POP/ROCKHungary’s Woodstock: Now that Woodstock ’94 has...
Hungary’s Woodstock: Now that Woodstock ’94 has ended in Upstate New York, it’s Hungary’s turn to be host of a mass rock festival for disaffected youth. Organizers expect up to 150,000 people to attend EuroWoodstock, a “counterculture” festival starting Thursday on Obudai Island, an outcrop of land in the Danube north of Budapest. They might have little cash, but the other essential ingredients of a successful festival--big-name bands, good vibrations and bad toilets--are all anticipated. Scheduled performers include Jethro Tull and Jefferson Starship, along with the late Frank Zappa’s band, now known as the Grandmothers of Invention.
Winds of Change: Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” will be blowing through South Korea again. The Korea Broadcasting Commission has lifted a radio and television ban on 64 Korean and 783 foreign songs, most of which were banned in earlier decades, when South Korea was under strict authoritarian rule. The Dylan song and Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” were banned because they were considered subversive. Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” was thought to promote violence, and Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” casual sex. Lifting the censorship is part of President Kim Young Sam’s effort to break from the dictatorships of the past.
Elvis Encyclopedia: Elvis Presley’s stepbrother, David Stanley, and Presley friend Lamar Fike have teamed up to write “The Elvis Encyclopedia: The Complete and Definitive Reference Book on the King of Rock & Roll.” The book, which sets out to “dispel the ‘untruths’ ” about Presley through interviews with 75 family members and friends, will be sold on cable’s QVC shopping channel starting today, the anniversary of Presley’s death.
A Day With Directors: Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Ettore Scola, Arnold Kopelson and Pedro Almodovar are among the top directors who will open up their film sets for “A Day in the Life of Cinema,” a worldwide special celebrating the 100th anniversary of motion pictures. The project, which will involve 100 film crews shooting simultaneously around the globe, will air first on France’s Canal+, then be offered for distribution around the world. Crews will film in the United States, Poland, Russia, Turkey, India, Vietnam, New Zealand, Nigeria, Tunisia, Algeria, Iran, Senegal, Mexico, Argentina and Cuba.
Ratings Battle Continues: Miramax Films has resubmitted Leslie Megahey’s “The Advocate"--a courtroom thriller set in the 15th Century--to the MPAA ratings board after removing a few frames from the movie over the weekend. Miramax had earlier lost an appeal to have the MPAA overturn the NC-17 rating it gave the film because of a scene depicting a sexual encounter between co-stars Colin Firth and Sophie Dix. The Walt Disney Co., which bought Miramax last year, has never released an NC-17 film. The movie is scheduled to open Aug. 24.
KCBS’ Fall Moves: Dan Rather and Geraldo Rivera will find themselves in new time slots on KCBS-TV Channel 2 come Sept. 12. The CBS-owned station said Monday that it will reconfigure its fall schedule, with “Geraldo” moving from 4 p.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, followed by local news from 4 to 6 p.m. The CBS network newscast, with Rather and Connie Chung, will move from 6:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The remaining 90 minutes before prime time will be occupied by “Real Stories of the Highway Patrol” at 6:30, “Hard Copy” at 7 and “Entertainment Tonight” at 7:30.
Celebrating ‘TV Nation’: Michael Moore’s new NBC series “TV Nation” is a hit in New York’s Village of Fishkill, where the historic colonial village on the Hudson River will host a parade and town picnic today in honor of “TV Nation Day.” The celebration is in conjunction with U.S. Rep. Howard Coble’s (R-N.C.) resolution to designate today national TV Nation Day. Tonight’s program airing at 8 will include footage from the Fishkill activities.
Actress/singer Bette Midler will make a rare, live TV appearance to sing a number from her recent TV movie “Gypsy,” on the 46th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, airing Sept. 11 on ABC. Midler’s “Gypsy” performance earned her a nomination for outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or special. . . . Los Angeles prosecutors on Monday said there was insufficient evidence to press charges against actor James Caan, who was arrested March 10 after being accused of pulling a gun during an argument with a rap musician. Caan’s spokesman said Monday that the 53-year-old actor has been in a drug rehabilitation center for more than two weeks and “doctors say he is doing great.” . . . Actress Alison La Placa, last seen as Tom Arnold’s wife on the CBS sitcom “Tom,” will join the cast of NBC’s “The John Larroquette Show” this season, playing a new love interest for series star Larroquette. The series moves to Tuesday nights at 9:30 starting Sept. 20.