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Entertainment Middle age mellows Hopper the rebel LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dennis Hopper, once one of Hollywood's most rebellious young actors and filmmakers, has mellowed in middle age. In the 1950s he appeared] with James Dean in two pictures, "Rebel Without ai Cause" and "Giant." In the! '60s, he wrote and directed the! most successful of all anti-es-l tablishment pictures, "Easyf Rider." Fifteen years ago, 1 abruptly left Hollywood in a I blow-up over editing of "The Last Movie." Hopper "James Dean and I were method actors and we had a lot of problems because we wanted to block out our scenes," recalled Hopper, who has a starring role in CBS" movie "Stark" Wednesday night. "We didn't want to be told how to act. Now it isn't a problem, but in the 1950s we were considered unmanageable. If you were a star, it was OK, but if you were a young actor you were supposed to do as you were told. If you look back, we were better than the other actors because they gave a stiff reading. "And as a director I got into trouble because I wanted the final cut. My social behavior wasn't amenable, either. I was sort of an amoral animal. I was into drugs and alcohol." He smiled. "April 2 marks two years that I haven't touched drugs or alcohol." In "Stark," Nicholas Surovy stars as a Midwestern cop who takes on the Las Vegas underworld. Hopper plays Lt. Ron Bliss of the Las Vegas police. "He's a guy who goes by the book," Hopper said of Bliss. "It's a very unglamorous role. I've never been a by-the-book person." The movie, which was not available for previewing, also stars Marilu Henner, Pat Corley, Seth Jaffe and Arthur Rosenberg. Rod Holcomb directed on location in Las Vegas from a script by Bill Stratton and the late Ernest Tidyman, who won an Oscar as screenwriter for "The French Connection." Hopper now lives in Venice, the Bohemian beach section of Los Angeles, where he divides his time between screen appearances and turning out abstract paintings and doing photography for magazines such as Vanity Fair. He lost more than 300 canvases in the 1961 Bel Air fire. "I couldn't get back to painting a long time after that," he said. "I started writing screenplays and that's when I wrote 'Easy . Rider.' " After that he went to Peru to direct "The Last Movie" and spent nearly a year editing it. It won the Venice Film Festival in 1971, but the distributor, Universal Studios, didn't like it and pulled it after a few weeks. "They wouldn't even show it in Europe, where it had won a prize," he said. "That ended my career as a director. I had final cut and I was very stubborn. I couldn't see winning the prize and then having to re-edit my film. I own the film now and I may find someone who wants to distribute it. It was released in England two years ago and was very popular. It holds up, like a time capsule. I play the lead and it also stars Rod Cameron, Sam Fuller, Peter Fonda and John Philip Law." Hopper played the photojournalist in "Apocalypse Now," the drunken father of Matt Dillon in "Rumble Fish" and was in Sam Peckinpah's "The Osterman Weekend." "I can't remember the last time I did television," he said. "But I must have done 140 shows, things like 'Studio One' and 'Medic.' My manager said it would be good for me to play this role in 'Stark.' When I heard the money I said that would be good, too. "I've never played a cop before. It was an interesting challenge. I usually play the bad guy or the neurotic or the drug addict." Illusions can carry high price tag LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ask David Copperfield how he performs his feats of magic and he will tell you. "Very well, thank you.' 1 Copperfield, who made the Statue of Liberty disappear and levitated himself across the Grand Canyon, doesn't reveal secrets. He will tell you, however, that the Statue of Liberty illusion cost $500,000, took 300 technicians and four trucks loaded with generators and lights. The toughest part of that feat was cutting through the government red tape. Since the statue is an irrepla- cable national shrine, Copperfield was also required to take out a multimillion insurance policy in case of damage. Copperfield will say that he doesn't simply do magic. He's probably the most theme-oriented magician and his illusions are part of a story. "Most of my illusions are couched in romantic story lines," he said. "That sort of became my trademark — besides doing the big, spec- PRIME-TIMER SHOW I*) SEN. CITIZENS ANYTIME Their First Assignment MICHAEL O'KEEFE REBECCA DE MORMAY The Slugger's Wife ENDS THURS. (*6:00)-8:00 If Jason still haunts you... you'r* not alon*. ffi j beginning ., ENDS THURS. THE pro STRIKES BACK. ENDS THURS. {•6:00)4:15 53 David Copperfield tacular things like making a jet plane or the Statue of Liberty disappear. The thing that's kept my career going is this vignette-type magic. "When I grew up my idols weren't magicians like Thurston or Houdini. My idols were Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. What they did for dancing I wanted to do for magic. They didn't become popular just from dancing. They also sang and acted. Their dances told stories." He added, "Because of that, my goal was not only to amaze audiences but to entertain them as well. You put the audience at ease so they will accept the magic. The technical end comes f jrst, but if you stopped there it would just be a trick. You have to take the audience to a place they've never been before." Copperfield, whose real name is David Kotkin, grew up in New Jersey and began his career as a