Thursday, July 31
...And it's not as bad as you'd think
Hollywood's most overexposed couple are now responsible for making the most underdeveloped movie in recent memory.
Founder of Sun Records discovered Elvis Presley
Record producer Sam Phillips, who discovered Elvis Presley and helped usher in the rock 'n' roll revolution, died Wednesday. He was 80.
Are you a professional gamer? Prove it this season.
Are you a professional gamer? Prove it this season.
Bob Hope, who performed for millions of people in his career, was buried Wednesday after a private funeral Mass attended by about 100.
¢ Kennedy shorts on brief display ¢ Winfrey wants more Hawaiian land ¢ Clinton going into trade ¢ Hurley starts filming in Romania
Leave it to Fox, the network that brought us "Banzai" and "The Glutton Bowl," to infest the dog days of summer with "Bug Attack!" (7 p.m., Fox). Host and bug fanatic Dr. Phil DeVries travels from Arizona's deserts to the swamps of Venezuela to uncover the deadliest, biggest and most unappetizing critters on earth. DeVries submits to stinging scorpions, harvester ants, and a hornet attack that the network describes as "flesh-dissolving."
Wednesday, July 30
Salt the Earth busts ass on tour 'Roman Empire' style
After multiple tours across the country, Salt the Earth is finally starting to go places. Though formed just two years ago, the Lawrence four have already performed more shows, logging more more tour miles than many of their veteran peers. That constant work is starting to pay off.
"The Education of Gore Vidal" on "American Masters" (9 p.m., PBS, check local listings) explores Vidal's many contradictions. He's both a popular writer and a serious scholar. He's turned obscure subjects like the fourth-century Roman emperor Julian into best-selling books. He's lived with the same man for decades and wrote "The City and the Pillar, the first popular novel with matter-of-fact homosexual characters, but he doesn't consider himself a "gay writer." He's made American history the main subject of his shelf of novels, but he's lived much of his adult life in Italy. He's a distant cousin of Al Gore and shared a stepfather with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, but spent decades blasting Democrats.
Schwarzenegger likely won't run for California governor, but he has countrymen's support
It's a question that's got Austria abuzz: Will the Terminator become the Governator?
¢ Rapper arrested for profanity ¢ Ray Charles concerts postponed ¢ The Gap goes glam ¢ Spector hearing delayed
Tuesday, July 29
Cuban refugee Juan Carlos Zaldivar explores his complex feelings about his old country and his adopted homeland in the thoughtful documentary "90 Miles" on "P.O.V." (9 p.m., PBS). A self-described "teenage communist" who embraced Castro's revolution and attended an elite Cuban prep school, Zaldivar joined his family in the 1980 exodus known as the Mariel boatlift. Once in Miami, he and his family were embraced by cousins and shocked to see that America was not the land of gangsters, murder and chaos that Castro's propagandists had described.
¢ Nary an intern left uncovered ¢ Quality, not quantity airtime ¢ Close call for horror star ¢ Reality dating with a bite
Another statistic in the long line of crappy video game movies
Another statistic in the long line of crappy video game movies
Bob Hope a screen legend
Bob Hope was a fixture of American humor for so many decades that it's easy to forget he was among the innovators of screen comedy in the sound era. His topical jokes and cheeky habit of stepping out of character to address the audience influenced generations of funnymen from Jerry Lewis to Jerry Seinfeld and from Bill Cosby to Bill Murray.
Monday, July 28
4 films neck-and-neck for No. 2 at box office
The big story at the weekend box office was not which movie came in first -- it was "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over" with $32.5 million -- but which of four possible contenders placed second.
¢ Reeve plans trip to Israel ¢ 'Legally Blonde' over the pond ¢ Kelly Clarkson as Brenda Lee ¢ Kidman bows out of trilogy
The staff of Atlanta's most famous interior design firm converge for a 90-minute "Designing Women Reunion" (7 p.m., Lifetime). One of the most popular and critically acclaimed shows of its time, "Designing Women" ran from 1986 to 1993 and starred Dixie Carter as the wise, advice-dispensing Julia Sugarbaker and Delta Burke as her sister Suzanne, who modeled herself after Atlanta's most popular fictional character, Scarlett O'Hara. Jean Smart and Annie Potts rounded out a cast of smart, sassy women, and Meshach Taylor starred as Anthony Bouvier, the ex-con handyman who tried his best to stay out of the way when the zingers started flying.
Roger Daltrey, 'Buff Brides' are quirky TV alternatives
The new cable shows for the rest of the year offer everything from Roger Daltrey retracing the steps of Lewis and Clark, literally, to a reality show following brides to their fitness goals.
Sunday, July 27
Robert Price's paintings are a meditative endeavor
Before Robert Price paints, the Kansas University art professor sits. He sits for a long time.
