The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 11, 1997 · Page 59
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 59

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 11, 1997
Page 59
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TELEVISION Forget Brando. We've got Aiello. In The Last Don, a CBS miniseries starting this Sunday (9 p.m. ET), Danny Aiello, 64, plays Don Clericuzo, whose Machiavellian efforts to legitimize his mob family lead to disaster. The series, also starring Kirstie Alley and Joe Mantegna, is based on Mario (The Godfather) Puzo's 1996 novel. Q: How did you land the role of the Don? They were talking to [Marlon] Brando. They later came to me and said, "We want you to do it, and not Brando," which was [baloney]. I'm sure it was his choice not to do it. Q: How did you prepare? 1 began thinking how I'd play 85. At the start of the movie, I'm standing with my three sons. I'm 6-3, and I made sure I was above them. As I age, you see me shrink. And something magic happened: [Hunching over] changed my way of speaking. Q: What has been your most rewarding or challenging role? Nobody saw it, but Ruby [1992]. Also, Do the Right Tiling [1989] was an experience. I was told by everyone, "Why are you doing a Spike Lee movie?" But Spike was generous; he let me put in things I thought were necessary. Q: If you ran a studio, what kind of movies would you put out? Something that would return people to what life used to be. We witness too many killings; I'm talking about seeing «'h tui bodies [on TV] while we're eating break- TIDer in this f ast . \ve see tabloid freaks and think that's Country." the norm. It's made us all insensitive. "There's no longer moral MUSEUM New journalism museum makes you the reporter The Newseum, the only interactive museum of journalism, is now open in Arlington, Va. Attractions include a real TV studio; a camera-microphone setup that lets visitors play TV field reporters; and a photo booth where visitors can see their face on the cover of a magazine, including USA WEEKEND. News- related artifacts include a copy of Publick Occurrences, British North America's first newspaper (1690), and Thomas Paine's writing desk, plus an original version of his Common Sense. Other features: a 220-seat theater with a high-definition TV screen showing films about a free press; a journalist lecture series to introduce laypeople to the ins and outs of the business; and a 126-foot-long video news wall with monitors reporting breaking news as it happens. A suspended news globe greets visitors in the Newseum lobby. BOOKS Mother's Day books are big business Mother's Day is now one of booksellers' busiest times, thanks to a trend that has seen sales skyrocket for the May-June trilogy of Mother's Day, Father's Day and graduations, says Publisher's Weekly. Insiders don't know why these particular categories are way up but note that sales for all holidays have risen, with Christmas the reigning champ. The new Mother's Day titles are across the board. Mothers and Daughters Cindy Crawford and her mom in the new book Mothers and Daughters. (DOUBLEDAY, $29.95) by Carol Saline and Sharon Wohlmuth (authors of '96's best-selling Sisters) is a collection of essays and photos. Donna Black's Cause I'm a Mommy (That's Why!) (HYSTERIA PUBLICATIONS, $7.95) and Stacey Granger's The Portable Mother (CUMBERLAND, $7.95) tap into humor with sayings and cartoons. Collections of works by women are in, too: I've Always Meant to Tell You: Letters to Our Mothers and Daughters (POCKET, $22) has 75 writers; Did Mama Like to Dance? and Other Stories About Mothers and Daughters (AVON, $12) has Barbara Kingsolver, Terry McMillan, et al. C3 By Myron B. Pitts Send comments to "The Week,* 1000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22229-0012; e-mail: USA WEEKEND • May 8-11.1887 81 You may not realize it, but spot-ons and most flea sprays and dips contain insecticides. And that's what you and your family are touching, every time you touch your cat or dog. If this concerns you, you'd probably prefer to use PROGRAM, the flea control pill. PROGRAM is the only once-a-month flea control approved by the FDA' It's clean and safe, and never leaves odors, residues, or insecticides on your pet. Only from your veterinarian. 0 1W7 Nova*. PROGRAM is»registered tiidenmk ol Novaras. 'NAOA M4IC20.141 035. AppiuvHl bif H>/Y UK only as dueim Safe flea control

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