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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 7, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas September Douglas is a quiet movie tycoon By Richard Ashton Copley News Service With the release of the exciting computer thriller Disclosure hit ting video stores everywhere it is hard to remember that there is more to Michael Douglas than just being a movie superstar Behind the scenes Douglas is also a wildly successful producer of both Oscar winning and financially successful films For years Douglas struggled as an actor Best known as son of he worked as an assistant on many of his famous fathers films Douglas first big break was playing sidekick to Karl Maiden in televisions The Streets of San However his ambitions were bigger than that and following in his fathers footsteps he optioned a book to be made into a film That book was Ken Keseys One Flew Over the Cuckoos The land mark film won five Oscars includ ing one for Douglas as producer for Best Film He produced and costarred in The China the release of which coincided with the nucle ar disaster at Three Mile Island The subsequent publicity of that incident thrust the nuclearcrisis thriller into the limelight and made the film a boxoffice success Finding that level of topicality has been a common theme with Douglas films Fatal Basic Instinct and Disclosure all attracted unprecedented media attention because of their sexual content and the reversal of the typ ical sexual roles And again all three films were hits at the box office The highlight of Douglas career was Oliver Stones Wall for which he won the Oscar for Best Actor which was presented by his father Kirk Douglas played the viciously greedy Wall Street trader Gordon Gekko and he pro Kids Bookshelf By Lee Littlewood Copley News Service Now that schools about to begin kids need exciting new books to open their eyes and get the reading juices flowing Youngsters will love these Wig photo by Copley News Service Demi Moore lays a snare for Michael Douglas in Disclosure Douglas has created an empire for himself pro ducing or starring in box office hits from One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest to Disclosure Wig by the B52s pictures by Laura Levine Hyperion Books for Children 32 pages Rocks wacky B52s are upbeat lighthearted and perfectly suited to create a childrens picture book The popular rockers farout lyrics sing about rock lobsters dogs dyed green a planet named Claire and wigs on fire The latter is part of their song Wig now made into one of the most fun and zany pic ture books Ive seen And Laura Levines pictures add the compli mentary vavavoom to make Wig the kitschy rollicking book o fun that it is With Whats that on your head A wig Fred bought his hairpiece at the thrift store you know why Because he didnt want TO PAY and Its 2525 and weve vided the lifeblood of the film Gor don Gekko is one of the great screen villains but Douglas didnt overplay the badguy aspect of the character s maintains his position as one of the most popular leading men in the movies With only a few excep tions his films are huge financial successes and Douglas seems to constantly have his finger on the pulse of what the public wants to see Disclosure starring Michael Douglas Demi Moore Donald Sutherland and Dennis Miller Di rected by Barry Levison 1995 Warner Home Video 124 min Douglas plays a manufacturing executive at a computer firm who Comal Bowl i Sign up for Fall League Now 16 Week Leagues FOR ALL AGES CHILDREN ADULTS SENIOR CITIZENS 1202 Huisache Ave behind the new Shopping Center Metro 6091033 finds himself forced out of the company and at the wrong end of a sexual harassment suit He has to fight off the accusations of the predatory Moore while figuring out the corporate power play going on at the office The China Syndrome star ring Jane Fonda Jack Lemmon Michael Douglas Scott Brady and Wilford Brimley Directed by James Bridges 1979 Colum Home Video 123 Douglas and Fonda are a TV news team who happens to witness a near meltdown at a nuclear pow er station Despite denials from power station executives Fonda and Douglas investigate the case and discover a massive coverup When they persuade power station worker Lemmon to tell the truth he barricades himself in the plant Wall Street starring Michael Douglas Charlie Sheen Daryl Hannah Martin Sheen and Ter ence Stamp Directed by Oliver Stone 1987 Fox Home Video 124 Sheen stars as a Wall Street wannabe In an attempt to impress his hero corporate raider Gordon Gekko he mentions his fathers played by Sheens reallife dad Martin airline business as a poten tial investment With his inside in formation the investment looks at tractive and Gekko seduces Sheen into the highflying world of high