Calgary Herald from Calgary, Alberta, Canada on November 2, 1994 · 53
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Calgary Herald from Calgary, Alberta, Canada · 53

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Wednesday, November 2, 1994
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J J ENTERTAINMENT CALGARY HERALD Wednesday, November 2, 1994 D7 HENRY THOMAS " 'Man,' I thought, this is where it is. This is what I should be doing. I could do this.'" Those inevitable questions from store patrons also got to him. "People would come in all the time and they would go, 'So, are you going to ever make any more movies?' "I really started thinking about my future. That was a difficult time. I felt like a loser. I felt like a quitter." It's here that the juvenile lead of the previous top-grossing film of all time returned to Hollywood to attempt a career as an adult actor. (Something E.T. co-star Drew Barrymore finally managed.) It was gruesome. "I went to Hollywood and nobody remembered me. And I have a hard time pitching myself." Which explains the sad, moist eyes. Thomas experienced what 99 per cent of all child stars experienced before him anger and resentment. Beyond this, the media keeps harping on the obvious E.T. Star Down and Out headlines. "Over the last four years I've done films (Fire in the Sky, Valmont), and all the press asks is: 'So, is this (new film) going to change your life around from E.T.?' "That's not so important to me. That film doesn't really affect my work now. It never really has." Thomas says this, but you never believe he believes it. His emotions are too close to the surface. The pain of being exploited for others' gain, and then discarded, can be read in those eyes. Was he finally relieved when Jurassic Park overtook E.T, at the box-office? That had to take some of the pressure off. "I thought it was funny that everyone was making such a big deal about it," he replies. "It was like a race or something. I think it's kind of sad that we judge a movie's success by the money it takes in." Yeah, but was he relieved? "Actually, I was a little relieved," confesses Thomas, who has a small horse farm outside San Antonio. "Because I knew it wasn't going to be that big a deal any more." Due out early next year is Legends of the Fall, a period saga set in Montana starring Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn and Brad Pitt, filmed in and around Calgary. Originally scheduled for November, it's been pushed back so as not to compete with Pitt's other film, Interview With the Vampire. Thomas plays Samuel, the youngest of three siblings. "It's about betrayal and love," he explains. "I'm the family idealist, kind of an angelic figure." The E.T. experience, he reiterates, is dead and buried. "But they show it every Thanksgiving, don't they? So I don't know " Tta park was ha the J in the golden rays of autumn. Wt cuddled on our picnic lla nket. Mi sell ievously she turned to me with a gleam in her eye. Sheh nelt on one hnee and ashed: "Will you marry me?" SOUTH CENTRE NULL linger miss By Alison Mayes Calgary Herald She's still composing odes to the plains, "where the skies are bigger than anywhere else." But Canada's quintessential prairie songbird now roosts in Montreal, where two small sons are helping her improve her French. "I'm not wildly fluent. I have about a six-year-old's vocabulary, I'm sure," says veteran folk artist Connie Kaldor. "It's certainly specific. I know every kind of rolling truck and car there is." The 41-year-old singer-songwriter is married to Paul Cam-pagne, a Saskatchewan francophone whose French pop band, Hart Rouge, found it necessary to move to Quebec because its following is there. The band tours in Europe as well. Kaldor's latest album, Out of the Blue, includes a song about pining for her mate while he's "half way around the. world ... in some cheap French hotel." Kaldor has her own following in Europe, and does her share of roaming. Her current six-week western tour, with kids and babysitter in tow, includes places like Pinawa, Man., Kipling, Sask. and Nelson, B.C. as well as sold-out dates in large cities. Tickets for her .two Calgary performances, Nov. 4 and 5 at the Saturday Night Special folk club, have been snapped up. Kaldor's previous recording, 1992's Wood River, was a country-folk collection of prairie-themed