Stories for March 2004


Wednesday, March 31


¢ Viacom in talks to develop gay TV network ¢ NBC signs Jay Leno for more 'Tonight Show' ¢ MU journalism senior wins ESPN's 'Dream Job'

New Jackson album faces tough test

Sales fallout from Super Bowl 'wardrobe malfunction' remains to be seen

MTV's "Spanking New" videos in heavy rotation include a gyrating, cleavage-baring Beyonce and a bleeped-out Eminem with his group D12.

Authentic Mexican fare

Customers fuel up at tiny restaurant

You rarely find authentic Mexican food in a gas station. But that's the case with Tortas Jalisco, a tiny Lawrence restaurant serving Mexican dishes in the corner of the Phillips 66 gas station at 3300 W. Sixth St.

Review: Pitfall: The Lost Expedition - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

The Atari classic gets a rebirth in this fun awakening

The Atari classic gets a rebirth in this fun awakening

Alistair Cooke dies

'Masterpiece Theatre' former host was 95

Alistair Cooke, the British-born journalist and commentator who brought a refinement and elegance to American television as the popular host of "Masterpiece Theatre," has died. He was 95.

PBS offers glimpse of dangers to whales

It looks like the biggest of the food chain might be the most vulnerable. The National Geographic special "Whales in Crisis" (7 p.m., PBS) follows a new generation of whale watchers who all see dangers for Earth's largest mammal.

Tuesday, March 30

School of Rock

Chesty Lions prepare for battle of the bands

Julia Lee is a little nervous about her performance next week in the Lawrence High School Battle of the Bands. Ok, a lot nervous.

Review :: Jersey Girl

From the man who perfected clever dirty talk, I thought I'd be in for a more original ride.

Lawrence lands on list of best places to live

Lawrence and Wichita have a new commonality. Both cities are among America's Top 100 Places to Live in 2004 according to The Web site helps people find communities that fit their family's needs.

Oscar winner Peter Ustinov dies

Peter Ustinov, the two-time Oscar-winning British character actor whose film roles ranged from Emperor Nero to Agatha Christie's Belgian master detective Hercule Poirot, has died. He was 82.

Animal Planet antidote to network TV

Some longtime residents of California's San Bernardino County are up in arms. Well, they would be, if they had any arms. As suburban sprawl spreads farther into desert country, rattlesnakes confront their new human neighbors, often with calamitous results. This is one of the anecdotal tidbits found on "Venom ER" (7 p.m., Animal Planet), a new series set in the Loma Linda University Medical Center specializing in treating people bitten by venomous animals such as snakes, scorpions and spiders.


¢ TV actor Keith Diamond shot ¢ Sophie Prize winner named ¢ Apollo turns 70 ¢ 'Friend'-ly role for Adriana

On record :: KJHK new music reviews

Q+A with All Night Radio

When was but a sprog, we had the rare opportunity to travel briefly but eventfully with the Merry Pranksters themselves.

Kureisha falls flat in "The Body"

In Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" a young man is given eternal youth. A beauty to begin with, Mr. Gray becomes increasingly striking, but corrupt, as the years progress. Eventually, as could be predicted, Gray's immortality destroys him mentally and physically.

Monday, March 29

PBS offers portrait of new U.S. immigrants

The "Independent Lens" series "The New Americans" (8 p.m., PBS) follows a group of new arrivals over the course of four years as they prepare to leave their old countries, including Mexico, India, Nigeria, Palestine and the Dominican Republic, for the United States. Their backgrounds and motivations are as varied as their languages and faiths.


¢ Election not so funny ¢ 'Scooby-Doo 2' makes No. 1 debut ¢ Singer Howie Day arrested ¢ Sharon Stone's divorce final

Can't sing? Now there's 'movieoke'

Remember the scene from "When Harry Met Sally ..." when Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan are sitting at the diner? Or when Jack Nicholson exclaims, "You can't handle the truth!" to Tom Cruise in "A Few Good Men"?

Sunday, March 28

Style briefs

¢ Hair emergencies ¢ BCBG Max Azria's new signature ¢ Whose nose knows?

At play in the fields of the loud

Lawrence's MartinLogan crafts speakers for the world's most selective ears

Fabio owns a pair. Chandler and Joey had a pair in their apartment during the first few seasons of "Friends." And according to various employees of Lawrence-based MartinLogan speakers, Garth Brooks, Ice-T, Jason Biggs, Madonna and Mariah Carey also own a pair. With speaker systems that range in price from $1,500 to $80,000, MartinLogan caters not just to celebrities, but audio enthusiasts across the world.

Concert mingles light, dark sides of dance

The light and dark sides of dance will mingle next weekend at the Lawrence Arts Center when the Prairie Wind Dancers present an Evening of New Works.

Exhibit displays never-before-seen prints

Student mined Spencer Museum for rare morsels from etching revival

When Reed Anderson started rummaging through the print room at the Spencer Museum of Art in the fall of 2002, he didn't think he would find a new life passion. But he did.

Poet's showcase

Book briefs

¢ Author's club launches 2004 literary contest ¢ Baldwin poet to sign books, discuss hospice and dying

Lawrence author masters myth

The idea of a protagonist going through a rite of passage is probably the oldest story line in human history. Whether it is an African boy losing his virginity, or an American girl moving out of her parents' house, a major change in one person's life has always been a ubiquitous theme in literature.

A tale of two heroes

Darwin's captain overshadowed by naturalist's fame

"Evolution's Captain" (HarperCollins, $24.95) is Peter Nichols' fourth book with a maritime theme and is further evidence of his skill as a historian, researcher and elegant writer.


¢ Siegfried, Roy plan comeback ¢ Nelson seeks presidential farm aid ¢ 007 is just a click away ¢ Taking grunge to New York

Reality king expanding his empire

'Survivor' creator now cashing in on 'Apprentice'

Every Friday morning when the Nielsen numbers come in for the previous night, Mark Burnett's credentials as one of the most powerful creative forces in television grow stronger.

Folklorist Alan Lomax's trove goes to library

Life's work includes 5,000 hours of sound recordings and 400,000 feet of movie film

The lifework of the late legendary American folklorist Alan Lomax has been acquired by the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress.

