New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Weekly charts for the nation’s most popular videos as they appear in next week’s issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:
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I .“Jerry Maguire,” (Columbia TriStar)
2.“Fun and Fancy Free,” (Disney)
3.“Jungle 2 Jungle,” (Disney)
4.”Das Boot — The Director’s Cut," (Columbia TriStar)
5.“Pink Flamingos,” (New Line)
6.“Pooh’s Great Adventure," (Disney)
8.“Turbo-A Power Rangers Movie,” (Fox)
9.”Lord of the Dance,” (PolyGram)
10.‘‘Riverdance-The Show,” (VCI-Columbia Tristar)
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2."Absolute Power,” (Warner)
3."Donnie Brasco,” (Columbia TriStar)
4.“Sling Blade,” (Miramax)
5.“Private Parts," (Paramount)
7."The Relic," (Paramount)
8.“Shine.” (New Line)
9.“Mars Attacks," (Warner)
10.” Jungle 2 Jungle,” (Disney)
MUSIC VIDEO SALES
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1.“l’m Bout It,” Master P (Priority)
2."Welcome to the Freak Show,” dc Tattk (Forefront)
3.“Les Miserabies: 10th Anniv. Concert,” Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Columbia TriStar)
4."Jagged Little Pill, Live,” Alanis Morissette (Warner Reprise)
5."Who Then Now?” Korn (Epic)
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7.“Enterped tof9h*wt3etSil;’% 311 (PolyGram) (Gold)
8."Selena Remembered,” Selena (EMI Latin)
9."History On Film: Vol. II,” Michael Jackson (Epic)
10.“Elvis: The Alternate Aloha Concert,” Elvis Presley (LightYear Entertainment)
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“Ward, I’m worried about the Beaver,’’ a concerned June Cleaver says. But sadly, there’s a lot more than the Beaver to worry about in the big-screen incarnation of America’s prototypical fictional suburban family.
In Universal’s “Leave It to Beaver,” June (Janine Turner) is a blond and buxom soccer mom who vacuums in a dress. Wally’s girlfriend jilts him for a grunge teen with a hoop earring. Larry Mondello is on Ritalin. Eddie Haskell is threatened with a restraining order. * And the Beav? In a world of Game Boys and skateboards, all he wants is a shiny new bike.
lf all this seems an incongruous jumble of eras and icons, it is. The big-screen resurrection of the TV show that handed us a perfectly packaged 1950s family simply doesn't work. Though good-hearted, it can’t decide what it wants to be — ironic or sincere — so it ends up being nothing at all.
Not that you can entirely blame the filmmakers. After “Beavis Sc Butt-head” and ‘‘Married ... With ‘.Children,” it’s impossible to depict an idyllic 1950s suburb, much less one updated to fit the 1990s. Even “The Brady Bunch Movie’’ — which injected a healthy dose of sarcasm into the story of the pathetically clueless clan and did to the 1970s what this movie is trying to do to the 1950s — missed the target.
What is it with these big-screen nostalgia cruises anyway?
Apparently, this is how oral tradition is passed down in the hypercommercial 1990s — remakes of old TV shows and movies are
At the movies
“Leave It to Beaver" is playing at the Walnut 6, Interstate 35 and Walnut Avenue.
Show times are 5 p.m., 7:05 p.m. and 9:05 p.m.
supposed to bridge the generation gap. Boomers and Xers can reenergize those old bad-TV synapses — and Share the mediocrity with their kids!
As a film. “Beaver” is far too derivative of its TV parent. Dull cinematography, bad pacing and overlong scenes render it boring and unimaginative. The script, by Brian Levant (“Jingle All the Way”) reads, well, like a 1950s sitcqm.
Turner, a talented, spirited actress, is horribly miscast in a blond wig that makes her resemble Laura Templeton, the character she played on “General Hospital” in the early 1980s. She looks more like a bouffant Barbara Stanwyck in pink dress and abundant lipstick.
Erik von Detten, as Wally, is competent but forgettable — again, mostly because the script gives him little to work with. He deserves credit for perfectly nailing Tony Dow’s tics and peccadilloes, right down to the obsessive early teen hair rearranging in the mirror.
Christopher McDonald, who fits the 1950s paradigm (he played game-show host Jack Barry in “Quiz Show”), plays Ward Heaver as a frustrated middle manager who extorts the Beaver into playing Mighty Mites football. Adam Zolotin makes an appropriately slimy and self-aggrandizing Eddie Haskell.
And give this to 8-year-old Cameron Finley: He perfectly captures the Beaver’s essence (whether that’s something for a budding actor to strive for is something else entirely).
This much must be said on the actors’ behalf: It’s hard to resurrect archetypes. No matter how good McDonald is in the role of Ward, he simply cannot be Hugh Beaumont. That’s a difficult predicament, and McDonald, Turner and the rest carry it Off as best they can.