finance Too late he finds that Gekko has been manipulating him all the time with dire conse quences for his fattier Basic Instinct starring Mi chael Douglas Sharon Stone George Dzundza Jeanne Tripple horn andDenis Arndt Directed by Paul Verhoeven 1992 Live Home Video Stone became a sensation with her role as the bisexual killer in this sexy thriller Douglas plays the detective investigating Stone but he soon falls under her spell and he might be her next victim Fatal Attraction starring Michael Douglas Glenn Close Anne Archer Stuart Pankin and Fred Gwynne Directed by Adrian Lyne 1987 Paramount Home Vid eo Douglas stars as a married man who has a brief affair with Close Thinking the fling is behind him Douglas is shocked to find that Close wont leave him alone Close becomes psychotic when Douglas ignores her then she starts to ha rass his family Romancing the Stone star ring Michael Douglas Kathleen Turner Danny DeVito Alfonso Ar au Manuel Ojeda Directed by Robert Zemeckis 1984 Fox Home Video Delightful in the Raiders of the Lost Ark vein Douglas plays an adventurer who becomes involved with a romance novelist Turner when she gets lost in the jungle Together they get tangled up in a crazy plot to find a missing diamond Douglas longtime pal DeVito costars One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest starring Jack Nicholson Louise Fletcher Will Sampson William Redfield Brad Dourif Scatman Crothers and Danny De Vito Directed by Milos Forman The Saul Zanetz Co 133 min Douglas produced this stunning film which stars Nicholson as a convict who feigns insanity in or der to get an easy sentence in a lunatic asylum But Nicholson soon finds che rules and regulations in the asylum overwhelming and Vies to rebel against the system Meanwhile his unsettling presence allows the other patients to find themselves for the first time Fletcher won a welldeserved Os car for her portrayal of the stern Nurse Rachett got the hottest dos Wig will be a fav and their voices were He then was given a new set of clothes Soon I looked like a wran gler from my head to my toes But theres more to a cowboy than boots and a hat I found out the next day and the day after What happens after that fulfills any young cowpokes fantasies as Bleff becomes a true buckaroo and saves the day Teagues illustrations are retro and comical making the Plains of cowboy land look spacious and ripe for ropin Magic Bicycle The Magic Bicycle by Berlie Doherty illustrated by Christian Birmingham Crown 32 pages One of the most frustrating tasks of young childhood is learning to ride a grownup twowheeler This magical story tells of a little boy with a gap between his teeth and the ups and downs that occur as he tries to master his new bike My brother can glide it round and round Jenny can race it up and down Even my uncle can wob ble astride it Everybody I know can ride goes the verse until the boy decides magic must be in volved He tries he falls and he dreams while Birminghams illus trations showcase all his emotions from disappointment to glee Eventually he succeeds and glides above the clouds like a bird over mountains like a ship over oceans to the end of the world I had magic in Youngsters learning to ride will empathize with The Magic Bicy Its Something Daily luncheon specials served to Mon Fri for just Choosefrom Hand Breaded Chicken Fried Steak Chicken Fried Chicken hree New Sandwiches including Hot Pastrami with Horseradish Black Forest Ham and Cheese Spicy 3 Q Sausage sandwich or plate Many other choices also includes 1 Side Dish Come enjoy lunch at Omas Haus OMAS HAUS Find New with Elizabeth Elliott in The Art of the Matter on Wednesdays Page RANDOLPH COUNTRY ROUN2 r OPEN MON Daily Lunch Spi out Parti Rental ICE RESTAURANT m FOR LUNCH Every Friday Night FISH FRY ilar Plate 4r All you can eat izen Discount Oysters ie Half Shell Wine irvice Menu Nights Wheres Waldo Wheres Waldo in Hollywood by Martin Handford Candlewick Press 32 pages Not exactly a reading book but tons of fun the Wheres Waldo series is a huge hit with 5to 10 yearolds The latest installment in paperback for the first time has already been a No 1 best seller in hardback Handfords ultrapopular Waldo series has sold over 30 million copies and with the paper back being half the price of a hard back Wheres Waldo in Holly wood should up that number even higher Waldo and his friends hide in movie sets of westerns dance numbers epic battle scenes hor ror flicks and Robin Hood ex travaganzas Searching for the lit tle guy and even a dog bone and film canister makes me dizzy but thrills kids PressOut PressOut Animal Farm Ani mals and Things That Dorl ing Kindersley 16 pages each Dorling Kindersleys PressOut Books each include 50 pressout doublesided photographs of char acters and a backdrop Kids