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THE EXPRESS LINE, WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 1993 A , urn luu m.'h HihMwwu uimmm rince is branching out aqmj LEE GETS DRAGON OF A ROLE HE MISSED HIS 'COMPANION' UNKNOWN AND PROUD OF IT , , , "My career?! It fi was the strangest ew minutes in a film ("10")." BO DEREK STAR GAZING nan What's this? Has AR-SENIO HALL lost his fighting spirit on the brink of yet another round of talk-show wars? "There are a lot of psychoses built up inside me for other things like trying to find Miss Right but not over this late-night thing," he tells TV Guide. "I feel when it ends, it's supposed to end. ... I'll be here as long as my audience loves me, because I still love it. And I don't want to let people down. . . . Sure it's a battle for survival, but it may mean I'm supposed to do something else." (KRN) GARRISON KEILLOR says he made a mistake by ending the radio show "A Prairie Home Companion." "It was the dumbest thing I ever did in my life," he tells the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald. "I don't know why nobody told me at the time that this was the wrong thing to do, but people assumed I knew best. So I walked off the edge of the cliff, and it's taken me a long time to climb back up the rocks." Keillor had hosted "A Prairie Home Companion" for 13 years before quitting in 1987. In 1989, Keillor began the "American Radio Company." "It really is simply the old show under a different title and with other people, started a year and a half later," he says. CAP) 1 ' . - 1 I s A I V 'I JASON SCOTT LEE, star of "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story," was a devotee of the martial arts star. "I wore a T-shirt with an iron-on decal of him, I made chuk sticks out of broomsticks," says the Asian-Ameri can actor. "I tried to do some of his moves. I think that's what gave me the energy to do 'Dragon.' " Director Rob Cohen says had to cajole Lee into accepting the part. "Well, it was first of all walking into it not being a martial artist, and understanding what kind of responsibility that was and what kind of critical pressure that I was going to take on from martial artists," says Lee, who spent four months studying Jeet Kune Do, the martial art developed by Bruce Lee. Much of that time involved learning the intricacies of the hybrid form, but, Lee says, time also was spent "sitting and not even getting physical, sipping tea and sharing my thoughts, my fears." (KRN) iimin , """ raps PRINCE says he's quitting studio recording to concentrate on theater, film and other ventures. The announcement comes seven months after the rock star signed a $100 million deal with Warner Bros. Records that made him a vice president. He will be able to continue releasing albums to satisfy that agreement because his recording studio has more than 500 un-releascd recordings. Prince's production company said he wants to explore less conventional approaches to music and media, including interactive media and nightclubs. New York's Joffrey Ballet has been presenting "Billboards," a scries of dances set to Prince's music, in various cities. Prince also is producing a reunion album for Earth, Wind & Fire and has written 10 songs for a movie comedy, "I'll Do Anything," starring Nick Nolte and Tracy Ullman. CAP) ,!fv 1 . i . i Kit I 4 ,' f v 4 . , f , , ... v ' X Wtivm Conan wows 1st audience CONAN O'BRIEN made his mark on "Saturday Night 1 Ave" and "The Simpsons." BY JANET CAWLEY Chicago Tribune ONAN O'BRIEN, named to replace "Late Night" TV host David Letterman, interrupted a reporter who began a question by referring to him as a "relative unknown." Swelling with mock pride, O'Brien responded: "Relatively unknown? Sir, I'm COMPLETELY unknown." Not for much longer. As a brace of NBC executives beamed, the lanky, 30-year-old wunderkind showed he could parry reporters' questions with aplomb and wit. And almost always, he was his own best target. Asked how much he'd be making, O'Brien looked downcast. "I don't want to get into specifics because it's extremely embarrassing. Let's just say NBC has bought me the only three suits that I now own." When a reporter wanted to know how his life has changed, O'Brien said, "I'm now familiar with every bad picture of me ever taken." He said he's occasionally recognized by people who say, "Hey, you're that show guy. Hey, you're that minor talent." Actually, while nobody was questioning O'Brien's comcdic talent, his background is almost devoid of talk show host credentials. A former writer for "Saturday Night Live," he was a writer and producer for "The Simpsons" when the big call came. O'Brien had a couple of things he wanted to straighten out. His name is pronounced Conan, not Con-AN. Despite reports that he is anywhere from 6'5" to 6'8" tall, "I'm not radioactive. I'm not growing out of control. I'm 6-4." Where did his name come from? "My dad got liquored up shortly after I was born. ... I think it's like a Gaelic word for wide face or something." With light red hair and a cherubic face that gives way to flashes of mischief, O'Brien resembles a choir boy gone bad. One of six children of a physician father and lawyer mother, he grew up outside Boston, in Brookline, and graduated from Harvard, where he starred at the famous Harvard Lampoon humor magazine. O'Brien's few moments of serious press conference contemplation seemed to come when he was asked - repeatedly - to describe the format of the new show, scheduled to debut in August. He said he wants a "creative environment" where "we can experiment (and) try things" but he offered no specifics on guests, a potential sidekick or band, or even whether he would open with a monologue. At one point, he joked, "My (three) brothers are going to help out. We're doing this thing in a barn." Asked if doing a show like this had been a lifetime dream, O'Brien retorted, "Initially I wanted to be a kickboxer." Iater he grew serious, enough to observe, "There's something almost frightening about getting exactly what you want." EXPOSED TOWN ROSLYfJ MAY CASH IN ON POPULARITY BY NICHOLAS K.GERANI0S Associated Press FAITHFUL VIEWERS OF television's "Northern Exposure" will recognize much in Roslyn, Wash. Dr. Joel Fleischman's office, Ruth Ann's store, the radio station where Chris works. In fact, these streets are used for exterior shots on the popular CBS show, doubling as the fictional Alaska hamlet of Cicely. But this is no Hollywood set It's a town with 800 residents and a long history. And it is divided over a proposal to build a resort of up to 5,000 housing units. Some welcome the prospect of new jobs and booming business. But others say a resort would destroy the charm that drew them to Roslyn, 80 miles east of Seattle in a scenic corner of the Cascade Range. "Roslyn is on the national historic register because of its intact boundaries," said Susan Willis-Johnson, co-founder of the environmental group RIDGE. But the old mining town's rustic charm is already under assault because of its Hollywood exposure. The three-block main street is jammed with tourists seeking a glimpse of the actors. Businesses like a small grocery store are partly cordoned off because they serve as "Northern Exposure" sets. The part of the store that is open is crammed with souvenirs from the show. Local politics have become heated with supporters and opponents of the show accusing each other of trying to ruin the town. The show eventually will leave; a huge resort would be permanent. A recent hearing on the proposed resort drew more than 200 people, who overflowed the middle school gym bleachers. The county planning commission heard testimony then delayed making a decision on the designation. On one side are environmentalists who make the uncharacteristic case that the land should be logged in perpetuity. They want the land designated a "forest of long-term commercial significance," preventing or delaying its development for other uses. "We have forest lands being paved over for subdivisions and shopping malls. It's a terrible waste," said David Bricklin, a Seattle lawyer who was hired by RIDGE. The irony? RIDGE was formed to battle a plan to clear-cut all the trees on the same hillside. On the other side, Plum Creek Timber Co. wants to remove 7,600 acres of its private forest land from logging, at a time when mills are closing for lack of timber and lumber prices are skyrocketing. Company officials say the tract is rapidly becoming impossible to log profitably. Housing and recreational use have extended so far into the country that normal tools of logging cannot be used. 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