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The Indiana Gazette Thursday, January 5, 1989 Page 10 'Rain Man 7 top weekend box office proceeds HOLLYWOOD (AP) The drama "Rain Man" and the comedy "Twins," contrasting chronicles of brotherly relations, commanded 1988's frantic final weekend at the movies. As the weekend's No. 1 film, "Rain Man," starring Dustin Hoffman as an autistic savant on the road with his scheming brother, played by Tom Cruise, sold $14.4 million worth of tickets. "Twins," featuring Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger as unlikely siblings separated at birth, finished second with $12.1 million. With these two films passing the $10 million mark, business during the four-day New Year's weekend was up sharply from a year ago.
The top 10 movies this New Year's gathered approximately $69.8 million, up 24 percent from 1987's top 10 grosses of $56.1 million. The Christmas weekend, however, reflected a 15 percent decline from a year ago. Last year's winter hits were "Three Men and a Baby," "Throw Momma from the Train," "Eddie Murphy Raw" and "Broadcast News." "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police a satirical look at sleuthing with Leslie Nielsen, came in third last weekend with $7.9 million. Next was the animated "Oliver and the Oliver Twist-inspired tale of a homeless kitten, with $7.4 million. Two sophisticated comedies, "Working Girl" and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," finished in fifth and sixth place, respectively.
"Working Girl," the Cinderella corporate story featuring Melanie Griffith as a crafty secretary, collected $7.3 million. "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," with Steve Martin and Michael Caine as dueling con men, claimed box-office revenues of $6.5 million. "Tequila Sunrise," starring Mel Gibson as a drug dealer trying to start over in life with restaurant owner Michelle Pfeiffer, landed in seventh with receipts of $4.6 million. Placing eighth was the animated "The Land Before Time," about a baby dinosaur's travels in a prehistoric world, with million. Rounding out the top 10 were "Scrooged," Bill Murray's reworking of the Dickens Christmas classic, with $3.3 million, and the horror film "Hellhound: Hellraiser II," with $2.6 million.
Here are the top movies for the four-day weekend as tallied by Exhibitor Relations with distributor, weekend gross, number of theater screens, average per screen, total gross and number of weeks in release. 1. "Rain Man," United Artists, $14.4 million, 1,254 screens. $11,448 per screen, $42.5 million, three weeks. 2.
"Twins," Universal, $12.1 million, 1,624 screens, $7,420 per screen, $55.6 million, four weeks. 3. "The Naked Gun," Paramount, $7.9 million, 1,969 screens $4,035 per screen, $47.9 million, five weeks. 4. "Oliver and Disney, million, 1,503 screens, $4,926 per screen, $40.2 million, seven weeks.
5. "Working Girl," 20th Century Fox, $7.3 million, 1,060 screens, $6,930 per screen, $16.7 million, two weeks. 6. "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," Orion, $6.5 million. 1,511 screens, $4,274 per screen, $22.3 million, three weeks.
7. "Tequila Sunrise," Warner $4.6 million, 1,411 screens, $3,228 per screen, $28.6 million, five weeks. 8. "The Land Before Time," Universal, $3.7 million, 1,414 screens, $2,635 per screen, $38 million, seven weeks. 9.
"Scrooged," Paramount, $3.3 million, 1,877 screens, $1,736 per screen, $54.9 million, six weeks. 10. "Hellhound: Hellraiser II," New World, $2.6 million, 1,187 screens, $2,173 per screen, $7.4 million, two weeks. By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN Duffy talks about playing spoiled brat MARIE ANTOINETTE Actress Jane Seymour is shown with husband David Flynn and children Sean, 3, Jennifer, 8, left, and Katie, 6. Seymour is to star as Queen Marie Antoinette in a new $48 million movie being filmed to mark the bicentennial of the French Revolution.