Barbara Billingsley, the,,original June, appears briefly as Aunt Martha. And the only truly fun performance in the entire movie is a cameo by Ken Osmond, die original Eddie Haskell, as Eddie’s father. Osmond typified the oily, conniving teen-ager long before Bud Bundy and Beavis came along, and his brief appearance stands as a reminder of what the show was and the movie isn’t What, really, was the show? Even ! in its time (1957-63), it hardly was an accurate depiction of family life, only a Family Circus-style rendering of what postwar America wanted its family and its community to be: loving, crime-free, bland — and white.
So, in a way, the update is faithful to the original — a rather dull depiction of a sunny suburbia that never was and never will be.
“You know, I used to want to stay a kid my whole life,’’ the Beaver says. “But lately, I just want to get it over with.”
Producers of Boomer and Gen-X nostalgia, take heed.
“Leave It to Beaver” is directed by Andy CadifT from a screenplay by Brian Levant and Lon Diamond. It is produced by Robert Simonds and rated PG.
Sigourney Weaver is Snow White’s adversary in fable
By LYNN ELBER
AP Television Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sigourney Weaver knows a certain person who won’t be watching when “Spow White: A Tale of Terror” makes its debut Sunday on Showtime — the actress’ 7-year-old daughter, Charlotte.
“She’s not old enough to see it. I think »you have to be at least 14,” says Weaver, who plays the very wicked, very disturbed stepmother in this adaptation of the fairy tale.
Parents, heed her words: “Snow White” is not for youngsters — or even nightmare-prone adults. Emotionally harrowing and violent, it forgoes merry Disney-style dwarves or songs to lighten the mood.
“We certainly never wanted it to be perceived as a children’s movie, but as a psychological thriller,’’ Weaver says. “I know that Michael Cohn, the director, wanted to make it that way so people would find relevance to their own lives from this very famous story.”
In this 15th-century dysfunctional family, Weaver plays Claudia, whose marriage to widower Frederick Hoffman (Sam Neill) makes her an instant parent to Lilli (Monica
Instead of welcoming her new mother, Lilli behaves with childish obstinacy and then teen-age spite, eventually pushing Claudia into a murderous rage tinged by black magic.
The stepmother doesn’t deserve all the blame, as Weaver sees it.
“Claudia arrives with the best intentions of making it work, and as a very confident woman,” she says. “To me, it’s a very modem story in that sense. They both want the father’s love, so they never accept each other.”
The movie includes a version of the stepmother’s looking glass that inspired the “Mirror, mirror, on the wail, who’s the fairest of them all” refrain in die 1937 Disney animated film.
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EDGARTOWN, Mass (AP) — President Clinton’s vacation on Martha’s Vineyard has led to a dizzying swirl of ctlahrify mmnrr The word is that Princess Diana might drop in cm Clinton, who might sneak pft to attend Barbra Streisand s weddingafter he tees off with Tiger Woods.
Beset by the buzz, the White House was forced Wednesday to confront the matter.
“Rumors that Barbra Streisand is going to marry Princess Dt on Martha’s Vineyard this weekend have not been confirmed,” presidential spokesman Barry Toiv cracked to reporters.
Who can blame him for getting the gossip a bit mixed?
“It’s funny how rumors get started about celebrities here,” said Bliss Broyard, who lives next'to Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson, married actors who hosted a 51st birthday party for Clinton Tuesday night at their 19th century farmhouse. “They’re hard to stop.”
Her mother, Sandy, added, “We’re used to it.”
Only about two dozen people gathered outside the Steenburgen-Danson place to watch the birthday party arrivals, which included entertainment mogul Merv Griffin, singer-local resident Carly Simon, singer Jimmy Buffett, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg and author William Styron and his wife. Rose.