Max Beckmann's allegorical masterpiece, "The Night," depicts a scene of almost indescribable brutality: a couple lynched in a crowded room by a pipe-smoking intellectual and two thugs.
Adam Desnoyers missed the phone call, but he got the message. He's just not sure he believes it yet.
On Jan. 15, 1947, the body of Elizabeth Short, 22, was found in a lot near a busy street in Los Angeles. She was naked, drained of blood and cut in half, and her mouth was slashed on both sides to form a sinister grin.
Joyce Carol Oates has written a novel both very old and very new.
¢ Show features spiritual work by Lawrence artist ¢ Tulsa museum to have major Remington exhibit
Trio transforms North Lawrence 'mouse hole' into energetic art gallery, The Red Dresser
hey wanted a word that sounded sophisticated and looked pretty on paper. So sisters Rebekah and Rachael Sheridan and their business partner, Brooke Billet, scoured a French dictionary until they stumbled across "redresser," properly pronounced (ray-dres-Ã¡y).
¢ Rockers come to Toronto's aid ¢ Royal couple go Austrian ¢ City to honor hometown director ¢ Mother Teresa events planned
'La Cenicienta' will approach search for love in uniquely Latin fashion
A single mother in search of love will be featured on a reality dating show that reflects Hispanic culture, Telemundo executives said Friday.
Alternative ending added after credits
As if a film about a virus that wipes out London and turns its victims into shrieking, blood-spewing zombies weren't bleak enough, "28 Days Later" now has a darker alternate ending.
Saturday, July 26
Rolling Stones fans hoping for a glimpse of Mick Jagger's 60th birthday bash in Prague this weekend can't get no satisfaction.
Two more sequels invade local theaters this week. First up is "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life," a much-improved follow-up to the dreadful 2001 original. This time the acrobatic Lara is less of a video game come-to-life and more of a James Bond imitation. The film's exotic locales and breakneck pacing insure the audience has little time to scrutinize all the holes in the goofy plot about a scheme to unleash Pandora's Box.
Motor-mouthed comic and actor John Leguizamo makes his debut as a director with the cable boxing drama "Undefeated" (7 p.m. today, HBO). Best-known for his painfully funny autobiographical monologues, Leguizamo makes a safe choice here, with a modern but hardly innovative variation on the oft-told tale of a boxer from an ethnic neighborhood who loses his roots as he is seduced by Manhattan's glitter.
A prediction: Viewers eons from now will give "Futurama" the credit it deserves today.
¢ Winslet has baby on board ¢ Liza, husband have separated ¢ UCLA creates Wilder Theater ¢ Dame returns to Shakespeare
Friday, July 25
Angelina Jolie emerges as world's most bankable female action hero
There's a laundry list of professional and personal baggage that tag along with Angelina Jolie. She sleeps with knives; kept husband Billy Bob Thornton's blood in a vial around her neck; has that "weird" relationship with her brother James; engages in an ongoing feud with her Academy Award-winning father Jon Voight, etc.
Missy Elliott worked her way to a leading eight nominations for this year's MTV Video Music Awards.
"Friends" is paring down to one friend.
Anybody who thinks Ricky Martin puts on the sexiest Latin music performance has obviously never been to a Son Venezuela show. "There've been the girls that get seduced by the sound of the Latin music and they take it to the next level -- sexiness out of control," lead vocalist Kelfel Aqui says. "We've had girls that start grinding with band members; that's not very popular with the wives."
¢ The Greatest meets His Holiness ¢ Cher gets crafty ¢ Serena takes tennis to 'Street' ¢ McCartney joins chicken crusade
Ted Williams' friends and fellow Boston Red Sox look back at the acclaimed slugger in the one-hour documentary "The Teammates" (7 p.m., ESPN).
Ailing filmmaker John Schlesinger, the Oscar-winning director of "Midnight Cowboy," was taken off life support Thursday at a hospital, his spokeswoman said.
Thursday, July 24
Playstation 2 hardware and software sales are slowing quickly.
Playstation 2 hardware and software sales are slowing quickly.
¢ Unwise comparison ¢ Animal magnetism ¢ Meat is bad ¢ Meat is funny
Tired of watching Reese Witherspoon clad in Pepto-Bismol pink in those slight "Legally Blonde" movies? Reese stars as an innocent teen whose psycho boyfriend (Mark Wahlberg) terrorizes her family in the 1996 thriller "Fear" (7 p.m., WB). Sold as "'Fatal Attraction' for teens," the film failed to thrill critics. Leonard Maltin called it a "passable slasher pic."
3-D moves out of IMAX theaters, theme parks into the cineplex
Time to put on your cardboard glasses with the red-and-blue cellophane and dodge images leaping off the theater screen.
Wednesday, July 23
¢ Queen of Queens gets hitched ¢ Oprah tops pop icons list ¢ Chef can take heat of kitchen ¢ Gore's daughter becomes author
Just as the previews roll before "Pirates of the Caribbean," 9-month-old Gwyneth lets out a high-pitched wail.
