Entertainment news for February 15, 1991
MOVIES: When a comedy passes the $205 million mark in ticket sales, like Home Alone, what can a studio do to attract still more customers? Sell the same movie again — this time as a heartwarming drama. A new TV ad blitz for the Twentieth Century Fox smash eliminates villains Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern to focus on 10-year-old Macaulay Culkin kissing his family’s photograph, tucking it under his pillow, visiting church, and gazing tearily into the distance. ”He’s so little and helpless,” says one character on the movie soundtrack before a voice-over commands viewers to ”Feel good again.” If the sniffly campaign works, Home Alone‘s grosses will edge even closer to the record $360 million racked up by another lonely lost soul, E.T., in its first year.
TV: WCBS-TV won’t have Ed Koch to kick around anymore. Last week, the former mayor of New York was canned from Sunday Edition, a local Sunday morning TV roundtable. Says Hizzoner of the dishonor: ”They wanted me to tone down my personality and become less controversial. But they knew what they were getting when they hired me.” Koch joined the show upon leaving office 13 months ago; CBS has agreed to buy out the remainder of his two-year contract. ”My agent is already negotiating with another station,” Koch says.
MUSIC: A battle of the bands broke out when heavy metal acts Slaughter and Cinderella canceled their joint European tour late last month due to the outbreak of Gulf hostilities. Opening act Slaughter claimed that the band’s name had brought bomb threats, then headliner Cinderella, in a PolyGram press release, ”objected to these fabrications,” saying no threats had been made and that both groups were just worried about possible danger. Slaughter’s management countered that they were ”shocked and dismayed” by Cinderella’s allegations. European concert promoters are said to be ”furious.” A Slaughter spokesperson could only say, ”It’s such a stupid thing, it really annoys me.” — Mark Harris, Benjamin Svetkey, and Bob Mack