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The Indiana Gazette Tuesday, December 8, 1992 — Page 22- STAR POWERS — Actress Stefanie Powers arrives with her friend and former co-star Robert Wagner as her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was unveiled recently in Hollywood. Powers' star was the 1,970th star on the famous walk, Wagner and Powers starred as married sleuths in the long-running TV series, "Hart to Hart." (AP Leaf Photo) Video views: Danny, Mel and Joe are 'Lethal 7 stooges By MAX MCQUEEN Cox News Service Joe Pesci is too much in "Lethal Weapon III" (R, 1992. Warner, $99.99). And I do mean TOO much. It's enough putting up with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover's smirky mutual admiration society in the third of their wholesale, hard-core action films. But Pesci, well, like I said, he's TOO much. As a reformed con man, he's constantly interrupting Mel and Danny's crime-busting forays with hot tips about this or that suspicious activity. Once is fine. Twice is tolerable. Six and seven times are way too much. Pesci crosses the line from a charming sidekick to a pesky pest, not unlike a yip-yip-yipping poodle. When Pesci isn't scraping on filmgoers' eardrums, Mel and Dan are saving Los Angeles from everyone from street thugs to real estate developers. If only they'd put a muzzle on Pesci. "Lethal Weapon Ill's" lone twist over its predecessors is the introduction of a lady detective in the hard-hitting form of Rene Russo. She was one of this year's long list of actresses who talked, walked and slugged like a man — apparently out of sheer desperation to get a film role with lines. Unfortunately with Pesci piping up all over "Lethal Weapon III," no one can get a word in edgewise. The same holds true of Goldie Hawn in "Housesitter" (PG, 1992. Universal, $94.98). But there's a reason for Hawn's motor mouth. As a golddigger with a way with words, Hawn invites herself into the life of a control-freak architect played to neurotic perfection by Steve Martin. She doesn't just dog this guy; she moves into his dream home and tells one and all she's the new missus. Little white lies beget bigger and bigger ones until the truth explodes like Mount St. Helen over "Housesit- ter's" sleepy little bedroom community. Being as we have a marshmallow-light domestic comedy here, director Frank Oz leaves room for a happy, sappy ending. That it doesn't ring true is fitting, considering the film is built ever so harmlessly on a pack of lies. * Actor Keith Gordon made a solid directing bow with "The Chocolate War." He shows steady, improved growth with "A Midnight Clear" (PG, 1992. ColumbiaTriStar, $92 95) Set in the French Alps. Will Wharton's World War II drama finds an American intelligence unit and a German squad making an uneasy but willing peace during Christmas 1944. Ethan Hawke, Kevin Dillon, Arye Gross and Gary Sinise guide a well-matched ensemble thai makes a quiet but effective anti-war statement. If you don't expect anything out of Jim Jarmusch's "Night on Earth" iR. 1992. New Line, $89.95). you'll probably manage to stay awake for this two-hour exercise in existential cinema. Working on a given that cabbies are world-wise philosophers, Jarmusch follows five taxi drivers in one 24-hour period. The taxis' routes are Los Angeles (with Winona Ryder at the wheel). New York, Rome, Paris and Helsinki. One of Jarmusch's peers in avant- garde cinema is Derek Jarman. The British director's latest opus is a modern retelling of "Edward II" (R, 1992. New Line, $89.95). However, Jarman doesn't so much update as "MTV-ize" Christopher Marlowe's play about Britain's one and only openly homosexual king. Stylistically, Edward II is an eye- popping marvel, but fiat acting and monotone narrative make Edward a dull royal boy. Francis Ford Coppola claimed to have made the definitive Dracula movie with his current hit, "Bram Stoker's Dracula." Dream on, Francis. No matter how many millions Coppola's Dracula makes, it is far from "the real thing." Director Dan Curtis fared much, much better with the cursed count in 1973 on TV with "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (Unrated, 1973. MPI, $59.98). Jack Palance's Dracula was so icy he could have sent chills up Bela Lugosi's spine. However, Palance's thunder was stolen by an even shadowy figure: Richard Nixon. The night Palance was to make his much ballyhooed TV bow as Dracula was the very night Nixon announced he was replacing