Katie is to join her mother in the film, known by its working title, "The French Revolution," playing the Queen's daughter, Princess Madame Royale. Sean is to play the role of the French dauphin. (AP Laserphoto) Tim Dunigan plays different 'Davy Crockett' By FRANK SANELLO Newspaper Enterprise Assn. Fans of the long-running CBS sitcom "Newhart" know actress Julia Duffy as the monumentally spoiled and narcissistic Stephanie Vanderkellen. Stephanie and her equally superficial boyfriend (Peter Scolari) make the self-absorbed yuppies on "thirtysomething" look like social activists.
Duffy brings to her hilarious interpretation of Stephanie years of comic experience on stage, film and TV. She's appeared in "Barefoot in the Park" in regional theater and in guest shots on TV's "Cheers" and "Wizards and Warriors." She proved herself equally adept at drama in a stage production of "The Three Sisters" and on PBS in "Romeo and Juliet." A native of Minneapolis, Duffy studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and made her professional stage debut at 18 in "The Girl in the Freudian Slip." A veteran of two daytime soaps, "The Doctors" and "Love of Life," Duffy joined the cast of "Newhart" in 1983. On Monday, Jan. 16, the attractive actress will play a high-fashion model in NBC's "The Cover Girl and the Cop," with Dinah Manhoff in the other half of the title role. Here, Duffy talks about playing a spoiled brat week after week, developing her own show and being a working mother.
Q. Do you feel typecast playing yet another beautiful woman on "The Cover Girl and the A. I always tell people I've made a career playing women who are much better looking than I am. What it really means is I spend a lot of extra time in the makeup chair. Q.
How close is the actress-tnodel of "Cover Girl" to Stephanie on Golf course set up on ice LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Golfers entering the "Arctic Open" might get a few extra yards of skid on their drives and they certainly won't have to worry about a water hazard: They'll be playing on top of one. The Jan. 28-29 open will be played on the frozen fairways of Wehrspann Lake at the Chalco Hills Recreation Area. A nine-hole golf course has been laid out on the lake.
The Omaha Suburban Rotary Club hopes the tournament will raise $20,000 for scholarships for handicapped high school students, said club member Lyle Sapp. Anything more will be used to help the homeless, Meals on Wheels program, and the Henry Doorly Zoo, he said, The tournament will benefit wildlife, too. A. The cover girl doesn't have Stephanie's edge or arrogance. She's much more helpless and sweeter.
Q. "Newhart" has been slipping in the ratings. Do you think this will be ifs last season? A. Our contracts are all up this year, so most likely this will be the last season. If they keep airing us at 8 p.m., I don't know if we'll ever get back our old ratings, because this is definitely a show with adult humor.
Q. What will you do when "Newhart" finally goes off the air? A. I have a deal with MTM to do my own show. I adore Stephanie, but on my own show I want to play a' more mature character. Q.
Do you base Stephanie on anyone you know? A. People ask me that all the time. Fortunately, I've never known anyone like her, but everybody else tells me they know somebody just like Stephanie. I just base her on the way children behave when they've been spoiled rotten. Q.
Is it frustrating playing such a one-dimensional, egotistical person? A. I don't think she's one-dimensional at all. In several episodes, she starts out selfish and cruel, but by the end she's had her comeuppance and has become a little more human. Not too human, of course. With someone like her, for every step forward you take two steps backward.
Q. Was working on daytime soaps a mostly positive or negative experience? A. Well, I met my husband on my first soap, so I can't say I have any complaints. Q. You're identified as a comedian.
Would you like to try your hand at something dramatic? A. Well, I did play Irina in a St. Louis production of "Three Sisters," so it hasn't been all pie in the face and pratfalls for my career. But if a drama came along that really touched me, I'd jump at it. Q.
Is it hard working long hours on the set when you have a 2-ycar-old daughter? A. No. I take her to work with me, and I have a lot of free time on the set. It's nothing compared to what most working mothers in this country have to put up with. No one objected to my breast-feeding the baby on the set actually, I did it in my trailer.
Q. How does your own socioeconomic background compare to Stephanie's super-rich family? A. My dad died when I was a baby, so we were very low on the socioeconomic scale. My mom was a secretary for years, and she put four kids through Catholic school. There was a lot of struggling to make ends meet.
