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-ol0 HieOrlandoSenticel yCjXCO New owners give Celebrity another chance to succeed, E-3 Saturday, January 17, 1987 ikv IrojiCvJlCw i JU iJfero- Identifying the factors that lure kids to drags ocinrj double i i 1 1 redrew rrfTSl! By Ronald Kotulak CHICAGO TRIBUNE ii i i -a ir- ii i i 1 1 1 'Heartburn (above) starred Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson as a troubled married couple; 'All the President's Men' (left) featured Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford as a couple of Watergate-chasing reporters. What do these films have in common that makes them good candidates for a double bill? Drug use now is seen by many experts in the classical sense as an epidemic: Drugs are the infectious agents, people are the hosts and reservoirs and drug-using peers are the vectors that spread use to others. With this new approach, scientists fight drug abuse by using the same epidemiological techniques used to control communicable diseases. Their efforts in the past 10 years have revealed risk factors for drug abuse, vulnerable age groups, side effects and preventive measures. But the same knowledge of addiction can be used to influence adolescent behavior in adverse ways. The cigarette industry and the manufacturers of beer, wine and spirits have developed new advertising campaigns and new products, such as wine coolers, in an effort to appeal to the young, said social psychologist Lloyd Johnston, program director of the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research. "The manufacturers know full well what the epidemiologists know that if they fail to addict people to their product during adolescence, it is highly unlikely that they will succeed in addicting them later," he said. Johnston heads a nationwide survey of more than 17,000 high school seniors that has been conducted every year since 1975. The survey provides the most thorough information on adolescent drug use for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Cigarettes and alcohol are now considered gateway drugs that Patterns of use by ex and age Females '-r eJ Percent using at each age 7 70 -J Alcohol 60 -J Marijuana lf 20 -pS s- yt- 1 -J Sweet sweet dreams of double-hill heaven J-f the relationships between the movies are slightly less obvious than those in the above examples. Perhaps some creative suggestions will help the double bill stage a comeback. As you go through the list, see if you can guess what the connections are before reading the explanations: The double bill isn't quite extinct, but it's definitely an endangered species. Where once it soared, it struggles. Where once it crowed, it cowers. For benefit of the youngsters in the audience who may think I'm discussing some sort of bird, I should probably explain that a double bill is a movie-theater program in which two films are shown back to 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 A'-9 in Amwcait Journal ot PubSic Please see DRUG, E-4 Jay Boyar MOVIES This 'Bedroom' kills the thrill By Jay Boyar SENTINEL MOVIE CRITIC Heartburn (1986) and mmmmmmmmm All the President's Men (1976): The link here is that both movies concern the activities of Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein. In All the President's Men we see him (played by Dustin Hoffman) heroically exposing corruption at the highest levels of government In Heartburn we see him as the fictionalized Mark Forman (played by Jack Nicholson) cheating on his pregnant wife. .7. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and Peter Pan (1953): As some critics noted when E.T. was released, Steven Spielberg's fantasy is a reimagining of James M. Barrie's story about the boy from Neverland. The details of the plot are, of course, quite different in each picture, but the spirits and themes are similar. As if to make the connection explicit, E.T. has a scene in which a mother reads Peter Pan to her children. Putting E.T. on a bill with the Disney's animated Peter Pan would really show off the similarities. A Hard Day's Night (1964) and Wanna Please see BOYAR, E-4 back, generally for a single admission. These days, about the only places you'll see double bills are at drive-ins and art houses sometimes with double admissions. But once upon a time before MTV, IRAs and VCRs double bills ruled the screen. I'd like to see that tradition revived, though I realize it's an uphill battle. People these days can barely sit still for one movie, let alone two. And yet, with the rise of those VCRs, maybe folks will start making up double bills of their own. Though there's no rule that the films in a double bill must have anything to do with each other, it's especially nice when they are related in some way. Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom would make a good, if rather obvious, program, as would the 1933 and 1976 versions of King Kong. At art houses, double bills often couple films that have the sarnie star or director: Brando's On the Waterfront and Last Tango in Paris, say, or Hitchcock's North by Northwest and Vertigo. Offered below are 10 double bills in which 'The Bedroom Window' Cast: Steve Guttenberg, Elizabeth McGovern, Isabella Hupport Director and screenwriter: Curtis Hanson Clnematographer Gil Taylor Music: Michael Shneve, Patrick Glees on Theaters: Fashion Village 8, Interstate Mall 6, Lake Howell Square, Republic Square Running time: 1 hour, 55 minutes Industry rating: (restricted) Reviewer's evaluation: band's employees. One night, while in the employee's bedroom, she looks out the window and happens to witness a murder