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Entertainment fWl. 1 Actress Diane Keaton is comfortable with post-50 life, career By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES - The years have liberated Diane Keaton from the burden of sex appeal. Or so she declares. Sleek and leggy in a leather pantsuit, her smile as beguiling as in her "Annie Hall" days, the actress is still a knockout. Whether her looks belie her words, Keaton, 51, does seem at ease with growing older. "I feel more freedom not feeling as though I have to be attractive to men. And that's kinda nice because then I feel then if men like me, they like me because they like me. There's pluses and minuses. Sometimes you remember, like, eh .... But there is a positive aspect to that," she concludes, inconclusively. As with Annie Hall, her Oscar-winning character from Woody Allen's 1977 come- dy, Keaton's elliptical patter is as intriguing for the words that get left out as for the ones so freely scattered. For instance, did she enjoy capitalizing on her youthful sexuality? "What came of that was a lot of self-consciousness and worry and did they or didn't they and time spent worrying about that," replies Keaton, once romantically linked with the likes of Allen and Warren Beatty. She's now a single mom to young daughter Dexter. Seasoning is valuable on the professional as well as personal front, says Keaton, interviewed in connection with her latest project, the TV movie "Northern Lights," now airing on the Disney Channel. "Sandy Meisner, my acting teacher when I was in my 20s in New York, in the Neighborhood Playhouse, always said to us kids 'Wait until you get a little experience ..." "He's right. I think I bring different things at different times to roles, what I'm interested in, the things that touch me or move me," says Keaton. In Hollywood, however, the attitude toward actresses is generally the younger, the better - making Keaton's thriving career a hefty brick through the glass ceiling. She shared in the success of last year's "First Wives Club" with Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler. This year, Keaton received an Oscar nomination for "Marvin's Room" and just nabbed a starring role in a new film, "The Other Sister." Television also has welcomed her. "Northern Lights," an offbeat comedy-drama, is her third movie for television (after "Amelia Earhart" and "Running Mates"). Keaton plays Roberta Blumstein, a brassy New York widow, childless, who comes to a New England town for her brother's funeral and discovers she has joint guardianship of his young son. Blumstein also bumps up against the town's truly eccentric residents. It's a juicy role for Keaton, decked out in mock Chanel suits, a high-glam helmet of a wig and assorted neuroses. Although the movie has echoes of her 1987 picture "Baby Boom," Keaton says Blumstein is different, "about the least lovable person I've ever seen." "I never really had a part like her, not quite like her, saying what she thinks every minute of the day and having an attitude. It's like one of the Bea Arthur characters, they always have a comment," Keaton said. Keaton also gets to warble a bit, which she considers a treat: "One of the best things in life is to sing." Despite an impressive collection of roles in film including "The Godfather," "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" and "Reds," and praise as a director for "Unstrung Heroes," Keaton couldn't avoid a career slump. She was ignored, she said, after "The Good Mother" flopped with audiences in 1988. "I couldn't get a job when I did Father of the Bride" in 1991, said Keaton, crediting the film's creators, Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer, with her hiring. The trio had worked together on "Baby Boom." The role in "Marvin's Room" was due to co-star Meryl Streep, Keaton said. "She's the one who said 'Diane,' and I don't think they particularly wanted me at Miramax, I know they didn't. But she kept on it, and (producer) Scott Rudin did, too." Hot, cool, hot again. The act ress, looking reflective, delivers her appraisal -and it's pure Keaton: "Yeah, interesting, the whole thing." L inhi I'M HTT? FT h P. AMK I 7:00 I 7:30 8:00 "8-30 9:00 1 9:30 10:00 T0:30 3 WGN Fam'Mal' Bzzzl A 'PG' Sister, Sister Smart Guy Wayans Steve Harvey News A O Ujj yyig" " News O Ent Tonight "Abduction of Innocence. A Moment ot Truth Movie" Q Law & Order "Entrapment" QWTBS WtoBossT"" ' Who's Boss? Move The Breakfast Club" (1985) W Movie The Outsiders' PG' WLTX Cf)w An(ty G" Nanny (R) Murphy Coast to Coast AD 4fi Hours (R) A O EQWOLO JePardy! Wh. Fortune Drew Carey Spin City A Drew Carey j Ellen (R) PG Pnmetime Live Q ggyypLH Newshour With Jim Lehref .. ; . 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'PG-13' . j "7 Day-May" " Ranger j U.S. Open Tennis: Opening Round, (live) A O . . ' s tit cj mm tot -: o ca cat 0 C3 t 3 w8 Will there be new Garth LP for Christmas stockings? Just call 'Sunset Beach' actor Timothy Adams a home decorator By NANCY M. REICHARDT NEA Writer : NEW YORK - Timothy Adams, who recently returned to "Sunset Beach" as Casey Mitchum after a brief absence, currently has two residences - a townhouse in Los Angeles and an apartment in New York City. And the two places are furnished in totally different styles. "Decorating my West Coast townhouse was fun, but costly," Adams explains. "But that's because of the things I wanted. Everything is brand new in my LA. place. I ordered a customized sofa and chaise lounge. I bought really cool tables and wood fixtures - stuff that was more apropos for the place." Meanwhile, Tim's New York City apartment "is furnished New York style," he says with a grin, "which means it didn't cost much. I found tables for $10, lamps for $5. There's a thrift shop right downstairs from my New York place where I bought a framed picture the last time I was in town for $1, an 11x14 of Grace Slick with a microphone in hand. You can just find things that cost you a buck or two bucks in Manhattan. That's the idea of New York that I like. You don't need a lot of money to live there, if you're efficient, thrifty