older than 3 can stand the little charac ters up and create their own ad ventures with the pullout scenes Animal Ark offers plenty of the fourlegged variety and a No ahs Ark scene Dinosaurs is full of favorite beasts and a nature set ting Farm Animals contains a barnyard backdrop while Things That Go contains an abundance of cycles as well as a garage and roadway scene The set is bound to keep 3to 6yearolds busy for hours as they playact and fantasize in any way they want J J J Films in Focus ANTONIO BANDERAS Born 1960 in Malaga Spain Was A model and waiter Films Women on the Verge of a Mental Tie Me Upl Tie Me Down Mambo Fact Madonna used to have a crush on him Melanie Griffith is his new love Plays El Mariachi in Desperado and a hit man with Sylvester Stallone in the upcoming Copley News Service New Releases By David Elliott and Arthur Salm Copley News Service BEYOND RANGOON Apart from bringing to us the hell of modern Burma this movie re veals Patricia Arquette as a major presence and with enough talent not to let the presence down Ar quette plays Dr Laura Bowman At times she is the dazed unblink ing eye at the center of two con verging storms One is personal anguish Lauras husband and son were murdered by a thief in Amer ica and now she cant practice medicine she cant bear blood The other is the agony of Burma bru talized by its military a place al most off the tourist map where Laura has gone on a therapeutic trip contrived by her sister Frances Beyond Rangoon is a crash course for peo ple who dont know Burma from BurmaShave and a shocker for anyone It is a movie of buzzing beauty and energized indignation Cast Patricia Arquette U Aung Ko Frances McDormand Spal ding Gray Victor Slezak Elliott Rated R DESPERADO This movie seems made for those of us who laughed through most of the Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns and who never quite felt pious about either Leone or star Clint Eastwood Di rector and producer writer edi tor Robert Rodriguez has some of the piety but gladly shoots it full of holes in The more extremely macho and posturing the movie is the funnier Antonio Banderas plays El Mariachi who dresses in black walks mostly in shadow and carries a guitar case with an armory of guns under the guitar facade He can strum a fair guitar but is a Segovia only with weaponry The man prays like a matador before killings finds time to instruct a boy in guitar basics makes love to the sexpot owner Salma Hayek of Carolinas Cafe Bookstore she and the books are about the only things in town that dont draw flies and after a good slaughter workout goes to confession Forgive me Father for I have just killed quite a few Cast Antonio Banderas Steve Buscemi Joaquim de Almei da Salma Hayek Cheech Marin Quentin Tarantino Elliott Rated LORD OF ILLUSIONS Written and directed by Clive Barker Lord of Il lusions delivers on cruelty tor ture satanic ritual brutality im palings rotting flesh morphing flesh and naked flesh Still Barker fails to deliver on horror By leav ing nothing to the imagination he strands the audience in grossout land with little to wonder about save how the crew got those nails to look as if they really were being driven into that guys head Cast Scott Bakula Daniel Von Bargen Kevin J OConnor Famke Jans sen Barry Del Sherman Salm Rated R Desperado7 By David Elliott Copley News Service Desperado seems made for those of us who laughed through most of the Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns and who never quite felt pious about either Leone or star Clint Eastwood Leone built in some intentional laughs played deadpan by East wood dead by his but he also had plenty of reverence for the westerns that had come before from directors like John Ford and John Sturges His most devout fans bought into both feelings the roco co parody of westerns and the sense of dealing in a manly even holy tradition Director and producer writer editor Robert Rodriguez has some of the piety but gladly shoots it full of holes in The more extremely macho and posturing the movie is the funnier Its a modMex western for those who know MTV more than Leone let alone and for those to whom a raised guitar has always been heroic phallic artillery Antonio Banderas plays El Ma riachi a nod to Rodriguezs starter film El Mariachi who dresses in black walks mostly in shadow and carries a giiitar case with an armory of guns uuder the guitar facade He can strum a fair guitar but is a Segovia only with weaponry The man prays like a matador before killings finds time to in struct a boy in guitar basics makes love to the sexpot owner Salma Hayek of Carolinas Cafe Bookstore she and the books are about the only things in town that dont draw flies and after a good slaughter workout goes to confession Forgive me Father for I