Arts notes

¢ Bending the laws of art galleries ¢ Kansas University Organist takes second in national competition ¢ Scottish fiddler brings Highland taste to Lied ¢ Self-reflection turns into art for Tara Tonsor ¢ KU organist places second in national competition ¢ Objects in view may be different than they appear ¢ Exhibit offers rare glimpse at Kansas-Nebraska Act ¢ Eclectic singer-songwriter brings show to Lawrence ¢ Celebrated poet to visit Rockhurst University ¢ Open Call Dance Company offers class in Eudora ¢ Follow the yellow brick road

Ceramics show proves good things fit in small packages

To ceramic artists the world over, the term "cone box" means something. So when you mention the "Orton International Cone Box Show," they're either familiar with the well-known biennial exhibition at Baker University or they understand it probably has something to do with size.

Poetry series sings same song, new verses

Kansas City Star books editor John Mark Eberhart observed last January that poetry -- that oft-misunderstood, oft-avoided genre of bards, madmen and word nerds -- was in the midst of a renaissance.

Rhythms of change

African dance troupe sees itself as model for peace

In the year since Kansas University's inaugural World Music and Cultural Diversity Concert, more than 580 U.S. service members and untold numbers of Iraqi civilians have died in the war with Iraq. Palestinians and Israelis continue to aim rockets at one another. And just weeks ago, 192 people perished when bombs ripped through a commuter train in Madrid, Spain. To put it mildly, peace is not at work in the world.

Saturday, March 27

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Movies opening this weekend include the "The Ladykillers," "Jersey Girl," "Never Die Alone," "Scooby Doo 2," and "Girl With a Pearl Earring."


¢ Cruz, Cruise drift apart ¢ Simon Cowell gets flippant ¢ 'CSI' heads for New York ¢ Attention all wiseguys

Weekend TV fare hits the mother lode

Looks like the Stork Club has become the movie kingdom's hottest invite. "Hollywood Baby Boom" (6 p.m. today, E!) explores Tinsel Town's latest trend: motherhood. Actresses such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Debra Messing, Courteney Cox, Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon, Kelly Ripa, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Denise Richards have made wearing maternity clothes fashionable again.

Falsetto hitmaker joins 'Sopranos' hit men

Frankie Valli to appear in at least four episodes of HBO mob drama

For the better part of two decades, Frankie Valli rode the pop charts as a hitmaker with such songs as "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man," "Rag Doll" and the theme song from "Grease."

Friday, March 26

'Earring' paints stunning portrait

Every year or so a movie gets released that is cherished more for its look than its actual content. "Girl With a Pearl Earring" falls into this category, joining such films as "Days of Heaven," "Barry Lyndon" or "Blade Runner" as a lofty achievement in visual mastery. (It earned Oscar nominations in cinematography, art direction and costume design at this year's awards but got shut out by the "Return of the King" steamroller.)

The Capsules, "Someone for Everyone"

Husband and wife duo Julie and Jason Shields have been crafting atmospheric shoegazer rock for nearly a decade since their inception as Shallow, a thickly layered alternative quartet that shared the second stage on Lollapalooza and made an appearance on MTV's "120 Minutes."

Best bets

Hanks proves comedic ringleader of 'Ladykillers'

It's refreshing to see Tom Hanks return to comedy.


¢ Aguilera wedding rumor slips ¢ Simmons slapped with charge ¢ Under the sea ¢ Solidarity in pink

Fox programmers could use a reality check

Only you can save "Wonderfalls" (8 p.m., Fox). This quirky, talky series about a 20-something beset by spiritual advice from knick-knacks and other inanimate objects may not be perfect, but it's still a smart and ambitious series. And it's getting killed in the ratings. And that's sad, because it's worlds better than the horrible "reality" programming on Fox.

Flameworthy nominations announced

Toby Keith received a leading four nominations for Country Music Television's Flameworthy Video Music Awards, while Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Alan Jackson picked up three each.

Library catalogs folk music as part of national record

The Library of Congress has assembled the world's greatest array of American folk music, dance and stories by acquiring the collection of Alan Lomax, adding it to recordings made by his father, John Lomax, beginning more than 70 years ago.

Thursday, March 25

PBS' 'Frontline' looks into its crystal ball

There's a great old episode of "The Twilight Zone" about a newspaper that scoops the competition only because it hires a Mephistophelean typesetter (Burgess Meredith, smoking a bent cigar) who "prints" the tragic news before it happens.


¢ 'Frasier' says goodnight ¢ Queen of Soul recovering ¢ Diana's duds on display ¢ 'Jeopardy!' makes power play

Jackson foundation virtually defunct

Heal the World, other charities all in decline

Michael Jackson's Heal the World Foundation once spread millions of dollars around the globe to help children threatened by war and disease.

Review: MVP Baseball 2004 - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

Does MVP Baseball take the pennant this year over Sega's offering?

Does MVP Baseball take the pennant this year over Sega's offering?

Wednesday, March 24

Jackpot Saloon opens after delays

Lawrence's newest music venue is up-and-running after a longer-than-expected wait. The Jackpot Saloon opened Tuesday with Pittsburg garage rockers The Modey Lemon breaking in the stage.

Country star comfortable in alter-ego role 'Reba'

"Reba Hart is a lot like Reba McEntire," says the country music star about the sitcom character she plays on the WB's "Reba."


¢ Wedded bliss ¢ Ventura weighs in on gay marriage ban ¢ More Nick and Jessica for your viewing pleasure ¢ More Mo'Nique on BET Awards

Review: The Suffering - PS2, Xbox

It's an atmospheric action game that provides genuine scares and a solid, branching storyline.

It's an atmospheric action game that provides genuine scares and a solid, branching storyline.

Comedian knows the 'D-List'

It's a long way from "Suddenly Susan" to "Celebrity Mole." Or maybe not. Comedian Kathy Griffin has no qualms about her place in the celebrity pecking order. And she tells us all about it in her very funny stand-up special "Kathy Griffin: The D-List" (8 p.m., Bravo).

NPR replaces host of 'Morning Edition'

National Public Radio has bounced Bob Edwards, host of "Morning Edition" since its inception in 1979, out of his job.

Tuesday, March 23

Q+A with Low Flying Owls

Let's get one thing straight: There's nothing dark about The Darkness. To digress momentarily, that fey singer doesn't come remotely close to being the heir to Freddie Mercury either. Freddie's falsetto was purposeful, not used because he couldn't hit high notes. Anyway, they're not dark. The first Batman movie wasn't dark. It was supposedly based on Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns (DARK!), but thanks to the damp, pasty hand of Tim Burton, all darkness was exorcised before its release. The point, if you can really call it that, is that it's high time that people were reminded what darkness is.

