Stories for January 2003


Friday, January 31

Chill factor

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."

Venues revamp image

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.

In 'Boyz,' It's Definitely a Man's World

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."

This 'Destination' Still Worth the Trip

"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:

'The Recruit' doesn't make the cut for real intrigue

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.

Political and social leaders, instead of film critics, give 'Antwone Fisher' thumbs up

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

Celebrity TV goes to the dogs with 'Pet Star'

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 tops in bidding battle for Jackson documentary

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.

CNN future unclear as Turner departs

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.

Best bets

Area director's short film debuts at New York International festival

"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

'Columbo' may draw some raves

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

'Magic' bounces back into television

Basketball great Earvin "Magic" Johnson is getting back into the TV game after fouling out in 1998 with his talk show.

Alex, What is Nebraska?

'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 closes the bar on Kimmel show

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.

TV networks make own battle plans

There are times when Eason Jordan, CNN's chief of newsgathering logistics, can relate to the generals preparing for a possible war in Iraq.

Israel's ruling party sweeps to election victory

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.

Art program receives grant

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

NBC's 'War' worth resisting

Like most TV shows or movies about the press, "War Stories" (7 p.m.) takes itself very seriously.

Tuesday, January 28

Reasons for skipping sitcom simple enough

They just don't build sitcoms like they used to, and thank goodness for that.

Time's up at '60 Minutes'

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.

Library illuminates users

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.

Turkey in the straw

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

Sniper investigator plans book, film deal

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

Authors, filmmakers to speak at February festival

(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.

Event raises wildlife awareness

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.

Friends and neighbors

Powwow performance

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

Viewers treated to murky Monday programs

ABC launches two new supernatural series filled with cosmic mysteries and apocalyptic conspiracies. Let's just call it murky Monday.

Horror tops at box office

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.

Billy Joel injured in wreck

"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

'Tsil Cafe' turning up heat in Lawrence

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."

Langston's legacy

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.

Pet Post

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.

Seniors compete in Olympic games

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

D.C. says farewell to pioneering journalist

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.

'American Splendor' wins Sundance prize

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.

Hard Rock Vault holds rock 'n' roll history

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.

Lawrence-bound opera 'Tosca' has set collapse

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.

Young Chinese artist documents social change

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.

Arts notes

¢ Polish 'Decalogue' to be screened at KU ¢ Vaudeville show headed for Topeka

Radio poet regales commuters

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.

Arts notes

¢ '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

Arts notes

¢ KU seniors in design mount group show ¢ Korean visiting artists to perform recital ¢ Hulsey prints to be sold at Fields Gallery benefit

Communitywide events planned for Read Across Lawrence

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free, open to the public and require no advanced registration.

Celtic musical drama documents saint's life

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.

What are you reading?


Less is more in short story collection 'American Standard'

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.

Outlaw's life shrouded in myth

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.

Arts notes

¢ 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

6News video: Screen Scene

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.

Letterman bids fond farewell to 'Late Show' neighbors

And the No. 1 reason Mujibur and Sirajul will disappear from David Letterman's "Late Show" ... their boss is closing his Broadway souvenir store.

KU hoops fans 'rough it' for prime seats

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.

Magazine takes issue with swimsuits

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.

Friends and neighbors

Hidden diamond run

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.

NAACP thinks Cedric the Entertainer still fits its image

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

Spencer Museum celebrates 25th

Friday, January 24

'Darkness Falls': Ghost Story With Noise to Set Your Teeth

"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.

Tech N9ne battles industry

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

Osbournes' 15 minutes may be up

There's some bleepin' bad news for the Osbourne family: Television viewers may be getting sick of them.

'Gimme a Break!' star Carter dies

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.

Kimmel gets ready to live it up

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.

'Penn & Teller' debunks phonies, fads, schemes

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.

Best bets

Journal-World searching for songwriters

Lawrence teenagers have the opportunity to enter a national songwriting contest.

'Nicholas Nickleby' actor updates Dickens

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?"

'Confessions' dissects TV creep Chuck Barris

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.

Designing woman

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

Heralded WWII cartoonist dies

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.

'Office' elevates workplace humor

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 arrested again for child porn

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

'Idol' chatter cuts through competition

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."

Fox plans to roll out its new shows in summer

Bucking decades of television tradition, Fox Broadcasting Co. plans to launch some of its new shows in the summer instead of fall.

'Kingpin' to have triple exposure

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.

A bicycle built for ...

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

Oscar move may devalue Golden Globes

When it comes to predicting Oscar winners, the closest thing Hollywood has to a crystal ball is the Golden Globes.

