NEW YORK (AP) _ Nathan Lane took some really odd jobs before he saw his name up in the bright lights of Broadway.

He was even a bail bond interviewer.

``The job basically was to sit down and interview people who had just been thrown in jail,'' Lane said Friday in The New York Times. ``Usually, they were very excited and upset, and I'd be saying things to them like, `Do you own any real estate?'''

When the star of the new movie ``Mouse Hunt'' wasn't pounding the pavement hunting for acting jobs, he paid the rent by conducting telephone polls. And he was a telemarketer. He even delivered singing telegrams.

Eventually he won parts in small theatrical productions, and more recently he won a Tony award last year for his starring role in the Broadway production of ``A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.''

As a wannabe actor, though, the wacky Lane never waited tables.

``Why? Because if I came to your table and said, `I'll be right back with the specials,' would you believe me?'''


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Got teeth? Garth Brooks is missing a few.

So are Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Martina McBride and Lorrie Morgan, in an advertising campaign that spoofs the popular ``Got Milk?'' campaign featuring celebrities wearing milk mustaches.

Instead, Brooks and other country and pop music stars will be missing their two front teeth, trying to boost ticket sales for the National Hockey League's Nashville Predators' franchise.

The marketing blitz will begin in January and promotes the sale of season tickets for the Predators' 1998-99 NHL season, the Nashville Banner reported Friday. The league's newest hockey club must sell 12,000 season tickets by March 31 to secure the franchise.

If the star-power works for milk advertising, it ought to work for hockey, too, promoters say.

``We need that kind of credibility and star power, because we don't have any stars yet,'' said Tom Ward, an executive vice president for the Predators.


MACON, Ga. (AP) _ Concertgoers in Macon got two Allman concerts for the price of one.

Gregg Allman hit the stage at the Macon City Auditorium on Friday night, only minutes after his son, Devone Lane Allman, warmed up the crowd for his old man.

``It's just a good feeling to be working with your pop,'' said the younger Allman, 25, whose band is called the Dark Horses.

His dad, 50, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 as part of the Allman Brothers Band, one of the Southern rock pioneers. Gregg Allman and Friends are touring this winter to publicize their new CD, ``Searching for Simplicity.''

Although the elder Allman wouldn't say whether a father-son performance was planned, Devon Allman said it wouldn't be unexpected.

``He came out and jammed with us last time,'' he said.


NEW YORK (AP) _ Kevin Williamson says more screams are on the way.

At 32, he's the screenwriter of ``Scream'' and ``Scream 2, horror flicks that were inspired by what he saw around him _ or rather, by what he didn't see.

``I looked around and asked myself: What's missing from the marketplace? The answer was a scary movie populated with young kids, so the young audience will see it,'' Williamson said in Friday's New York Times.

``It was a calculated business move. I was hoping it would pay off.''

It did. Williamson signed a $20 million contract with Miramax, and ``Scream 2'' has already grossed $55 million at the box office.

More scary stuff is on the way: Williamson said he's already working on ``Scream 3.''