'Model' conclusion skimpy by reality standards

Unlike every "reality" show in the history of the genre, "America's Next Top Model" (8 p.m., UPN) actually wraps up sooner than it should. Tonight's season finale will see the list go from three to one in the space of an hour. If this were "American Idol" or "The Bachelor," the process would be milked for at least another two weeks. And the finale would be padded out to a two-hour show, with plenty of flashbacks and interviews with rejected wannabes.


¢ Opening night feature ¢ Studio cashes in ¢ Out-of-state trip ¢ Rethinking his position

Leno courts new nighttime crowd

Late-night host aims bedtime book at younger audience

Long before Jay Leno entertains the adults on "The Tonight Show," the comedian can put the kids to bed with his new storybook.

On record :: KJHK new music reviews

Kij Johnson masters the myth in latest novel

The idea of a protagonist going through a rite of passage is probably the oldest story line in human history. Whether it is an African boy losing his virginity, or an American girl moving out of her parents' house, a major change in one person's life has always been a ubiquitous theme in literature. Often, the forces that drive these changes are as important as the changes themselves.

Game Boy Advance SP turns one

The uber-popular handheld celebrates its first year as the fastest selling console ever

The uber-popular handheld celebrates its first year as the fastest selling console ever

Review: Battlefield Vietnam - PC

A mixed bag of fresh new ideas and locales with marred balancing.

A mixed bag of fresh new ideas and locales with marred balancing.

Monday, March 22

'Bernie Mac' worth following to new night

One of the highlights of Fox's spotty schedule, "The Bernie Mac Show" (7 p.m., Fox), moves to a new night and time. Too bad. I thought the network's Sunday-night comedy lineup was their strongest asset. After all, you can't run "American Idol" every night of the week. On tonight's "Mac," Bernie begins to question Bryanna's school's touchy-feely approach to education. This show is always funniest when Bernie's "old school" values collide with reality. It's a winner whenever it airs.


¢ 'Dawn of the Dead' dethrones 'Passion' ¢ Pitching in for dad ¢ Royalty watch, part I ¢ Royalty watch, part II

Topeka students record albums

Grant money funds music project

When two albums featuring student hip-hop and R&B performers hit the halls of Highland Park High School in late spring, E.J. Drake wants the artists to be proud of their art.

VH1 overhaul works, ratings show

Nostalgia programs lure viewers

The renewed VH1 has imagined itself as the antidote for the itchy remote control finger. If you've seen VH1 in the past year, chances are it happened something like this: While mindlessly channel surfing, you stop on a picture of a forgotten 1980s band. Does that singer from A Flock of Seagulls still have a haircut that looks like a science experiment gone wrong?

Author Nathan Heard dies

Writer tackled themes about prison, street life

Author Nathan Heard, whose five novels drew from his experiences in prison and on the tough streets of Newark, has died at the age of 67.

Sunday, March 21

Colors communicate without saying a word

Whether you're planning your social calendar, looking for a new job or planning to drape your living room in a fresh tint, colors can help you communicate.

Poet's showcase


'Girls in Trouble' has some trouble spots

Open adoption, where birth mothers and adoptive parents try to keep the mystery out of the giving-up-baby process, is the focus of Caroline Leavitt's latest novel, "Girls in Trouble" (St. Martin's Press, $24.95).

A dangerous, easy target

Book says island may be vulnerable to terrorists, disease

The Plum Island Animal Disease Center off eastern Long Island may have been responsible for outbreaks of Lyme disease and West Nile Virus and could be vulnerable to terrorist attacks, a new book claims.

Arts notes

¢ Lawrence artists draw national attention ¢ Scanographer to show work in downtown space ¢ Time for a 'yart' sale ¢ Portrait show issues call for entries ¢ Local metal artist wins Niche Award ¢ Lawrence students perform solo at festival concert ¢ New York string ensemble to perform in Baldwin ¢ Casting call set for Baldwin theater show ¢ National music conference comes to Kansas City, Mo. ¢ Coterie Theatre announces youth auditions

Veteran sculptor headlines art auction

Jim Brothers takes a rare moment to be still, smiling as he surveys the creative chaos around him. Shelves filled with colorful projects form a ring high above the airy room. Some works have lived a long life; others are new. An occasional cobweb stretches from one or two. Below, clay figures in progress stand ready, willing themselves next in line.

Spring spectrum: This season it's all about color for fashion & home

It's spring again, and Lawrence is literally changing colors. Lawns are greening, tree buds are popping and April showers promise rainbows just around the corner. But the window shoppers, people watchers and fashionistas among you may have already noticed that nature isn't the only dame showing off her color spectrum as the days get longer and warmer.

Report: Jackson's first accuser may testify

The prosecutor in Michael Jackson's child molestation case is considering asking a boy who reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with the entertainer to testify before a grand jury, according to a published report.

Anything goes in 'Deadwood's' gritty, lawless Western world

Deadwood is a realm of furious desires and a notable lack of restraint.

Pabst making comeback

Lawrence beer drinkers among those opting for nostalgic brew

When the Replay Lounge is jamming to the tunes of a local rock band, the cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer start piling up on tables and chairs.


¢ Push-ups still on tap for Palance ¢ Flowers to appeal dismissal ¢ Anchor seeks to help minorities ¢ Former Dutch queen dies at 94

Other people's stare :: Exhibits bound by obsession and the body

Obsession and the human body tie together the artwork of Lynn Tatum and Greg Ornay. Tatum, a metalsmither, spends hundreds of hours weaving wire into exaggerated jewelry forms that ultimately restrict and burden the arms, legs and necks of those who wear them.

Saturday, March 20


¢ Actor pleads guilty to obscenity ¢ Tammy Faye has lung cancer ¢ Former president plans leap ¢ More 'divas' added to show

6News video: Art a la Carte

Welcome to Art a la Carte. I'm Journal-World arts editor Mindie Paget.

TV psychology worries patients, doctors

When Neal David Sutz walked through the Paramount studio gate, he was looking forward to seeing a psychologist he respected, talk show host Phil McGraw.

