The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 25, 1998 · Page 96
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 96

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Wednesday, March 25, 1998
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i nf n n q n n 'mum f The Palm Beach Post s SECTION D INSIDE comi n G UP Bagged salads offer just what the consumer of the '90s wants: convenience and freshness. THURSDAY IN FOOD ELLIE LINGNER Feline Friends, a division of the nonprofit Tri-County Humane Society, rescues and relocates cats and dogs. PAGE 3D South Palm Beach County Living Thorn Smith ACCENT N. f 'V. f x- V J , 'X fail ILllS n Oscar devours usually busy dinner locales f ' Ignoring the Oscars Monday night was Britain's Prince Andrew, who dined with old friend Heidi Simpson and three security agents at Ruth's Chris Steak House in North Palm Beach. He is likely on a golfing holiday. Otherwise, the gather v- '1' ?'-Jr i ing places were virtually empty. "This is our slowest night since we opened," said Cletus Morrissey of Blarney Pub & Brewery in Palm Beach Gardens, counting customers on four hands. Big change from his 300-dinner opening two weeks ago. With Monday regular Clarence Clemons off to Andrew . .-X get a hip replacement, hot 251 Sunrise would have been a morgue but for Ken Martel's private party. "This guy's my life," the Palm Beach producer said of the evening's entertainment, singerguitarist Max Montana. The talented Guatemalan usually works Mangos in South Beach. . Too bad Max didn't play for Saturday s crowd, including The Donald, Ivana, daughter Ivanka, Ivana's beau Roffredo Gaetanl, Tom Jones, Nancy Kerrigan, Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston. They apparently left rapper Puff Daddy at Mar-a-Lago. : Thursday at 251, crooner David Paladino celebrates his 45th with such musical friends as steel drummer Othello. Sauer sits next to Rather at dinner Stockbroker Davis de Montluzin asked . for a nice table at Cafe L'Europe for a 14th annivprsarv dinner with -kc-. Jjm ! ! ! I . .' Photos by BILL INGRAMStaff Photographer Brothers Paul and Robert Milhous collected more than 500 mechanical musical instruments over 40 years. Two Boca Raton brothers offer up their eclectic collection of mechanical musical instruments and antique arcade games to the highest bidders. I ft ; . H & if wife Laurel Sauer. He got it next to Dan Rather. During the meal, the CBS anchor approached and asked Sauer if he hadn't seen her on TV during his week of lecturing and fishing in Palm Beach. She told him she anchors the news at WPTV-Channel 5 (NBC), anrl Rather complimented i ----- f I I Sauer By Dale Fuchs Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Before there were stereos and synthesizers, juke boxes and talking pictures, there were magical mechanical musical instruments. Decades ago, these elaborate and elegant self-playing machines were all the rage in Europe. A mechanical "cafe organ" crowned the dance floors of 1930s Belgium. It was more than a mere organ: It carried drums and cymbals, an accordion and a saxophone. The instruments played all on their own, as though by magic or ghosts. It was cheaper than hiring a live band every night. An "orchestrion" graced the fine dining rooms and hotel lobbies of 1920s Germany. This high-class contraption contained three violins and a piano all playing on autopilot. It sounded like a symphony; it cost as much as a house. "Whatever will they think of next?" fashionable society marveled. By the early 1930s, the jukebox had silenced most of these musician-less instruments and shoved them into the has-been halls of history. But two printing company executives have brought these aging stars back to the limelight at their office in Boca Raton. For 40 years, brothers Paul and Robert Milhous have indulged an expensive hobby: they've collected more than 500 mechanical instruments everything from gramophones and organ grinders to those odd-yet-elegant orchestrions. The collection, according to Sotheby's, is one of the largest of its kind in the world. On Saturday, Sotheby's will auction more than 200 Please see INSTRUMENTS Vv-. I?1 " I ' L , Mi '. v . .1 ' her work. He promised to send her some-thing. (A contract for 48 Hours, de Montluzin wishes.) When the staff brought out a cake and sang "Happy Anniversary," Rather joined in. Mills calls in sick after bad reviews Sick day. Hayley Mills missed the final performance of The King and I Sunday afternoon at the Kravis Center. An usher said she was ill, perhaps a case of criticus malus bad reviews. Mills can act, but her nights were not grand for singing. The usher added that understudy Roxann Parker might pleasantly surprise. Indeed, the audience was so smitten that it offered a rousing standing ovation. Ezralow to have dance premiere Daniel Ezralow, whose choreography was a highlight of the endless Oscar telecast, will have a dance premiere next season with Ballet Florida. His wacky Read My Hips is already one of the company's big hits. i , 1 y.-. .it Crowds would ooh as the hand-carved figurines in this 1910 55-Key Dutch Street Organ rang bells in time to a circus song. CASHING IN ON OSCAR ". I ..Tll ' i -v.- ... - ... ; v i v'-'v4--. I '' ' f . H j 1 Titanic .if f X 1 v if Hunt Nicholson BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Kim Basinger made $1 million for LA. Confidential. The Oscar is certainly a boost to her career and will likely mean $2.5 million per role too late to appease her former creditors, though. BEST PICTURE: Titanic cost a whopping $200 million plus to make, but the win could mean upwards of $471 million at the VS. box office. Bill Mechanic, chairman of 20th Century Fox. will get to keep his job after all, despite greenlighting disasters from Speed 2 to Volcano. But how much can an Oscar help a movie that's already the highest-grossing ever? BEST DIRECTOR: James Cameron was paid zero, zilch, nada for directing Titanic because he waived his directing fees after the budget went berserk. But don't worry. Hell get up to $50 million on top of his seven-figure writing fee. The win cements his reputation as the new Spielberg and ensures that hell do whatever he wants. Possibility: a Planet of the Apes remake. 77k Wali Street Journal And the paycheck goes to . . . Now that they've won, using an admittedly unscientific analysis and a variety of Hollywood sources, here is an Oscar scorecard that shows you who stands to gain the most from winning: BEST ACTOR: Jack Nicholson was paid a mere $10 million for As Good As It Gets, less than his usual $15 million upfront fee. The win could mean he'll get . . . $15 million. He won't get any more money, but perhaps this will encourage him to stick to higher-caliber movies. BEST ACTRESS: Helen Hunt was paid $2 million for As Good As It Gets, but clearly she can handle more than just TV roles. The win could mean $6 million per role. BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Robin Williams made $3 million for his role in Good Will Hunting, a substantial pay cut, but he got generous profit participation. The Oscar will restore some of his credibility after a number of bombs and could mean about $15 million for him. Bug juice. Mystery meat. Greasy, grimy gopher guts. Must be time to find a summer c.imp. Read how you can submit information to be included in an upcoming Accent list of summer camps. O PAGE 4D ft Y i s Ai I ? J Cameron Williams i m:"- """" Basinger

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