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What entertained these entertainers?

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Is there anyone more opinionated about movies, music, or television that entertainers? They live their lives awash in films, TV shows, records, videotapes, and books turned out by fellow artists. In these pages, some notable actors, directors, singers, writers, producers, and others look back at the year and offer their answers to the question: What entertainment will you remember most from 1990?

”When the controversy over 2 Live Crew pushed their album to double platinum status and when they were cleared of obscenity charges. Censor, eat dirt!”
Queen Latifah
Rap singer

”The success of a film like Ghost brought Hollywood to such depths of sentimental introspection that Arnold Schwarzenegger became a kindergarten teacher. Will 1991 bring us Sylvester Stallone as Atticus in a remake of To Kill a Mockingbird?”
Pamela Reed
Actress, TV’s Grand and Schwarzenegger’s Kindergarten Cop

”Wayne Newton and Tone Loc played on the same stage together one night in Las Vegas. And Winona (Ryder), Tim (Burton), and I were there to see it.”
Johnny Depp
Actor, Edward Scissorhands

”Audrey?s (Sherilyn Fenn on Twin Peaks) cherry stem blew everything away with its style and finesse.”
Allan Havey
Host of the Comedy Channel’s program Night After Night

Dances With Wolves — it’s just a brilliant movie, a painting. As a personal memory, hosting Saturday Night Live at the end of October. The trill of doing live television is a rare opportunity.”
Susan Lucci
Erica Kane Martin Brent Cudahy Chandler Montgomery Montgomery on All My Children

”I think it’s that Home Alone has been a box-office hit, which reinforces the power and clout that children have in the entertainment marketplace. The producers delivered a creative piece that’s very funny to kids and also speaks to parents. Its metaphor is something we should all think about because that’s largely how it is at home. All those concepts that Macaulay Culkin came up with are things kids pull off every day in America.”
Geraldine Laybourne
President, Nickelodeon/Nick at Night

”What I?ll remember most about this year is Home Alone, because I worked on it for four months.”
Macaulay Culkin
The movie’s star

”The tremendous loss of the word-renowned Sammy Davis Jr.”
La Toya Jackson
Singer

”We had booked Ostaro the psychic window washer on the show. He said to Hal Gurnee, the director, ‘I’m here to predict the Oscars,’ and Hal said, ‘I predict you won’t get on tonight’ — and he didn’t.”
Barbara Gaines
Production coordinator, Late Night With David Letterman

”The thing that impressed me the most this year was the commitment of time and money of Liz Taylor, Madonna, and other stars to benefit AIDS, the environment, and other charities.”
Robin Platzer
Celebrity photographer

”I guess I’d have to say it’s some books that I’ve read, like T. Coraghesan Boyle’s East is East and P.D. James’ Devices & Desires. Also, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose is an entertaining highlight because it’s so inventive.”
Blair Brown
Actress, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd

Green Card, Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, Henry V — it wasn’t made in 1990, but I’m still thinking about it — and Dances With Wolves.”
Ethan Hawke
Actor, Dead Poets Society

”From a personal perspective, I will remember 1990 as the year that MTV went to Moscow, reaching 88 million Soviet households on commercially sponsored Soviet television.”
Sumner Redstone
Chairman, Viacom International Inc., the owner of MTV Networks

”Seeing Ice-T at A Gathering of the Tribes (a two-day concert held in Los Angeles and San Francisco).”
Sinéad O’Connor
Singer

”The Keating Five. That’s real entertainment, more compelling than a lot of movies I’ve seen. Also that Civil War documentary. All in all, that will be around a lot longer than most things. Of course, it’s not exactly entertainment, unless you like funerals, but at least it was first-rate.”
Richard Sylbert
Production designer, Dick Tracy

”Seeing the Janet Jackson concert. It was unbelievable: the staging, the music, the performance, everything. I’ll remember it forever. And I guess the highlight of this year for me was meeting her in person.”
Tevin Campbell
Singer

”The most memorable event that happened this year is the phenomenal success of rap — M.C. Hammer, Fresh Prince’s TV show, and House Party, out first movie.”
Kid ‘N Play
Singers
Christopher Martin, Christopher Reid

”I think that there wasn’t enough to remember. That’s really the truth.”
Elizabeth Swados
Playwright

Dances With Wolves is a great movie. And Goodfellas.I love Scorsese and Bob De Niro. The work of Bob De Niro is extraordinary.”
Gérard Depardieu
Actor, Cyrano de Bergerac

”Mike Ovitz’s ascension to the top rung. Now he is dealing not just with performers but, being responsible for the Sony deal (buying Columbia) and the Matsushita deal (buying MCA/Universal), he is dealing with commercial giants internationally.”
Army Archerd
Columnist, Daily Variety

”The highlight in entertainment this year was reading the novel The Quincunx by Charles Palmer.”
Roger Ebert
Movie critic

”’I love Paris’ (sung by Les Negresses Vertes). It’s a song on the new Red Hot + Blue Cole Porter tribute album. And the Pogues’ song (‘Miss Otis Regrets/Just One of Those Things,’ with Kristy MacColl). I heard it this week and it’s great.”
Tim Robbins
Actor, Jacob’s Ladder

”Seeing the guy from Guns N’ Roses (Izzy Stradlin) pissing in the aisle of a commercial airline.”
Don Was
Producer and singer, Was (Not Was)

”The dramatic opening of Eastern Europe and the immediate demand by Eastern Europeans for all that we have come to take for granted in the free world. It is as if major population is playing an incredibly intense game of catch-up, simply soaking up as much Western culture as possible as quickly as possible.”
John C. Holt
Chairman and CEO, A.C. Nielsen Co.

”The good things that will stand out in my mind this year are my acting debut in Goodfellas and my Grammy. The bad thing is that I lost a good friend at CBS when they let (President/CEO) Walter Yetnikoff go.”
Frank Dileo
Former manager of Michael Jackson

”I was making At Play in the Fields of the Lord in the Amazon. They were turning the rain forest into cattle pastures during the burning season. What I’ll remember most is travelling to and from the locations by riverboat and seeing the sun, blood red, and the skies filled with smoke from the fires.”
Kathy Bates
Actress, Misery

”My favorite thing is Bette Midler’s song ‘From a Distance’ (with the lyric ‘God is watching’). Just think of God watching people — He must laugh once in a while.”
Victoria Jackson
Actress, Saturday Night Live

”The first time I saw myself being played on screen by Ron Silver (in Reversal of Fortune). I’ll probably remember that for a lifetime. He made me believe he was me.”
Alan Dershowitz
Defense attorney for Claus Von Büllow

”The most memorable event was when I was in London in November and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opened on the same day that the prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, resigned.”
Kevin Eastman
Cocreator, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

”The tremendous amount of attention that (ABC’s) Twin Peaks received and the pleasure of doing something different and seeing it work.”
Robert A. Iger
President, ABC Entertainment

”I think what the camera did to Michelle Pfeiffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys wins the hot ticket for the year, and I’m not a straight guy.”
Craig Lucas
Writer, Longtime Companion

”What’s entertainment. I don’t have time for it. I’m too busy working.”
Bo Jackson
Athlete

”The homeless food and toy drive that we did. Where we live, you see a lot of underprivileged kids every day, and it’s sort of sad when you see that and you’re really successful. It makes you feel a lot better to be doing something about it.”
Rapahel Wiggins
Tony of R&B group Tony! Toni! Tone!

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