What's so funny about watching incompetent police officers? From the time of the "Keystone Kops" to the antics of the "Police Academy" movies and Leslie Nielsen's "Police Squad," audiences have howled at the sight of the long arm of the law unable to get out of its own way. The new ensemble comedy series "Reno 911!" (9:30 p.m., Comedy Central) joins this proud tradition of law enforcement run amok.
Taking her final ride in a horse-drawn carriage piled high with flowers, "Queen of Salsa" Celia Cruz was hailed Tuesday in a funeral tribute both raucous and reverent.
Tuesday, July 22
Angered by "the elitists" attending a $500-a-plate dinner Monday to see former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani receive an award, Lawrence anarchists took their protest into the streets and clashed with police.
The Real Lebowski lives. And people love him.
Alone among basic cable channels, FX has gained a name for edgy shows that are both intelligent and entertaining. The network's series and movies also have a knack for confronting not-so-pleasant truths about American society. "The Shield" presents likable cops, some of whom are rotten, corrupt and violent. "Lucky" dwells in the less-than-fabulous neighborhoods of Las Vegas, America's fastest-growing city, and the FX presentation of "The Pentagon Papers" proved to be a timely meditation on war and government deception.
¢ Stork to visit the Crowes ¢ A tussle Down Under ¢ It's only an act ¢ A 50 Cent clothing line
Monday, July 21
¢ 'Bad Boys II' nabs top spot ¢ Comedy fans get creamed ¢ Nelly expands fashion offerings ¢ 'Hillbillies' could still be reality
Joe Cristina is making a pest of himself.
List-mania continues on basic cable as VH1 presents "200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons" (8 p.m., VH1), a five-night, 10-hour compendium of entertainment culture's most recognizable fixtures. Ten hours may seem like a long time for a countdown, but don't worry, these profiles zip by without taxing anyone's patience.
Sunday, July 20
Washington 'Sole Mates' head to Lawrence, retracing cross-country walk
The license plate on Jerry and Cindy Schultz's PT/Cruiser reads "SoleMate1," and the couple has a right to ride in comfort as they travel across the country from their home in Olympia, Wash., to Atlanta, Ga.
Art talks to people. An image can evoke memories or inspire new visions. It can motivate a writer to write. And those written words can lead right back to images for people who think visually.
The subject of the four photographs is the same -- the peak of Mount Robson in the Canadian Rockies, taken by a young Ansel Adams during a trip with the Sierra Club in 1928.
Musical gets new life on Broadway and on the road
They queue up eight times each week, theatergoers eager to see the stage show that launched this year's Academy Award-winning best picture. And these days, the lines that snake down 49th Street in front of the Ambassador Theatre keep getting longer.
On a recent summer night when the sun set late, no one seemed to mind that the Memphis Drive-In wasn't starting "The Hulk" until 40 minutes after its 9 p.m. showtime.
Style show hosts tell people 'What Not To Wear'
For a fashion victim, the first step toward recovery is admitting the problem.
Mention the word "design" and people think of architecture, fashion, perhaps furniture -- forgetting that design also applies to toys, book jackets and even a humble garlic press.
¢ Show to feature spiritual work by Lawrence artist ¢ InPlay Theatre to stage play set in Kansas City
Con artist who claimed to be son of Sidney Poitier had 'need to be fabulous'
This was no stage production, and there was no happy ending.
¢ Martin and Lewis: take two ¢ Knowles cherishes Vandross duet ¢ Osbourne pack loses member ¢ Murdoch a father again at 72
Westport business owners are hoping to appeal to older patrons and reduce the crowds of teenagers who like to hang out in the entertainment district.
¢ New trumpet instructor joins KU music faculty ¢ Former viola professor returns to area for recital
Mystical forces are always at work in Alice Hoffman's novels -- her characters respect omens, keep talismans and are driven by powers lurking just below the surface.
John Sandford turns cop reporting experience into lucrative book career
Even after winning a Pulitzer Prize, reporter John Camp realized it wasn't enough to put his two kids through college.
The Lied Center has received several grants that will help Kansas artists and educators train teachers to integrate the arts into their curriculums.
Saturday, July 19
You could've driven a Mack truck through The Bottleneck without much trouble Thursday night, where neo-country/folkers Victoria Williams and Mark Olson were in town for an early-evening show. There were roughly 40 people inside the venue, which holds more than 10 times that, and with tables and chairs pulled up close to the stage, it was more akin to a coffeehouse gig than an actual club concert.
¢ Browne gets apologies ¢ It's payback time for celebs ¢ Magazine seeks wedding bills
Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer admits lots of folks asked him to say something to the boss about his mangled pronunciation of "nuclear." But as for actually bearing the bad tidings ...