attempt. She wants to tell the police but can't without exposing the affair. So her lover goes to the cops, says he witnessed the crime and tells them what she told him. If you think about this for a few minutes, you may begin to wonder how the poor man could stand up to police cross-questioning and why he'd put himself in a position where he might have to give false testimony in court. Another hole: The entire film hinges on whether the man would have had enough time, after awakening, to put in his contact lenses before going to the bedroom window. Apparently, no one connected with this production realized that people who wear contacts generally also own eyeglasses, which Please see WINDOW, E-2 In movies about spaceships and laser rays, it usually doesn't matter much if the alien has two antennas in one scene and three in another. An annoying detail, perhaps, but still just a detail. Thrillers, however, thrive on details. When the little things don't add up, the big things don't make much sense, either. This point is raised with reference to The Bedroom Window, a movie that makes even a mediocre thriller like The Morning After look, well, thrilling. If the plot of the new film had any more holes in it, you could slice it up and serve it on ham sandwiches. On paper, the premise may sound intriguing enough: A woman is romantically involved with one of her hus Reviewing key excellent, good, average, poor, awful 11111,1 11 1 II To an old-fashioned romantic, public passion is disrespectful 'Barefoot' run at IceHouse melts hearts By Elizabeth Maupin SENTINEL THEATER CRITIC Ed Hayes HEYDAYS JOHN RAOUWSENTINEk Russ Oleson, Alice Miller IceHouse Players bring 'Barefoot' back to life. ly seated in the male driver's lap. She was whispering or doing something mysteriously intimate to his ear. Whatever, the young man kissed her impulsively. My mind jumped to my high school days. A teacher, known for her spinster's outlook on life, came upon a boy and girl kissing in the corner of a hallway. The teacher stomped her foot, leveled her arm at them like a bazooka and intoned, "Here, here! We'll have none of that at this school!" Darned if I didn't feel the urge to use those exact words the other day, 46 years later, seated in my car at the traffic light I felt awfully old at that moment Just then the young woman in the pickup truck happened to turn around to see if she had an audience. Ordinarily, rather than feed this type of person's exhibitionist needs, I would have looked away. But I did something uncharacteristic, and felt years younger for it I winked at her. Former Sentinel columnist Ed Hayes, 62, is a free-lance writer living in Orlando. Could it be age that causes me to fidget and fume? I'm talking about the times when I pull up at a traffic signal and observe a clinching young couple in the vehicle directly in front of me. Usually my first thought is that the driver had dawdled along, holding me up in the process, perhaps unwittingly, but nonetheless hoping for the light to flash red so that he might take advantage of the delay and the sweet young thing seated beside him. Envy is not the source of my fidgeting. Certainly not. Nor does the impromptu scene of daylight amour cause me to look back with regret on my own transitory romantic days. Oh, absolutely not. Actually, I still rate myself a rather active romantic, but I've never been one to showcase my emotions along the public avenues. That's just my way, a reserved style that dates back to the first time I found myself thrill-ingly alone in an auto with a girL I even feel uncomfortable if my wife tries to rearrange a strand of my hair while I'm driving. Inevita- MOUNT DORA Try to recall when Bare-foot in the Park was new, when Neil Simon was an up-and-coming comedy writer with one hit in his pocket and his now-famous one-liners (most of them actually two-liners) seemed the funniest things around. It may be hard to remember the freshness of Barefoot in the Park, now close to a quarter of a century old and somewhat worse for the wear. But it only takes a few of the warm feelings that Simon has engendered in American audiences added to the pleasure of lovely, loose performances by an IceHouse Players cast to charm an audience once again. This play is just a trifle, and theatergoers should be gratified that Simon with his Brighton Beach-BUoxi Blues-Broadway Bound trilogy has moved on to bigger and better things. Still, the IceHouse has a knack for making something delicious out of a trifle. Barefoot in the Park is no exception. Take, for instance, the delapidated, bravely cheerful apartment set designed by director David W. Clevinger, where all the periwinkle blue paint in Theater review bly I envision a young fellow eyeing me from the trailing truck or car, misconstruing the grooming action for petting. "Hey, you old geezer, why don't you act your age?" Or: "Why don't you save that stuff till you get back to the nursing home?" No, I've never heard such wisecracks aimed in my direction, but an ounce of prevention eliminates a pound of emotional devastation. The other day, rolling to a stop behind a pickup truck, I observed a young woman, obviously unencumbered by a seat belt, practical 'Barefoot In the Park Playwright Neil Simon Director David W. Clevinger Cast Alice Miller. Russ Oieson, Sharron Frye, Gene Tate, Ted Mansfield Theater IceHouse Theatre, 1100 N. Unser St, Mount Dora Times: p.m. today, Friday and next Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday (also 8 p.m. Jan. 30 and 31, 2:30 Jan. 25 and Feb. 1) Please see PARK, E-3

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