The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah on April 7, 1975 · Page 23
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April 7, 1975

The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah · Page 23

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Monday, April 7, 1975.THE HERALD, Prove, Utah. -TVS Says Oscar Show Director It Will Be a Lot Different This Time Around ByVERNONSCOTT HOLLYWOOD (UPI) - Every year the producers of the Academy Awards show promise the program will be different and better than ever before. Just as predictably, the critics bomb the show & boring, overlong and lacking in entertainment value. This year Marty Pasetta, who has directed three previous Oscar presentations, said, "We're going to try something new." He has said that before. Pasetta is an old hand at awards shows. In addition to his three Oscar clambakes, he has directed two Emmy and five Grammy shows. He complained the Oscars will suffer Tuesday night from the current plethora of awards shows, among them The Entertainment Hall of Fame, The People's Choice Awards, Golden Globes, The Alan King Comedy Awards and the Grammys. "In the early days the Oscars were the only game in town," said Pasetta. "Now the public gets too many of them. "All you can do is present them as differently as possible. Hell, if I'm able to get the show off the air in time I'11 be a hero." The Oscars are scheduled for two and a half hours. Pasetta will try to reduce the annual marathon by 15 minutes. "Directing the Oscars is one of the most thankless jobs in show business because everyone knocks it," said Pasetta. "The problem is trying to make a TV show out of an event: "We are presenting an event which TV can't control —like a football game. We try to keep out of the academy's way." Some of the grief Pasetta faces is seen on screen: the night Charlton Heston was late as emcee due to a flat tire; last year's streaker, Marlon Brando's spokesperson, and the unfailing verbosity of winners. "But there are plenty of headaches viewers don't see," he said. "Stars fight like kids behind the cameras. Last year one performer threw another out of a dressing room. One year a presenter was so drunk I locked her in a dressing room and kept her off camera. "One star slapped another in the face backstage. Sometimes I have to shove a star with stagefright into camera range. This year I'm worrying somebody may get hit with a pie. "It's not easy putting out these fires and trying to direct a live show." Pasetta is a bright, talented director doing his best to enliven the show. Tuesday he will employ split screen inset techniques almost half the time to bring a fresh feeling to the show. All five nominated songs will be performed in an eight minute medley. Each of the four masters of ceremonies — Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis and Shirley MacLaine -will have a different stage setting for visual relief. "I'm cutting down the length of film clips," Pasetta said. "And I want to reduce the length of acceptance speeches. On the Grammys the artists are accustomed to singing, not talking. Actors are a different breed. You can't get them off." Pasetta would like to diminish the formality of the Oscars. But white tie and tails make stuffed shirts of the most casual performers. It's a fact of life with which Pasetta must live. Bit Parts: Martha Raye will star in a television pilot of the play "Everybody Loves Opal"... Balloting for Emmy nominations began this week and will be announced April 17 ... Anita Mann will choreograph the Oscar show this year. legacy of Blood 1 Set on TV4 Moses Gunn, Clifton Davis of ABC's "That's My Mama," Jonelle Allen and Frances Foster star in "Legacy of Blood," the compelling story of a man struggling to escape the grip of a loan shark. The "Wide World: Mystery" presentation will be rebroadcast on Channel 4 Tuesday at 11:30 p.m. Gunn plays honest, industrious Joe Mattingly, who has fallen deeply in debt to Saxon, a local loan shark who is pressing him for immediate payment. When Mattingly's wealthy brother-in-law turns down his request for money. AMERICAN TELEVISION SERVICE CAN SAVE YOU MONEY! . 83.7% OF TV SETS REPAIRED IN THE HOME We achieve this very high percentage of in-the-home repairs due to the fact that we now carry over 3500 parts in our service van, plus the most modern and complete test equipment available. Plus since 1971 American Television Service has rejuvenated over 1322 picture tubes at no extra cost to the customer. A success rate of 94.1% • 100% C.E.T. Shop CALL THE PROFESSIONALS AND SAVE! TELEVISION SERVICE 1032 S, STATi OREM 225*8344 THE BYU MUSIC DEPARTMENT PrQSonts THE NEW YORK CITY CENTER flCTING COfTlPRNY APRIL 9th&lOth Directed by Academy Award Winner, John Houseman Two Performances April 9... Chekhov's "THE THREE SISTERS" ril 10 ... A Family Version of Shakespeare's "TAMING OF THE SHREW" Tickets available at the HFAC Music Box Office For further information call 375-7788. "Outstanding performances" • The New York Times "Rich and funny and moving and full of poetry and surprises" - New Yorker. 'SPECIAL FAMILY DISCOUNT. 8:00 p.m., de Jong Concert Hall

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