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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa • Page 53

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12D The Des Moines Register Datebook February 25, 1988 Is 'Peter Pan' movie ever going to fly? By MARILYN BECK FOLLYWOOD, CALIF. Director Lasse Hallstrom, an Oscar nominee for the lowbudget "My Life as a Dog," is tired of waiting for "Peter Pan" to soar into action. "I'm going to wait two more weeks, and if something concrete doesn't happen to 'Peter Pan' by then, I'll blow the whole thing off," Hallstrom said over the trans-Atlantic horn from his Stockholm home. "It's starting to get ridiculous," he A WANT JOB? You Good Pay Good Benefits Free Placement Assistance CALL TODAY 270-2750 TELLER TRAINING INSTITUTE 609 Merle Hay Tower, Des Moines added. "The situation drags on and on.

I want to work; instead I sit and wait for the Weintraub Entertainment Group to give me 'the green as you people put it." Right now he's waiting "for the Weintraub company to approve the latest 'Peter Pan' budget of $12 million or so." The original idea called for shooting the latest adaptation of the classic Sir James Barrie fairy tale in London, and Hallstrom started casting the picture in that city late last year. "Then came the dollar crisis; the studio didn't want to gamble, switched the production site to Los Angeles and everything's been on hold ever since." Before the project was put on hold, meetings were held with Madonna about having her play Peter Pan. According to the filmmaker, "It was an idea from the company and fortunely she wasn't attracted to it any more than I was." Hallstrom says he'll definitely be on hand in Los Angeles for the April 11 Are you afraid to take the first bite? Millions of women share the secret pain of anorexia nervosa or bulimia. There is a better way of life. For help, Mercy Eating Disorders Recovery Center 515-247-3020 1 MERCY CENTER HOSPITAL MEDICAL Sixth University Des Moines, lowa 50314 ARTS CRAFT SHOW "A Monthly Exposition of lowa's Most Talented Crafters" Added Feature to Our Show: Learn How To Make A Quilt In One Day! FEB.

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As for what he'll do after that, if "Peter Pan" fails to fly, he says, "I have a plan, but I shouldn't talk about that." Look for an April release date for Ray Charles' "Just Between Us" the legendary artist's first pop LP in more than a decade. The CBS disc also features such guest artists as Gladys Knight, B. B. King and Lou Rawls. Charles is scheduled to perform with the New York City Ballet May 14-15, then takes his new act on the road from June to November.

Lisa Hartman also expects to be taking her act on the road if her new Atlantic LP does as well as anticipated. She happily reports her fourth album, "Til My Heart Stops," has started off with a critical bang. "Billboard gave us an incredible review, really praised me as a vocalist," says the former "Knots Landing" co-star. "I've never had that kind of compliment, so I feel really good." She's initially going around the country doing "in-store promotions," but is looking forward to touring. "I'm really one of the few people that likes going on the road.

I like the planes, hotels, room service I could be a traveling salesman." Lisa, who describes her LP as "pop blue-eyed soul," says she has no desire to return to episodic television, but would like to do a film "if the right script comes along." The opening-weekend success of its "Action Jackson" exploitation film already has Lorimar studios talking about "Action Il" and "Ill" and "IV" and more. That couldn't come as better news for Craig Baxley, who makes his feature directing debut with the Carl Baxley expected to step directly from "Jackson" to preparation of "Man to Man," but shortly before the first picture opened over President's Day weekend (to a hefty average) Lorimar put the latter big-screen project in turn-around. It looked like a scene from one of his movies, but it was real-life action recently when George Dickerson who played a cop in "Blue Velvet" and "Death Wish IV" apprehended a purse snatcher outside an L.A. supermarket. George and wife, Suzanne, got off a plane from New York and needed to stop for groceries and while Suzanne shopped, George stood outside smoking.

Suddenly he heard her scream, turned to see someone rip away her purse and he leapt at the snatcher. George successfully tackled the guy and held him until police came. Paul Eiding got word recently that ABC had canceled his series, "The Charmings." That's the bad news. The good news, which he received that same day, is that his wife Colleen is pregnant. That's a state, says Paul, that they've been trying to achieve for five years.

1988 Tribune Media.

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