HBO series shows Wild West at its most grim

Are you ready for the grimmest Western ever? The 12-episode series "Deadwood" (9 p.m. Sunday, HBO) brings a touch of "Oz" and "The Sopranos" to the fabled land where the buffalo roamed. For starters, it's the most energetically profane horse opera ever filmed. I tried to count the number of times the "F" word was used, but I couldn't keep up. Besides, I was distracted by even more powerful and ugly language, and that was only in the first 10 minutes.

Friday, March 19

Review: Mega Man: Battle Chip Challenge - Game Boy Advance

I love watching my about you?

I love watching my about you?


¢ Fired 'Apprentice' claims racism ¢ Stewart to stay on 'Daily Show' ¢ Affleck joining forces with Regis

Singer arrested in assault after taunting FCC

Courtney Love was arrested Thursday on misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment and third-degree assault for allegedly throwing a microphone stand and striking a man in the head at a New York City nightclub.

Network scheduling gimmicks irk viewers

Will the new series "The D.A." (9 p.m., ABC) be remembered as a network drama that took on the gritty cable competition, or as this season's fourth crime series set in L.A. (after "Boomtown," "Dragnet" and "10-8") that failed to find a serious audience?

Stern, Bono cited for indecency

Federal regulators opened a new front in their crackdown on offensive broadcasts Thursday, saying that almost any use of the F-word on over-the-air radio and television would be considered indecent.

Zombies have had their share of classic movies

Typically presented as walking half-rotted corpses, mindless slaves or both, zombies rank rather low in the pantheon of horror movie boogiemen, more disgusting than terrifying. Yet, while they may not be as sexy as vampires or as fearsome as werewolves, zombies have had their share of classic movies.

Best bets

Jewish Film Fest screens 'Nintendo to Nazis'

The sixth annual Kansas City Jewish Film Festival -- dubbed "From Nintendo to Nazis" -- will run Saturday through March 27 and feature a diverse lineup of first-run features, foreign films and documentaries with a Jewish theme.

Shutter bugged

Actor Ethan Hawke defends himself against serial killers, the media and Hollywood expectations

The Regency Hotel is besieged by a phalanx of paparazzi. Two dozen or so of these mercenaries are perched at the building's entrance, most clad in uniforms of T-shirts and pocketed vests with SLR cameras dangling around their necks.

'Taking Lives' copies formula

"Pulp Fiction" is widely hailed as the most influential film of the 1990s. Yet there's an argument to be made that honor should go to "Seven."

Action-horror genre resurrected by 'Dawn of the Dead'

I first saw George Romero's apocalyptic zombie effort "Dawn of the Dead" at a midnight movie screening in Kansas City when I was 15. Needless to say it made an impression.

Thursday, March 18

The fast and the curious

Car cultures collide in Lawrence

Famous wills available online

Read Shakespeare's final wishes

When William Shakespeare bequeathed his "second-best bed" to his wife almost 400 years ago, a scribe scratched out his last wishes on parchment with a quill pen dipped in ink.

'Apprentice' losers fired all over again

Folks who haven't seen the first 10 weeks of "The Apprentice" (8 p.m., NBC) have a chance to catch up on the drama, the boardroom trauma and the eliminations with tonight's recap show. Fans who have been following the show should enjoy the chance to hear The Donald utter "you're fired" over and over again. Some firings (Sam, Ereka and Omarosa come to mind) are well worth savoring for the second time.

Review: Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2 - PS2, Xbox

Hack, slash, upgrade, forge and play with a friend...repeat.

It proves to be a ton of fun, no matter how tired you made your old Baldur's disc. And make sure to play with a friend to get the most out of it.

Review: Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel - PS2, Xbox

More hack and slash for the non-thinker

More hack and slash for the non-thinker

'Grease' could use more polish

"Grease" was definitely the word Tuesday night at the Lied Center, though parts of the Phoenix Productions touring show could have used a little more oil.


¢ Florida child porn charges dropped against R. Kelly ¢ Presley clarifies comments about marriage with Jackson ¢ 'Will & Grace': The soundtrack ¢ Oscar winner dies at 85

Wednesday, March 17

Haskell to loan statue for Smithsonian exhibit

A sculpture from Haskell Indian Nations University is being sent to Washington, D.C., as part of opening events for the Smithsonian Institution's new National Museum of the American Indian.

'Indie queens' discuss women in film

Nancy Savoca's movies pick up where Martin Scorsese's and Francis Ford Coppola's films leave off, according to film historian Emanuel Levy.

These 'Stones' offer no satisfaction

What's the best way to sum up the new sitcom "The Stones" (8:30 p.m., CBS)? It's a show from the creators of "Will & Grace," who try to duplicate the humor of "Will & Grace" without the cast of "Will & Grace." But that doesn't stop at least one member of the cast from doing a pretty good Debra Messing imitation. I challenge you to close your eyes while Lindsay Sloane delivers her lines. You can almost hear Grace Adler.


¢ Pope visits with 'Passion' star ¢ Prince, Seger, Harrison lead inductees into rock hall ¢ Whitney Houston in rehab ¢ It's a girl

Tuesday, March 16

Review: Ninja Gaiden - Xbox

Yes it's amazing. Yes it's hard, but not for all the right reasons.

Yes, our review is finally here. Is it as masterful as everyone says it is? Actually, it's a good camera system away from being a modern action masterpiece.

Review :: The Fog of War

Former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara has long been thought of as an efficient and cocky architect of war. History has painted him in black and white. In his newest movie "The Fog of War," accomplished documentarian Errol Morris shows us a lot of gray area. His portrait is of a conflicted man, one still coming to terms with his involvement in World War II and the Vietnam conflict. But what it does even more effectively, is raise complex questions about man's role in that most awful and inherent of human characteristics: our penchant for war.

Betting on a full house

Texas Hold'em poker games draw a crowd

Stacking his mountain of green chips, Aaron Salter forced his opponent to utter the magic words of poker. "All-in," Blake Shuert begrudgingly proclaimed from behind his own short stack of chips. Shuert flipped over a six and a two; his fate at the table was quickly decided.


¢ Cleaning house ¢ A hands-on top model ¢ Impromptu show

'American Idol' down to big 12

So far, breathtakingly untalented William Hung is the big hit of this season's "American Idol."

