Lima News (Newspaper) - August 19, 1998, Lima, Ohio
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Rivera bares soul for Playboy
Geraldo Rivera held nothing back in a Playboy interview, calling Jerry Springer "the most shameful in America" and
pronoxmcmg Barbara Walters a 'Very sexy Rivera babe"
In the October issue of the magazine, Rivera acknowledged his own role in the making of trash television but said the difference between tabloid TV and network newsmagazines has become "indecipherable."
"I think Jerry Springer is the most shameful man in America. I look at him and see Geraldo at his worst —i times 10," Rivera said.
Rivera and his multimillion-dollar mouth had this to say about a few other people:
■ "Barbara Walters was — and is — a very sexy babe. ... She is a profoundly sensual, very female being with a great body."
■ Former NBC correspondent Arthur Kent, the "Scud Stud" of the Persian Gulf War, "is an empty leather jacket."
■ O. J. Simpson? "I just don't think he's veiy tough without a knife. And you can tell him I said so."
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Another Taylor out strumming songs
Look for another singing Taylor out there on the road.
Sally Taylor, the only daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon, played guitar and sang a solo as her father strummed along during his show Monday night at Universal Amphitheatre.
"Sally's got a record coming out soon, so find it and buy it if you can," proud papa Taylor advised the crowd.
No time to press charges for Unser
Prosecutors ran out of time to try Bobby Unser on charges of careless ¿iving and resisting arrest.
The deadline for tr^ng the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner on the 1994 charges passed July 22, District Judge Richard Knowles ruled Monday.
"This is nothing more than the district attorney's office trying to use a celebrity for publicity," Unser said. "I tiiought it was dead a long time ago."
Unser was stopped in May 1994 at the Albuquerque airport, allegedly for speeding in the departure area. Unser claimed the officer dented his truck with a nightstick and cursed at him.
Johnny Nash, 58 President Clinton, 52 Tipper Gore, 50 Mary Matalin, 45 John Stamos, 35 Lee Ann Womack, 32 Matthew Perry, 29
From news services
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narrowly won the week with a 6.6 prime-time average.
By DAVID BAUDER The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Comedian Drew Carey's summer job is proving a success: his itnprovisa-tional comedy series "Whose Line is it Anyway" scored higher ratings during its second week
than its first. ^
ABC's Wednesday i^ght show even beat The Drew Carey Shov/* in the ratings last week, although Carey's regular series is in reruns.
NBC narrowly won the week, however, with a 6.6 prime-time average rating and a 12 share, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday. CBS had a 6.5 rating and 12 share, ABC had a 5.6 rating and 11 share, Fox had a 4.9 rating and 9 share, the WB
was at 2.4 and 4 and UPN 1.8 and 3.
The 7.9 rating for "Whose Line is it Anywa/ compares to the 7.6 rating it had for its premiere. The only prime-time programs to rate higher last week were either newsmagazines, movies or part of NBC's traditionally strong Thursday night lineup.
The show isn't on ABC's fall schedule, but its success means the summertime series will likely be seen again when cold winds blow.
"We're thrilled with the performance of the show," ABC spokeswoman Susan Sewell said. "Although there's no official decision on whether it will be a replacement series, that's what we hope for when we try out a show during the summer months."
Carey's show beat NBC's summer series, "Stressed Eric," which had a 5.1 rating for its premiere. ABC's other sum-success project
mertrme series, "Maximum Bob," saw its ratings fall from 8.1 on its premiere to 6.5 last week.
The three most-watched shows last week were newsmagazines, topped by CBS's "60 Minutes."
Television viewers continued to turn to cable during the summer rerun season. TBS said its Sunday night showing of "The American President" was seen in nearly 5 million households, the largest audience ever for a theatrical movie on basic cable.
ABC's "World News Tonight" won the evening news competition with a 7.0 rating and 16 share. NBC's "Nightly News" had a 6.9 rating and 16 share, although it had slightly more viewers than ABC. The "CBS Evening News" had a 6.7 rating and 16 share.
A rating point represents 980,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation's estimated 98 million TV homes. Share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show.
New film by Patrie aims to provoke viewers^ thoughts
REVIEW: "Your Friends & Neighbors" is first that Jason Patrie is producing.
By JOHN HARTL Knight Ridder Newspapers
One of the most gifted young actors in American films, Jason Patrie, has done his best work in movies hardly anyone saw: as a Russian philosophy student in The Beast," as the slow-witted drifter in "After Dark My Sweet," as the narc-tumed-addict in "Rush."
When he's handed an impossible role in a high-profile project, such as last year's "Speed 2: Cruise Control," he gets roasted by critics — and noticed by audiences who aren't at all impressed. That big-budget turkey may have lost money, but it was still witnessed by.^iore moviegoere than have paid to see all of Patric's previous pictures combined.
The situation has become so embarrassing and discouraging that, like a number of actors who are taking control of their careers, Patrie has now become a producer.
The first movie fi-om his company, Fleece, is "Your Friends &
AthoU goes into Helmsley's realm
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Desmond AthoU, who specializes in becoming butler to the famous and then blabbing about it in the public prints — as he did in "Memoirs of a Major Domo" — managed to become a servant to Leona Helmsley for three days before being discovered and shown the rear door last Tuesday at her Greenwich, Conn., Dunnellen Hall estate.
