Demme may direct police thriller
What's next for Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Ted Tally? It probably won't be a "Silence of the Lambs" sequel because of complicated rights problems.
Several insiders say that there is a good possibility the two will team on ex-cop Nancy Taylor Rosenberg's soon-to-be-published first novel, "Mitigating Circumstances," a police thriller recently optioned by TriStar.
Nobel Prize winner draws no audience
Joseph Brodsky was left speechless at a podium when no one showed up at a news conference that the Nobel Prize-winning poet held at West Virginia University's student union.
"I really don't know what to say," Mr. Brodsky said Friday. Aside from a handful of faculty members and students waiting to take him to lunch, the lounge was populated by students talking or reading. "I'm not going to say that I'm happy to be here," he said.
Joyce papers show fear of censorship
A collection of Irish author James Joyce's papers, unveiled yesterday, shows how the controversial writer was obsessed about censorship of "Ulysses."
"He was paranoid in his fear of censorship and frightened that Lane's [the publishers] would fail to defend it in a court case. His fears were unjustified," said Catherine Fahy of Ireland's National Library. The library has decided to keep some of the papers under wraps until 2050, at the request of grandson Stephen Joyce.
Third World humor in film criticized
"For various reasons," says Indian screenwriter Arundhati Roy, "the Third World is not allowed to laugh at itself, or in general."
At the Bangalore International Film Festival in New Delhi, where "Electric Moon" opened earlier this year, critics blasted Ms. Roy and director Pradeep Krishen "for using foul Indian language, for portraying a certain lifestyle which would harm tourism in India, and for generally showing India in a poor light." "Is 'Electric Moon' Rude to Indians?" wondered one ensuing headline. But critics also called the film the funniest at the festival.
Mandelas reportedly will separate
Nelson and Winnie Mandela will separate because of new allegations about Mrs. Mandela's activities while her husband was in a South African jail, a London newspaper reported. Last year, Mrs. Mandela and two others were convicted of kidnapping and assault in the 1988 death of a 14-year-old boy. She was sentenced to six years in prison but freed on bail pending an appeal.
The Sunday Times said one of her co-defendants, Xoliswa Falati, has told African National Congress officials that she lied at the trial to protect Mrs. Mandela. The newspaper said Mrs. Falati now accuses Mrs. Mandela of ordering the youth's assault and operating "hit squads" in the Soweto township.
Graceland' debuts at Clinton rally
"Graceland," Paul Simon's song about Elvis Presley's home, has made its debut at a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton. It looked like a strong contender for campaign theme song.
Dee Dee Myers, Mr. Clinton's press secretary, said it's got the right beat and sends the right message: "The '80s are over -- Elvis lives." But said campaign director Bruce Lindsay: "I kind of like 'Mustang Sally.' "
Composer-conductor Andre Previn is 63. Actor Ivan Dixon is 61. Country singer Merle Haggard is 55. Actor Billy Dee Williams is 55. Singer Michelle Phillips is 48.