Judge orders Internet providers to help trace online pirates

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.

Workin' at the car wash blues

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.

Second 'Idol' delays airing of superior '24'

"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

Sketch artist of Broadway dies

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

'Kangaroo' captain at box office

A kangaroo hopped past comedian Martin Lawrence at the weekend box office.

Celebrating babies

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.

Martin Luther King Jr. remembered with music

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

History Channel easy on Roosevelt

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).

Awards set gold standard

'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 meet for fund-raiser

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.

Friends and neighbors

Portrait draws on cowboy inspiration

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

Arts notes

¢ 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

Arts notes

¢ University group buys area artists' paintings ¢ Lawrence Arts Center awarded $10,000 grant

Duo to hook Lied Center audience

It's hard to look at Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood standing next to each other and not at least smirk.

KU to stage the 'Mikado'

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."

Arts notes

¢ EMU Theater to stage play by local writer ¢ KU faculty musicians in Brown Bag series

KU art faculty mount group show

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.

This isn't your average Barbie doll

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.

What are you reading?


'Box of Matches' elevates the mundane to profound

With his sixth novel and ninth book, Nicholson Baker proves you just can't pin a good writer down.

Author finds her way home

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.

Arts notes

¢ CornerBank showcases Lawrence artists ¢ New hire: Lied Center names new education director ¢ Music: Five hundred pianists join forces for concert

Actor Crenna dies at 76

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.

Back in the limelight, Redford reflects on Sundance decades

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

Woo hoo! 'Simpsons' to set sitcom record

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.

Friends and neighbors

King Jr. Day honored at capital

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

'Scotland, PA' offers sounds of the '70s

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).

Western band swings into town

NBC pins network hopes on 'Friends,' 'West Wing'

"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.

Shepherd to do diva duty in 'Martha Inc.' TV story

NBC has found someone to play Martha Stewart in its upcoming TV movie about the domestic diva, reports Entertainment Weekly.

Friday, January 17

Vibralux revives glam scene

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.

'A Guy Thing' to miss

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?

Buckheimer Fails With 'Kangaroo Jack'

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."

Best bets

Lawrence threatens 'National Security'

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.

Man of his word

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.

Popular K.C. blues figure dies

"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

Limited release frustrates film fans

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.

'Monte Walsh' sells ideal epic Western

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

June 21 the magical date when Harry Potter will appear

Muggles mania has arrived wit


¢ Another lawyer dumps Blake ¢ Queen Latifah reaches plea deal ¢ Hart gives her heart to rocker ¢ Brit Awards announce nominees

David Brinkley rescued from fire

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

'Greek Wedding' to be updated for television series

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.

'West Wing' goes on the road again

Can another road trip save "The West Wing" (8 p.m., NBC) from its lackluster season?

Reality shows take big bite out of network TV ratings

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.

Judge releases Diana Ross' arrest tape

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

Friends and neighbors

Tuesday, January 14

Pete Townshend arrested in child porn probe

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 rules American Music Awards

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.

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¢ 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

Box office sales

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released Monday.

Bee Gee Maurice dies at 53

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.

'Just Married' opens at top spot in movie theaters

Audiences ignored the critics and propelled the Brittany Murphy and Ashton Kutcher comedy "Just Married" to the top of the weekend box office.

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Keeping away the cold

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.

Osbournes suffer from overexposure

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

Kyogen theater enthralls Japan with star

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Just a little off the sides, please

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.

Extra altitude

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.

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Actor always plays to full house

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.

Small-town bookstore attracts large following

Exhibition showcases artist whose promise was cut short by illness

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.

Beneficent businessman buys fine instruments for fine musicians

As a concert pianist, Barrett Wissman believes top musicians should be able to play the finest instruments.

Arts notes

¢ 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

Ten theater students will compete in Irene Ryan acting contest

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.

Arts notes

¢ Youth Symphony to begin rehearsals ¢ Lawrence Civic Choir rehearsals get started

Community Theatre to stage British farce

'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.

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Ups and downs of 2002, in glossy color

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.

A novel approach to a circulating library

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.

KU students write, act their way to regional theater festival

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.

Arts notes

¢ Eclectic musical duo to play Lawrence show ¢ Community Theatre calls for "Miracles" auditions ¢ Guild taking applications for annual Art in the Park

'Red Door' shows a lot of character

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

News shows list guest lineups

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

Death of filmmaker leaves French cinema 'orphaned'

French filmmaker Maurice Pialat, a winner of the Cannes Film Festival's coveted Palme d'Or prize, died Saturday. He was 77.

FCC chief's comments supportive of digital TV recorders

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is a new convert -- to the personal digital video recorder.

