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Still Legendary: “Legends of the Fall” held onto the No. 1 spot at the box office for the third straight weekend. The TriStar film took in $6.6 million, according to early industry estimates. Miramax’s futuristic “Highlander: The Final Dimension” was second with $5.7 million its first weekend in release. Placing third was New Line’s “Dumb and Dumber” with $4.6 million. Paramount’s “Nobody’s Fool” brought in $4.3 million for fourth place and Columbia’s “Higher Learning” grossed $3.6 million for No. 5. A box-office note: Buena Vista’s new movie, “Miami Rhapsody,” starring Sarah Jessica Parker, did rhapsodic business on only two screens, one in Los Angeles and one in New York, taking in $75,000. The movie opens on 13 screens Friday before going into wide release.
TV & NEW MEDIA
Will Rogers in Cyberspace: Will Rogers never met a CD-ROM, but he would probably like what it’s going to do for his legacy. The Will Rogers Memorial Commission announced the release of a CD-ROM program that contains 2 million words of the humorist’s writings, four hours of his radio talks, 1,400 photographs and 10 minutes of movie excerpts and newsreels. Users can access scenes from some of his 71 movies, homespun talks on war and politics or a narrative of the life of the entertainer who died in a plane crash in 1935. The CD-ROM is available for $39.95 from the commission, P.O Box 157, Claremore, Okla., 74018-0157.
No Promos: KTTV Channel 11 will be among the stations going live today with the continuation of opening statements in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, but don’t look for any promos about Fox’s Tuesday night movie about the football legend during a break in the proceedings. The station says it has decided not to promote “The O.J. Simpson Story” during today’s court session. The movie has been delayed since September, but was scheduled after jurors in Simpson’s murder trial were sequestered. It will be shown minus some graphic violence that was excised by network executives, including scenes depicting a 1989 New Year’s fight between Simpson and his ex-wife.
More From Channel 11: KTTV, which has been without a general manager for several months, gets a new leader today when Jim Burke takes over the station’s operations as vice president and general manager. Burke, who has been vice president and general manager of KTTV’s sister station, Washington’s WTTG, since 1993, has previously worked at KCBS Channel 2, serving in sales management positions from 1987-1991.
Happenings on ‘Melrose’: The Fox show “Melrose Place” will celebrate Valentine’s Day on Feb. 13 with a live national call-in contest in which viewers can register to win a date for two to appear on an upcoming episode. Three winners will be chosen on air by “Melrose” stars Andrew Shue and Courtney Thorne-Smith. . . . Dan Cortese (“Traps,” “Route 66") is the latest celebrity guest star slated to move into the Melrose Place complex. He joins the show’s cast March 13 in a recurring role as Jake’s (Grant Show) estranged brother, Jess Hanson. . . .
On Tap in La Jolla: La Jolla Playhouse new artistic director Michael Greif has announced the first two shows of his first season: “Le Cirque Invisible” (The Invisible Circus), created and performed by the married team of Victoria Chaplin and Jean Baptiste Thierree (May 7-June 11, Mandell Weiss Theatre), and Jose Rivera’s “Cloud Tectonics,” staged by Tina Landau (June 25-July 23, Mandell Weiss Forum). Rivera’s play is set in Los Angeles during “the storm of the century,” according to a statement from the Playhouse.
Wyeth Center: Andrew Wyeth’s paintings of coastal Maine are coming back to Maine. The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Me., announced it will establish a gallery and study center devoted to the Maine-related work of the artist and other family members. The gallery--in an historic church next to the museum--will include paintings, drawings and studies by Wyeth as well as several works by his father, N.C. Wyeth, and his son, Jamie Wyeth.
Comedian Rodney Dangerfield is getting a lot of respect from the ninth Annual American Comedy Awards, which will present him with the Lifetime Creative Achievement Award during ceremonies Feb. 26 at the Shrine Auditorium. . . . Actors Jodie Foster and Harvey Keitel will serve as honorary chairs of the Independent Feature Project/West’s 1995 Independent Spirit Awards, scheduled for March 25 in a Santa Monica beach tent.