You don't have to be 9 years old to enjoy "Teen Titans" (8 p.m. today, Cartoon Network), a thoroughly groovy adaptation of the 1960s DC comic book. Produced by Emmy Award-winning animator Glen Murakami, "Titans" blends the visual style of classic comics with a dash of contemporary Japanese anime.
Before Jackie Chan, before Jet Li, there was Bruce Lee.
Friday, July 18
When Ranjit Arab enrolled in Tom Volek's documentary and corporate video production class at Kansas University, he didn't set out to pick a fight.
¢ Di's former lover angers Brits ¢ Jolie finds new inspirations ¢ Clinton shares favorite recipes
Celebrity chef Bobby Flay makes his movie debut in "Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off" (7 p.m., Disney). The host of "Hot Off the Grill with Bobby Flay" agreed to appear in the children's movie to impress his 7-year-old daughter, whom Flay describes as a "Disney Channel junkie."
"Six Feet Under" and "The West Wing," the Emmy front-runners, will be laboring under handicaps at the awards ceremony in September.
One of the reasons the MPAA gave "Johnny English" a PG rating was because of "comic nudity." Comic nudity? I wasn't exactly sure what that meant until watching a scene where the title character makes a painfully erroneous blunder in front of a large audience and covers by apologizing, "So I was wrong about the archbishop's bottom."
Thursday, July 17
Stone statues and other artifacts from Petra, the ancient city carved out of desert cliffs in Jordan, have been unpacked at the American Museum of Natural History in preparation for their first showing in the United States.
Celia Cruz, who went from singing in Havana nightclubs to become the "Queen of Salsa," died Wednesday, her publicist said.
A lot of rock musicians take political stands. But how many of them show real courage? The "Wide Angle" (8 p.m., PBS) presentation "Junoon: The Rock Star and the Mullahs" follows Salman Ahmad, the lead guitarist for the popular Pakistani rock group Junoon as he travels to the Islamic fundamentalist stronghold of Peshawar where a coalition of religious parties have used their power to banish music. No, this is not "Footloose"; it's the return of Taliban-style craziness to a dangerously unstable corner of the world.
¢ Pretenders singer lends voice to PETA protest of KFC ¢ Bring it on, Beckham ¢ Don't forget the ice pick
Look, mommy, KU can actually win!
Electronic Arts' NCAA Football 2003 was heralded as the best college football game of all time. Critics said this year's edition could never live up to it. Man, were we wrong.
Wednesday, July 16
Online play can turn ugly
Jeremy Chase admits to shaking down his enemies. His Web site advertises extortion, hits and prostitution for a hefty fee. Chase is a mob leader -- but only in the virtual world. He is one of hundreds of players who found the path of lawlessness and deviance too irresistible when The Sims Online challenged them to "Be Somebody ... else."
¢ Sorry, Charlie ¢ Madonna falls into the Gap ¢ This land is her land ¢ Santana raises millions to fight AIDS epidemic in Africa
"Everwood" stars Emily VanCamp and Gregory Smith are hosts of the new variety show "Pepsi Smash" (8 p.m., WB). Scheduled performers include Evanescence, which performs the hit "Bring Me to Life"; the Ataris, which will perform a cover version of Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer"; and Black Eyed Peas, which performs "Where's the Love?" Future performers include Beyonce Knowles, AFI, Ashanti, Michelle Branch, Mya and Foo Fighters.
hookandladder puts out 'carnie-core' EP, parts with lead singer
Over the weekend, hookandladder keyboardist Jason Barr played his band's new CD for a 15-year-old punk kid with a Bad Religion t-shirt. "The exact words out of his mouth were, 'Pretty good. Definitely not awesome, but pretty good,'" Barr says. "In the back of my head I'm just jumping for joy, like, 'You just said the greatest thing I've ever heard.'"
Lawrence musician Todd Johnson gets recruited to perform alongside his idols at rock fantasy camp
Bungee jumping. Diving into freezing water with the Polar Bear Club. Running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. There's a new craze for individuals trying to add spark to their lives, or for aging hipsters seeking to recapture their youth: enrolling in the Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp. Lawrence musician Todd Johnson did just that ... much to his surprise.
There is little violence or sex in The Sims Online, an interactive computer game that arrived in stores last year. Even the characters are born by the immaculate conception of your computer keyboard.
Rockstar games sneaks around its exclusivity clause for PS2
Rockstar games sneaks around its exclusivity clause for PS2
Tuesday, July 15
Jazz great Benny Carter hardly ever looked back. He enjoyed whatever he was doing at the moment -- composing or arranging, improvising on the alto sax or trumpet, leading a band or making opportunities for other black musicians.
What can I say about "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" (9 p.m., Bravo) except, hate the title, love the show. "Queer" is slightly more flamboyant variation on E!'s old staple "Fashion Emergency." Five men who consider themselves arbiters of taste, and call themselves "The Fab Five," visit an aesthetically challenged guy who needs to clean up his act for a big occasion.