Vice President Spiro Agnew with Gerald Ford. Guess who got pre-empted? Too. too bad. For Palance's terse work here is some of his best, with or without a one-arm push-up. For reasons unknown, CNN has released "The Road to the White House" (Unrated, 1992. Turner, $19.98). I would think if anyone watched CNN from February to November, they would not need this hour cap of the presidential race. To each his own. However, I would retitle the video, "The Back Road to the White House." Here are some new video releases: Action Beyond Justice, with Rutger Hauer (Vidmark, $92.95). Lady Dragon, with Cynthia Rothrock (Imperial. $89.95). Lethal Weapon III, with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover (Warner, $99.99). Comedy Boris and Natasha: The Movie, with Sally Kellerman (Academy, $89.95). Hou- sesitter, with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn (Universal, $89.98). Documentary American Dream ( HBO, $89.99 ). The Road to the White House (Turner, $19.98). 72 Hours to Victory. Behind the Scenes with Bill Clinton (MPI, $19.98). Drama Beautiful Dreamers, with Rip Torn (Hemdale, $89.95). Bram Stoker's Dracula, with Jack Palance ( MPI, $59.98). Double Vision, with Kim Cattrall (Republic, $89.98). Edward II, by Derek Jarman (New Line, $92.95). A Midnight Clear, with Ethan Hawke (Columbia TriStar, $92.95). Night on Earth, with Winona Ryder (New Line, $92.95). Promised a Miracle (Republic, $89.98). Music Chicago's And the Band Played On (Warner Reprise. $19.98). * All Paper J I SUPER BINGO * J SATURDAY, DEC. 12 J * Doors Open 5:30 P.M. Earty Birds 7:00 P.W. J jPlumville Fire Hall J *Adm. $ 20 2 Jackpots J * 20 Regular Games 5 Specials * * BENEFIT: * * PLUMV1LLE FIRE DEPARTMENT * 500-channel TV could bring TV magic, big bills By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) - The vaudeville gag goes like this: One resort guest is griping to another about the rooms, the service, the food—the lousy food. "Yes," replies the other guest. "And such small portions." Welcome to the big-portion world of 500-channel cable television, coming sooner than you may realize to a nearby television set. More channels won't necessarily mean just more of the same. But will it mean better? Aim a newly empowered TV remote control and you may be able to choose from hundreds of pay-per- view movies, dozens of college football games. Or switch on a baseball game and — click — call up a player's stats in an on-screen box. Or — click again — get an on-screen list of future home games and a stadium seating chart. Then buy tickets, all using your remote. Try this scenario: You've missed your favorite soap opera for a day and a new character has popped up. Point your remote at him, and you discover it's John, Mary's new lover. Like his suit? Go ahead and order it, via your TV. These are among the possibilities of so-called "interactive" television, an outgrowth of mega-TV technology. It means many viewers and their sets are likely to get a lot more intimate. "I think there will be a substantial fraction of (cable) subscribers served by 1995-96," said Richard Green, president of CableLabs, the industry's research and development consortium. It's TV your way, promoters say, personal TV -— not this cookie-cutter programming, this just-sits-there box that doesn't reflect the REAL YOU. But, as always, buyer beware. All those choices, all that fulfillment, comes at a price, as yet uncertain, which could end up ballooning your monthly cable bill. The industry moved a big step closer to this brave new world with last week's announcement that the nation's largest cable operator, Tele-Communications Inc., was installing digital technology for 1 million customers as early as 1994. Digital, as opposed to the current analog technology, is what could allow cable TV to speed down a 500-plus lane freeway — if, of course, consumer demand is there, and if cable, computer and other industries move aggressively to meet it. "The image of the (cable) industry will change," predicted Green. "Right now, the image is entertainment, video provider .. .the same stuff like at the video store. The image will change to more of a higher-tech, digital provider of a wide range of services," including education. Information services now available through personal computers also may be offered over cable. Steering you through the mind- boggling array of choices will be on-screen video TV guides, several of which are in development. One, InSight Telecast, will