''In & Out'' and ''A Thousand Acres'' made headlines this week

By Joe Dziemianowicz
Updated September 26, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT
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TIME FLIES: It’s no shocker that the buss between Kevin Kline and Tom Selleck in In & Out made for buzz. More surprising is a glaring factual gaffe in the flick, which chronicles a few frantic days in the life of a high school teacher in Greenleaf, Ind., who gets outed by a former student. The story starts the day of the Oscars — which any good movie fan knows take place in March — and ends at a school graduation, typically a June event. How did three months get smushed into less than a week? ”The days are really short in Indiana,” jokes screenwriter Paul Rudnick. ”Actually, everyone in the movie sat down and discussed [the problem]. We needed the Oscars, and we needed the graduation. So we needed to live with the glitch.” Is Rudnick prepared for complaints about the scheduling conflict? Says the writer, ”I decided my reply to anyone who brought it up would be ‘Oh, shut up!”’

ETC. Location may be everything, but when it came to location shoots, Michelle Pfeiffer was more than happy to wrap up A Thousand Acres, which was filmed on an authentic farm in Rochelle, Ill. ”When the wind kicks up and that hog smell fills your nose, it literally makes you dizzy,” says Pfeiffer. ”But my kids love the farm life. They keep asking if we can move. I’m like, ‘We’ll see, honey. In the meantime, let’s just watch Babe.”’

A Thousand Acres

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