Jerry Springer, the talk show host whose nationally syndicated program often spotlighted strippers and skinheads, officially filed papers Monday to run for the U.S. Senate from Ohio.
¢ Bin Laden impersonator off hook for crashing prince's party ¢ Queen to honor 007 ¢ Actor: Advertisers shortchange black-oriented television shows ¢ Sounds like a sweet 16
Monday, July 14
Can you reconcile "Friends" with the Koran? Shot on location in Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar and the Kurdish region of Iraq, "Hollywood and the Muslim World" (9 p.m., AMC) examines the explosion of independent media in the Middle East. In 1991, at the end of the first Gulf War, there was one Arabic cable station. Now there are more than 100. Some of them have grown popular by showing American dramas and sitcoms including "Friends," "The Sopranos" and "Will & Grace." While some Arabs can't get enough of this fare, many consider it Western "cultural pollution." Religious zealots see the shows' overt sexuality and homosexuality as a reason to reject all things Western. One TV station has created an Arab version of "Friends" that avoids any mention of dating, religion or politics. While meandering, the film offers a thought-provoking glance at what our popular culture says about American values.
¢ Audiences treasure 'Pirates' ¢ Oscar nominee directs first film ¢ Fourth Blobfest puts fans on run ¢ 'Luckiest guy on planet' ready to celebrate Playboy's 50th
An Ohio family is about to get its 15 minutes of fame -- and maybe a new mom. Actually, it will be about five hours over five weeks as the Mueller family stars in the newest network reality dating show, NBC's "Who Wants to Marry My Dad?" It premieres at 9 p.m. Monday.
Sunday, July 13
For a man forever tied to the Holocaust and the cause of world Jewry, Otto Frank -- the father of Holocaust diarist Anne Frank -- went through life carrying a sense of constant ambivalence.
Take a group of seven young, talented, creative, enthusiastic dancers with a passion for their art, a commitment to making dance engaging and accessible, and such love for their work that they do it for free ... and you have the new, Lawrence-based group The Bowery Dancers. Their name is taken from the canopy of boughs built to protect dancers performing or dancing socially outdoors a hundred years ago, but their style is contemporary.
Jean Ann Pike has noticed the slumping economy in a very tangible way. Last year, the manager of the Social Service League Store gave away nearly 2,000 sacks of clothing to people in need in Lawrence.
A theatrical exploration
Personal exploration binds the two one-act plays E.M.U. Theatre will stage next weekend.
Novelist sets best-selling book in turbulent 1964 South
Sue Monk Kidd says she always knew her first novel would be set in the South during the explosive summer of 1964. She just never expected it would sell a million copies.
Inaugural grant recipient to explore dreams
Just because Jessica Kolokol can't make it to St. Petersburg, Russia, doesn't mean her presence won't be felt there in the coming weeks.
Jo Anne Hargis is well aware the country isn't too far removed from its recent war with Iraq and that U.S. soldiers still are killed there nearly every week.
Sure, Reese Witherspoon is the star of "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde," but a lot of the buzz surrounding the new movie is about its glitzy fashion show.
University Theatre puts on best production in years
University Theatre opened its spectacular production of William Inge's "Picnic" Friday. Director Jack B. Wright has done a marvelous job bringing the prize-winning play back to the university stage, and the revival is especially notable for celebrating the play's 50th anniversary.
¢ Beyonce's moves draw criticism ¢ Garcia sees dictatorship links ¢ Son may be suspect in fire ¢ Eminem plans homecoming
The new Martha Stewart is a real drag. Drag queen, that is.
New Yorkers claim alcoholic double standard
Ahhh, the joys of a summer day, when the toughest decision might be the choice between a perfectly chilled bottle of wine and an ice cold beer.
Lawrence artists are pushing a new addiction
Smoke 'em if you've got 'em, the saying goes. But what happens if you replace your standard 20 cigarettes with artwork small enough to fit inside the Marlboro, Camel or Lucky Strike box the nicotine sticks came in? A handful of Lawrence artists and the Social Service League hope the result is a healthier but just-as-addictive habit called cheapart.
Saturday, July 12
¢ Newlyweds begin reality series ¢ NBA star takes shot at acting ¢ White Stripes guitarist sidelined ¢ Cruise spreads learning bug
There are at least 100 ways to be offended by "Banzai!" (7:30 p.m. Sunday, Fox), which is no mean feat considering that it's only a half-hour show. A hit in Britain, this oddball gambling/variety/comedy show pretends to be some over-the-top curiosity from Japan. Viewers are encouraged to bet on strange stunts that include dueling grandmothers in wheelchairs, geisha girls, a soccer shootout between a one-armed goaltender and a one-legged kicker, a chicken attached to helium balloons, and an aerobics battle between a rabbi, a priest and Lou Ferrigno.