have just killed quite a few After a comic overture expertly acted and narrated by Steve Bus cemi as a nervous nervy gringo out of his element the border town turns into an inferno El Mariachi arrives keen to revenge himself on Bucho Joaquim de the drug lord whose white suits and black limo make him seem a dan dy of deadliness First on the wipeout list is the pesthole cantina where Cheech Marin is a sneering lowlife bar tender El Mariachi moves on to other squads of Buchos goon army and blood sprays bodies fly the camera ogles Bucho gets very mad And Carolina delights in pull ing bullets and knives out of El Mariachis hunky body English may not be Banderas best language but that is no handi cap here He acts with his hips and his glower as the movie showcases his hunkitude He moves like a Brando panther choreographed for the highest macho modeling with the sullen coiled power of a stud who find his own sexiness a narcotic Like horror specialist Sam Raimi Rodriguez is a genre ex ploder and works up a pulpy lather without losing control He pulls off comic violence of wild virtuosity revels in blood grunge gutter hu mor absurd showdowns He has Quentin Tarantino as a victim af ter telling a very funny and the music of Los Lobos to sock and salsify the story He loves stuff like the rapturously edited lovemaking of El Mariachi and Carolina bod ies contorting in candlelight topped by Bucho in bed with a whore bored and burping cigar smoke There are a few dud bits and when Banderas and Hayek try to let potent emotions fly seriously the result is misplaced sincerity But there are so many giddy highs including Banderas obvious joy in spoofing his own image as a Latin love god that Desperado becomes the spiciest joy of sum mer Advance Tickets On Sale for Way Street Country Western at Eagles Hall for New Years Eve Dance1 6257243 Bingo Every Thursday Night 7 p m 6251116 vThe Baby sitters Club By Jerry Roberts Copley News Service If youre not a preteen girl the phenomenon of The Babysitters Club may have escaped your pur view Beginning with Kristys Great Idea in 1986 the 200plus title li brary of Babysitters Club Books have sold a combined 125 million copies in 19 languages according to Columbia Pictures which is re leasing The Babysitters a wholesome slumber party of a movie Meaning if youre a preteen girl youll probably really like it And if youre not its slumber time in your theater seat The movie stars Schuyler pro nounced Skyler Fisk as tomboy Kristy who comes up with the idea of forming a babysitting camp so she and her friends can stay to gether through the summer and make some money too But most of her 13yearold friends are going through changes Families boyfriends and the local group of pompous snotty girls in fictional Stonybrook have ways of breaking up that old gang of Kristys Her wayward and irresponsible posthippietype biological father Peter Horton returns to town and Kristys hoping that hell get back together with her mom Brooke Better not hope too much Kris ty Fixes are gotten into and les sons are learned in that summer prior to the first vestiges of full teendom Other adults in director Melanie Mayrons cast include Ellen Bur styn and Bruce Davison Kristys six closest friends are enacted by Bre Blair Rachael Leigh Cook Mary Larisa Oleynik Tricia Joe Sta cey Linn Ramsower Mallory and Zelda Harris Fisk the daughter of actress Sissy Spacek and director Jack Fisk whos named after Schuyler Mountain in her home state of Virginia ac quits herself well The Babysitters Club is rated PG lord of Illusions By Arthur Salm Copley News Service Written and directed by Clive Barker Lord of Il lusions delivers on cruelty tor ture satanic ritual brutality im palings rotting flesh morphing flesh naked flesh and whats that say again Oh yes gouts of blood Still Barker fails to deliver on horror By leaving nothing to the imagination he strands the audi ence in grossout land with little to wonder about save how the crew got those nails to look as if they really were being driven into that guys head Lord of Illusions gets down right sloppy as characters are in troduced then dropped Barker the writer imagines that punching up dialogue involves random inser tion of profanity Barker the direc tor seems unable gracefully to move characters from one room to another wondering How did he get there does not enhance sus pension of disbelief Neither for that matter does wondering What am doing here Lord of Illusions is rated R GIFT BOOKS AVAILABLE WALNUT 6 629640O IH 35 and Walnut Ave s rwfMi 4 PRICE CHICKEN j EM extra logo FRIED I STEAK I ExpIrM 30 I J SatSun Thur Prophecy Fri MonThur fTheLastof F Thurs 200 42 be Thur 1 TG031 LORD OF ILL1 Football Specials xMoi MDIM Price I Pitcher Of Beer THE 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