'Century City' looks ahead to brave new world

Combine the slick future of "Minority Report" with the legal soap opera of "L.A. Law," and you've got something vaguely resembling the new drama "Century City" (8 p.m., CBS). Set in the year 2030, the lawyers of "City" wrestle with the legal, moral and ethical implications of a brave new world wrought by technology. Developments in cloning and genetic engineering that we only dream of today become the stuff of complicated lawsuits for the firm of Crane, Constable, McNeil and Montero in a slick, high-tech, multicultural future.

On record :: KJHK new music reviews

Product review :: Apple's "GarageBand"

Apple Computer's GarageBand may be the best software release of 2004. The new music recording and composition application gives people the power to create music simply, even when the user lacks knowledge of music theory or musical ability. The software is perfect for anyone interested in recording or playing music -- from the novice to the professional it's a great tool and a great toy.

Monday, March 15


¢ Audiences still flocking to Gibson's 'Passion' ¢ Lisa Marie Presley discusses marriage with King of Pop ¢ New 'Apprentice' applicants eager for shot with the Donald ¢ Anti-apartheid advocate to speak in Oklahoma

Game Show Network revamping image

New lineup meant to snare broader audience

If the older women who make up the bulk of the Game Show Network's audience don't have an early bedtime, they may be in for a shock.

Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow goes gold

Greatly anticipated sequel ready for March 27 ship date

Greatly anticipated sequel ready for March 27 ship date

Top illustrators join forces to showcase their sea art

Their art is often seen but rarely recognized. It adorns the covers of countless books and the pages of newspapers and magazines throughout the world. It stars in today's most popular animated films.

Marie Osmond promises 'safe' content on show

Marie Osmond is taking the shock out of jock.

Fit, fashion figure in 'new' five-pocket jean

The five-pocket jean is a classic -- no doubt about it -- but that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement.

Jack Black aboard for 'Cracking Up'

I've had a recent hankering to use the words "blackjack" and "Jack Black" in the same sentence. Thanks to the serendipity of tonight's TV schedule, I just did.

Sacred Blues' style is all rock 'n' roll

No rock 'n' roller would be complete without jeans, and the creators of the Sacred Blue brand say jeans aren't complete without a little rock 'n' roll.

Sunday, March 14

Autistic boy is unlikely hero of British murder mystery

It started with a darkly comic image in novelist Mark Haddon's mind: a dead dog pinned to the ground by a gardening fork.

And the Recovering Musician Wanted to Write a Sonnet

Arts notes

¢ Acclaimed chamber group to play at Lied Center ¢ Free State Orchestra tapped for D.C. trip ¢ Kaw Valley Quilters welcome quilt designer ¢ 'Grease' is still the word ¢ Honors recital features outstanding students ¢ Doctoral student to conduct singers ¢ 'Eieio' creator to detail career in design ¢ 'PANOPLY' looking for splendid talent ¢ Female choir celebrates Women's History Month ¢ Trombonist to take Swarthout stage ¢ Technology, textiles meet in KU exhibition ¢ Lawrence choreographer part of K.C. concert

Artist adds flair to library walls

Lawrence artist Cathy Ledeker is in constant motion, circling the teenagers who are surrounding a brightly painted van. She pauses every few seconds to offer advice, check on their progress or just chat.

Exhibit punctuates life as a series of revisions

An 18th century Englishman, Samuel Johnson, found fault in his day with a school of poetic contemporaries. In their poems, Johnson wrote, "the most heterogeneous ideas are yoked by violence together."

The quilt that time built

Sesquicentennial Sampler pays homage to women

Behind-the-scenes work often goes unrecognized. So it's little wonder that the fiery tactics of abolitionist John Brown, the military recruiting efforts of James Lane and the freedom cries of newspaperman John Speer surface first in discussions of 1850s Lawrence.


¢ Kid Rock to present Seger at hall ¢ Snoop seeks respect as actor ¢ Opry taking show on road ¢ Cobain had hoped to join Hole


Debut novel skewers highfalutin Hollywood

"So 5 Minutes Ago" is the debut novel of journalist Hilary de Vries, who has covered Hollywood for more than a decade.

Saturday, March 13


¢ Clapton shares 'deep' art ¢ Fox respects Rodney's book ¢ 'Wardrobe malfunction' in lexicon ¢ Prince CD a concert souvenir

'Confidential' digs into small-town death

The late actor Paul Winfield, who died just last week, narrates a "City Confidential" episode (9 p.m. today, A&E) that looks at a murder in the bucolic city of Honesdale, Pa. Honesdale is so quaint it barely qualifies as a city. It's the world headquarters of Highlights for Children magazine and a pretty little town with a Civil War memorial on the picture-postcard town square. It's also about 15 miles from my house, so I take a personal interest in this particular show.

Movie takes snakehead tale to extremes

Two summers ago, a voracious predator fish native to China with the ability to scoot across dry land was found thriving in a Maryland pond.

Comedy hardly plays it 'straight'

The program cover for "The Straight Man," a new play by Lawrence writer Danny Schluck, is ambiguously sly in its printed convictions.

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I'm Jon Niccum, entertainment editor and style maven of the Journal-World.

Friday, March 12


¢ Theron, Mandela trade praise ¢ General Lee No. 1 with fans ¢ Judge: R. Kelly pics illegally seized

Q+A with Phantom Planet

The Jason Schwartzman regime has ended. No longer can the iron fist of the Son of Talia be felt about the throats of the remaining young innocents of Phantom Planet. Although his presence is still felt by those who were unfortunate enough to incur his wrath, his name is now only spoken in whispers, and only by the very brave. spoke to a jet-lagged Jacques Brautbar, guitarist for Phantom Planet, about the press, the Amish, and life after Rushmore.

Friday nights transcends the norm

Three shows premiere tonight, each based on ideas we've seen before. But they're not all dismal. In fact, to quote the poet Meatloaf, "two out of three ain't bad."

'Queer Eye' designer new Pier 1 celeb face

Kirstie Alley is out as spokeswoman for Pier 1 Imports. A queer eye is in.

Everyday prison life a world away from Stewart's norm

The Danbury Federal Correctional Institution has next to nothing in common with Martha Stewart's world of porcelain pudding bowls and Egyptian cotton bedding.

Best bets

Sunflower Broadband extends weather coverage

A change in the weather -- Channel 6 weather -- is precipitating a commensurate change in the morning program schedule on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6.

Bluegrass duo connects with audience

In true bluegrass fashion, Jeff Austin and Chris Castino didn't need percussion to shake up their audience Wednesday night at The Bottleneck.