Mickey Mouse can now sport cornrows, and Minnie can wear hoop earrings.
Long before "South Park" or "Beavis and Butt-Head" entertained kids with lowbrow toilet humor, there were the Garbage Pail Kids. Now, the grandfather of gross-out is making a comeback.
Back by popular demand, cast members of Lawrence Community Theatre's fall 2001 production of "Always ... Patsy Cline" reprise their roles in three encore presentations this weekend. Lawrence resident Annette Cook plays the beloved country western singer, who's best known for the tune "Crazy."
Because the weekly TV Week magazine inside today's newspaper has not been updated to reflect Sunflower Broadband's new channel lineup, we are running this listing of all channels.
Friday, July 11
Ahoy, me buckos! Be thar a pirate curse on them seeking treasure from movie tales of seafaring thieves?
The Lollapalooza traveling road show may have paid lip service to musical diversity, but those in attendance were bombarded by some of the premier ROCK bands in circulation. The distorted guitars and screaming vocals were in full force on Tuesday at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, and with few exceptions, the no-frills formula proved a smashing success.
It's a sunny Sunday afternoon on the patio of McCoy's in Westport, and it's also the first time the entire crew of Vertigo has been together in weeks. Rapper Ground Zero has just returned from touring with Tech N9ne, and the Kansas City-based hip-hop group is gearing up for a main-stage performance at the Spirit Fest.
¢ Country singer hospitalized ¢ 'I'm With Busey' explained ¢ Rappers keep it all in the family ¢ Connelly downplays her draw
Is Angelina Jolie weird? Or just misunderstood? The Oscar-winning actress sits down with Barbara Walters on "20/20" (9 p.m., ABC) to discuss her much-publicized, short-lived marriage to actor Billy Bob Thornton. Viewers will be reminded of their shared tattoos and mutual habit of carrying around vials of each other's blood. Who could have predicted THAT breakup?
Thursday, July 10
¢ Bono ready to make noise ¢ Beanie bear honors Reagan ¢ Osbournes plan season 3 ¢ Princess Diana: Superhero
Except for the loud and often rude shenanigans on "Amazing Race," there are few American TV shows about life in foreign countries. That's what makes the second season of the documentary series "Wide Angle" (9 p.m., PBS, check local listings) all the more welcome. Each episode of "Wide Angle" presents a 45-minute film about a far corner of the globe. A 15-minute conversation, alternately hosted by Jamie Rubin, former assistant secretary of state, and BBC correspondent Mishal Husain, follows.
Want help in transforming a schlub of a husband or boyfriend into one who's attractive and socially adept?
It's always peeving when Hollywood takes a great idea and ruins it. Such is the case with "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," the latest summer superhero flick -- albeit one whose source material predates Marvel Comics by nearly a century.
Wednesday, July 9
Can Simon Cowell breathe life back into the flat-lining reality genre? Audiences have been bombarded with dumb dating shows, endless talent contests and other unscripted fare. To date, none have caught our fancy. Cowell, the persnickety star of "American Idol," returns tonight with "Cupid" (9 p.m., CBS), a one-hour dating show that sounds dreadfully familiar.
A Japanese writer said Tuesday he was flattered to learn that passages from one of his books apparently found their way into Bob Dylan's lyrics.
This year's movie superheroes are getting licked by last year's. While "The Matrix Reloaded," "X2: X-Men United," "The Hulk" and "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" had big weekend openings, Hollywood revenues lag behind the record pace of 2002, when "Spider-Man" and "Star Wars" ruled the summer.
¢ The truth about Britney, Justin ¢ Reggae fest tempts Destiny ¢ Barry White memorial planned ¢ Nuptials worth $1 million
Conner guitarist Tom Wagner's self-made studio surfaces
A month after Tom Wagner and the Lawrence band Conner mixed their first tune, lead singer James Duft showed up at Underground Sound Studios with a copy of The Strokes' new record. "I was like what the fuck is the deal man? I just CREATED this sound!"
Tuesday, July 8
¢ Savage comments bring firing ¢ 'Dawson's Creek' star weds ¢ Simon says yes to 'American Idol' ¢ Spike Lee, TNN settle lawsuit
"Big Brother" (7 p.m., CBS) returns for a fourth installment, this time with a surprising -- and sadistic -- twist. Instead of spending three months with perfect strangers, some of the houseguests will be shocked to discover that they are going to be incarcerated with ex-lovers. Will the former couples play nicely together, or drive each other crazy?
Buddy Ebsen, the loose-limbed dancer turned Hollywood actor who achieved stardom and riches in the television series "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "Barnaby Jones," has died, a hospital official said Monday. He was 95.
Monday, July 7
What do you know? Extroverts are gamers, too!