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Weekly cherts for the nation’s best-seing recorded musk: as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission. (Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500.000 copita sold.):
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I .“Mo Money. Mo Problems,” The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy & Mace (Bad Boy)
2. TI Be Missing You.’’ Puff Daddy & Faith Evans (Bad Boy) (Platinum)
3."Quit Playing Games (With My Heart),” Backstreet Boys (Jive) (Gold)
4‘Sem*-Charmed Life.” Third Eye Bind (Elektra)
5.“2 Become 1.” Spice Girls (Virgin)
6.“How Do I Live," Leann Rimes (Curb)
7 “Not Tonight." LII* Kim featuring De Brat. Left Eye, Missy Elliott, and Angie Martinez (Undeas-Atlantic) (Gold)
8. “Never Make a Promise,” Dru HiH (Island)
9.“Do You Know (What It Takes),” Robyn (RCA)
10 “Sunny Came Home." Shawn CoMn (Columbia)
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1.“No Way Out." Puff Daddy & the Family (Bed Boy)
2.'“Men in Black—The Album’ Soundtrack." (Columbia)
3.“The Art of War," Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (Ruthless)
4.“Spice,” Spice Girls (Virgin) (Platinum)
5.“Middle of Nowhere.” Hanson (Mercury) (Platinum)
6."Yourself Or Someone Like You," Matchbox 20 (Lava-Atlantic) (Platinum)
7 “Piecea of You," Jewel (Auantic) (Platinum)
8.”Surfacing,” Sarah McLachlan (Ariste)
9."Def Jem’s How To Be A Player’ Soundtrack,” pal Jam)
TO.“The Fat of the Land." Prodigy (Mute Maverick)
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1.“She's Got It All," Kenny Cheeney (BNA)
2.“How Do I Live,’’ Trisha Yearwood (MCA)
3."Drink, Swear, Steal & Lie," Michael Peterson (Reprise)
4.“How A Cowgirl Says Goodbye,” Tracy Lawrence (Atlantic)
5.‘We Were In Love,” Toby Keith (Mercury)
6.'harrying Your Love With Me," George Strait (MCA)
7.“Come Cryin' To Me," Lonestar (BNA)
8.“Dancin’, Shaggin', On The Boulevard,” Alabama (RCA)
9 ‘How Was I To Know," John Michael Montgomery (Atlantic)
10 ‘There Goes," Alan Jackson (Arista)
ADULT CONTEMPORARY SINGLES
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1."Sunny Came Home,” Shawn Colvin (Columbia)
2.“Go the Distance," Michael Bolton (Columbia)
3. “For You I Win,’’ Monica (Rowdy-Wamer Sunset)
4.“How Do I Live.” Leann Rimes (Curb)
5.‘‘Little More Time With You," James Taylor (Columbia)
6."For Once In Our Lives,” Paul Carrack (Ark-Atoum Cut)
7."Do You Love Me That Much," Peter Cetera (River North)
8.“Here In My Heart," Chicago (Reprise)
9.‘To Make You Feel My Love," Bitty Joel (Columbia)
10."A Smile Like Yours," NataNe Cole (Elektra)
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1 “Never Make a Promise,” Dru Hitt (Island)
2.‘You Make Me Wanna (LaFace)
3."Mo Money, Mo Problems," The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy & Mace (Bad Boy)
4."Not Tonight," UT Kim, DaBrat, Missy Elliott and Angie Martinez (Big Beat Records) (Gold)
5. “Up Jumps De Boogie," Magoo and Timbeland (Blackground)
6.“I1! Be Missing You,” Puff Daddy & Faith Evans (Bad Boy) (Platinum)
7."G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T.,“ Changing Faces (Big Beat-Atiantic) (Platinum)
8.“I Can Love You — Love Is All We Need,” Mary J. Bilge (MCA)
9."Someone,‘* SWV featuring Puff Daddy (ROA)
10.“Big Bad Mama," Foxy Brown featuring Dru Hill (Viotator-Def Jam)
MOOERN ROCK TRACKS
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(While the other charts are based on retail sales, this list is compiled from radio station airplay reports.)
1 .“Fly," Sugar Ray (Lava-Atiantic)
2."Walkin' on the Sun," Smash Mouth (Interscope)
3."Push," Matchbox 20 (Lava-Atlantic)
4.“Turn My Head," Live (Radioactive)
5.“D‘ You Know What I Mean?,’’ Oasis (Epic)
6.‘Wrong Way,” Sublime (Gasoline Alley)
7.“Building a Mystery," Sarah McLachlan (Arista)
8.“6 Underground,” Sneaker Pimps (Clean Up-Virgin)
9."Everlong,“ Foo Fighters (Roewett-Capitol)
10. “Semi-Charmed Life," Third Eye Blind (Elektra-EEG)
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(While the other charts ara based on retail sales, this list is compiled
from radio station airplay reports.)
1.“Miente, Enrique Iglesias (Fonovtsa)
2.“Pot Debajo De La Mesa," Luis Miguel (WEA Latina)
3.”Desesperadamente Enamorado, Jordi (Fonovtsa)
4.“Jefe de Jefes," Los Tigres Del Norte (Fonovtsa)
5.“VMr Sin Elas.” Intocabie (EMI Latin)
6. "Amor A La Mexicans," Thalia (EMI Latin)
7."Mi Ultimo Adios," Marco Antonio Solis (Fonavisa)
8. “Acepta Mi Error," Los Tamer aho® (Fonovtsa)
9 To Sigo Amando,” Juan Gabriel (Ariola-BMG)
10.“Quisiera.” Victoria (Fonovisa)
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1 .‘TH Be Missing You,” Puff Daddy & Faith Evans (Bad Boy)
2.“Mo Money, Mo Problems,’’ The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy & Mace (Bad Boy)
3.“Big Bad Mamma," Foxy Brown featuring Dru Hill (Violator-Def Jam)
4."Not Tonight," LM’ Kim, DaBrat. Missy Elliott and Anne Martinez (Big Beat)
5.“Free," Ultra Nate (Strictly Rhythm)
6.“Gotham City." R. Kelly (Jive)
7.“Take It to the Streets." Rampage featuring Billy Lawrence (Viotator-Elektra)
8."I Say a Little Prayer,’’ Diana King (Work-Epic)
9. “Never Make a Promise,” Dru Hill (Island)
10.“Someone,” SWV featuring Puff Daddy (RCA)
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