songs such as Canoe Song and Saskatoon Moon. This year's Out of the Blue, on her Delaying show r : rhen Calgary's cable- TV customers start memorizing a lot of new channel numbers toward the end of the year, CFCN Television figures it's as good a time as any to Blakey Herald columnist introduce one more change. In mid-December, the station that currently calls itself "Channel 5" will become "Channel 3." When CFCN takes over that slot, KHQ Spokane, the NBC affiliate, will move to Ch. 5. The reason? CFCN management believes it's only a matter of time before Calgary gets a fourth TV station, and while there's still a choice, it wants to have the best channel number available to guarantee a long-term market identity. For non-cable viewers who get CFCN "over the air" via a rooftop or rabbit-ear antenna nothing changes. The station will still come in on Ch. 4. TV stations don't make changes like this without a lot of thought. After all, there are thousands of Channel 5 logos and ads out there, on T-shirts, billboards, pen sets and other products. But CFCNs Don Thomas says, "Businesses don't survive by planning day to day. They look three, five or more years down the road. QfnotL ter f Bob Mappins Moment Mapfiinf nXEJFTEUMSSlXEim CHINOOK SHOPPING CENTRE SUNRIDGE MALI- I y 'ft- JW C Kit KALDOR: Mature artist CONNIE KALDOR performs Friday and Saturday at the Saturday Night Special folk club. Tickets are sold out. Seats are still available for Kaldor's Nov. 12 show at the Banff Centre. Call 1-800-413-8368 to reserve. independent Coyote label, is mainly concerned with the resilience of the human heart. She notes with a laugh that the song titles could easily lead to wrong conclusions. "It sounds like a religious record: I Am A Believer, Hope In My Heart, Singer Of The Sacred Heart, Mother's Prayer. I mean, I don't what it was maybe I did Hymn Sing on CBC or something." Kaldor is speaking from her mother's house in her birthplace, Regina, while her three-year-old and 18-month-old play in the background. "We want to position ourselves better in anticipation of when another channel comes in." The details get a bit technical, but they stem from the limited number of channels available in any city for a TV station that goes out over the air and on cable. Broadcast channels go from 2 to 13, and most are already taken up in Calgary on channels 2, 4 and 9 (CICT, CFCN and CBC). The cable number has to be different in most cases to prevent "ghosting." If a new station got licensed, there'd be a good chance it would be assigned Ch. 5 for broadcast and something else for cable. That's what got CFCN worried. Having two stations with Ch. 5 in their logos would be confusing to viewers. In January, Shaw Cable takes SBSORS 55 AND OVER SPECIAL PRICE BUFFET Not valid on or special occasions. Present this coupon before ordering. PER PERSON Tax bid. 1 coupon per person. Coupon expires November 1694. Crossroads H O T E L 2120 -16 Ave. N.E. 291-4666 Diamond Fndii'nieiil Kind il,W5 MARKET MALL 1 Wimp 1 s heir p Connie Kaldor: Out Of The Blue (Coyote). Released earlier this year, Out Of The Blue is the accomplishment of a mature artist, one blessed with a voice as big and beautiful as a prairie sunset, as pure as a mountain spring. The songs here display a pleasing versatility, from the playfully jazzy What A Mess Love Is to the anthemic I'll Take Good Care Of Your Heart to the deliriously blue Hope In my Heart. She's surrounded herself with first-rate musicians here and Kaldor's voice is truly wondrous. While songwriting is not her forte, Kaldor has written a good selection of highly serviceable tunes, all of them straightforward, honest and melodic. While some idiosyncratic turn of phrase or' subject matter might be a smart career move, Singer Of The Sacred Heart and Bigger Than Anywhere Else qualify as highlights, purely on the basis of their clearly personal meaning. Another one of Canada's deliriously talented secrets. Rating: B Mark Tremblay "When I go home, I'm just struck again by how beautiful it is here. I miss it," she says. . At the same time, Saskatchewan's economic decline is impossible to ignore. "It's sad. We were driving back from P.A.; (Prince Albert) and saw an auction sale, a whole family's stuff out there. Break your heart. Paul's father is a farmer. We see people around losing their farms. ... It