THE ARTS’Three Tenors’ Suit: Composer Lalo Schifrin...
‘Three Tenors’ Suit: Composer Lalo Schifrin has sued “Three Tenors” concert promoter Tibor Rudas, alleging Rudas failed to give Schifrin arrangement credit for two medleys performed at the July 16, Dodger Stadium show. According to the Los Angeles suit, Schifrin’s contract stipulated that his name be included in the concert program, as well as in credits for the show’s worldwide TV broadcast, recordings and videotapes. The contract included that stipulation, the suit says, because Schifrin’s name was dropped from a 1990 Rome concert featuring the superstar tenors--Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. Schifrin, a four-time Grammy winner who wrote the music for “Mission: Impossible,” is seeking a temporary restraining order barring distribution of all concert items that do not carry his name, and more than $1 million in compensatory and punitive damages. The video and CD of the concert are due out on Tuesday.
Celebrating Tamara: The works of Tamara De Lempicka, the late artist upon whom the classic stage play “Tamara” is based, will be exhibited at West Hollywood’s St. James Club tonight in a celebration hosted by actresses Anjelica Huston (who portrayed Tamara on stage) and Sharon Stone. The event, which benefits Planet Hope, a homeless charity founded by Stone’s sister, Kelly Stone, will celebrate the first time that Tamara’s daughter, the Baroness De Lempicka, has allowed her mother’s art to be reproduced. It will appear in serigraphs produced by Los Angeles’ DK Art Publishing. The 7-11 p.m. event, which is open to the public with a $125 donation to Planet Hope, includes a mini-presentation of “Tamara,” a live re-enactment of the artist’s signature nude “Adam and Eve” and a sale of the artist’s works.
Dancing Danes: The Royal Danish Ballet has announced that it will dance at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa May 22-28. There will be four performances of Frederick Ashton’s “Romeo and Juliet,” created for the company in 1955 to the familiar Prokofiev score, and three performances of Peter Schaufuss’ controversial reconstruction of “La Sylphide,” created for the English Festival Ballet (now the English National Ballet) in 1979. Schaufuss is the Danish company’s new artistic director.
Hiding Violence Listings?: Even though cable and broadcast networks agreed last year to have parental warnings of violence included in TV listings, the information is often missing, a congressman complained Wednesday. “By omitting the label from weekly TV schedules, the serious business of giving parents information in advance looks more like a game of advisory hide-and-go-seek,” said Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass), who wrote 17 broadcast and cable networks to find out how they plan to ensure that parents have access to violence warnings. Listings companies, however, say it is the publications, not the listing companies, that may omit or shorten the warnings.
New Nighttime Talker: “Late Date With Suzi,” a new late-night talk show hosted by comedian Suzi Landolphi, premieres Saturday at 11 p.m. on KCAL-TV Channel 9. Landolphi, known for her cable comedy-with-a-message concert “Hot, Sexy and Safer,” was previously a regular on ABC’s “Home Show,” and has taken her safer-sex message to many daytime talk shows. Subsequent shows will air Sept. 2, 3, 9, 10, 17 and 24 and Oct. 1.
Brando Remembers Marilyn: Marlon Brando, who met Marilyn Monroe when they were both acting students, says in his forthcoming autobiography, “Brando: Songs My Mother Taught Me,” that the two had an affair and that he spoke with her a couple of days before she died. In an excerpt from the book that will appear Sunday in Parade magazine, Brando says of Monroe, “We had an affair and saw each other intermittently for years. Once she called and invited me to come over for dinner. I already had plans but promised to call the following week. She said fine. Two or three days later, she was dead.” Brando continues: “I’m pretty good with people’s moods, and with Marilyn I didn’t sense any depression or clue of impending self-destruction during her call.”
TV’s “CBS This Morning” will mark the 30th anniversary of the Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” today with interviews with the film’s co-star Dick Van Dyke, costume designer Tony Walton and composers Richard and Robert Sherman. . . . Rock star Bob Dylan has sued Apple Computer Inc. in Los Angeles for trademark infringement, alleging the firm is using his name to promote a CD-ROM computer software program it is developing. . . . Pop star Elton John’s hand-notated score for Disney’s “The Lion King” fetched $9,300 Wednesday at a Boston auction to raise money for his AIDS foundation. . . . Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, the art space whose new home is in the stretch of Hollywood Boulevard damaged by Metro Rail construction, reports no damage and will remain open during regular gallery hours.