What do you know? Extroverts are gamers, too!
When you're not on the go, play your Game Boy games on your TV
Gamecube library increases by over 1200 games with this must-have add-on peripheral
¢ 'Machines' rises to top box office ¢ Singers give royal performance ¢ Reality show moves filming to different Chicago neighborhood ¢ Movie plot hits close to home
Cinemark Palace bans children younger than 6
When Jennifer Garretson brought her 3-year-old son to the Cinemark Palace on Kansas City's Country Club Plaza, she was shocked to be turned away. Garretson was one of several parents who hadn't heard that children younger than 6 were no longer welcome at the movie theater -- even if they were accompanied by their parents.
The music industry may not like it, but most fans have shared music with friends by making compilations -- to expose them to something new, to provide a party soundtrack or even to seduce.
What makes a successful comedy movie? Is it box-office revenue? Or the ability to find an audience through word of mouth and bear up to repeat viewing on videotape and DVD? The 2000 comedy "Best in Show" (7 p.m., Comedy Central) falls into the second category. For the uninitiated, the documentary style "Show" follows a group of quirky dog owners to a Westminster-type competition in Philadelphia.
Sunday, July 6
Finalists have been announced for the annual Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Awards for best short science fiction writing of 2002.
KU's University Theatre is having a very special picnic. But instead of checkered blankets and home-cooked foods, there will be lovers' quarrels and scandals.
Lawrence's Downtown Gallery Walk on Friday will mean more for Lawrence schools. In conjunction with the Gallery Walk, several downtown galleries will have a benefit to assist Lawrence Schools Foundation. Ten percent of the proceeds at the event will go to the Lawrence Schools Foundation, which will earmark the funds for school art programs.
Some of us can only dream of vacations in faraway places this summer. But there is an alternative. Go to the bookstore, where you can find several new books that will take you all over -- from Ireland to the Caribbean. Here are three that will take you away:
Love for outdoors results in many trips to national sites
Arthur Shaw's hobby has taken him pretty far afield through the years. Shaw, known around town as "Artie," loves visiting national parks -- that is, he REALLY loves it.
Robert McCloskey, the first children's book author and illustrator to win two Caldecott Medals, one of the highest honors given for children's literature, has died. He was 89.
N!xau, the diminutive bushman catapulted from the remote sandswept reaches of the Kalahari Desert to international stardom in the film "The Gods Must Be Crazy" has died, police officials said Saturday.
¢ Smash hit 'Springer' hopes to draw younger crowd ¢ Australian police block screening of banned U.S. film ¢ Brockovich casts wider net ¢ Griffin looking to unload hotel
When the distillery explodes in the opening pages of Tom Averill's new novel, young Dillon Cork stows away evidence of the illegal operation before authorities arrive. Years later, when he and friend Ewan MacPherson revisit the thrice-distilled casks of Kansas whiskey, refined by Cork's granddad and Ewan's father, the brew tastes "mellow, rich, complex," different from any Scotch Ewan has ever tasted.
¢ KU to be host to young musicians ¢ MyStory series to begin Tuesday ¢ KU student receives design award ¢ Exhibition to discuss stories behind museums
¢ Theatre to offer encore presentations ¢ Performing arts group to present play ¢ Large-scale paintings to be shown at Kemper ¢ St. Joseph theater to have musical comedy
Isabel Allende has written a dizzying, contradictory, maddening memoir. One would expect nothing less from the author of such magic-realism masterpieces as "The House of the Spirits" and "Eva Luna." And yet, "My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile" is oddly hollow when compared to these works. The same background that served Allende so well in her fiction fails her in this autobiographical exploration.
Frank Griffin is content with things the way they are -- he's satisfied with the life he and his wife, Ellen, and 8-year-old daughter, Zoe, have made for themselves in Oak Park, Ill.
Saturday, July 5
R&B singer famous for '70s hits
Velvet-voiced R&B crooner Barry White, whose lush baritone and throbbing musical compositions oozed sex appeal on songs like "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe," died Friday. He was 58.
If you're going to steal, you might as well borrow from the best. The stylish homicide drama "Dead Gorgeous" on "Mystery" (8 p.m., Sunday, PBS) lifts plot elements from Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" and half a dozen James M. Cain thrillers, including "Double Indemnity."
¢ A dung deal ¢ A Fonda revival ¢ 'Becker' crew back to work ¢ Belushi's touch on 'Animal House'
Friday, July 4
¢ Stone's marriage fizzles out ¢ Chicago show honors Landers ¢ J.Lo has issues with ex-manager
Pomp, patriotism and fireworks are on display today all over the country and all over the dial. Barry Bostwick returns as host of "A Capitol Fourth" (7 p.m., PBS) live from the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Scheduled artists include Dolly Parton, The Chieftains, John Williams, Kristin Chenoweth, Craig Bierko, Earl Scruggs and Jerry Douglas, as well as Erich Kunzel and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Peterson case points to differences among network news
They're on the same television networks, hours apart. Yet the ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening news programs take strikingly different approaches to covering the Laci Peterson case.