just makes you want to blow up the bank. "It's terrible. But when I get out here I just sing all my prairie stuff. That's what people need. They need to celebrate that good times or hard times, this is an amazing place to live. I have a song called Harsh and Unforgiving. It's always one of the most popular songs on the show, because they know what that's about." Since the late '70s, Kaldor has been synthesizing pop, country, folk and jazz, giving cabaret- was far from fabulous over all of Calgary's cable system when Rogers leaves town. That move, plus the introduction of some new services, means an upheaval in channel numbers and some inevitable squawking from consumers. CFCN knows Shaw will be in no mood to rearrange numbers again a couple of years down the road, so the station decided to get it over with now. Judging from the response I've encountered, CBC Television's airing of the comedy series Absolutely Fabulous was among 'junior i'i!ilfFJ tili.lj n1iiiiiW.)i' --lil (il..M fiitlplit bv llHJiljM' 'It ('lit -iJiW i -hit's sti'MTUi 'itntitiiU'i UWiliiWi' '1l!irfrj!irtaiT'l-j!T3,1pliirf . A IUUAY o MYbltHY blAn WILL bt I fV APPEARING THIS FALL f 7?r?- I "-IBS0- WdftiHW ABOUT NOTHING ON PREMIUM TELEVISION rame style performances full of humor, and resisting the "folkie" label. She has some regrets that she didn't pursue the business side of music more aggressively when she started. It was only four years ago that she finally acquired a manager. "When I think back on the chances that I just couldn't do anything with, because I didn't really know. . . . When I was starting out, I should have had somebody shopping me to the labels. I wish somebody had taken me aside and said, 'Get help.' It never even occurred to me that a major label would be interested. "But on the other hand, in those days the major labels weren't as open to my kind of music as they are now. There wasn't the success of k.d. lang, Jann Arden, Mary Chapin Carpenter, or any of those people that fit into the good songwriter genre " the smartest moves of the season. One of the dumbest was the last-minute decision to delay the show's first episode by half an hour to accommodate one of those Prime Time News gabfests known as a "town hall" meeting. The superb British comedy series, built around the antics of two boozed-up, flamboyant 40-something women in the fashion industry, has prompted many comments to me in person and by phone. Everybody I've heard from loves it. But a majority missed the premiere episode because of the last- fcJU f , f lk borne Kaldor is a proud Canadian who is saddened at the thought that Quebec could separate. "For one, my husband is from francophone stock in Saskatchewan. What's going to happen to all those little isolated communi-, ties, to their chance of retaining language and culture?" Quebec, she says, is "stronger culturally than the rest of Cana da combined. I think the reason they can muster that kind of strength (to contemplate separating) is because they hav such a well-defined sense of themselves, and the rest of Canada is still floundering around with American images. "I mean, I can turn on the" television on the French stations and see a soap opera set in Montreal. Can I turn on afternoon television and see a soap set M Calgary?" Although she downplays her command of French, in 1988 Kaldor recorded a bilingual album of kids' bedtime music," Lullaby Berceuse, with sister-in-law Carmen Campagne. It won the Juno Award for best chil-" dren's album. The singer says she has written "a million" kids' songs and-might record another album for the wee set. "I may put out anoth- er lullaby record, because I'm sor bored with the one I've got." - To hear Connie Kaldor sing, call the Talkies and, press 1318. minute pre-emption. CBC pro- moted "Ab-Fab" fairly well in the preceding weeks, driving home,;' the 11:30 p.m. time slot for all episodes. Then came the "town hall" chat with Prime Minister Jean Chretien. " CBC journalists would no doubt loftily claim a discussion -about Canada's future with the" prime minister was more important than a comedy show. - I would counter that the extended Prime Time News show yielded nothing especially earth-shaking. Nobody has mentioned that show to me, not even once. "tlphi:r. in H .til'- -"t'liiru phi 'Il-J SMA11339

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