Entertainment news for February 7, 1992
Charlie Sheen, who took to the skies in last summer’s Hot Shots!, will hit the road in an action movie, Fixing the Shadow, playing an on-the-edge undercover cop who infiltrates a biker gang. Written by Larry Ferguson (The Hunt for Red October), and marking Ferguson’s directorial debut, it starts filming this week in Arizona.
Have you noticed that TV ad for the Led Zeppelin compilation, Remasters, a truncated double-CD version of the group’s 1990 boxed set? Have you also noticed the price — $9.99 for four payments, meaning viewers will pay an abnormally steep $40 for two discs (plus, to be fair, a third CD with a Zeppelin interview)? For $5 to $20 more, you can buy the four-CD box, so what gives? ”Standard industry practice is that these packages are under $20,” admits Ruth Shields, president of Time Warner Direct Entertainment, which distributes the collection. Shields says the album is not a ”discount product” and that the high price reflects not just the company’s desire to put out a ”classy” package but also the wishes of the group and its original label (Atlantic). Atlantic will also be making Remasters available in stores in March. Maybe they should have retitled it Stairway to Profits.
According to a survey for the Electronic Industries Association, renting videos is now America’s favorite family entertainment. Three times as many people (67 percent) would rather watch a video than go to a theater (22 percent), in large part because of rising ticket prices — and perhaps laziness. Which might be why 46 percent would rather buy home-theater equipment than a two-year gym membership (29 percent).
A handful of Atlanta writers and musicians have started the country’s first literary magazine on audiotape. Each issue of Verb will include about 90 minutes of storytelling and music. ”It’s an idea long past due,” says editor Ed Hall. He may have sparked a trend. Off the Page, a magazine of poetry readings on videotape, recently debuted in New York City.
Acting as executive producer, Steven Spielberg is hoping to hook viewers with a two-hour TV movie on the Civil War. The fictionalized Class of ’61 will examine the war through the eyes of two former best friends and college roommates — a Northerner and a Southerner — from West Point’s class of 1861. The ABC movie, which is being cast, will film in Atlanta in the spring. The makers of PBS’ acclaimed 1990 Civil War series, producer-director Ken Burns and writer Shelby Foote, have already signed on as consultants.
Written by: Pat H. Broeske, David Browne, Nisid Hajari, Tina Jordan, Alan Carter