Depp keeps 'Secret Window' from slamming on viewers

It's hard to name an actor more versed at elevating pulp material to a stylish level than Johnny Depp. The Oscar-nominated actor was the best thing about "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" and "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," and he's certainly what keeps the horror-thriller "Secret Window" engaging.

Expert dispels Alamo myths

Event's fabled history often given short shrift by Hollywood

Frank Thompson is pretty modest for someone who mingles with movie stars and counsels Hollywood directors. "I'm just a guy sitting over there," Thompson says, describing his role in Disney's upcoming film, "The Alamo."

Struggle for hearts and minds

Madison Davis Lacy gives KU lesson in social storytelling

The most recent person to present Madison Davis Lacy with an Emmy Award is probably going to prison. "The last one I got was handed to me by Martha Stewart," Lacy says, laughing.

Thursday, March 11

Reality shows' resemblance is intentional

Producer Rob Burnett continues to dominate Thursdays with his twin creations "Survivor: All-Stars" (7 p.m., CBS) and "The Apprentice" (8 p.m., NBC). In addition to their shared paternity, these reality shows have been following similar story lines. Did you notice that the same week Nick and Amy teamed up on "The Apprentice," Amber and Boston Rob were seen canoodling under the palm fronds on "Survivor"? And last week, both shows lost strong-willed (and unpopular) female contestants. Sue's emotional exit inspired Tom to do a little jig. And if the coming attractions are to be believed, Omarosa's demise will be an occasion for some of The Donald's hopefuls to break out the bubbly. Coincidence? I think not.

Report: Grand jury convened in Jackson case

The district attorney who charged Michael Jackson with child molestation is convening a grand jury to hear evidence in the case, a move apparently designed to sidestep a public preliminary hearing, a newspaper reported Wednesday.


¢ Sorvino starts anti-violence drive ¢ Filmmakers seek dog thespians ¢ Couple hope to limit separations ¢ Ross ordered back to jail

Review: Winning Eleven 7 International - PS2

FIFA sells more, but is this the better game?

FIFA sells more, but is this the better game?

Jackson leads CMA nominees

Alan Jackson, who received a leading eight Academy of Country Music nominations Wednesday, can justify celebrating as early as he wants because -- as the title of his hit song suggests -- "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere."

Wednesday, March 10

Full House :: Lawrence's 'Poker Pub' deals a winning hand with no-stakes poker

On this chilly Tuesday night, nearly a hundred people have packed into The Meat Market in downtown Lawrence to play No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em, but only 88 made the seating for the first round. The entire lower deck of the bar in engulfed in a sea of green tables and Patriotic-colored poker chips. A cloud of smoke slowly consumes the chattering crowd, which boats equal numbers of college students, twentysomethings and parents. By the end of the night, dozens of people will gather around the final table, cheering on their friends as they race for the prize (which tonight is a DVD player and a copy of the poker movie "Rounders").

'Murphy Brown' sidekick dies

Robert Pastorelli, who played the screwball housepainter Eldin on "Murphy Brown," was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home in what the coroner's office said may have been a drug overdose. He was 49.


¢ Singer pleads guilty in fight ¢ Oprah adds Vanity title ¢ The pride of South Africa ¢ Sailing on the airwaves

Ready for prime time

TV show, residents rave about Wheatfields

Carol Pilant loves Wheatfields Bakery & Cafe. "I come here probably once a week," said Pilant during breakfast on a recent morning at the 904 Vt. establishment. "One time I spent most of the day here with a friend and moved through breakfast and lunch. It's a comfortable place to be. I sometimes come and read and write. I also just like to visit with friends."

Oscar-nominated actor Paul Winfield dies at 62

Emmy winner was TV pioneer

Paul Winfield, an Academy Award-nominated actor who was known for his versatility in stage, film and television roles, including a highly praised 1978 depiction of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has died. He was 62.

UPN gets its game on

History teaches us that people who work in a mature broadcast medium often treat their upstart competition with derision and contempt. The urbane radio personality Fred Allen became a walking compendium of wisecracks and put-downs about the banality of television, until the explosive popularity of the "boob tube" put him out of work.

Tuesday, March 9

On record :: KJHK new music reviews

Far Cry is golden

Highly-touted game is finished and Ubisoft will release two more demos in anticipation of launch

Highly-touted game is finished and Ubisoft will release two more demos in anticipation of launch

Review: R-Type Final - PS2

Is Space Invaders your only idea of video game fun? Well, your replacement has arrived.

Is Space Invaders your only idea of video game fun? Well, your replacement has arrived.


¢ No 'Sex' and the big screen ¢ Image makeover, part I ¢ Image makeover, part II ¢ Travis uninjured in bus crash

Sitcoms hop aboard crazy train

Two new sitcoms debut tonight, and both share the same theme. Let's call it neurotics without borders.

Missing actor's death confirmed

A body found in the East River was identified Monday as that of Spalding Gray, the actor-writer who disappeared two months ago and is believed to have committed suicide.

Miracle Maker: Local Billion-aire releases heavenly solo album

Being that he's a Christian, Sam Billen lets God handle most of his band's decisions. "On a pancake that I had the other day Jesus drew a picture of a one-way sign to a Grammy award," he said. "And then Jesus' face was up in the top of it in syrup. It was amazing."

Q+A with Ziggy Marley

In a short but frustrating interview, spoke with Ziggy Marley, son of Bob Marley, who, among other contributions, has ensured that college students will always have a soundtrack to their freshman year. But this isn't about Bob. To our knowledge, it isn't about anything else, either. Huge, unintelligible segments have been omitted. Oblique references to unknown topics are retained where possible. apologizes for failing to better engage the groovy Mr. Marley.

Monday, March 8

New music festival to invade Lawrence

Organizers hope to attract 30,000 at three-day event

It starts with a "W" and is expected to draw thousands of music fans. No, Woodstock is not being resurrected this year. Instead it is the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival that promises to be the area's most large-scale concert gathering of the summer.

Review :: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 3.6.04 @ The Granada

The Grenada can hardly be mistaken for a classroom, but that's what The Yeah Yeah Yeah's turned it into Saturday night.


