ever.
Delano E. Lewis Sr., center, former U.S. ambassador to South Africa, joins Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, right, and others on a symbolic march to the Statehouse in Topeka from the Kansas Judicial Center for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration. Friday's event was one of many around the state this weekend.
¢ No love for 'lewd jokes' ¢ Lee says TV should get real ¢ Angel thanks God for good health ¢ Brown gets 8-day jail sentence
Inspired by his scheming wife (Maura Tierney), the hapless manager (James LeGros) of a greasy spoon uses murder to get ahead in "Scotland, PA" (8 p.m., Sundance).
"The West Wing" will serve two more seasons, but it's definitely curtains for "Friends" after next season, NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zucker said Friday.
NBC has found someone to play Martha Stewart in its upcoming TV movie about the domestic diva, reports Entertainment Weekly.
Friday, January 17
Things learned from starting a glam rock band: 1. Wearing bubble wrap and women's underwear onstage, though garishly naughty, can be unbearably cold. 2. Out of smokes? Write a song about chain smoking and con the crowd into throwing cigarettes onstage during the song. 3. The key to successfully designing a three-foot fire-breathing phallus is the fireproofing.
There are mountains of questions about "A Guy Thing" -- namely, why would anyone make such drivel, who thought it was actually funny and why anyone would pay to see it -- but the biggest of these is: What in heaven's name is Julia Stiles doing in this mess?
According to a studio release, Bruckheimer's movies have brought in a total of $12.5 billion in worldwide box office. That's a pretty impressive haul for masterminding such shameless scams as "Armageddon," "Pearl Harbor," "Gone in 60 Seconds" and "Con Air."
Actor Martin Lawrence brings a lot of energy to a movie ... to every miserable, worthless movie in which he stars. Now comes "National Security," a buddy-cop flick/low-brow comedy in which Lawrence employs all his patented screen tricks. One can't accuse the guy of casually waltzing through this formula picture in order to pick up another paycheck; he's certainly nowhere as lazy as Eddie Murphy or Adam Sandler ("Punch-Drunk Love" an exception). But you CAN accuse the manic comic of incessant mugging, eye-rolling, leering at women, and, whenever possible, race-baiting.
Henry Rollins sharpens his spoken-word skills
In another era, Henry Rollins would likely be regarded as a "renaissance man." He's the type of person who's achieved success in so many different fields that to define him by only one is not just lazy but mildly insulting. Luckily, the musician/actor/writer/poet/columnist/VJ/pop culture luminary is currently touring for a singular reason only: his spoken word performances.
"Little Hatch," one of the mainstays of the Kansas City blues scene for more than 50 years, has died.
¢ Browne takes issue with 'Prince' ¢ Warrant issued for Bobby Brown ¢ Dog's death cancels PETA ad ¢ Madam movie in the works
Audiences still waiting to see some Golden Globe nominees
It has three big-name actresses, ads all over television and seven Golden Globe nominations. But in much of the country it's virtually impossible to find.
Tom Selleck returns to the saddle with "Monte Walsh" (7 p.m., TNT), an epic tale of the closing of the frontier that should appeal to fans of the wide-screen Westerns of yore.
Thursday, January 16
Muggles mania has arrived wit
¢ Another lawyer dumps Blake ¢ Queen Latifah reaches plea deal ¢ Hart gives her heart to rocker ¢ Brit Awards announce nominees
Retired television news veteran David Brinkley was rescued from his burning home by a persistent police officer who broke into the home through a window, authorities said.
Wednesday, January 15
The hit film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" will get a modern-day makeover when it's transformed into a television series, its star and creator, Nia Vardalos, said.
Can another road trip save "The West Wing" (8 p.m., NBC) from its lackluster season?
Who needs highly paid actors? A hunky construction worker, a love-starved former cheerleader and a hymn-singing teenager became stars in a landmark week for reality television.
A judge on Tuesday ordered the release of a police videotape shot during Diana Ross' arrest on suspicion of drunken driving, but without audio of her comments.
¢ Aretha's house fire ruled arson ¢ Go ahead, walk all over her ¢ Children free to move with mom ¢ Pavarotti twin dies at birth
Tuesday, January 14
Pete Townshend, the legendary rock guitarist and co-founder of The Who, was arrested Monday on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children, police said.
