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Entertainment news for September 17, 1993

Quentin Tarantino, John Sayles, and Roseanne Arnold made headlines this week

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FAMILY AFFAIR: Directing a low-budget hit has its perks. Quentin Tarantino, whose gritty Reservoir Dogs won acclaim last year, is now in the enviable position of working with both Arquette sisters. Tarantino wrote the current True Romance, starring Patricia, and, as the cowriter and director of the upcoming Pulp Fiction, he has just cast Rosanna. The siblings, according to Tarantino, have their differences. ”Rosanna is very much this full-on, you-can-see-her-wheels-turning woman,” says Tarantino of the 34-year-old sister. ”But Patty is very much the strong child-woman.” Does he have a favorite? Tarantino won’t commit, but he does seem to be sweet on Romance‘s 25-year-old Arquette. ”If you want to talk to me about Patty,” he says, ”you’re going to get a cavity.”
Melina Gerosa

HOME FRONT: Coming to a screen near you, a movie inspired by the family life of Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins. Pet, written and directed by Sarandon’s ex- boyfriend Franco Amurri (Flashback), is about an 8-year-old named Eva (played by Thora Birch), who is scheming to get a pet while coping with a new stepfamily. As it happens, Amurri and Sarandon have an 8-year-old named Eva, and the couple in the film closely resembles Sarandon and Robbins. Amurri says they don’t mind being fodder for the big screen. ”They love [the film] because of the values portrayed.” Sarandon had no comment. And what does Eva think? ”Well, she has always wanted a dog,” says Amurri, ”but she still doesn’t have one.”
Nancy Mills

ERIN GO BURN: John Sayles‘ new film, The Secret of Roan Inish, is a hot property — literally. When a worker on the set in County Donegal, Ireland, believed his $40 paycheck was not forthcoming, he got a little steamed. ”He burned down a set of three thatched-roof cottages,” says John Sloss, the film’s executive producer. ”He just lit one or two of the huts on fire.” Sloss, who declined to name the culprit, said the incident was just ”a misunderstanding, and the worker was a person who was having emotional problems.” Fortunately, the damage caused only one day of filming to go up in smoke.
Casey Davidson

ROSEY OUTLOOK: Roseanne Arnold has never been shy about telling people what to do — and now she’s turning pro. Her advice column — ”Dear Rosey” — debuted on Sept. 2 in the Iowa newsweeklies now owned by her and hubby Tom. Fielding problems that ranged from serious (a marriage threatened by stepchildren) to mundane (a husband who refuses to say ”I love you”), Roseanne responded with typical pugnacity, if not sagacity: ”Tell [your husband] to get it in gear, ’cause I said so,” she told the first woman, while advising the second to tell her mate to ”wise up…or I’ll slap the hell out of him.” When asked to grade Arnold’s problem-solving skills, Dr. Joyce Brothers said, ”It was sensible, but she’ll be really busy if she [threatens] to fly around slapping people.”
David Bock

FUR BALL: Whoopi Goldberg insists animal activists are barking up the wrong tree. Recently the actress has received more than 150 letters criticizing her for wearing fur in 1992’s Sister Act. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) even considered putting her into the fur-wearing Hall of Shame. It’s not clear why the protesters took so long to complain, but Goldberg fired back an angry letter to PETA, stating that the fur was fake. ”The first question they should have asked was ‘Is it real?”’ says Goldberg. ”Instead it was accusatory.” A PETA spokesman says even fake fur sends the wrong message. ”If you’re wearing a fur in the 1990s, for whatever reason, you’re running the risk of public wrath.” But Whoopi urges her critics to separate the screen from reality. ”Just because you play a Nazi does not mean you are a Nazi.”
Jessica Shaw