MOVIESSome Enchanted Evening: Actress Whoopi Goldberg married...
Some Enchanted Evening: Actress Whoopi Goldberg married film industry union representative Lyle Trachtenberg during a weekend ceremony at her Pacific Palisades home. The couple exchanged vows on Saturday afternoon before 350 guests including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Matthew Modine and Steven Spielberg. Goldberg met Trachtenberg last year on the set of her movie, “Corrina, Corrina.” She broke the news of her engagement on CNN’s “Larry King Live” in April. Videotape shot by news helicopters hovering over Goldberg’s home showed a bride in a white gown and a groom in a tuxedo. Goldberg was previously married to Dutch cinematographer David Claessen.
Wild Ride to No. 1: Universal’s “The River Wild” made a big splash at the box office during the weekend, its first in release, with a gross of $10.5 million for the No. 1 spot. The opening proved Meryl Streep to be a big box-office draw in her first action-adventure role. Another Universal action film, “Timecop,” starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, dropped to second place with $5.5 million. In third was Gramercy Pictures’ “Jason’s Lyric” with $4.8 million. Paramount’s “Forrest Gump” took fourth place with $4.2 million. Rounding out the top five was Hollywood Pictures’ “Quiz Show” with $3.4 million. A box-office note: Columbia’s “The Shawshank Redemption” took in a respectable $600,000 on 37 screens for a per-screen average of $16,227.
Where Gump Sat: The bench that Tom Hanks occupied in the movie “Forrest Gump” is like a box of chocolates: You hate to see it disappear. The bench in Savannah, Ga., was removed when filming was completed and replaced by a large trash bin that residents call “Forrest Dumpster.” But Mayor Susan Weiner said some residents want to get the bench back and make it a tourist attraction--complete with a life-size statue of Gump and a bronze box of chocolates. The city has asked Paramount to donate the bench, but the plan still has to be approved by Savannah’s City Council.
Massacre on Film: The massacre of eight street children in front of a Rio de Janeiro church last year will be the subject of an upcoming movie. Daniel Day-Lewis has agreed to play the part of a priest while Glenn Close and Susan Sarandon have both been approached to portray a sociologist who worked with the victims, Brazil’s Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper reported. Paramount reportedly bought the rights to a book about the massacre written by sociologist Yvonne Bezerra de Mello.
Jazzy Dispute: What’s in a name? About $30 million, figures Jeffrey Miree. The rapper claims his nom-de-tune of Jazzy Jeff was stolen by another performer who has reaped musical and sitcom stardom at his expense. A federal court lawsuit filed by Miree in New York alleges that Jeffrey Townes--better known as the platinum-selling DJ Jazzy Jeff and a regular on NBC’s “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air"--signed a 1987 contract with a record company that already had a deal with Jazzy Jeff Miree. Miree claims that Zomba Recording Corp., aware of Miree’s career and nickname, wrongly allowed the new artist to use the stage name. He wants $30 million for trademark infringement and damages from Townes and the record company.
TV & VIDEO
Focus on Breast Cancer: Cable’s Lifetime Television will observe National Breast Cancer Month this month by devoting much of its programming to providing information about the disease. “Perspectives on Lifetime,” a weekly commentary/feature series, will offer four weeks of breast cancer-related stories including coverage of the New York State Women’s Health Conference. “The Other Epidemic: What Every Woman Needs to Know About Breast Cancer,” a documentary hosted by breast cancer survivor Linda Ellerbee, will air four times--on Oct. 12, 15, 17 and 19. And during the week of Oct. 9, the channel’s shows “Clapprood Live,” “Queens” and “Our Home,” as well as an episode of the sitcom “Designing Women,” will all focus on breast cancer topics. In addition, public service announcements in which model Veronica Webb encourages women to learn more about the disease will air four times daily throughout the month.
Dino-Hype: The car pulling up to the Virgin Mega-Store on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood at 10 p.m. tonight under the spotlights amid an expectant crowd of fans won’t be a stretch limo. It will be an authentic “Jurassic Park” Explorer, the vehicle seen in Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster movie, delivering the first crates of “Jurassic Park” videos. The first “Jurassic Park” video will be sold at one minute after midnight.
Play it Again, NPR: “Weekly Edition: The Best of NPR News,” a new series from National Public Radio that gives listeners a second chance to hear pieces that already aired on the radio network, will air on public radio station KCRW (89.9 FM) Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. starting this week. The program will feature a collection of the best radio moments culled from the NPR programs “Morning Edition,” “Weekend Edition” and “All Things Considered.” NPR correspondent-at-large Neal Conan will host.