Eminem upstaged newcomer Ashanti at Monday's 30th annual American Music Awards, collecting trophies in all four categories in which he was nominated. Ashanti collected two new artist awards.
¢ Maori demand mountain tribute ¢ A new breed of talk show ¢ A little help for a 'Friend' ¢ Queen undergoes knee surgery
Monday, January 13
¢ Director used Italian movie studio to depict New York City in film ¢ Bachelorette kept in touch with The Bachelor after show ¢ TV producer honored for support of civil liberties ¢ Justice to receive medal
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released Monday.
Gibb suffers heart attack just before surgery
Maurice Gibb, who with his brothers built the Bee Gees into a disco sensation that ruled the charts in the late '70s with hits like "Stayin' Alive" and "More Than a Woman," died Sunday at the age of 53.
Audiences ignored the critics and propelled the Brittany Murphy and Ashton Kutcher comedy "Just Married" to the top of the weekend box office.
Gabe Ballard-Hanson, 10, Lawrence, tries to sneak a pass around Kalee Forsyth, 10, Lawrence, in a game of keep-away at Buford M. Watson Jr. Park, Sixth and Kentucky streets. Temperatures warmed Sunday to 47 degrees.
It's official. I am thoroughly sick of Ozzy, Sharon and the kids. The last straw came last week, when the untalented Jack was invited to judge talent on "Star Search." The Osbournes are seriously overexposed and in grave danger of crossing over into Steven Tyler territory.
Sunday, January 12
Becky Breining, who owns Becky's Bubbles & Bows in Sedalia, Mo., gives Tank, a springer spaniel, a much-needed trim. Breining, shown at work Friday, has been grooming dogs for about 10 years.
Justin Robertson, 10, Lawrence, watches as his buddy Steven Dalger, 9, jumps his bike off a ramp in front of his house. Despite the cooler temperatures in Lawrence, children were still active outside on Saturday.
Kitchen-living room serves as venue for dramatic performances
The star greets his fans in person, peeking out of the basement door. He leads his flock upstairs -- to a theater like no other.
Susan Watkins studied at a top art school in New York City, painted in Paris and built an international reputation as a skilled portrait and landscape artist.
As a concert pianist, Barrett Wissman believes top musicians should be able to play the finest instruments.
¢ Gathering to celebrate state's Cowboy heritage ¢ Artist taxes, accounting topics at Guild meeting ¢ Former Lawrence artist to instruct KCAI classes ¢ Craftswoman to teach Navajo rug weaving
In addition to the five Kansas University student original plays and the student production of Euripides' "Iphigenia at Aulis," 10 KU theater students will compete Jan. 21-26 in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition at the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
¢ Youth Symphony to begin rehearsals ¢ Lawrence Civic Choir rehearsals get started
'Funny Money' twists and turns on journey through hilarity
Topeka director Jeanne Chinn laughed out loud when she read the script for "Don't Dress for Dinner," which she directed last January at Lawrence Community Theatre. The audience went crazy for the production. It got a rave review.
Sarah Hughes skating her way to Olympic Gold. Fires devouring acres of Colorado forest. Montgomery County (Md.) Police Chief Charles Moose announcing yet another victim of the Beltway sniper.
Web site tracks rambling lives of books worldwide
David Putnam, a Washington, D.C., legal consultant, takes voyeuristic pleasure in watching strangers find books he leaves on coffee shop tables. He'll plant a book, buy a cuppa and settle in to watch.
Record-setting five English Alternative Theatre playwrights make cut
Fifty-fifty odds aren't bad. That's the likelihood that at least one student playwright from Kansas University's English Alternative Theatre will advance past the regionals of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival later this month to compete at the national level.
¢ Eclectic musical duo to play Lawrence show ¢ Community Theatre calls for "Miracles" auditions ¢ Guild taking applications for annual Art in the Park
An angry photographer (Kyra Sedgwick) returns to Boston to care for her successful and imperious older brother (Kiefer Sutherland) as he dies from AIDS in the 2002 cable drama "Behind the Red Door" (7 p.m., Showtime).
