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December 7, 1991

BALTIMORE (AP) _ Best-selling author Tom Clancy is disowning the movie being made of his book, ″Patriot Games,″ saying the script bears little resemblance to what he wrote.

He has asked Paramount Pictures to remove his name from the production.

Clancy told The (Baltimore) Sun: ″This request is not being done on the spur of the moment. I told them this was a possibility in late August - the product they are turning out is a disaster ... To the best of my knowledge, there’s not a single scene in the movie that tracks with a scene in the book.″

″Patriot Games″ stars Harrison ford as Jack Ryan, a CIA operative and hero of all Clancy’s novels. Ryan rescues the British royal family from terrorists, then withstands reprisal attacks in the Annapolis area.

The film began filming in October in London. A week of shooting was completed Friday in Annapolis and it’s scheduled to resume this week in California.

Paramount released a statement saying it’s confident Clancy will like the movie when it’s finished.

Clancy said his experience with ″Patriot Games″ is different from ″The Hunt for Red October,″ in which the producers made an effort to follow the book.

Paramount also holds the rights to produce another of Clancy’s novels, ″Clear and Present Danger.″ But he said he has talked with other production companies about filming other novels, and won’t work with Paramount again.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Bob Hope praised Colorado Springs’ ″cool, colorful ski slopes″ during taping of his Christmas show. The problem: the nearest slopes are two hours away. Despite the gaffe, the crowd loved it.

About 100 people gathered Friday for taping of half the annual show, to air Dec. 18 on NBC. The other half will be taped in Nashville, Tenn.

″You’re such a dear, sweet man,″ said a female fan, grabbing Hope’s hand.

″Don’t stop,″ Hope replied.

The 88-year-old Hope taped a tribute to the release of U.S. hostages in Lebanon. Earlier, Hope’s organization had asked former hostage Thomas Sutherland of Fort Collins to be part of the show, but Sutherland declined, saying he had other engagements.

The show will include appearances by Miss America Carolyn Sapp and the queen for the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl parade, Tannis Turrentine.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Roseanne Arnold and her husband, Tom Arnold, showed up in court to offer his sister moral support as she sought reduction of her bond on drug charges and permission to enter a drug rehabilitation program.

Lori Stockdall, 31, and her husband, Floyd Eugene Stockdall, 47, pleaded innocent to federal charges of leading a methamphetamine distribution ring and laundering money through their horse ranch, a bar and other property they own in the Ottumwa area, where they live in southeast Iowa.

The Arnolds said they were in town for the hearing Friday to offer support.

″I’m here to try to get my sister into a drug rehabilitation facility,″ Arnold said.

U.S. Magistrate Celeste F. Bremer agreed to reduce bond from $200,000 to $50,000 if the Stockdalls successfully complete drug abuse treatment. Ms. Bremer said she will allow Ms. Stockdall to attend an inpatient facility, but her husband must receive outpatient treatment.

The Stockdalls have been in jail since they were arrested Nov. 7.


NEW YORK (AP) - Conductor Robert Shaw, who helped lift choral groups to a higher standing in classical music, was named 1992 musician of the year by the magazine Musical America.

The honor for the 75-year-old Shaw, who’s musical director of the Atlanta Symphony, was announced Friday, the day before a ceremony for him and other recipients of Kennedy Center Honors.

Shaw conducted the Robert Shaw Chorale from 1948 to 1967. He has been with the Atlanta Symphony for 21 years.

Musical America also announced four new awards categories, including instrumentalist of the year, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and vocalist of the year, baritone Thomas Hampson.


RICHLAND, Mo. (AP) - Country singer Mickey Gilley paid a visit to this central Missouri town to help raise money for families with severely ill youngsters.

Gilley toured two Lee Co. plants Friday with two sick girls - 5-year-old Brianna East, who has leukemia, and 8-year-old Mindie Andrews, a liver transplant recipient.

″I think we need to do our part to help the kids because I’ve been blessed by not having to be in the hospital too much,″ Gilley said. ″It takes a lot of money to conduct research and research helps extend life and allows people to live a good quality life.″

Gilley’s visit was aimed at raising money for the non-profit Hope for Children.

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