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36 FNTERTAINMENT uperman, ho hum outing doesn't quite fly Special effects fail Til test, too tt By Tony Mastroianni Special to the Beacon Journal In this latest outing for Super-manhe Man of Steel is drained of much of his power in a battle with a-supervillain called Nuclear is, for a time, just a shadow of his former self. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace also pales in comparison to the previous films. What pluses it has are left from- the previous films Christopher Reeve in the dual role of Superman and the klutzy Clark Kent; Gene Hackman, chewing 57: 5 I I bStgpa Villain Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) chats with Superman (Christopher Reeve) I comic scenery as the criminal ge nius. Lex Luthor: Mareot Kidder. Lois Lane in love with Superman; and bits of John Williams' original background music.

But even these are diluted. The actors have neither lines nor the REVIEW Movie: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Start: Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Mariel Hemingway Director Sidney J. Furie Studio: Warner Bros. Running time: 1 hour, 25 minutes Theaters: Akron Square, Kent Plaza, North Canton Circle Mall, and East, Summit and 42 drive-ins. Rating: PG scenes to give them anything to work with.

The music has been adapted and conducted by someone else, which means that the title music and the flying music are retained and all else is bland. Just like the movie. Superman IV is a message movie about nuclear disarmament. It doesn't get pretentious, but messages are not among the reasons we go to see Superman movies. We go to see the special effects, but the effects In this film look as though they were made formerly a top Warner Bros, executive, came in as president and chief operating officer.

Eisner and Wells, working in close collaboration, have presided over one of Hollywood's most impressive success stories. They have reached a wide audience with such adult comedies as Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Ruthless People and Outrageous Fortune, released under the Touchstone label. Disneyland and Walt Disney World have been revitalized, and a Euro Disneyland in France has been announced. The company is expanding in network and syndicated television, cable TV, merchandising, retailing, real estate and other areas. Eisner came to movies from television.

He was a top ABC programmer at a time when the network dominated the ratings. Along with Barry Diller, he moved from ABC to Paramount DoanOpM 5:00 PJ. Leader put magic AvJ.U' I I i 4lllllv ill i 1 It By Bob Thomas I Associated Press Disney tractions at Euro Disneyland? A. There may be a French studio and studio tour, or a water theme park of some kind. Q.

What are your plans for Walt Disney World? A. The mega-attraction will be the Disney and MGM studio in '88 and studio tour in '89. Pleasure Island will be opening next year, also the Norway Pavilion, Typhoon Lagoon plus a lot of hotel and convention expansion. Q. Your successful Touchstone films have featured some racy language and situations.

Do you get any complaints about that? A. I've had unbelievably little criticism, strangely quiet. I think the reason for that is that we have not tampered with the Disney image. Disney is still Disney and none of those things show up in any of the Disney films. If anything, I'm more conservative than less in what we depict in Disney.

Homecoming for trio When Phyllis, Dorothy and Christine McGulre flew into Dayton to sing for the induction of the late Arthur Godfrey into the Aviation Hall of Fame, it was a homecoming for the sisters, lily McGulre, the McGuire sisters' mother, was in the audience. She lives in Miamisburg, a few miles south of Dayton, where the McGuire sisters grew up. That's show biz Comedian Gallagher, king of the Sledge-O-Matic and watermelon-whacking, says he and David Letterman of NBC's Late Night show started in the same club in California's San Fernando Valley. Gallagher said it was a lesbian bar called the Show Biz. Road leads to parting? Could be that country singer Willie Nelson has been on the road again too many times.

His wife of 15 years, Connie, is leaving the red-headed stranger. with a close eye on the budget. We also go to see Superman fly, but the flying scenes look cheap compared to the earlier films and they have lost their zip. Even the photography is only so-so. In Superman IV, not only is the world in trouble but so Is the Daily Planet, the paper for which Kent and Lane work.

It's been taken over by a Rupert Murdochlike newspaper czar who plans to turn it into a sensational tabloid. He installs his daughter, Mariel Hemingway, as the boss and she quickly takes a shine to Kent. Since Lane dreams only of Superman and fails to make a connection between him and Kent, there's no rivalry, only a setup for a double date. This results in a too-long farcical sequence, in which ClarkSuperman hustles to exit and reappear in alternate identities. Sydney J.

Furie has directed this in a pace both leisurely and uneven. The dramatic scenes don't play well, and the action sequences are treated like set pieces, dropped in every now and then when the mood strikes. back in Pictures, where they helped provide an Impressive string of hits: Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ordinary People and the Star Trek movies. Eisner recently spoke on a variety of topics in an interview: Q. What is the schedule on Euro Disneyland In France? A.

At least one of the attractions, the Magic Kingdom, will be open by 1992. Resort hotels and hotel rooms, golf courses, a festival marketplace will all be on our 5,000 acres at Marne-la-Valle. I just spent a week in Paris, and I had previously spent a three-day planning session. That's going to be the major concentration of the company as far as the outdoor recreation sector. But equally important and getting as much of our attention is the continuing expansion of Walt Disney World.

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Burbank, Calif. Three years ago, Michael Eisner became a principal figure in a power struggle that threatened one of Hollywood's most revered institutions, the Walt Disney Co. Eighteen years after the death of Walt Disney, the company was reeling from internal dissension and failure of its movie attractions. Takeover dealers threatened to capture the company and sell off its rich assets. Disney's nephew, Roy E.

Disney, enlisted the backing of the Bass family of Texas to thwart the invaders. Disney's son-in-law, Ron Miller, and other top management were deposed. Eisner was installed as chairman and chief executive officer, and Frank Wells, Milius film tobe set in Borneo Los Angeles Times Director John Milius is in Borneo scouting locations for Farewell to the King, which he calls his "most ambitious work, some-thing-l've wanted to do for 15 years!" Filming begins in August. Nick Nolte will star in the saga of the" shipwrecked British Sgt. Learoyd, who becomes a king of a headhunters tribe, only to later be implored by a captain (Nigel Havers) to leave his haven and take Ms place alongside British troops in World War II.

It is all the novel by Pierre Schoendoerffer, a rage in Europe some years back. Said Milius: "It's a story that explores loyalties, concepts of freeddm and justice. And it contrasts a seemingly violent but also very innocent society with the corrupt society of them all, the outside world." It is" budgeted by Orion Pictures at about $16 million. Apartment Hunting? Look (er clues in The Beacon Journal Classifieds. Call 375 8140 today and make sure you don't miss an issue of The Beaton Journal BINGO IS8'W.

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