¢ Dion drives Detroit wild ¢ Dog won't swim with the fishes ¢ Homage paid to JFK Jr.'s wife ¢ Patric remembers the Alamo
Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:
French filmmaker Maurice Pialat, a winner of the Cannes Film Festival's coveted Palme d'Or prize, died Saturday. He was 77.
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is a new convert -- to the personal digital video recorder.
Article penned by Kennedy says media fanned flames during murder trial
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. says his cousin Michael Skakel was railroaded in the Martha Moxley murder case and convicted largely because of an inflamed media, led by author Dominick Dunne.
A federal judge has given record companies and movie studios the go-ahead to sue the parent company of Kazaa, a popular online file-swapping service.
Saturday, January 11
A man and woman warm their feet at the eternal flame in the middle of Liberty Monument, the memorial commemorating revolutionaries who died during and after the 1917 Bolshevik revolution, in downtown St. Petersburg. Temperatures Friday dropped as low as minus 17. Since September, the cold has killed more than 270 people in Moscow, according to data from city emergency medical workers. About 2,200 people have been treated for frostbite, hypothermia or other cold-related illnesses.
The bronze head of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower is held by Terry Baldwin of Topeka, left, while Alan Austin of Lawrence welds it in place. The two worked to complete the sculpture Friday at Heartland Art Bronze foundry in Lawrence. When finished, the 7 1/2-foot-tall sculpture by Lawrence artist Jim Brothers that depicts the former president from Abilene will be placed in the U.S. Capitol.
Director Steven Spielberg touches his new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Spielberg, whose latest film is "Catch Me if You Can," on Friday was awarded the 2,210th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Every so often a television movie comes along that leaves you speechless. It's hard to find the right words to describe "America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story" (7 p.m. Sunday, TBS).
Jon Niccum, Journal-World entertainment editor, provides a preview to movies showing in local theaters.
Theater, live music and an exhibit of photographs by Japanese artist Kijuro Yahagi at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art -- called "Hidden Japan" -- are among the many entertainment offerings this weekend in the area. Here are some other events to check out:
¢ Big day finds Clooney on crutches ¢ Hugh winds up in 'Who's Who' ¢ Leo defends dark side of 'Gangs' ¢ Frenchman takes reins in Cannes
The British Library has made a public plea for a benefactor to help it acquire the intimate letters written by Princess Diana to her one-time lover James Hewitt.
Maurice Gibb of the famed 1970s vocal group the Bee Gees suffered cardiac arrest before undergoing emergency surgery for a blocked intestine and was in critical but stable condition, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday.
Police appear to have recovered about 500 original Beatles tapes that were stolen in the 1970s, including some never-released tracks, during raids Friday on members of a piracy racket in England and the Netherlands.
Friday, January 10
Nicole Kidman's extraordinary performance in "The Hours," the film adaptation of Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, is getting unanimous, unqualified raves. The New Yorker hailed her performance as Virginia Woolf as "a revelation." The New York Times praised it as "a performance of astounding bravery." The Village Voice gushed: "It's an astonishing Kidman who contributes the film's -- and maybe the year's -- most inspired turn."
Virginia Woolf has written an achingly graceful apology to her husband for what she must now do, and an appreciation for all he has been through for her. Leaving her house, she walks to the local river -- the Ouse -- with unblinking purpose. She has heavy stones in her pockets.
In "Narc," Ray Liotta is one scary proposition. As Lt. Henry Oak, a Detroit cop who's bent on avenging the death of a partner, he's lit up with anger. Those eyes burn like a husky's. A crazy husky. But what makes Henry truly creepy is his ability to keep his nuclear fury under wraps.
Spike Lee's "25th Hour," about a drug-dealer (Edward Norton) on his last day of freedom before a seven-year jail term, could have clicked as a subtle mystery about the anti-hero figuring out who in his circle turned him in, and as an open-ended exploration of character -- the sort of thing that Lee's sound-alike, Mike Leigh, routinely turns into art. Instead, it's an overextended mood movie about a man with a ruptured life traveling through a traumatized New York City.