be tested in homes next summer and may be marketed within two years for the $l-pr-so weekly cost of published guides. Besides providing a grid schedule, similar to those now in print, they will perform such magic as organizing a list of a week's worth of movies and series on TV by genre and giving capsule plots. Word of Tele-Communication's digital foray helped fan excitement at a cable industry convention in Southern California that already was atwitter with the possibilities -~ and the profit potential. "You can tell the way people use TV they want more interaction with it — they sit there clutching the remote, pressing the button," suggested one panelist, clearly a pop psychology devotee. Another optimist suggested the emergence of a new viewer hybrid: the Super Couch Potato. And still a third, starry-eyed, envisioned a monthly cable tab "that ends up looking like a long-distance bill, which is what I hope it ends up." Such prospects drew nervous murmurs from audiences, even these industry-friendly ones. A wiseguy pantomimed opening a cable bill, then threw his hands up and exclaimed: "What's this? $362!" But, hey, let's give the future a chance. After all, some 200,000 Canadians already are friends with inter- . active TV through a system called Videoway, which says it's showing a profit. Don't we have the stout heart of our neighbors to the north? Are we lacking the pioneer spirit needed to fork over more green stuff, keeping us in the front ranks of the international TV army? Bring on those 500 channels. Praise the Lord, and pass the remote control. Elsewhere in television... MORE REAL PAIN: Patty Duke, once our favorite set of teen-age twins, stars tonight in a true-crime _ TV movie on the grimmer side of adolescence. Duke plays the mother of a popular high school student who is murdered. She takes her daughter's best friend into her home, then, begins to fear the girl may be linked to the killing. Loretta Swit also stars in "A Killer Among Friends," airing on CBS at 9 p.m. EST, Theater gives home to '60s sensibilities OODSTOCK, N.Y. (AP) — One Woodstock, which gave its WOODSTOCK, N.Y. (AP) — One step into the Bearsville Theater and the rich smell of white pine is overwhelming. Outside a huge picture window is a creek, and the splendorous Catskill Mountains. But don't let the tranquil setting fool you. Up and running for three years, the theater has put the bohemia back in Woodstock. Albert Grossman, who managed Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and Joan Baez, long dreamed of converting his old storage shed into a community theater. He died in 1986, but his wife, Sally Grossman, didn't let the dream die with him. The Bearsville has hosted chamber musicians, punk rockers, old folkies, world music artists and nationally broadcast concerts by Warren Zevon, the Cowboy Junkies and Bruce Cockburn. "It's really a great-sounding place," said former Band member Rick Danko, who plans to host his third New Year's Eve concert at the theater this year. "Acoustic-wise, I don't think you'll find any better," he said. "It's like being in a barrel, in a sound box." Woodstock, which gave its nameV to the famed music festival held 40 miles away, is still a haven for. artists and musicians who want a ; slower pace than the one in New : York City, two hours away by car. ; Sally Grossman, pressed by pro-,! posed zoning changes into acting on • her husband's idea, talked about the : Bearsville during a recent interview ! that epitomized the casual craziness of Woodstock. Hippie icon Wavy Gravy, who took™ the microphone during the '60s festival to announce breakfast in bed for thousands, was back in town for a ". show. He sat at the table wearing a plastic lightning bolt on his head. Songwriter John Sebastian stopped by to say hello. With seating for about 350, the ; Bearsville is in a complex that ' includes two restaurants and a recording studio owned by Grossman. -'| BINGO EVERY WED. and SAT. PENN RUN FIRE HALL Early Birds 6:45 P.M. Reg. Bingo 7 P.M. JACKPOT and LUCKY « Indiana Elks CHRISTMAS DANCE 1 Saturday, Dec. 12 9:00 P.M. Indiana's Own "MARK V" For Advance Ticket*: 465-6800_ Elk* Members & Guents I NEW WORKS EXHIBITION First Anniversary Open House FNEXRT Friday, December 11 7:30-10 P.M. Saturday, December 12 2-5 P.M. Refreshments GREAT NEW GIFT IDEAS! INTRODUCING ORIGINAL ARTWEAR Joyce Maclsaac. artist and owner P.O Box 166, RM19S Marchand. 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