¢ Tribeca film fest growing ¢ 'The Passion' soars beyond $200 million ¢ Bush's brother remarries

Networks test passions with 'Angels,' 'Judas'

As network television continues to lose audience share to cable, the Internet, video games and reading (OK, I made that last one up), TV honchos have become increasingly timid and their scheduling choices ever more curious. In a programming walk through the looking glass, they now wait until the end of sweeps to show the kind of spectacles that used to dominate the ratings-sensitive month. Stephen King's "Kingdom Hospital" on ABC is a perfect example, and so is the biblical epic "Judas" (8 p.m., ABC). And let's not forget the campy, now-it-can-be-told (because it's all been told a thousand times) expose "Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Charlie's Angels"' (8 p.m., NBC).

Icons, newcomers win Image Awards

NAACP honors Ray Charles, Luther Vandross

Soul crooner Luther Vandross won four NAACP Image Awards in a ceremony Saturday that blended politics with a wide range of honors for works by and about people of color.

Sunday, March 7

'Queer Eye' crew says style before fashion

Not every man can pull off the bright colors and vintage-inspired fashions that have made "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" host Carson Kressley one of the most recognizable members of the TV cast, and he's not out to inspire a bunch of look-alikes in the "fab five's" new book.

Verdi hip to pop culture

Scandal. Gossip. Intervention. Jealousy. Death. No, it's not Hollywood, Washington, D.C., or an afterschool special. It's 18th-century Paris with a Verdi twist.

Chanel show mixes tomboy chic, elegance

Chanel turned tomboy in Friday's ready-to-wear show for the fall-winter collection.


¢ David Crosby arrested on marijuana, gun charges ¢ Don Johnson told to pay up ¢ General to speak at OSU commencement ¢ From fashion to film

'Our Country's Good' shows rehab power of theater

Human language is a strange beast. Some of the simplest words we know -- love, hate, death, life -- convey our most profound thoughts and emotions.

Poet's showcase

The Hair Farmer By Barbara Seaman


What are you reading?

Book briefs

¢ Author to speak on peace at Lawrence Public Library ¢ Kansas Library Card ups research resources

Edward P. Jones wins prestigious National Book Critics Circle award

Edward P. Jones, winner of this year's National Book Critics Circle fiction prize, took 10 years to write his novel and felt so embarrassed about the delay that when he finally finished he couldn't bear to tell his agent, Eric Simonoff, on the phone.

Irish prime minister's daughter strikes it rich with first novel

In Ireland, a first-time author is reaping bucketloads of publicity, six-figure deals and Hollywood interest for her new tear-jerker novel. She's also the prime minister's daughter.

Arts notes

¢ KU exhibition to feature work by art faculty ¢ Haskell to have benefit pow-wow ¢ High school students to exhibit art at museum ¢ Artist pinpoints nature's 'terrible beauty' ¢ KU professor sees 71 plays in eight weeks for Kennedy Center ¢ Symposium to focus on jazz, rap, literature ¢ Educators recognized for work in arts and disabilities ¢ Husband-wife duo to show photographs ¢ Kansas writers invited to enter contest

K.C. Ballet director reflects on life in dance

KU company picks up pointers, new work from choreographer

What began as childhood imitation has blossomed into three decades of creation for dancer and choreographer William Whitener. The eight-year director of the Kansas City Ballet learned to love dance by watching television programs featuring Cyd Charisse, Fred Astaire and even the Mickey Mouse Club.

Community theater offers concrete 'Proof'

Do you think math is boring? If so, you're not alone. But the Lawrence Community Theatre has "Proof" that although math may not be simple, it's anything but boring.

Return of the V

Local 'Vagina Monologues' production celebrates women, supports charities

The vagina is returning to Lawrence, and it's hoping for its biggest audience yet. A cast of community performers will bring "The Vagina Monologues" to Liberty Hall Monday for a one-night performance of the popular play, which candidly addresses issues of sexuality, self-image and abuse in the lives of women.

Style briefs

¢ 'Sex and the City' auction lucrative ¢ Global style

Choreographer gleans wisdom from modern masters of his craft

William Whitener has been artistic director of the Kansas City Ballet since 1996. Before that, he directed the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal.

Saturday, March 6

At long last, 'Sopranos' pleads the fifth

"The Sopranos" (8 p.m. Sunday, HBO) returns for its fifth season with several new characters and a boatload of unresolved issues. Tony and Carmela's bitter separation gets decidedly weirder when Anthony Jr. discovers a bear sniffing around the backyard pool (and Tony's bin of rotting duck food). Like most of the action in this season-opener, the bear scenario is played for both laughs and pathos, and teeters on the brink of the ridiculous without ever descending into pure farce.

Kansas City brewery taps Lawrence market

Restaurant to move into Emerson Biggins building

Freshly brewed beer and Lawrence have been on the mind of Ed Nelson for quite some time. As a graduate student in the late 1980s at Kansas University's School of Business, Nelson was a frequent customer of the then newly opened Free State Brewing Co.


¢ Jackson: Stunt was accident ¢ LeBron may hit big screen ¢ Playwright wins freedom award ¢ 'Super Size' director not laughing

6News video: Screen Scene

Two movies open in Lawrence this week, and only one is based on a 1970s television show.

Nursery rhymes may have steamy side

They seem innocent enough, but Jack and Jill may have become amorous as they climbed that hill for a pail of water.

Friday, March 5

Great buddy-cop pairings dominate movies and TV

Here's a look at some past police partners from movies and television.

Kansas University Jazz Festival tries to modernize tradition

It's Kansas City, not Lawrence, that is known for jazz. However, for the past 27 years, the KU Jazz Festival has brought the best of the style to town. "It's a good chance for people in Lawrence to hear some really good jazz music," said Dan Gailey, director of the festival.

'Starsky & Hutch' cast can't bail out remake

Let's take a semi-revered TV cop series from the 1970s and update it with a modern twist. It worked for "Charlie's Angels" and "S.W.A.T." and "The Mod Squad" and ... hey, those movies weren't very good, were they? Yes, but "Starsky & Hutch" will star Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in the roles that turned David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser into pop culture footnotes.

Nintendo's two-tone GBA SP in limited supply

Get it while you have the chance

Get it while you have the chance


¢ Hawke laments marriage's end ¢ Chrysler cutting back on Dion ¢ Lineup set for Playboy jazz fest ¢ 'Radio' moves into new home

Ellen, 'Young and Restless' get Emmy nods

Ellen DeGeneres' new talk show was nominated for 12 Daytime Emmy Awards on Thursday, and "The Young and the Restless" led the soap opera pack with 16 nods.

