Archive for Saturday, June 30, 2001


June 30, 2001


Theater in spotlight

Actress Janet Leigh and movie critic Leonard Maltin have added their voices to the chorus trying save the nation's largest Cinerama screen from the wrecking ball.

The Indian Hills Theater in Omaha, Neb., closed last September, and was one of only three theaters left in the nation capable of showing big-screen Cinerama films.

Methodist Health System, which bought the theater, said renovations would be too costly, so it will be demolished for parking.

"Please! Please! Please! Don't destroy a last representative of our cinematic history," Leigh pleaded in a letter to the Omaha World-Herald.

Cinerama films flourished until the 1970s. During its height, movie houses across the country rushed to install the specialized floor-to-wall curved screens and sound systems.

Love-hate relationship

A King County Superior Court judge has granted Kurt Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, an injunction against the release of a song Cobain recorded with Nirvana before his death in 1994.

Love and the two remaining grunge band members, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, are facing off in court over control of a studio recording of the song, a 45-track box set and ultimately, the legacy of the group itself.

Grohl and Novoselic want to release the song as part of the box set in October that would commemorate the 10th anniversary of the band's album "Nevermind."

Love says the song, which has gone by various names including "On the Mountain" and "You've Got No Right," is not necessary for the box set's success.

A trial is set for Dec. 31, 2002.

Shark's best friend

Peter Benchley, author of "Jaws" and "The Deep," will be the spokesman for the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science's Center for Sustainable Fisheries at the University of Miami.

Benchley will help spread the center's concern that sharks could become a thing of the past. The center also is concerned that sailfish, marlin, swordfish, tuna and other species are being caught and killed so quickly they could reach the point of no return in five to 10 years.

Reagan sunset

Nancy Reagan says former President Reagan remains "a dear, sweet, wonderful man" even as he lives with debilitating Alzheimer's disease.

"There's so many, many people who are doing exactly the same thing as I'm doing," Mrs. Reagan said on ABC's "PrimeTime Thursday," as she paged through the book "Ronald Reagan: An American Hero."

"I have some advantages that they don't have," the former first lady said of caring for her 90-year-old husband. "I mean, I have the Secret Service ... emotionally we're in the same spot, all of us, but there are a lot of people out there who are going through this."

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