Eons before Nick Cannon made a star turn in the hit movie "Drumline," and ages before his eponymous sketch comedy show began airing on Nickelodeon, and way before he was polishing his upcoming rap album and two more major motion pictures, he was just a teenage wannabe comedian.
Country singer/songwriter Jim Owen will perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Ottawa's Municipal Auditorium, 301 S. Hickory St.
The 37th Annual Vote of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle was held on Jan. 5, and the results reflected the diversity of cinema in 2002. A different movie was represented in each of the nine categories.
When Axl Rose takes the stage tonight at The Bottleneck, 737 N.H., don't expect to see the iconic metal-head sporting braids and a football jersey as he has on Guns N' Roses' recent "Chinese Democracy" tour. And don't expect to hear new songs like "Madagascar" or "Silkworms." That's because this Axl isn't really Axl at all. He is Eric "Slick" Seedman, frontman for Lawrence-based GN'R tribute band Sweet Band O' Mine. If it were up to Seedman, Axl Rose would never have aged past 1987 -- the year "Appetite for Destruction" spawned three Top 10 singles and taught the youth of America how to "dance with Mr. Brownstone."
"It's fun to create characters that would go much further than you personally ever would," says "Roger Dodger" writer/director Dylan Kidd. "Roger is in a place where he has no filter; he's just verbalizing everything with no interior monologue. I thought of Roger as the guy who brings the awkward pause wherever he goes."
Stand-up Matt Buff injects comedy into Lawrence scene
Lawrence is known as a place oozing with entertainment. From music to theater, arts to sports, the city boasts enough activity to keep its citizens more than occupied. But what about comedy? here are no comedy clubs, and scant opportunities exist where aspiring humorists can hone their skills in front of a live audience. One man is trying to change that. So far, he's succeeding.
Ashton Kutcher should go back to "Dude, Where's My Car?" Brittany Murphy seemed much more alive playing a sexpot opposite Eminem in "8 Mile." In any case, the two cute kids show serious limitations in "Just Married," a "National Lampoon's Honeymoon Vacation" for the young at heart and juvenile of head.
The earnest new series "Mister Sterling" (7 p.m., NBC) poses the question, "Can a well-meaning, young and handsome man without political ambitions make a difference in Washington?" More to the point, can a show about political rectitude achieve great drama?
¢ Ford Center fete draws first ladies ¢ Buyer tickled to own Elvis piano ¢ Actor pleads innocent to charges ¢ Ross avoids court appearance
Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez among departing chairman's music discoveries
Sony Music chairman and chief executive Tommy Mottola, who was responsible for building the careers of Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and other superstars, announced Thursday he was leaving the company to start his own music label.
'Wedding' reveals split between U.S. immigrants, homeland
It's certainly big and fat: squashing big-budget competition at the box office and now gaining extra buzz as a possible Oscar nominee. But is it really "Greek"?
It was the most inauspicious of beginnings. His father was killed by a girlfriend two months before he was born. His mother left him in foster care when she got out of prison. Physical and sexual abuse were daily realities, hope seemingly futile and far-fetched. But, in the most Hollywood of endings, Antwone Fisher is now a household name.
Thursday, January 9
While most "reality" television is a pointless waste of time for both participants and viewers, the new series "The Surreal Life" (8 p.m., WB) succeeds in taking pointlessness to a whole new level. As such, it may be the most memorable and entertaining show in a week shot through with desperate, gimmicky programming.
Mr. Blackwell, the chronicler of clothing catastrophes, poked fun at former model and reality-TV star Anna Nicole Smith on Tuesday for committing the worst fashion follies of the past year.
¢ Country bans former rock star ¢ Spike Lee, Julius Erving honored ¢ Carter pushes Georgia tourism ¢ Stewart out, Dion in for car ads
John F. Kennedy Jr., lionized as a staggeringly handsome man and top marriage material, didn't have it easy with the women in his life.
"Sex and the City" will end after its sixth season, with the final episode airing early next year.
Wednesday, January 8
Gov.-elect Kathleen Sebelius, center, is nearly finished with appointments to her Cabinet. Tuesday, she introduced six people to lead Cabinet-level departments in her administration. They are, from left, Deb Miller, Transportation; Rod Bremby, Health and Environment; Joan Wagnon, acting Revenue; Jim Garner, acting Human Resources; Mike Hayden, Wildlife and Parks; and Janet Schalansky, Social and Rehabilitation Services.