Best bets

Thursday, March 4

NBC opens 'Charlie's Angels' glory days

In 1975, uber-producer Aaron Spelling came up with an outrageous idea -- a TV show about three female detectives.

WB network needs help, but not this 'Help'

Not all stupid sitcoms are alike. Some are profoundly stupid. "The Help" (8:30 p.m., WB) is among the latter. You know you're on shaky ground when a network calls its show "An outrageous new comedy about class warfare." What's next, a zany laugh-riot about sweatshops?

Review: Jet Li: Rise to Honor - PS2

With more refined gameplay, this could've been a standout

With more refined gameplay, this could've been a standout


¢ Shriver on jury duty ¢ Neil Young's tour green ¢ Country stars plan Civil War-theme album ¢ Thanks for the promo

Vampires, witches make 'Mad House'

Proof that ordinary people will do just about anything to show up on television can be found on "Mad Mad House" (7 p.m., Sci Fi). This latest variation on "The Real World" is set in a mansion where the five hosts represent five decidedly "alternative" lifestyles.

Real Drums Forever

Ultimate Fakebook to play last show after eight years together

If there was ever a band that exemplified the rock and roll dream, it was Ultimate Fakebook. From the music -- hyper power pop performed with an exuberant, Spinal Tap-worthy stage presence -- to the VH1-ready stories about major label heartbreak and accounting woes, UFB endured the ups and downs of band life with an unflinching dedication to reaching its fans.

Wednesday, March 3

HBO back with 'Sopranos' hit

"The Sopranos" is back, and all is wrong with the world. The TV drama every other drama series is measured against is returning to face the ultimate challenge: getting measured against its own past.

Review: MX Unleashed - PS2, Xbox

The new king of the, uh...MX circuit!

The gameplay elements are tight, intuitive and accurate. The only thing sorely missing is an online element. With that, MX Unleashed would be difficult to top.

Book review :: "Cottonwood," by Scott Phillips

Scott Phillips portrays the seedy side of the Kansas Frontier

If MTV's The Real World ever decided to shoot a show in 1870s Kansas, the result might look something like Scott Phillips' "Cottonwood."

Review :: The Find, "The Find"

Miles Bonny is a sneaky devil. The Lawrence-based beatmaker, who created and maintains, is best-known for his work with local hip-hop duo SoundsGood, but has also released work under the monikers Dino Jack Crispy, Fats Brown and (gasp) Miles Bonny.

Food Network to feature local bakery next week

Wheatfields Bakery, 904 Vt., will appear in a five-minute segment of the Food Network program "The Best Of," which will air March 10 and 11.

Smoking ban opponents organize

Restaurant, bar owners begin plotting strategy

Back in the late 1990s, Shaun Trenholm started a bar, Second Wind, that catered to nonsmokers. It promptly went out of business. "We didn't make jack doo-dah," said Trenholm, who owns the more successful West Coast Saloon at 2222 Iowa, where smoking is allowed.

King miniseries runs short on originality

Stephen King and TV sweeps used to be such a natural combination. This season, even the limp ABC network waited until the end of the sweeps period to premiere King's 14-part series "Kingdom Hospital" (8 p.m., ABC), an adaptation of the Danish miniseries "Riget." Now we know why.


¢ 'Narnia' planned for film ¢ Oscar romance report ¢ Timberlake shadows journalist ¢ Roy Horn walking again

Sweeps sweet to CBS, NBC

The rich got richer during television's February ratings "sweeps," with CBS maintaining its hold as the most popular network and NBC winning among the youthful demographic it targets.

Tuesday, March 2

'American Idol' host Ryan Seacrest needs reality check

I don't watch "reality shows" to catch up on reality, but every once in a while, it rears its ugly head. Who knew that "American Idol" (7 p.m., Fox) could shed light on the feeling of economic insecurity gripping many young viewers? On last Wednesday's show, Ryan Seacrest implied that the six contestants who did not make the finals would go back to a life where the only lines they would audition would be "Will that be paper or plastic"?

Schwarzenegger, Davis visit 'Tonight Show'

Politics made for particularly strange bedfellows Monday night as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the man he helped drive from office turned up on "The Tonight Show" to trade quips and campaign for a $15 billion state budget bailout measure.

On record :: KJHK new music reviews

Lethal doses

Mac Lethal attacks 'emo rap', bad show promoters and the ignorant MCs who threaten an American art form

Forget about his skills on the microphone: Spend five minutes talking with Mac Lethal, and you'll understand why the Kansas City-bred rapper is quickly becoming one of the hottest up-and-coming commodities in underground hip-hop. The feisty rapper converses with the same intensity he brings to the stage: an all-eyes-on-me confidence that's equal parts angel and imp. When he's not verbally castrating George W. Bush, he's waxing eloquently on lost love or the failures of the nation's school system. In short, Lethal does best what his profession requires most: having something to say.

Country stars go with indie labels

Big-name singers find better deals

Dolly Parton and Dwight Yoakam have sold more than 122 million albums between them. So when they make a new record, top labels line up, right?


¢ No more 'Tears' for Clapton ¢ Bigger things to worry about ¢ Heeere's help from Johnny

Review: Metroid: Zero Mission - Game Boy Advance

Been there? Yep. Done that? Nope.

Been there? Yep. Done that? Nope.

Monday, March 1

Best bets

Natalie Wood tale reflects why celebrity biopics obsolete

Every so often, a television celebrity biography comes along that proves why the made-for-TV dead-celebrity biopic is dead. Add "The Mystery of Natalie Wood" (7 p.m., ABC) to this list of genre-killers.

Grand Theft Auto 5 announced

The fifth installment will hit store shelves in October exclusively on Playstation 2

The fifth installment will hit store shelves in October exclusively on Playstation 2

Fantasy comes true at Oscars

'Lord of the Rings' becomes first of genre to win Best Picture award

The epic journey of a raggedy gang of humans, hobbits, wizards, dwarves and elves hoisted the fantasy genre to Oscar glory Sunday as "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" won a record-tying 11 Oscars, sweeping every category in which it was nominated, including best picture.


Oscar glamour still keeping it simple

The fashion world may be smack in the middle of European collections, but the world's biggest fashion show doesn't take place in Paris or Milan. It happens on a legendary red carpet in Los Angeles each year at the Academy Awards.