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Something to ‘Crow’ About: Miramax’s “The Crow: City of Angels,” starring Vincent Perez, flew to the top of the box-office heap over the four-day Labor Day weekend, taking in an estimated $10.1 million on 2,423 screens nationwide. While that total might not have seemed spectacular earlier this summer, it was enough to give “The Crow,” a sequel to the 1994 movie starring the late Brandon Lee, a record for the Labor Day weekend--traditionally one of the poorest holidays for box-office take. Estimates for the rest of the weekend’s Top 5: Kevin Costner’s golf movie, “Tin Cup,” with a take of $9.1 million; Hollywood Pictures’ new “First Kid” with $8.2 million; “A Time to Kill” with $6.8 million; and “The Island of Dr. Moreau” with $6.5 million. “Independence Day,” in sixth place, took in another $5.7 million to bring its nine-week total to $282 million. Faring poorly were the newcomers “The Trigger Effect,” in 12th place with $1.9 million, and “The Stupids,” tied for 13th with $1.5 million.
TV Fest Lineup: A tribute to the venerable dramatic series “Playhouse 90" opens the Museum of Television & Radio’s William S. Paley Television Festival on Oct. 3. The two-week festival will take place at the DGA Theatre Complex, 7920 Sunset Blvd. The festival lineup is as follows, with all programs at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted: “Friends” (Oct. 4); “General Hospital” (Oct. 5); “A Salute to George Schlatter,” honoring the veteran producer (Oct. 8); “Schoolhouse Rock” (Oct. 9); “An Evening With Phil Donahue” (Oct. 10); “That Girl” (Oct. 11); “Star Trek: Voyager” (Oct. 12); “New York Undercover” (Oct. 12 at 9:30 p.m.); “Party of Five” (Oct. 15); “Ellen” (Oct. 16); “The Real World” (Oct. 17); “Leave It to Beaver” (Oct. 18); “Cybill” (Oct. 19); and “3rd Rock From the Sun” (Oct. 19 at 9:30 p.m.). Tickets for museum members ($14 per session) go on sale Friday at noon; tickets for the general public ($17) go on sale Sept. 13.
And the Presenters Are: With only five days left until Sunday’s Emmy Awards telecast, writers are furiously churning out scripts for the show’s presenters. Among those tapped so far to hand out the golden statuettes: nominees Dennis Franz, Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, John Lithgow, Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno, Gary Shandling and Laurence Fishburne, and five-time winner Candice Bergen, not a nominee this year because of her own decision to pull out of the running and give others a chance. Other scheduled presenters are Carol Burnett, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Don Johnson, Heather Locklear, Kate Mulgrew, David Keith, Jason Priestley, Peter Strauss and Alfre Woodard.
Joining Rebuilding Efforts: Warner Bros. Records will release a five-song cassette on Sept. 10 aimed at raising money for the National Council of Churches’ Burned Churches Building Fund. Organized by Warner’s black music and Nashville divisions, the tape, called “No Weapon,” includes recordings by Andrae Crouch, Beverly Crawford, Carlton Pearson, the Winans and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. The National Council of Churches is trying to raise $12 million to rebuild 55 burned African American churches.
Open House: More than 100 arts organizations will participate Oct. 5 in the annual Los Angeles County-Wide Arts Open House. Coordinated by the L.A. County Music & Performing Arts Commission, the event will feature a variety of free dance, music, theater and visual arts events at sites throughout the county. Many activities will be clustered around four parking areas: Wilshire Boulevard’s Museum Row, where five museums including the L.A. County Museum of Art will have free admission; North Hollywood’s Lankershim Arts Center, where performances include the L.A. Music Theatre Company’s “Scenes From the Marriage of Figaro”; the Pasadena Presbyterian Church, where nearby offerings include hands-on exhibits at Kidspace Museum; and Santa Monica’s 18th Street Arts Complex, where activities include string quartet concerts by the South Central Chamber Orchestra and modern dance from Collage Dance Theatre. A complete schedule of events is available at county and city public libraries, on the Internet at https://www.co.la.ca.us/arts, or by calling (213) 688-ARTS. Last year’s events drew an estimated 35,000 people.
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra principal conductor John Mauceri, back from London where he just finished Madonna’s “Evita” soundtrack, is teaming this week with another set of pop world stars--Billy Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins. Mauceri will conduct the Pumpkins during their live performance on Wednesday’s “MTV Video Music Awards.” . . . The Fox network will hold an open casting call today from 2 to 6 p.m. for its upcoming late-night serial drama “13 Bourbon Street.” The network is looking for an actress-singer to play MK, a 21-year-old Midwesterner transplanted to New Orleans. Auditions take place at Screenland II, 1050 Burbank Blvd. . . . CBS’ “The Late Late Show With Tom Snyder” makes it first foray away from L.A., opening its fall season Sept. 16-17 in the City by the Bay. Snyder’s scheduled San Francisco guests include Mayor Willie Brown, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, author Danielle Steel and actor Don Johnson.