Recycling is in order as TV enters its winter silly season with equal parts imitation and desperation.
¢ Holiday engagement ¢ Super role in 'Smallville' ¢ Tutu takes up residence ¢ Library to get Malcolm X's papers
Two radio hosts known for playing pranks on the air called Venezuela's president and used tape recordings of Fidel Castro to get him to believe he was talking to the Cuban leader.
Album of year category pits Dixie Chicks against Eminem
Grammy voters recognized a wide variety of artists and genres Tuesday, with Norah Jones, Avril Lavigne, Eminem and Bruce Springsteen dominating the major categories, including record, song and album of the year.
Tuesday, January 7
Christine Nichols, 6, Lawrence, lugs her bowling ball to the line during a game at Royal Crest Lanes, 933 Iowa. Christine was at the lanes Monday with her brother, whose Boy Scout troop was having an outing at the ally.
San Antonio attracts nationally televised pageant with $500,000 bid
The Alamo City will play host to the Miss USA 2003 pageant, which will be televised nationally March 24 on NBC, officials announced Monday.
Fans of white-knuckle television now have a night to call their own. Viewers can flip from the can't-miss "24" (8 p.m., Fox) to "The Shield" (9 p.m., FX), the terrific, if hyper-violent, cop show that has become one of my favorite dramas.
¢ J. Lo won't confirm date ¢ Oprah watching her weight ¢ No jackals allowed ¢ Reubens challenges complaint
Martin Scorsese's epic "Gangs of New York" will close this year's Berlin International Film Festival, organizers said Monday, filling a high-profile slot at the Berlinale's 53rd edition with a Hollywood blockbuster.
A long-winded phrase whose meaning reflects a nation's worry about war with Iraq has been voted 2002's word of the year.
Eminem and Bruce Springsteen were favorites to dominate today's Grammy nominations, but a chanteuse, a teen rocker and an R&B songbird could also be up for multiple honors.
Monday, January 6
The Grand Ole Opry paid tribute to Hank Williams 50 years after his death, recalling a man whose honest, cutting songs about cheating, drinking and loneliness changed the direction of country music.
Classic acts such as Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and Cher lured more people to concerts in 2002 and helped the industry make a record $2.1 billion in ticket sales, according to figures released Friday.
Laura Oyler, 8, Lawrence, applies peanut butter to a pine cone to make a birdfeeder during Family Storytime at the Lawrence Public Library. The all-ages storytime is free and open to the public on the first Sunday of each month.
A Chinese researcher burps a baby giant panda after feeding it with milk at a panda research center in Sichuan, southwestern China, in this Sept. 6, 2002, file photo. Twelve giant pandas belonging to China were born in captivity last year, the official Xinhua news agency reported Sunday.
Hudson Hack, 8 months, enjoys play time with his mother, Michelle Hack, Lawrence, at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive. The Hacks visited the pool on Sunday.
The caustic American journalist H.L. Mencken once said that "nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people." But can you go broke overestimating the cynicism of the American viewer?
¢ Now for a golden education ¢ Back to acting for Clooney ¢ Hermits no more ¢ A 'Soprano' stiffs his guests
"The Two Towers" has scored a triple. "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" was the top film for a third weekend, taking in $25.65 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Sunday, January 5
¢ Facets of Japan revealed in Spencer photo show ¢ Arts Commission awards Arts in Education Grants ¢ Lawrence artist's photos hang in Lincoln exhibition ¢ Hays Arts Council calls for photography entries
Jennifer Cox, a Kansas University student from Little Rock, Ark., returns the ball to her brother Jerry Cox, a December KU graduate, not pictured, at the KU tennis courts by Robinson Center. The Coxes said Saturday's nice weather prompted them to the courts.
Ramon Loya, 15, casts a long shadow as he goes for a shot while playing basketball with some friends in Garden City. The group was enjoying a sunny Friday afternoon with a high of 64 degrees. The mild temperatures in Lawrence are expected to continue for the next few days.
