Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on April 4, 1982 · Page 93
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 93

Phoenix, Arizona
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Sunday, April 4, 1982
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a p m m m m mmw ALL EDITIONS Sunday, April 4, 1982 The Arizona Republic G9 AbVITlSMENT New movie does a gender switch Lo Angeles Times r Sexual transformations are all the rage these days, as witnessed by VictorVictoria, in which Julie Andrews plays a woman (Victoria) who impersonates a man (Victor) who in turn impersonates a woman (Victoria). Now another gender switch is going on, in the unlikely location of Ocala, Fla., where producer Robert Radnitz and director Martin Ritt are making the film version of Pulitizer Prize-winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' 1942 autobiography, Cross Creek, for EMI and Universal. This is not the first of Ms. Rawlings' books to be made into a film. The Yearling, now considered a classic, was made in 1946 and won its star, young Claude Jarman Jr., a special Academy Award for his portrayal of Jody. In Cross Creek, Jody's character turns up again, only this time he is a girl, and will be played by Dana Hill, who registered strongly in the recent release Shoot the Moon. Radnitz explained that Ms. Rawlings had gone to rural Florida in the mid-1930s to pursue a writing career on a citrus ranch she had purchased. She came to know two families, one of which had a daughter Ms. Rawlings became close to. When she wrote The Yearling, she drew a composite from the two families, and changed the girl, Ellie, into a boy, Jody. wl 9 e M I Film i Continued from Gl n ji n . .. ,, j - - - mH ... m Circus Circus Expansion To Be Completed In May But you can be certain, as scon as Lucasfilm Ltd. has its latest celluloid gift to humanity in a can and wants publicity, a shiny press kit will arrive on the movie reviewers desk and interviews with star' participants will be dangled like bait on a fishing line. Tim Laff, for one, is not impressed with the operation. He has brought his dune buggy from Dcscanso, Calif., near San Diego, for recreation. From beneath his red baseball cap he is glaring across a quarter mile of sand at a long gray-and-black structure with two rows of windows in front and a quantity of ribs. It could be an elevated ship or a whale. More likely, knowing Lucas and considering the terrain, it has to do with outer space some sort of gigantic spacecraft. "They had their little weed whackers out and cut down every bush in the valley," Laff said. "The Sierra Club comes out and gets after us if we run over a single lizard. "The workers over there won't talk to you. Not a word." Brush has been burned next to the chain-link fence surrounding the great wooden thingamajig. Ashes and burnt brambles remain. Maybe, after scraping the valley, the workers roasted weenies. Their clearing effort indicates a need for eerie' barren expanse fit for a science-fiction camera eye. This is public property managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management from an office in El Centro, Calif., 40 miles to the west. "The valley has an environmental assessment that addresses the need for making films," said Linda Kastoll, a realty specialist for the bureau. "We've had a lot of commercials filmed there. Samsonite, Coors, Suzuki, Slimwear and Camel cigarettes are among the companies that have been there. "Usually we charge $100 a day. With this project, since they began in December and will be there through May or June, we charged a flat fee of almost $8,000." For George Lucas, $8,000 is a handkerchief. For the people and press of Yuma and other nearby areas, he is building a mystery worth unraveling. When the shooting starts, with or without invitation, they are liable to be there. According to Dunbar Norton of the Yuma Chamber of Commerce, Lucasfilm Ltd. estimated a $4 million expenditure on goods, services and salaries during a stay of six or more months in Yuma. "There was a flush of excitement before Christmas when news of the film first hit the newspaper," Norton said. "But once people found out there were no actors around, the excitement dried up. It's not thrilling to have a guy out there hammering nails. What's exciting is to have some glamorous actor walk in and make a fool of himself in a local bar." "Usually when they come here it's with some Podunk star who acta real arrogant around our 'hick' reporters," said Duncan Osborn, editor of the Yuma Daily Sun. "That's usually the way it is with movies." Actors, directors, cameramen and the rest of a contingent necessary for shooting film will be coming in, probably in May, possibly in April, from what Don Quinn of the Imperial Valley Press has learned. What they will be shooting is conjecture. "Last August they announced they'd be making Return of the Jedi, the third Star Wars film," Quinn said. "Suddenly in December those reports were denied. They said they were making a new horror film, Blue Harvest. "Lucas prefers to keep his projects under wraps. When he made the sequel to American Graffiti he called it Purple Haze, so that people wouldn't pay any attention to it. "Blueprints under heavy guard in their mobile-home production office were seen. They were labeled Return of the Jedi. "I think what Lucas is trying to avoid is 10,000 people out there when he's filming." Norton is of like mind. He