Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 3, 1975 · Page 87
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August 3, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 87

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Presley winners to be announced next week By J. P. Rool The deadline for entries in the Presley Prime Items giveaway has now passed and the winners will be announced in this spot next week. Winning reasons -- those that are printable -- will be published, as ^ will the names and ages of winners. While you're waiting to learn who won, here's an Elvis trivia quiz to keep you occupied. How trivial are you? 1. What was Elvis' occupation before he became a singer? 2. Who is his manager? 3. What is the name of estate in Memphis, Tenn.? 4. What are Elvis' bodyguards called? 5. Elvis had an identical twin. What's his name and what happened to him? 6. What is Elvis' middle name? 7. "Heartbreak Hotel" was his first release. True or false? 8. How old is Elvis? 9. Elvis is a judo expert. True or false. 10. In Which movie did he play a rich man's son who returned home from the service and took a job with a tourist agency? Answers are at the end of this column. NOW FOR SOME local news again. Dewey Lester called recently to say a band he promotes -Black Horse -- has some deals in the works and he thinks people ought to know about them. Freakshow Black Horse Band is one of the valley's longest-lived rock groups. It has played steadily at The Singles Thing at the Athletic Club and marked one full year of entertaining there on May 23. Perhaps the band's most important gig is one with Doc Severinsen at Raleigh County Armory Civic Center in Beckley on Sept. 7. Severinsen and his "Now Generation Brass" will headline the show that features, in addition to Black Horse, something called "Today's Children." Black Horse Band also'will perform as part of the Labor Day weekend Stern wheel Regatta. The band will present a rock 'concert from the levee. ARLO GUTHRIE, one of the finest folkies around, will perform a concert at Charleston Civic Center next Friday. And now for the trivia answers: 1. Truck driver. 2. Col. Tom Parker., 3. Graceland. 4. Memphis Mafia 5. Jesse Garoh. He died at birth. 6. Aron. 7. False. "That's All Right (Mama)" was his first release in August 1954. "Heartbreak Hotel," 'released in January 1956, was his Black Horse Band. first million seller. 8. 40. He was born Jan. 8, 1935. 9. False. He holds a red belt in karate. '10. "Blue Hawaii." Networks to trim movies this fall By Lee Margulies LOS ANGELES .(API-Television was a movie addict's paradise this past season. Between the three networks there was film on in prime time every night--sometimes two films. This is about to change. All three are.cutting back on movie nights next fall - ABC from four to two, NBC from three to two, CBS from two to one. There will be some nights when the addict will have to get his nightly "fix" from old movies on local channels. · .' ^ The cutback covers both movies made for-television and films the networks purchased after they made the rounds of the nation's theaters. In the case of the purchased films, the reduction isn't surprising. Network executives say that many of the movies, available for purchase today are too racy for the tube or don't have the mass appeal necessary for big ratings. "There aren't that many good pictures to begin with," says Fred Silverman, CBS programming chief. "And we have program censoring problems. The prices are out of s i g h t . . . We just don't feel that the number and quality of movies available warrants an extra two hours. We'd rather take those two SHOW TIME, Augusts, 1975 hours and do original television programming. Because finally that's what television is all about: creating new material for the viewer at-home." This is precisely the thinking that spurred the enormous growth of the TV movie over the past eight years, which makes the cutback in that area a little harder to understand. The reduction is a big one -- from roughly 85 this season to 45 or 50 next'season, not including movies made solely as series pilots. . And for the first" time in many - years, none of the networks is giving its TV films special "World Premiere" or "Movie of the Week" time slots. They will be interspersed with the purchased Hollywood movies. Executives at ABC and NBC, where most of the television films are made', say these changes reflect a switch in emphasis, not in commitment to the form. They say they want more quality than quantity -- which wasn't always true before -- and to this end they are forsaking the 90-minute movie in favor of the two-hour for. mat. At ABC, for example, movie production boss Brandon Stoddard says the financial commitment for 1975-76 will be the same for 25 two- hour movies - about $18.7 million -- as it was for 44 IVz hour films this season. "Like everything else in television,"the form got overkilled," says producer Leonard Goldberg, who with partner Aaron Spelling has made more than 50 TV films. "It was just a case of taking the form past the point where it could be done excitingly and qualitatively, and viewers eventually reacted to the material they were being presented and watched in fewer numbers." The two-hour format also seems dictated by the networks,-self-imposed "family hour" next fall. Most TV movies are for adults and therefore not acceptable for the 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. family hour period. With this restriction, it made sense to many TV executives to devote the 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. block to one film rather than run a half-hour show at 9 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. Stoddard of-ABC speaks with excitement about the two-hour commitment, pointing to the rating successes already achieved with "The Legend of Lizzie Borden," "Hustling," "Death Be Not Proud" and "Love Among the Ruins." "I think the two-hour is to the 90-minute what the 90 used to be to series television. It's the showcase project now," he says. The difference is money, pure and simple. The networks pay from $450,000 to $500,000 for a 90-minute movie. They pay $750,000 for a two- hour film. So for filming an extra 30 minutes -- 26 when you subtract commercial time -- a producer has up to $300,000 more to lavish on stars, sets, the script and all the little details that differentiate a movie from a television series. Says Goldberg: "The only unfortunate aspect is that so few movies will be done, and the networks will want each one to be done so well, that they'll be looking for the biggest name actors, writers and directors they can get. "So some of the people who got their start in Movies of the Week, who were unknowns, won't hav.e that opportunity to break in." Stoddard says Goldberg is righL And he believes many "little" pictures that worked at 90 minutes "Brian's Song," "The Gun r " "Go Ask Alice" - won't be made because they won't hold up for the extra half-hour. "As for the long-range future," says an NBC executive, "although they seem to be on the descending, movies for television really are on the ascending. "We think that ultimately at least half or maybe 60 per cent of the movies on television will be made specifically for the medium." TjwMkhMl Stain I "YNIKMIT. YOU BOUGHT FT B.T. Express WW" ·atony Hi STUNGE INVERSE Huh Specials this Week Only Your Choice $3.99 AllSMSlbtLTs $ 4.99 Every Day Full line Record Cleaning Equipment Magazines T-Shirts Hon. thru FrL Noon'H 9:00 p.m. Large Selection Of Incense fewefr} SUE TfeWee* Sat. Sun. Noon 'til 6:00 p.m. BUDGET TAPES RECORDS 3706 MacOrUe »»e., S. L, Cfc.ikU««, W. Vi. (tone 925-6032 CHARLESTON. W. VA. 9s

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