She eventually became enormously successful as the head of a real-estate firm's closing department, but by that time I had left home. By JERRY BUCK AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) Tim Dunigan was an interested onlooker when the television series "Lucas Tanner," about a former baseball player turned teacher, was filmed near his home. "They filmed some of it in Webster Groves, where I grew up," said Dunigan. "I was interested because I wanted to be a baseball play- erM never thought about acting." Nevertheless, Dunigan did begin acting, at Webster College in St. Louis.
He soon joined the St. Louis Repertory Co. Last year, Dunigan won out over more than 1,000 actors for the role of the new Davy Crockett in NBC's "The Magical World of Disney." The role was originated by Fess Parker in the Frontierland segment of "Disneyland" in 1954-55. The latest chapter will be seen Sunday, Jan. 15.
Crockett, who saves a young Creek Indian and becomes his guardian spirit, is caught in a moral dilemma when the Army plans to attack the youth's village during a sacred ceremony. "My Davy Crockett is certainly different from Fess Parker's," Dunigan said during a brief visit in Los Angeles. The show is filmed in British Columbia. "Fess Parker will always be Davy Crockett to a lot of people. I don't think people are going to forget him.
I know I grew up watching him. But I think people can watch me and enjoy me as Davy Crockett, too. Actually, since I was born in 1955,1 think of Fess' Parker more as 'Daniel Boone' (whom Parker played in the 1960s). The Davy Crockett I see was more of a Will Rogers of his time. He was a storyteller who liked to sit around and tell good stories.
"I think people want to see the legend. Still, we have to give it more reality. So there we are out in the woods. We have to tell a story that both children and adults can enjoy. It's the hardest thing I've ever done physically." At times, the role has called for Dunigan to run up a mountain wearing soaking wet leather clothing and carrying a heavy musket.
Dunigan's Crockett is younger than Parker's, but the major difference is that in the past 30 years, views regarding Indians, ethnic minorities and women have changed. The upcoming episode reflects that change. In the past, it's doubtful that Crockett would have been sensitive to Indian sacred ceremonies. "He did his share of Indian fighting," said Dunigan, "but later when he was in Congress he tried to help Indians. I'm out in the woods.
He's a hero. That's the way I play him. He's exciting. He tells you straight." Dunigan first came to Los Angeles for a pilot called "Century City," in which he played Richard Kiley's son. "I'd been doing musicals and had never been in front of a camera before," he said.
"You know what I liked about it? You could do it over again." Dunigan's last show was the syndicated series "Captain Powers and the Soldiers of the Future," which was also made in Canada. In 1983 he was baby sitter to an orangutan in "Mr. Smith." This monkey business didn't last very long. On "Wizards and Warriors," he was Prince Dirk Blackpool's incompetent brother, Geoffrey. He was also the original Templeton "Face" Peck in "The A-Team." He appeared in the pilot, but was replaced by Dirk Benedict in the long- running series.
"They said I was too young and too tall," said Dunigan, who's 6-foot- 5. "I look even younger on camera than I am. So it was difficult to accept me as a veteran of the Vietnam War, which ended when I was a sophomore in high school. It took me a while to get over it. I kept saying, 'What did I do The producer, Stephen Canneli, said I didn't do anything wrong, but I still felt it was my fault.
George Peppard called to cheer me up. He said he had been replaced in 'Dynasty' as the original Blake Carrington." Dunigan was filling in for a week or so as Skip on the soap opera "The Young and the Restless" when he auditioned for Davy Crockett. "I replaced the actor playing Skip when he went into the hospital," he said. "I didn't know the character. I'd have to drive out to the Disney Ranch for Davy Crockett.