ventriloquist. At 12, he was the youngest person ever admitted into the Society of American Magicians. At 16, he was teaching magic in New Marquee York University's drama department. At 18, he was starring in "The Magic Man" in Chicago. "I starved in New York after the show in Chicago," he said. "I went there thinking doors would be open for me, but they weren't. I looked for a new way to showcase magic. I created a lot of vignettes using magic. I was 19 at the time. I knocked on a lot of doors." Copperfield taught himself magic from books. "It came easy to me because I got a lot of approval from other kids and that satisfied me," he said. Copperfield maintains his base in Los Angeles, where he has three warehouses full of equipment. He keeps duplicate equipment on the East Coast and in London. When he travels for a show he usually takes along 20 crew members. His first big illusion came in 1981 when he made a seven-ton jet disappear on a TV special. "It came to me when I thought of Houdini making an elephant vanish in the 1920s," he said. "Others had duplicated that so I wanted to go further. I met with the people who design my illusions. They take the magical principles and restructure them. You build models, you try it on a small scale. But the illusion was never rehearsed ?s a piece until we did it on the air. If I appeared to be nervous on the show, I was." How will he top himself? "I'v just gotten permission to go to China for next year's special," he said. "I'm going to walk through the Great Wall of China. I've been researching it for some time." Call or mail your news tip to The Salina Journal; up to $45 in cash awarded weekly. Atwood schedules annual Book Fair ATWOOD — The 5th annual Atwood Library Book Fair will be held next week during National Library Week. Activities actually start this weekend with First Pick Days scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Books go to half-price on Monday and Tuesday, they go on sale by the sackful Wednesday and Thursday, and whatever books are left by Friday are free. Regular library hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. will be observed Monday through Friday. The Atwood Friends of the Library sponsor the Book Fair each spring to raise funds for projects that benefit the library and its users. A total of $500 was donated from proceeds of last year's fair to a Reader-Printer fund. For more information, call Pattie Wolters at 626-3983. Fans still remember SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One of the most memorable scenes-.in the movie "Gone With the Wind" is the death of Bonnie Blue, Rhett and Scarlett's little girl. The actress who played Bonnie Blue, now a 50-year-old banker, says she still gets fan mail. "I still get two or three fan letters a week," said Cammie King Conlon, marketing director for a California bank. Mrs. Conlon recalled that she couldn't stop from blinking while she was supposed to play dead, "so they made a mask of my face to use when Clark (Gable) picks me up after I fall from the pony." Actually, it was a midget who fell from the pony. MASK CHER • SAM ELLIOTT and ERIC STOLTZ (•5:151-8:311 L™ : "! BABY Secret Of The. Lost Legend (•6:001-8:00 OTline"825'9105 Salina movies Baby — Secret of the Lost Legend - Mid-State Cinema, Rated PG Friday the 13th Part V - Sunset Plaza Cinema, Rated R Mask — Mid-State Cinema, Rated PG-13 Police Academy 2 — Fox, Rated PG-13 Porky's Revenge — Sunset Plaza Cinema, Rated R The Slugger's Wife — Vogue, Rated PG-13 Movies and specials 7 p.m. — The Gambler, WGN, Salina Cable Channel 11 Kenny Rogers, Lee Purcell (1980). A professional gambler takes a train ride through the Old West to help his estranged son and finds romance with a shady society lady along the way. 7:30 p.m. — Coal Miner's Jaugh- ter, CBS, Salina Cable Channel 5 Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones (1980). Based on Loretta Lynn's autobiography. A girl from a poor family in'rural Kentucky marries a man who engineers her rise to stardom in the music industry. 8 p.m. — Wallenberg: A Hero's Story, NBC, Salina Cable Channels 3 and 4 Richard Chamberlain, Bibi An- dersson (premiere). With Hitler's installation of a more militant regime in Hungary, Wallenberg, despite an attempt upon his own life, resorts to more perilous tactics to combat the Third Reich's attempted extermination of Jews. (Part 2 of 2). 8 p.m. — Wake Island, Salina Cable Channel 41 Brian Donlevy, Robert Preston (1942). On Wake Island during World War II, the Marine Corps displays tremendous courage. THANK YOU!!! For Selecting Western Sizzlin As NUMBER ONE The Tastes of America Report was printed in the December 19th issue of Restaurants & Institutions magazine. This was a nationwide survey conducted in co-operation with National Family Opinion. Thank you for selecting us NUMBER ONE. 1708 W. Crawford Salina, Kansas 827-5076 "As You Like It" SHAKESPEARE'S DELIGHTFUL COMEDY PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL PLAYERS MONDAY, APRIL 15 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. — Fine Arts Theatre AUSPICES: MARYMOUNT COLLEGE ARTIST SERIES Gen. Adm., $5; Sen. Citizens/Students, $3.50; Matinee, $2. Contact Fine Arts Box Office. Telephone 825-9898. The Salina Journal Tuesday, April 9,1985 Page 16 I BEAUTIFUL SPRING DAYS to drive out in the country toward Brookville. See the CK Ranch, 3 miles west and the beautiful surrounding hills. Stop in at the Brookville Hotel with this certificate good for Vz off an Adult Meal with the purchase of one Adult Family Style Chicken Dinner. 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