Archive for Monday, January 29, 2001


January 29, 2001


Psychiatric unit

Moon Zappa, whose mocking of San Fernando Valley slang made "Valley Girl" a hit song, applied for a restraining order against a man who allegedly threatened to kill her.

Zappa sought the temporary restraining order against Timothy Mark Brownfield, who pleaded innocent last month to making death threats against Zappa.

Brownfield was ordered confined to a psychiatric ward in a federal detention center after he allegedly threatened Zappa's life in a letter mailed to the FBI.

At the time, a defense lawyer told a judge Brownfield had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and depression.

Brownfield claimed Zappa and her late father, musician Frank Zappa, stole the lyrics of the 1982 hit song "Valley Girl" from Brownfield. Frank Zappa died of prostate cancer in 1993.

Zappa asked the restraining order be extended to include her mother, sister, two brothers, and a male friend.

Foul-mouthed Hollywood

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said he regrets his cameo role in the movie "Traffic," which features nudity, sex, drug use and profane language.

Before the film was released, Hatch defended the movie's use of violence by saying it accurately portrayed the drug culture as degrading.

But then Hatch saw the movie, which stars Michael Douglas.

"I was shocked and dismayed at the gratuitous amount of violence and profanity in 'Traffic,"' Hatch said in a prepared statement. "It was more than was necessary to reveal the devastation caused by drugs. I do not condone it. It detracts from its anti-drug message."

The senator, better known for writing religious hymns and berating Hollywood violence than appearing on the big screen, briefly appears as himself in the film.

"The thing I really resented was that every other word is the F-word. Hollywood needs to grow up ... There's no excuse for that," he said.

He plays a bit part in a scene where Douglas, acting as the nation's new drug czar, talks to senators at a Georgetown party. Hatch tells Douglas what he thinks a drug czar ought to do.

Live from 'VenturaLand'

Both of Gov. Jesse Ventura's jobs get a playful poke in the opening installment of "VenturaLand."

The comic strip debuted in Sunday editions of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. It depicts Ventura broadcasting a football game for his new employer, the XFL. He turns to his partner and remarks, "That tackle reminds me of a hold I threw on the Hulk in '85."

The reply, to a visibly anguished Ventura: "Governor, are you any better at your day job?"

The one-two punch is meant to convey how people doubt Ventura's ability every time the ex-wrestler takes on a new role, said Kevin Lenagh, the free-lance artist who will draw "VenturaLand" once a week. Lenagh, 47, who said he voted for Ventura and approves of the job the governor is doing, expects a backlash.

The strip's star fails to see the humor and has threatened legal action against the Pioneer Press, which he accuses of "exploiting" him to sell papers.

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