drew a diagram of Buttercup Valley and the dunes surrounding it. The set was like a stagecoach surrounded by Indians. "Last Memorial Day there were 22,000 people out, there," he said. Dan Smith, a reporter for the Yuma Daily Sun, gave another reason for the secrecy. "Half the town goes out there on a dune buggy. People knew Lucas was here," he said. "We pursued the story; we were looking bad. "I developed inside sources I couldn't name for a story I did in January. From what I discovered, their biggest worry is trade secrets. ; "They're very sophisticated with special effects, intricacies of set design and so forth. If the wrong person found out, he could bootleg their ideas. That's their biggest paranoia." By Steven McCann A multi-faceted expansion and remodeling program at Circus Circus HotelCasino, 1,610-room Las Vegas mid-strip resort, is proceeding on schedule, with completion slated for early May. Cost of the project will be in excess of $7 million. Already in use, a new 48,000 square foot valet parking lot in front of the hotel provides spaces for 195 cars on street level and underground. Work is well under way on a 6,000 square foot canopy over the entrance, the existing Circus Sky Shuttle terminal and south entry are being refaced, and the entire lobby and registration area is being enlarged. The electronic game arcade on the mezzanine will be quadrupled in area, resulting in the world's largest collection of varied advanced video games ever assembled in one facility. On this same level, where the circus performing arena and carnival midway are located, a fast food restaurant area featuring inter-national specialities will be added. Included in the 24,000 square feet of building reconstruction will be expanded slot machines areas, a remodeled Keno lounge, and a new gourmet-quality steak house. Application of new interior finishes and decor throughout various portions of the resort complex is also in progress. The project is under the supervision of architect Gary Wilson and the Ainworth & Faulkner Construction Co., general contractors. The showpiece front entrance marquee is the creation of the Young Electric Sign Co. All are based in Las Vegas. Growth of Circus Circus has been continuous since 1968, when the first phase Allez Lido Stardust Dazzler of this unique establishment opened, featuring the world's largest permanent circus, as well as a casino, carnival midway and dining areas. In 1972, a 400-room, Being consistently lauded as the most spectacu- 15-story hotel tower was opened, followed by a twin tower in 1975 after lar show in Las Vegas entertainment is a lofty acquistion by William G. Bennett, chairman of the board, and William N. position that Lido de Paris has retained through Pennington, president, of Circus Circus Hotels, Inc. In 1978, a 1,000-car high-rise almost super-human efforts on the part of the garage was completed, and in the summer of 1979, Circusland RV Park, with 421 Stardust Hotel staff to provide their guests with the spaces adjacent to the main resort, premiered. very best in entertainment. Circus Circus Manor, adding 810 rooms in five 3-story buildings, was ready for occupancy in the summer of 1980. And in 1981, the Circus Sky Shuttle was The L"d has captured scores of awards in its inaugurated, the first use of an automated transit system in Las Vegas. position as the finest production revue show in Las According to vice president of meetingpublic relation, Mel Ur,o, "Circus ,!9 ZitlSZ SSI" tMK rtTIZU' tIZl tt - - - rates are extremely modest, especially in view of our very luxurious accommodations. We remain within the economic range of average families, and that's getting to be a rarity." . mMy capacity audiences are thrilled by a caBt, younger Circus Circus HotelCasino in Reno, Nev., celebrated the opening of not(1 ' th finftRt Hfl . Inp dancing nudes; a crew of skillful male dancers; the finest variety acta in the world, and a stage filled with awesome scenery to exchange the extravagant, productions. Conceived by Pierre-Louis Guerin and Rene Fraday, the entire Lido production is staged for the Stardust by Donn Arden, who creates and directs each new edition of the renowned show. It is still venerable that Lido will garner the awards as the best production and it is the Lido that plays nightly to turnaway audiences. a high-rise tower last November, for total of 725 rooms and suites wrvmtar- i ii wu nil mi TTifljiWitt ilda Circus Circus HotslCaslno, Las Vegas Mld-Strlp resort, Is currently undergoing a massive remodeling and expansion program. ON THE STRIP Aladdin NOW APPEARING "C'EST MAGNIFIQUE" Caesars Palace Apr. 1 -Apr. 14 WAYNE NEWTON Circus, Circus Now Appearing Continuous CIRCUS ACTS In Main Areana Desert Inn Through April 4 "BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS" Dunes Now appearing "FOLLIES" Flamingo Hotel Now appearing "CITY LITES" Frontier Hotel Now appearing SIEGFRIED & ROY In 'Beyond Belief" Hacienda Now Appearing Fiesta Showroom "LATIN FIRE" Hilton MAR. 30-Apr. 1$ LIBERACE Showboat Silver Star lounge Nightly Entertainment Silverbird DARK Stardust Now appearing "LIDO DE PARIS" Treasury Now Appearing "Horsin' Around" Tropicana Now appearing "FOLIES BERGERE" DOWNTOWN UNION PLAZA "I IOVE MY WIFE" Shows are subject to change at discretion of each hotel. Jf LLJf Jf Mfjfyjf Metropolitan J Phoenix Travel Show TODAY Phoenix 131 12 Noon 'til 5 P.M. 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