"She hasn't learned a thing fix)m being in prison," said AthoU, once in service to Phil Donahue and Mario Thomas. "She's mean and nasty and an absolute cow. She screams worse than Mario Thomas, and she has a mouth worse than a truck driver."
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Neighbors," which goes into limited release Aug. 21. It was written and directed by Neil La-Bute, whose first picture, "In the Company of Men," collected prizes and generated plenty of outrage last year.
"Fleece is about two years old, but in less than a year we had a movie up and running," said Patric during a Seattle visit. Although he thinks most American independent films are fiUed with fraudulent, self-consciously "quirky" characters, he was a fan of LaBute's first movie and put the second one into production last summer.
"We had a script that we could shoot," he said. Although the characters aren't very likable, he chaUenges anyone to stop watching what happens when they collide. "It's fascinating, maybe like a train wreck, but I defy anyone to say you don't see someone here you've known."
Patric thinks that LaBute's abiUty to write women characters was perhaps the greatest lure. Catherine Keener, Nas-tassja Kinski and Amy Brenne-man signed up quickly.
Patric, who wasn't sure at first that he would appear in the movie, chose to play the nastiest character: a doctor who mis
treats women and enjoys "revenge" sex. Ben Stiller and Aaron Eckhart play his fiiends.
Nameless like aU the other characters, the doctor sounds like a cousin to Eckhart's manipulative Chad in "In the Company of Men," but Eckhart wasn't interested in taking that route again. He chose to gain weight and play a weak, victimized character whose marriage is coming apart.
"Aaron was looking for something different to do," said La-Bute, who accompanied Patric to Seattle. Chad had identified him in the public's mind with that role, so he was happy to take on a different part.
"[ was open to any of the characters," said Patric. "This guy is a satelUte character, relating to each person in a crisscrossing way." He tries to seduce Kinski and K^ner ^d forces StiUer and Eckhart int!o"ioppihg each other with sexual coirfes-sions. His motivation isn't obvious, but Patric thinks the script hints at reasons. "The writing here is very specific, and there are clues within that writing," he said. While pointing out that he doesn't need to be this character to play him.YWCA BINGO
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The Associated Press
Prime time ratings as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for Aug. 10-Aug. 16. Top 10 listings include the week's ranking, with rating for the week and season-to-date rankings in parentheses.
An "X" in parentheses denotes one-time-only presentations. The rating is the percentage of the nation's estimated 98 million TV homes. Each ratings point represents 980,CXX) households.
1. (7) "60 Minutes," CBS, 11.4, 11.2 million homes.
2. (12)"Dateline NBC-Tuesday," NBC, 10.4, 10.2 million homes.
3. (X) "Dateline NBC-Wednesday," NBC, 9.7, 9.5 million homes.
3. (11) "Just Shoot Me," NBC, 9.7, 9.5 million homes.
5. (2) "ER," NBC, 9.4, 9.2 million homes.
6. (1) "Seinfeld," NBC, 9.3, 9.1 million homes.
7. (18) "20/20-Friday," ABC, 9.2, 9.0 million homes.
8. "48 Hours-Thursday," CBS 9.1, 8.9 million homes.
9. (22)"20/20-Monday," ABC
8.7, 8.5 million homes.
10. (8) 'Touched By An Angel," CBS, 8.6, 8.4 million homes.
11."Friends," NBC, 8.5, 8.3 million homes.
12. "48 Hours-Monday," CBS, 8.3, 8.1 million homes.
13. "Suddenly Susan-Thursday," NBC, 8.2, 8.0 million homes.
14. "CBS Sunday Movie: Friends At Last," CBS 8.0, 7.8 million homes.
15. "NBC Sunday Night Movie: Tommy Boy," NBC, 7.9, 7.7 million homes.
15. "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," ABC, 7.9, 7.7 million homes.
17. "PrimeTlme live," ABC,
7.8, 7.6 million homes.
18. "Frasier," NBC, 7.6, 7.4 million homes.
19. "The Drew Carey Show," ABC, 7.3, 7.2 million homes.
20. "Diagnosis Murder," CBS, 7.2, 7.1 million homes.
20. "Guinness Worid Records: Primetime," FOX, 7.2, 7.1 million homes.
Rock graces Bombeck's tomb
DAYTON (AP) — Visitors to Woodland Cemetery soon won't have any trouble finding the grave of the late humor columnist Erma Bombeck.
A 29,000-pound rock shipped in from Arizona will mark the place where the Dayton native has been buried since she died in 1996. Currently, only a potted plant adorns the grave.
On Monday, the rock measuring 6 feet wide and mor^
than 5 feet tall was delivered to the cemetery on a flatbed truck. The stone was lugged off the property of one of Bom-beck's neighbors on Friday.
Her husband. Bill Bombeck, said he "wanted a piece of Phoenix" at his wife's grave to commemorate the 25 years they spent together in Arizona.
The rock is the largest marker in the cemetery, according to Teresa Moyer, public relations director.
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