Browse the racks at Mass Street Comics and you'll see a slew of big-name comic books. "Batman," "Superman," "X-Men" and more are all there, but such well-known titles often outshadow the work of local, small-press writers.
Thursday, July 3
Outspoken vocalist Perry Farrell resurrects Jane's Addiction and the Lollapalooza festival
Perry Farrell saw the two most prominent offspring of his artistic vision come to an abrupt halt in the 1990s.
Rush for war news ebbing, ratings show
The war in Iraq was good news to the cable news channels, which saw substantial gains for the second quarter of the year. But holding on to those gains in the slow news month of June proved difficult.
'Legally Blonde' sequel pays homage to Jackie Kennedy
Fashion revisits the '50s and '60s this year, but this time it's not just another spin on the retro cycle. Something about these styles is hitting home, and Hollywood is at least partly responsible.
Can investors get rich running public schools? Will for-profit schools shortchange students or jump-start educational systems with healthy competition? The "Frontline" documentary "Public Schools, Inc." (8 p.m., PBS) examines controversial efforts to privatize public schools, and the super salesman who has staked his reputation and several fortunes on the idea.
¢ Prosecutors: Novelist killed wife to keep couple's money ¢ Environmentally friendly donation ¢ Not much of an idol ¢ Divorce plans on hold
Contrary to popular perception, the "Terminator" legacy is not about filmmaker James Cameron. It's not about actress Linda Hamilton, and it's certainly not about fallen star Edward Furlong. It's all about Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Three new movies open today to get a jump on the holiday weekend box-office grosses, and for whatever reason, they're all obsessed with using a colon in their titles. First up is "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines." What could have been an unnecessary entry into the great sci-fi franchise turns out to be a worthy addition, with more sustained action sequences than "The Hulk" and "The Matrix Reloaded" combined. This time a 55-year-old Arnold returns to protect the adult John Connor against more lethal cyborgs from the future.
Wednesday, July 2
K.C. hip-hop group moves closer to the edge of success
It's a sunny Sunday afternoon on the patio of McCoy's in Westport, and it's also the first time the entire crew of Vertigo has been together in weeks. Rapper Ground Zero has just returned from touring withTechN9ne, and the Kansas City-based hip-hop group is gearing up for a main-stage performance at Spiritfest. Introductions are made and I mention dropping their new single, "KCMO" at a recent house party for a group of my brother's friends. "Next time you have a house party, you let us know and we'll be there," says Ground Zero, a KC native who is as friendly as his figure is imposing.
¢ Ex-partner sues P. Diddy ¢ John McEnroe, role model ¢ Cuomo-Kennedy marriage ending ¢ 'Six Feet Under' star pregnant
Publisher hopes readers will like sexy take on Sin City lifestyle
"Vegas is an attitude, a hormone," says Michael Carr, a former president of Playboy's publishing division. "It's a level of energy, mystique, sensuality that lives in a person's heart no matter where they are.
Funnyman found dead Monday at 78
With a squeaky voice like a leaking balloon, a pudgy baby-face that looked perpetually stunned, and a fleshy body shaped like a fireplug, Buddy Hackett defied the world not to laugh at him.
Hype for the second "Terminator" sequel has everything to do with the new "Biography" (7 p.m., A&E) profile of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Twenty-five years ago, the Austrian-born muscle man was considered a pop curiosity. The 1977 film "Pumping Iron" looked at the quirky side of the Mr. Universe competition. But few imagined that the foreigner with a funny name and a thick, almost incomprehensible accent could become a major star. Then Arnold parlayed his pecs into the comic book role of a lifetime. "Conan the Barbarian" made him a box-office attraction, and the sleeper success of the low-budget 1984 thriller "Terminator" gave him "I'll be back" -- the best catchphrase of his generation.
Tuesday, July 1
MyStory workshops use art, writing to capture participants' pasts
Barbara Curry had a story to tell. She was the main character -- just out of college, homesick and stranded in Arizona, teaching Japanese-American youngsters interred in camps after the war.
People who knew her in life and others who just felt they did by watching her in movies remembered Katharine Hepburn as a model of patrician class -- who always maintained a common touch.
¢ Book says drugs, infidelity wore on JFK Jr.'s marriage ¢ Prince Charles worth $17 million ¢ Springer promises excitement if elected Ohio senator
The catwalking, cat-fighting and food issues have not yet settled down on the first season of "America's Next Top Model" (8 p.m., UPN), but the network has decided to renew the show for another season. Producers have already begun a nationwide talent search for the next group of women to compete on the 10-episode season. Applications are now available at www.upn.com. Start starving yourself now.