Then I'd drive to CBS Television City for the soap. I never knew which accent to do." DEAR ABBY: In response to the letter from "Wondering in Waco," the woman who had planned to have her tubes tied and was told she needed her husband's consent, I would like to add my own experience along the same line: As a widow, planning to marry, I wanted to have my tubes tied. As I sat in the hospital, wrapped in a sheet awaiting my turn for the surgery, a nurse came in and asked if my husband was available to sign the "consent form." I informed the nurse that I had no husband, and if I did have one, I'd be aghast at the idea that I would need his consent to have my tubes tied. This requirement may not be "on the books," but it is a widespread practice. ALSO APPALLED IN NEW JERSEY DEAR APPALLED: As I previously pointed out: "It's possible that the physician asked'the woman to obtain her husband's consent in a way that gave the impression that it was required by law." The moral to this story: If you are asked to do something that "feels" unfair, unjust or inappropriate, don't assume that it's a law ask for proof.
DEAR ABBY: I hate writing letters, but I couldn't resist a comment to "Wondering in Waco," who was upset when her doctor told her she needed her husband's consent to have her tubes tied. I'm the mother of six lovely children and was on the pill for 10 years when some negative reports started coming out about it. This worried my husband, so he decided to have a vasectomy. We made an appointment with the surgeon, and I took my husband to the doctor's office. I sat in the waiting room.
The nurse came to get me, saying the doctor wanted to see me, too. When I went into his office, he handed me a form to read and sign. It said: "I agree to allow my husband to have this surgery, and I will not sue the doctor for tampering with my personal property." Of course I signed it, and my honey and I had many laughs over this for a long time afterward. So you see, it all depends on the doctor's rules. DEAR ABBY: The letter about the girl who worked in a fast-food place that required her to wear short-shorts so "people could look at her legs" reminded me of an experience our niece had a few years ago.
(She was a beautiful girl and looked like Judy Garland.) While attending nursing school and living with us, this niece took a job as a waitress in a local steak house. After a week or two, her boss told her that he wanted her to wear high heels, mesh tights, hot pants, a short black dinner jacket and a white, sleeveless, turtleneck sweater. He told her it would help business, and she would get bigger tips. He was right. Nobody sat at the bar anymore.
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He refused, so she quit her job and filed with the California Fair Employment Practices Commission. She won four weeks' pay, plus an offer of re-employment from her erstwhile boss (which she KARIN AND BOB, ELK GROVE, CALIF. DEAR KARIN AND BOB: Hooray for your niece. She's not only a credit to womanhood, she chose a noble profession that desperately needs to increase its numbers. "How to Have a Lovely Wedding" is a revised, up-to-date guide for formal church weddings, home weddings, second-time-around weddings.
To order, send your name and address, plus check or money order for $2.89 ($3.39 in Canada) to: Abby's Wedding Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, 111. 61054. (Postage is included.) Xavier Cugat hospitalized in Spain BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Band leader Xavier Cugat received emergency treatment for severe lung inflammation at a clinic today, and his doctors said he responded well. Doctors at Quiron Clinic said in a statement that the 89-year-old, Spanish-born musician responding favorably." He was admitted to the clinic's intensive care unit, spokeswoman Inmaculada Cuenca said.
Cugat, who is credited with introducing tropical rhythms into American dance music, entered the clinic Tuesday night suffering from "severe lung inflammation and high blood pressure," said the medical statement, which was signed by three doctors. Cugat was hospitalized Aug. 24 for heart and respiratory problems but was released after a 10-day stay. At the time, Dr. Jordi Rius identified Cugat's ailment as a "problem in the left (heart) ventricle probably secondary to a respiratory infection." Before that he was hospitalized in February for lung congestion.
Cugat, a U.S. citizen since the age of 12, gave up a 50-year band career in 1970 and handed over his orchestra to Tito Puente. Ten years later he returned to Spain, where he was born in the northeastern town of Geronaon Jan. 1,1900. Cugat and his family left Spain for Cuba when he was 4.
Since returning to live in Barcelona, Cugat has suffered four heart attacks and a severe stroke. Elsewhere in television: BABY-SITTING Julia Duffy and Dinah Manoff star in the suspense comedy "The Cover Girl and the Cop" on NBC on Monday, Jan. 16. Duffy plays a beautiful, frivolous model who witnesses a murder and Manoff is a tough, streetwise policewoman assigned as "baby sitter" to protect her. They soon pool their differences to save themselves and solve the crime.
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