UNLIKE MANY WHO WEAR THEIR Hearts ON THEIR SLEEVES, Schnikki likes to wear hers around her neck for everyone to see. The cat belongs to Margrete Hartman, Lawrence.
¢ 'American Pastoral' to be shown at Kemper ¢ Boat show to include boats and reptiles
When Fiona Shaw talks about acting, it pays to listen. "I am a great believer in language and the rhythm of language," says the Irish-born actress, now giving the best performance on a Broadway stage this season, "and in the rhythm of the play.
The future of French luxury products, the granddaddies of the luxury category, lies with today's youth. So why not ask big-spenders-to-be what they'd like to see on store shelves? Or, better yet, ask them to create models of items they'd want to buy.
A new exhibition opening at the American Jazz Museum features works by members of A Light in the Other Room, a collective of Kansas City-based African-American artists.
¢ Senators take to big screen ¢ 'King's' queen to tie knot ¢ Tears flow at singers' wedding ¢ Hope gives to service families
Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:
Production named best picture at group's annual awards show
"The Pianist," Roman Polanski's moving Holocaust drama, was named best picture Saturday by the National Society of Film Critics, which also named Polanski the best director for the film and Adrien Brody, the star, best actor.
Conservancy selling earrings, necklaces, bands made of concrete from Fallingwater
Fans of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright can now wear a tiny piece of his masterpiece Fallingwater around their necks, on their wrists or dangling from their ears.
If there's any question of George Orwell's legacy, one need only read the newspaper. Recently, politicians have used "Orwellian" to describe the government's proposed Operation TIPS, which would encourage U.S. citizens to report suspicious activity; the possible fingerprinting of visitors to the United States; and even laws intended to curb "soft money" donations to political campaigns.
Julia Glass arrives at a Greenwich Village cafe in a whirl of colors -- turquoise scarf, shimmering purple peasant blouse, jade green glasses. It is a fitting outfit for the former painter and author of the visually lush "Three Junes," the winner of the 2002 National Book Award.
Musician unleashes quirky talent for variety show benefit
Tom Krause can get a concert pitch A out of an empty bottle of Boulevard Pale Ale. Hy-Vee Spring Mint Antiseptic Mouth Rinse rings an A in the octave above, he has discovered. "I put wax in the ones that I can't find the notes for. My goal is to find every note without wax," Krause said. "Eventually, I'll make that knowledge available to the public."
¢ Wichita author to share tricks of mystery writing ¢ KU professor's painting to hang in KC exhibition ¢ Museums: Kemper celebrates recent acquisitions
Saturday, January 4
Rescue workers use a boat to ferry three dogs from a flooded garden to a dry area in Holysov, West Bohemia, Czech Republic. Storms and heavy rainfall left a trail of destruction Friday across Europe, flooding villages, severing power supplies and claiming at least two lives.
Alan Hiatt, foreground, reviews his cards as, from left, Wes Phipps, Steven White and Chad Steele wait to see what Hiatt lays down. "Magic: The Gathering" gamers battled each other in a tournament Friday evening at Mass Street Comics, 938 Mass. "Magic: The Gathering" is a card game that combines the fantasy of Dungeons and Dragons, the strategy of chess and the collectibility of baseball cards, participants say.
Here's one last lesson we can learn from the Enron debacle: never try to turn an accounting scandal into a television drama.
Theater productions, a magic show and tours of the "Art of the Lega: Meaning and Metaphor in Central Africa" exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo., are all on this weekend's entertainment plate.
¢ 'ER' actor supports PETA protest ¢ Video of Ross' arrest under wraps ¢ Tolkien fans celebrate 111th year ¢ 'Monty Python' director dies
Effort to clean up Sin City turning adult entertainers into political activists
Between nude dances, when the strippers go backstage to have a smoke and adjust their lingerie, Andrea Hackett rushes into the dressing room with a stack of fliers and a plan to save the sex industry.
Astrologer-to-the-stars Sydney Omarr, whose horoscope column in newspapers across the country was one of the first things many readers turned to in the morning, has died at 76.
Friday, January 3
What would you do if you could square things with classmates from high school? Get even with the bully? Ask the most popular person for a date? Make amends to someone you wronged?
