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FX JX II 'Fruit 1 Entsirtaiiiiuisiit II --vT- Hera's a collection of baseball hits3F Reader is outraged by a book review4F Veldon's funny novel is dark at heart 8F Books8.9F Calendars 7F EE rzr r3 Blurring the boundaries between film and TV Jj' 4 By Noel Holston and Jeff Strickler Staff Writers Television used to be the movies' anteroom and retirement home. TV was what such hot young actors as Steve McQueen and Goldie Hawn eagerly fled, and it was where such fading movie stars as Rock Hudson and Barbara Stanwyck gratefully pastured. There was no question which medium was the really big show. The boundaries between film and television have blurred considerably in recent years, however, resulting in some ironic role reversals. More and more TV programs are striving for a cinematic look and more sophisticated subject matter, while more and more of the theatrical films aspire to be little more than big-budget versions of TV sitcoms and cop shows.

TV credits have become a respectable alternative to movie work, in some ways even preferable. Doubters, take note: Writer-director James L. Brooks, who "graduated" from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" to such acclaimed feature films as "Terms of Endearment" and "Broadcast News," returned to TV to help oversee Fox Broadcasting's "Tracey Ullman Show." And Ullman supplements her TV work by appearing in theatrical films (including the current "I Love You to. John Goodman, the busiest character actor in the movies of Love," "Always," has stuck with his regular TV role as Roseanne Barr's sitcom hubby. MOVIES Continued on page 2F v.

1 'f I tilt: Iter Ah hi WWW i ii- rr Tracey Ullman Television Noel Holston ABC's Twin Peaks' has compeliing pulse BC's new series "Twin Peaks" begins like 10.000 TV shows before it, with the discovery of a corpse. i Stiflfl thfl limn in uauun- Kin cnnnar hac tha KrH Kcan UWVIlUt IU WWW UQOII amaMhjJ I FN 1 I w- spuueu man series uuaiurs uavia Lyncn ana rviarK r-rost start their serpentine retreat from TV tradition and TV cliche. "Twin Peaks" evolves into something quirky and mesmerizing, distinctively different. Imagine the old serial "Peyton Place" as Alfred Hitchcock might have orchestrated it with compelling, odd-angle camera shots, dark humor, unsettling music and you'll begin to have some idea what you're getting into. FBI Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), left, and Sheriff Harry S.

Truman (Michael Ontkean) in the new ABC-TV series "Twin Peaks." HOLSTON Continued on page 2F Sights, sounds, steps thicken texture of dance 'Play' By Mike SteeleStaff Writer Get a group of choreographers together today and their talk invariably turns to such things as spoken texts, sound scores, dancers' acting skills, the density of video screens, Jungian archetypes and the best ways to present information loads of information. Where's the good old talkbout dance steps, phrasing, dancers' techniques, choreographic design and music? It's on the back burner because a new hybrid form of dance theater is moving out front. Spy novels facing 'villainy vacuum' By Bruce Cook Los Angeles Daily News Los Angeles, Calif. When Mikhail Gorbachev visited Washington, D.C., in 1987, he held a reception for a considerable number of American intellectuals, artists and writers and made an ironic threat to them. "We are going to do a terrible thing to you," he said.

"We are going to take away your enemy." Since then, international politics have changed so much so fast that New York Times critic Vincent Canby placed this ironic employment ad last fall: "Wanted: a new public enemy. Height, weight, sex, age and racial origins immaterial as long as the public enemy is sadistic, effete and strictly dishonorable." With the Soviets suddenly neutralized by glasriost, there is an unexpected vacuum in villainy, he said, wondering whether movies would survive the loss of the Red Menace. What has presented a crisis to Hollywood has created a potential catastrophe in one segment of the REDS Continued on page 3F It's a form that would have been unimaginable a decade ago, when choreographers were doing cool, formal dances. Then, movements reacted to the abstract structures of music or they explored movement for its own sake. It was all pure and cerebral.

No more. The Minnesota Dance Alliance has taken over management of Studio 6A in the Hennepin Center for the Arts and its first official act as a producer is "Extended Play," a series of seven concerts from April 12 through July 7. Five of the featured choreographers Georgia Stephens, Margie Fargnoli, Lovice Weller, Laurie Van Wieren and Steve Potts are based in the Twin Cities. They are all exploring new methods of communicating through dance, and most of them are us- DANCE Continued on page 4F '4, "Once in a Long Ago Place and a Far Away Time," Margaret Fargnoli and Dancers. 'Extended Play' local dancers4F.

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