The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 20, 1998 · Page 25
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 25

Salina, Kansas
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Ife 'ednesday, May 20,1998 ^^^^.r 4^ < i ' // t ^^, B^MBA^ ^ f BGIng Or Robert Redford still making a difference in th^flfrn business By DOUGLAS J. ROWE The Associated Press : :NEW YORK — "Are you afraid of anything, Toni Booker?" , - 'The yoWg girl who asks the question of the 'title character, placed by ' , Robert RedfoM'jln fmie Hojrstf Whisperer" suspects he'll answer *nbj''\, since he comes across as confident, 1/tJf courageous and content. ( - JBut BoSker does have, fretful thoughts, as it turns put. He tells, her that he .worries -about growing ^ ojd ; and "not being inuch use." * 'Arid hbw^might the self-contained ana; accomplished Bedford, answer , that same question? , , '; ' "I'rn-n'ot afraid of growing old, be- r cause I am," says the longtime sex^ "symbol, who is 60. "Thaf s just a fact of life. I'm not but to 'arrest' life, the way some people try to do. I'm liv-' ing w.ith it,' and that's a part of your journey, -that's part of who you are. You carry it with you. "The second pairt is more appropriate, which is ,'not being of much use.' ... That's probably/ 'Closer to; home. Not making some contribu- ' tiqn to the world- through your ", wbrk. That would be .hard." ' In avoiding that fate, Redford has busied himself on various fronts. He has launched the Sundance' Channel r on: cable to give broader exposure to^ independent films; ,he y s ^t.eamiftg with Boston-based General pinema _ tcy)pen a chain of specialized movie ..theaters, and he has at least three' * prj&jects in mind now that he's don^h With "The Horse Whisperer." " . ' £*»He also continues to oversee .the r Sundance Film Festival, sustaining his role as a mentor-nurturer of in-' dependent film. As someone who be- • Itemed, in independent filmmaking when hardly anyone else did; the ac- tto&director says he's gratified by the recognition it's getting now. *''"/There were times when I wondered about the worth of it all, and the wisdom of it all, because when I Went, into it in 1$79,... I went into it ag&inst pretty strong odds. I was ad- ^vj^ed'by most people there's no fu- turVforyindeoendent film." , They told him: "It's inferior film. <*»T,he reason it's called independent film is 'simply because it can't get into^the mainstream." ' i: * Undaunted, Redford went about Creating/ a mechanism — the Sun- .dance Institute — to'-improve the 'quality of those movies, produce more independent filmmakers and create greater diversity. /* ,'i;, "The 1 mainstream is slowly cb-opt- r , ing the independent film business, buying up film companies," he says. "Harvey Weinstein (head of-Miramax Films) goes to Disney. New Line gets bought." The big Hollywood studios "don't want- to have a threat out there, so they buy it," Redford says. ; ' To ensure that enough screens exist to exhibit* the burgeoning num- ,b'er of such films, Redford is going to , establish a chain of Sundance Cinema Centers. > , , .- .The aim will be to give a film time to be discovered "without the pres- f sures of the marketplace." . ' • Long, ago Redford successfully branched out into directing, winning an Academy Award in 1981 for "Ordinary People." He also received good notices in 1992 for directing "A River Runs Through It" and in 1994 With ".Quiz'Show," for which he re• ceived - another, Oscar nomination for direction, Besides establishing himself as a godfather to small films, he has had a long involvement in environmen- The Associated Press Robert Redford, 60, says the media has pigeonholed him because of his good looKs, but he acknowledges that It's better to be handsome than ugly. 'But when it (being handsome) becomes all there Is. then you feel like you're being robbed of something." tal causes. He raised three children before his marriage of more than 30 years broke up. And, of course, he still shines as a golden heartthrob. Critics have chided his choice of recent starring roles, citing such efforts as "Up Close and Personal" and "Indecent Exposure," but he says: "It's just the way my life is." "It's not a particular design. It's wanting to be active, wanting to do things, never being short of ideas,... If you're able to do it, it's automatic . that you're going to create a varied agenda. He complains that the media pigeonhole him. "If somebody thinks I'm hand- some or good-looking, fine. That's good. Better than being ugly. But when it becomes all there is, then you feel like you're being robbed of something." As for the future, Redford is considering a few different projects. He's looking to make film adaptations of the book "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" and the novel "Time and Again." There's also a George Washington movie in which, he promises, a young George will not be chopping down a cherry tree then 'fessing up. His version will seek to shatter myths. "The truth is the most dramatic story you can tell," he says. Boy oh boy Garth helps sick child LOS ANGELES — Garth Brooks' favor turned into a labor of love for a( little boy. Brooks arid other country music singers came together to record "One Heart at a Time" to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis FbUndation. "Very few times does the music get to do what I think God intended it for — and that was for good things, so this is neat," Brooks said. While recording the song, written by his Grammy Award-winning songwriter friend Victoria Shaw, Brooks was introduced to Charlie Coffey, a 5-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis. The eyes hawe it Actor comes into focus LOS ANGELES — "Party of Five" star Jeremy London has tossed his eyeglasses. The nearsighted actor who plays Griffin on the popular Fox series underwent laser surgery on both eyes at the University of California Medical Center's Jules Stein Eye Institute. "He's fine and he can see 20-20," said a spokesman for ophthalmologist Robert Maloney. London said he was so nearsighted that, without his glasses, he couldn't see the crew working behind his TV wife played by actress Neve Campbell. Hot times for Man? Albert wants new job MIAMI — Is Marv Albert in for more Heat? The fallen announcer is pursuing the play-byplay TV job for Miami's basketball team, but Heat officials are reluctant to lose their current voice. "The idea of hiring Marv Albert was intriguing and interesting," team vice president Michael McCullough said. "But Eric Reid is our man. He will continue to do television." Reid's contract expired at the end of the season. 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