When Replay Lounge opened 10 years ago, it wasn't the indie rock icon it's since become. At first, the building at the corner of 10th and Mass. was opened as a pinball joint where you could get a beer, 75-cent burgers and milkshakes. The music would come the next year, and when it did it overshadowed everything else (except maybe the beer).
College football fans wrap up a rich holiday season as Miami and Ohio State meet in the Fiesta Bowl (7 p.m., ABC) to determine who gets the bragging rights as national champs. Keith Jackson will provide play-by-play commentary with Dan Fouts adding his analysis. Todd Harris and Lynn Swann will announce from the sidelines.
Now showing: "About Schmidt," a movie starring the University of Nebraska pretending to be Kansas University. In the film, which opens today in Lawrence, Jack Nicholson plays a KU alumnus making a journey from Omaha to Denver to stop his daughter's wedding. Nicholson's character, Warren Schmidt, stops at the KU campus on his trip.
¢ Stiles ditches 'normal' act ¢ Pavarotti splits with manager ¢ Ali display looks like a knockout ¢ Greed almost undoes good deed
Houston, we still have a weight problem.
Documentary recalls fallen son from 'An American Family'
¢ Jazz drummer to play at Folly Theater ¢ KC Filmmakers request Jubilee contestants
If there's one thing that 2002 proved it's that Americans are more in love with movies than ever before. Despite the pervasive distractions of DVDs, videos, Pay-Per-View and the economy, domestic audiences bought 1.6 billion tickets -- the most since 1958. The result was a $9.37 billion haul for the industry, up 12 percent over last year's record take.
Thursday, January 2
Only bummer is Mummer's Parade rain postponement
New Year's Day crowds in Pasadena, Calif., screamed and cheered Wednesday as a trio of military stealth planes streaked overhead for the Tournament of Roses Parade.
Was the Bard a fraud? Did someone else really write the great plays and sonnets we attribute to William Shakespeare? This literary and historical mystery is the subject of the 90-minute documentary essay "Much Ado About Something" on "Frontline" (8 p.m., PBS). Directed by Australian filmmaker Michael Rubbo, "Something" sorts out the opinions of the many literary sleuths and conspiracy theorists who consider the Shakespeare "myth" to be the biggest literary cover-up in history.
¢ Blockbuster performance ¢ Jesse Ventura, road warrior ¢ '24' an all-consuming job ¢ A 'Jackass' stunt
Writer Mary Wesley, who published her first novel when she was 70 and went on to produce a string of slightly racy best sellers, has died at age 90.
Just two years ago, rap-metal yowled its way to the top. Groups such as Korn, Limp Bizkit, Rage Against the Machine, Papa Roach, Linkin Park and Crazytown dominated rock.
Wednesday, January 1
Kirk Hinrich, shakes hands with Michael Daly, 7, from Shawnee, as Roy Williams and the Kansas University men's basketball team had their annual Holiday Clinic at Allen Fieldhouse.
¢ New relationship roles ¢ No laughing matter ¢ Workouts no fun for Babs ¢ Destined for romance
Two horses enjoy a warm December sunset in a pasture north of Bunker Hill. Winter temperatures like Monday's continue to be above normal, although light snow is expected today.
Has too much celebration, food and football lulled you into New Year's lethargy? Time for "Action!" (9 p.m., AMC). This hour-long celebration of the fast-paced movie genre offers a nonstop onslaught of explosions, chase scenes and one-liners from such popcorn fare as "The Terminator," "Die Hard," "Speed," "Armageddon," "Jurassic Park," "The Mummy" and many more.
With a sing-along and a party befitting Superman, hundreds of thousands of revelers gathered to watch the glimmering Times Square ball drop, heralding the arrival of 2003.
Hundreds of Phish fans camped out Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in the hope of landing seats to the jam band's first concert in more than two years.
Q: My mother and I have a disagreement about whether Mariska Hargitay, who plays Det. Benson on "Law & Order: SVU," also played Cynthia the desk clerk on "ER." Cynthia was the character who got involved with Dr. Green. I say she did, but my mother thinks she didn't. -- N.A.R., Las Vegas, Nev.