and smart. You can live on minimal and still do the things you want to do." Adams' castmate Jennifer Banko-Stewart has been let go. Banko-Stewart took over the role of teen runaway Tiffany Thorne when her predecessor Adrienne Frantz was fired. Banko-Stewart's release was for storyline purposes. Frantz wasn't out of work long, however. A few short weeks after leaving "Sunset Beach," the actress was picked to mmm create the role of Ambrosia ("Amber"), a young waitress on "The Bold and the Beautiful." Short takes SUSAN LUCCI - is there anyone who doesn't know she plays Erica Kane on "All My Children"? - is busy off the soap set in Canada where she's working on a TV movie. Lucci will play a dazzling femme fatale, with the accent on "fatal," in the two-hour movie, "Blood on Her Hands." Lucci plays Isabelle Collins, a first-class manipulator who is irrestible to men - sort of sounds like Erica. Isabelle gets a lover to kill her husband, played by former soaper John OHurley (best known as Jonathan Matalaine on "Loving") and then conspires with the lover's hot-shot lawyer, Kamar De Los Reyes, who recently left his "One Life to Live" role, to frame her lover for the murder. Lucci's real-life husband, Helmut Huber, is co-producer. EVA LaRUE CALLAHAN and John Callahan (Maria and Edmund Gray on "All My Children") are set to co-host ABC's live broadcast of "The 77th Annual Miss America Pageant" on Sept. 13. Live from Atlantic City, the Callahans, who are married in real-life, preside over the crowning of Miss America 1988. They are the first married couple to host the pageant telecast. LaRue Callahan left her "All My Children" role to co-star in the new UPN primetime comedy, "Head Over Heels." By JIM PATTERSON Associated Press Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Two days after Garth Brooks walked off a stage in New York City's Central Park, EMI-Capitol Records reported sales leaps of as high as 114 percent on his albums. What they couldn't report are sales figures for Brooks' new album "Sevens," which the HBO concert Aug. 7 was conceived to launch. Unhappy with Capitol's marketing plans and shaken by the recent departures of key executives, Brooks has refused to allow the release of the album. Now, Brooks and Capitol executives are trying to reach an agreement to get "Sevens" out in time for the Christmas season. "I don't know when it will come out," Brooks said. "It can't come any later than the year 2015. That's when my deal is up, you know? I don't know, I really don't." Brooks is adamant that he'd rather delay the record than chance a repeat of the performance of his last project, "Fresh Horses" (1995). "Fresh Horses" has sold over 4 million copies. That's more than respectable, but Brooks measures himself against his peak record, "No Fences" in 1990. That effort has sold 13 million. Capitol marketing executive Pat Quigley agrees that 4 million isn't enough sales for an artist of Brooks' stature. The Oklahoman has sold over 62 million, second only to The Beatles in U.S. sales. Quigley last worked with Brooks on the plan that sold 9 million of 1994's The Hits." "How can a guy who sells 4 million records complain?" Quigley said. "He complains because we had a plan to sell 10 million of 'The Hits' in six months, which we basically did. And within that we had a plan to sell his core audience, what I call fence sitters, people who are disposed to country music but maybe not Garth, and then 40 percent to people who never bought a Garth record before. "We didn't do that (on 'Fresh Horses'). We let him down." Quigley is the only Capitol executive to whom Brooks was close CHICKEN DIVAN SHRIMP & CHICKEN SPRING ROLLS with oriental rice GRILLED HAM & SVISS CLU3 ON RYE r Hi j 0k THIS WEEK'S NITELY SPECIALS Hi be ye & Shrimp Seafood Platter 9.95 '9.95 Stuffed Flounder Snow Crablegs 9.95 $9.95 Includes: bread, tossed salad, choice of baked potato, stuffed potato, or mushrooms & onions TAKE-OUTS LUNCH: MON.-HM. 11-2 An OftANStsuRa TeADffioN For 12 Years A Still Gcmno Strono Qrove FrK Shopping Villoma - 533-1 088 irira Ifeundiv. JKuaust 28th Progressive Karaoke for fan, cash, & prizes PRE-LABOR DAY lJilUSJ J'JJlLUii' iBJJ'I ill Hi) "rj::.' METHOD TO MADNESS oui oi moDiic, am. No Cover for members - lor their quest 1 ,ibpww'"(iiW)WiiiIiji. ihb si'-"' s He: a,. :T" , Garth Brooks who still remains at the company. Capitol's New York headquarters closed in May, and CEO Charles Koppelman and vice president Tend Santisi were fired. Quigley moved to the Nashville office, where he's working on marketing campaigns for artists like Deana Carter and John Berry. But his primary mission is repairing the company's relationship with Brooks. "He's a friend of mine," Quigley said of Brooks. "But I would say at this point, there is no (business ) relationship. "There's issues on both sides. They're going to get resolved. When they do, the world's going to hear one of the really great Garth albums." Brooks, as usual, is trying to keep details of the new album under wraps until it's released. He says it will cover a wide variety of styles, and that some of it "is extremely strange." Quigley said plans call for "Sevens" to be packed with more music than the typical 30- to 45-minute country music CD, without any price increase. A Brooks album for Christmas could help other artists, as well. Superstar releases bring people into stores, said Jon Kerlikowske, general manager of Tower Records in Nashville. Once they're there, they tend to buy more than what they came for. "A new record from someone like Garth Brooks could sell probably a thousand copies over Christmas," Kerlikowske said. That's a lot for here. He also appeals to a broad base of people. He crosses over to pop music. "Will it make or break me this Christmas? No. But it would sure be nice to have." Quigley says he could release "Sevens" as late as Nov. 15, if he can get the go-ahead from Brooks. "We need to repair that relationship, and so does he. It's not like it's a one-sided thing. We both need to come together for the betterment of Garth and for EMI," Quigley said. 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