Dances With Wolves, coproduced, directed by, and starring Kevin Costner, has been praised by some American Indian groups for its authentic depiction of Indian life in the late 1860s and for its casting of Native American actors. Now Orion Pictures has announced it will broadcast radio commercials for the Nov. 21 opening of the film in the Lakota Sioux language on Native American radio stations. ”I think it’s a great message to send,” says Gay Kingman, executive director of the National Congress of the American Indian. ”[It shows] that we Native Americans have retained our language and culture.”
Elektra Records has forbidden 10,000 Maniacs to appear on an animal-rights benefit album, but no one is saying why. Tame Yourself, to be released in early ’91, will raise money for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, one of the largest animal-rights organizations in the world. Other major artists, including the B-52‘s, the Pretenders, Belinda Carlisle, and k.d. lang, have donated songs to the album. But 10,000 Maniacs, which was the first group to complete a song for the project, was told by Elektra that no one on the label is permitted to appear on benefit compilations. Neither the label nor the group, including the usually outspoken lead singer, Natalie Merchant, will comment, but PETA rep Dan Matthews says, ”We’ve had no problem with any of the other labels.”
The Brother from Another Planet, John Sayles‘ 1984 film about an alien who lands in Harlem, beams down to television as a weekly series early next year. It will be produced by Gordy/de Passe Productions, the team behind the miniseries Lonesome Dove, and Sayles is expected to lend a hand.