RFK Jr. stands up for convicted cousin

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.

Judge: Copyright suit against file-swapping service Kazaa can continue in federal court

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

Deadly freeze hits Russia

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.

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Capping the project

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.

A star at last

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.

'Prince' a royal scam

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).

6News video: Screen Scene

Jon Niccum, Journal-World entertainment editor, provides a preview to movies showing in local theaters.

Exhibit reveals 'Hidden Japan'

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

British Library makes plea for Diana's love letters

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 Bee Gees in critical condition

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.

'Priceless' Beatles tapes found

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

Kidman Stares Down the Woolf in 'The Hours'

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."

Kidman, Moore and Streep in Their Finest 'Hours'

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.

'Narc' Could Use a Chill Pill

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.

'25th Hour' Is an Overextended Mood Movie

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.

Drumline -- Nick Cannon marching to his own beat

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 songwriter to take Ottawa stage

Country singer/songwriter Jim Owen will perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Ottawa's Municipal Auditorium, 301 S. Hickory St.

Kansas City Film Critics select year's best efforts

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.

Sweet Band O' Mine works up 'Appetite'

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."

Filmmaker Dylan Kidd crafts edgy debut with 'Roger Dodger'

"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."

In the Buff

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.

'Just Married' just juvenile, just irritating

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.

'Sterling' not gold

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

Mottola leaves Sony to start own label

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.

Hit movie isn't Greek to them

'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"?

Best bets

Fisher finds Hollywood ending

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

'Surreal Life' latest bad reality offering

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.

Smith worst, Berry best on Blackwell's list

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

Film portrays life of JFK Jr.

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 City' calling it quits after season 6

"Sex and the City" will end after its sixth season, with the final episode airing early next year.

Wednesday, January 8

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Serving the state

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.

Wintertime shows recycle the yawns

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

DJs pull prank on Venezuelan president

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.

Grammy picks cover wide range

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

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Little sister bowls over Boy Scouts

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.

Miss USA passes on Overland Park

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.

'24' and 'Shield' give Tuesdays a jolt

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

New York, 'Chicago' headline Berlin film festival

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.

Military term voted 2002 word of year

A long-winded phrase whose meaning reflects a nation's worry about war with Iraq has been voted 2002's word of the year.

Old, new favored for Grammy nods

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

Hank remembered in Opry tribute

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.

McCartney leads record year for concert tours

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.

A craft for the birds

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.

Pretty good year for pandas

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.

Winter swim

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.

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'Joe Millionaire' not worthy of series

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

'Two Towers' rises above competition

"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

Arts notes

¢ 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

Saturday's weather suits tennis players

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.

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To the hoop

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.

Pet Post

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.

Arts notes

¢ 'American Pastoral' to be shown at Kemper ¢ Boat show to include boats and reptiles

Actress finds tragedy, terror, even humor in modern 'Medea'

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.

New York students predict future of French luxury

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.

Work of black KC artists featured in new exhibition at American Jazz Museum

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

News shows list guest lineups

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

Society of Film Critics hails Polanski's 'Pianist'

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.

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Jewelry includes 'Wright stuff'

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.

Orwell's relevance goes beyond '1984', author argues

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.

New York novel writer discovers native tongue

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.


Out of the bottle

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."

Arts notes

¢ 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

Europe knee-deep in floods

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.

It's all in the cards

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.

Movie about Enron deserves shredding

Here's one last lesson we can learn from the Enron debacle: never try to turn an accounting scandal into a television drama.

Central Africa art comes alive at Nelson

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

Viva old Las Vegas! strippers say

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.

Omarr, astrologer to the stars, dies

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.

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Friday, January 3

'High School Reunion' ranks in a class by itself

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?

Replay Lounge has reasons to celebrate

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).

Repeats take back seat to football

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.

New film uses campus stand-in

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 weighs in as nation's fattest city for third year

Houston, we still have a weight problem.

Film offers reality retrospective

Documentary recalls fallen son from 'An American Family'

"The Osbournes."

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Arts briefs

¢ Jazz drummer to play at Folly Theater ¢ KC Filmmakers request Jubilee contestants

Movie year offered treats and turkeys

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

New year off to happy start

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.

Film studies Shakespeare as fraud

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

Mary Wesley, author first published at age 70, dies

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.

Rap-metal fatigue crimping CD sales

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

KU players teach youths

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

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Mild temperatures permit pleasant pasturing

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.

'Action!' celebrates violent thrillers

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.

2003 gets warm welcome

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.

Phish revives New Year's Eve tradition

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.

TV star jumped from 'ER' to 'SVU'

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.