Names in the News
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ A gargantuan gorilla smashing trains and airplanes? Now that’s imaginative, says Fay Wray.
The 88-year-old star of the original ``King Kong″ says today’s movies just depict gratuitous violence.
``Violence for violence’s sake is a travesty,″ she said as she prepared to be honored at the Virginia Festival of American Film. ``It’s sensation and not sensitivity.″
Ms. Wray described ``King Kong″ as ``magical,″ noting that it was made in 1933 without today’s sophisticated special effects and at a cost of only $600,000.
``I think it is proof that the imagination can go anywhere and should,″ said Ms. Wray, who wriggled out of the clutches of the mighty gorilla in the movie.
Eighty films, including several premieres, will be shown at the eighth annual festival that began Thursday and runs through Sunday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A photographer says Alec Baldwin punched him in the face when he tried to get a picture of the actor with wife Kim Basinger and their 3-day-old daughter.
Alan Zanger responded by placing Baldwin under citizen’s arrest and holding him for police, who booked the actor Thursday for investigation of misdemeanor battery. He was released on his own recognizance.
Zanger claimed he suffered a possible broken nose during the scuffle outside Baldwin’s home in Woodland Hills, said police spokesman Don Cox.
Baldwin, 37, said he had repeatedly asked Zanger to stop taking photos.
``I do believe that bringing your wife and 3-day-old baby home from the hospital is one of those occasions″ when privacy should be respected, Baldwin said through his publicist.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska Gov. Ben Nelson and Colorado Gov. Roy Romer have big steaks riding on Saturday’s football game between the University of Colorado and the University of Nebraska.
Nelson, whose alma mater is Nebraska, said Thursday he will give Romer four Nebraska beef steaks if Colorado beats Nebraska. Romer put up four Colorado buffalo steaks.
``Unfortunately, Governor Romer is just going to have to go buy himself some Nebraska beef while I enjoy a feast of Colorado buffalo on him,″ Nelson said.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are ranked second in The Associated Press college football poll ahead of the seventh-ranked Colorado Buffaloes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The baker and the filmmaker have found themselves in a plot of stew.
Gourmet doughnut maker Denis Hoffman on Thursday filed a countersuit to a $33 million harassment suit filed two days earlier by Steven Spielberg.
Hoffman, the financier of Spielberg’s first movie, claims Spielberg reneged on a potentially lucrative production deal. His lawsuit, which alleges fraud and breach of contract, seeks unspecified damages.
According to Spielberg’s lawsuit, Hoffman gave the director $10,000 for his 1968 short film ``Amblin’.″ As part of the deal, Spielberg agreed to direct a Hoffman script sometime over the next 10 years and pay him $25,000.
Hoffman never delivered a script and Spielberg bought the rights to ``Amblin‴ from Hoffman for $30,000 in 1977, Spielberg’s lawsuit claims.
Hoffman’s lawsuit claims he ``is the innocent victim of a deliberate and outrageous lie perpetrated by Spielberg in a calculated and malicious scheme to avoid his legal obligations.″