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PSgelO ENTERTAINMENT Monday, October 28,2002 Life still great for 'Boston Public' actor By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — On a studio soundstage filled with friends and colleagues, 80-year-old Fyvush Finkel bends over his birthday cake, takes a deep breath — and then breaks up the room with an off- colorjoke. So what did you think, that Finkel would waste a moment in the spotlight just blowing out candles? TV Not a chance for this actor who's spent every one of his many decades on stage or screen. "That's my life. Today, I'm 80 years old. I don't feel it. I feel wonderful," Finkel said as he marked his Oct. 9 birthday at Raleigh Studios, where he films the Fox series "Boston Public." "The main thing is the mind should be clear. The mind IS clear," he said. "I don't use cue cards, thank God." . Finkel, who started in Yiddish theater at age 9, is grateful for that and more. There's his alliance with writer-producer David E. Kelley, who cast the then-70 Finkel as a lawyer in "Picket Fences" and then hired him again in 2000 for "Boston Public" (8 p.m. Mondays). As history teacher Harvey Lipschultz, Finke! delivers his lines with a veteran's precise timing and an undiminished zest that younger performers, if they've got an ounce of sense, must envy. "He's such a spirit," said Kelley. "From the very beginning on 'Picket Fences,' he walks on the' set and exudes this 'Aren't we lucky to be doing what we do?'" "That attitude, that love of life, is just contagious. 'Picket Fences' and 'Boston Public' both have always been happy, happy sets, and I think Actor Fyvush Finkel celebrated his 80th birthday Oct. 9 at Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach, Calif., where the Fox series "Boston Public" is filmed. The show airs Mondays at 8 p.m. (AP photo) he has something to do with that," Kelley said. Finkel's punim — Yiddish for face — alone could do the trick, with its broad, mischievous smile and those ears propped at a just-so angle for optimum comic effect. His long career began in 1930 when a production in his Brooklyn neighborhood was looking for a boy to sing "Oh, Promise Me." Recalls Finkel: "I stopped that show cold. They gave me a dollar a night." In the vibrant Yiddish theater of the period, a solid performer could find steady work. Finkel, his eye on the prize and backed by his parents, studied singing, dancing and acting at a $l-a-week school. Only adolescence interrupted the plan. "My father and my mother, rest in peace, told me to earn a trade just in case my other voice doesn't come," Finkel said. A brief stint as a furrier didn't pan out — in a half-hour, "I ruined about $500 worth of material" — and he found himself back on stage when his new, mature voice settled in. He took a job with Yiddish theater in Pittsburgh just shy of his 18th birthday. "I thought, 'This is where I belong.' And I've been in the theater ever since." Stunts land 'Jackass' top spot By DAVID GERMAIN AP Movie Writer LOS ANGELES — "Jackass" has pulled its craziest stunt yet, debuting in first place at the box office. Young men flocked to "Jackass: The Movie," the big-screen version of the MTV show whose stars specialized in bizarre and risky behavior, which debut ed with $22.7 million. Last weekend's winner, Naomi Watts' horror film "The Ring," slipped to No. 2 but actually raised its gross by adding about 650 more theaters. The movie took in $18.8 million, up $3.8 million from opening weekend, pushing its 10-day total to $39.7 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Another fright flick, "Ghost Ship," opened in third place with $11.7 million. The movie stars Juiianna Margulies and Gabriel Byrne as leaders of a salvage crew that finds a haunted ocean liner. Debuting in much narrower release was Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton's "The Truth About Charlie," a remake of the Gary Grant- Audrey Hepburn crime caper "Charade." Directed by lonathan Demme, "The Truth About Charlie" opened jjg; The Coney's Annual -;^ HALLOWEEN £ BASH * ,, THURSDAY OCT. 31" ~~ I $ 500iN * »• CASH PRIZES * J For Sexiest ^ J Funniest and ^ .&, Scariest J & Costume & &> Judging from 10pm-12am ^ S£ out of the top 10 with $2.3 million. "Truth About Charlie" played in 752 theaters, averaging $3,105 a cinema. "Jackass" averaged $9,047 in 2,509 theaters, "The Ring" did $7,137 in 2,634 theaters, and "Ghost Ship" did $4,203 in 2,787 theaters. The overall box office rose for the seventh straight weekend. The top 12 movies grossed $88 million, up 21 percent from the same weekend last year. Produced for just $5 million, "Jackass" features Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O and others from the now- defunct MTV show doing such hazardous or crude acts as roller-skating with bottle rockets attached or urinating on a snow cone. "People love to watch a train wreck. They can't take their eyes off any horrible thing where you can sit on the sidelines and watch without actually putting yourself in jeopardy," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations. Two-thirds of the movie's audience was male, and young men from 17 to 24 accounted for nearly half the crowds, according to distributor Paramount. Executives at Paramount and its MTV subsidiary had expected "Jackass" might gross $20 million at best. "We didn't expect to exceed $20 million for a film called 'Jackass.' Especially a film with no plot, no Oscar-caliber performances and no real writing," said Van Toffler, MTV president. "What they do in the movie sort of. feels to me like what the Three Stooges would be doing if they were alive. Kind of slapstick twisted on its head in an extreme form." The R-rated movie carried warnings urging viewers not to try the stunts themselves, and Paramount offered to provide guards at theaters that wanted extra security to keep those younger than 17 from sneaking in, said Wayne Lewellen, the studio's head of distribution. Adam Sandier and Emily Watson's quirky romance "Punch-Drunk Love" broke into the top 10 after two weekends in limited release. The film expanded to 481 theaters, up about 400 from last weekend, and came in at No. 7 with $3.5 million. The Harlem drug tale "Paid in Full," featuring Mekhi Phifer and Wood Harris, premiered with $1.4 million in 268 theaters for a $5,224 average. 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That opened up movies and TV for him, including "Brighton Beach Memoirs" (1986) and"Q&A" (1990). He relishes having worked with top directors such as Oliver Stone (in 1995's "Nixon"), but it's Kelley he praises most. "Impossible to get a genius better than that," says Finkel, who earned an Emmy for "Picket Fences." The actor still weighs film roles but declines to audition. "I tell them, 'Take a chance. You're not buying a house.' I'll go to an interview. If it's a smart director, they can tell." Sharing the whirlwind is his constant companion, wife Trudy. They live a bicoastal life, in New York with their two sons and five grandchildren and great-children, in Los Angeles for work, "This March, we live and be well, we'll be married 56 years," Finkel said. "Not very long," interjects Trudy Finkel. "In Hollywood, it's the record," he says, supplying the punchline with a grin. Any intention of bringing his career to a close? "If you retire, you shrivel up. No doubt about it. ... We enjoy what we're doing. And that's how it goes." (On the Net: www.foxlbostonpub lie) Harrison tribute draws kids NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 40 years after teenagers stood and screamed for the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show," an even younger crowd sat happily and murmured just a few blocks from the old Sullivan theater for' a dance tribute to the music of George Harrison. The American Ballet Theatre staged an hour-long children's concert Saturday at the City Center in midtown Manhattan, with the first two numbers set to Harrison's "Something" and "Isn't It a Pity?" and performed in tank tops and pants. The dances were introduced as tributes to "love and peace," although a nitpicking adult could argue that the material didn't quite live up to its billing, that "Isn't It a Pity" is a protest against cruelty that leaves cruelty intact, that "Something" is as much a question mark about love as a declaration of it. 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