The frizzed hair, skinny ties and hornrimmed glasses of the Annie Hall look spawned by Diane Keaton in 1977 have fallen by the fashion wayside. What will replace them? Well, Keaton was recently spotted in New York sporting a new and utterly made-for-trending look: straight hair, baggy jeans, a bold plaid lumberjack jacket with padded shoulders and red high-heeled shoes that would make Minnie Mouse jump for joy.
When Michael Quatro was 11 years old he was known as “Little Mike,” and he tickled ivory for Lawrence Welk. “There I’d be in a ruffled shirt playing some tommyrot while the Lennon Sisters sat on the piano,’’recalls Quatro who went on to study the classics and now lists his musical influences as diverse as Led Zeppelin and Chopin. Though he has been performing since the age of 7 and has sold more than 2.5 million records in his seven-album career, Quatro is probably best known as the older brother of singer Suzi Quatro, who played Leather Tuscadero on TV’s Happy Days. “I was the one who took an agent to see her sing,” he says with some pride. Currently Quatro and his girl-friend/singer Belinda (Bomb) McClure, 21, are touring Canadian arenas, concert halls and “just plain bars.”
He’s one of the few musicians on the road who travels with a full set of hockey gear. “I love Canadian ice,” he explains, “so after every show I’ll be looking out for a local team to pass a few pucks with.”
ííThere’s a line in the play that says, I ‘They don’t know what to think until they read it in the paper,’ ” says actress Charmion King, quoting from David French’s play Jitters, which recently finished a four-month pre-Broadway run in New Haven, Connecticut. King, who played a leading role in the production, found that U.S. audiences were reluctant to react to the play until rave reviews appeared in The New York Times. “If I were the producers, I would insist on two names that would be marketable to people from Missouri or Ohio,” says King of casting plans for the Broadway run. Though King sounds as though she’s talking her way out of a job, the producers seem to agree with her. The latest name bandied about for King’s role is Lauren Bacall.
tí Jk sking me to play Humphrey Bogart is like asking Durward Kirby to play Woody Allen,” protests comedian Rick Moranis. Nevertheless, Moranis plays Bogie opposite Second City-graduate Dave Thomas’ version of Claude Rains in a CBC rewrite of the famous final scene from Casablanca, which is
featured in the variety special Mr. Smith Goes to the Movies on March 20. Moranis, 26, who claims that being “short, young, pudgy and fair-haired” makes him the antithesis of Bogart, says the “new” ending that the CBC has dreamed up for Casablanca involves the revelation that Claude Rains, the sympathetic police inspector, was also having an affair with Ingrid Bergman. Other spoofs in the same show include a revamped Dracula, a take-off on Swedish films and a “serious” interview with Joe Bottoms conducted by host Grant Smith. In the meantime, Moranis has teamed up with Winnipeg Wunderkind Ken Finkleman to produce 1980, a “bogus current affairs show without a laughtrack.”
Discos may be dying but dancing will never stop. While New Wavers bob up and down doing the Pogo, the older trendies at New York’s gone-to-punk Studio 54 are into a dance that involves crouching over and flailing one arm. The dance was developed by singer Teddy Pendergrass as a tribute to U.S. speedskating gold medalist Eric Heiden. “His movements on the ice are a natural for the disco floor,” explained Pendergrass.
it ÊL fter all the ingenues I’ve played, I #%find I’m more comfortable playing heavies,” says Toronto actress Kate Lynch, whose most recent portrayal was of never-give-an-inch former Ottawa mayor Charlotte Whitton
(who died in 1975). Lynch, 27, is up for a Canadian film award (Genie) for her role as spunky head-counsellor straight-lady opposite Bill Murray in the record-setting Meatballs, which grossed more than $25 million in its first 40 boxoffice days last summer. Mayor Charlotte will air on CBC next fall, and Lynch says admiringly: “Charlotte was an amazing woman—really strong and determined to get her own way, by hook or by crook. She could be a stomper and a shouter.” It’s a beefy role, but hardly glamorous, as lissome Lynch admits Whitton “had a face only a mother could love.”
Though director William Friedkin’s
horror-film-cum-hatchet-job on homosexuality, Cruising, did a whopping $5-million box-office in its first five days, the gay community verdict on the film is strictly “nix pix.” Village Voice columnist Arthur Bell, who led last summer’s gay attack during the New York filming, says the movie is “very ugly and the politics of it are even more repulsive.” At a recent press conference, Bell was shocked to discover that Friedkin had included three of his articles in a press kit, without prior approval. Friedkin compounded the insult to Bell by stating that research for the plot of Cruising was based on a 1977 gay underground story by Bell, Looking for Mr. Gaybar. “Why the hell don’t you pay me then,” shouted an outraged Bell, who says Friedkin “has taken the skeleton framework of my stories and put the skeletons in the movie.” Currently, Bell is considering his legal rights, though he says he would prefer “not to have anything to do with that bum.”
After killing six young people and seriously wounding seven others, “Son of Sam” David Berkowitz was sentenced to six terms of 25 years to life, which he is now serving at Attica state prison in New York. Recently Berkowitz began a letter-writing campaign to help the victims of crime. So far New York Governor Hugh Carey and State Attorney-General Robert Abrams have received letters signed by Berkowitz. In a letter to the State Crime Victims Board, Berkowitz explained: “I have a lot of ideas about improving the criminal justice system and the crime victims compensation board, but I don’t know enough about it. I am asking for any information you can supply me—pamphlets, booklets and anything printed about the operation.”
((Ue was definitely not the rugged ^■outdoors type—more the gentle outdoors type,” reminisces Valerie HaigBrown about her father, Roderick, a West Coast legend best known for his essays (Measure of the Year) and his definitive writing on flyfishing, which has been compared to Izaak Walton’s The Compleat Angler. None of HaigBrown’s four children seems to have inherited that passion. “I can cast a great fly—on the lawn,” admits Valerie, the eldest daughter. Before his death at 68 in 1976, the high-energy Haig-Brown was also a cougar-watcher, conservationist and local magistrate. After slogging through 110 boxes of his memorabilia at the University of British Columbia, Valerie edited a just-published collection of Haig-Brown’s insightful woodsy stories called Woods and River Tales. She promises to include in the remaining two volumes of his work the
memoir of a Victorian afternoon he spent with his austere grandfather and the slightly rumpled next-door neighbor-novelist Thomas Hardy.
When the Academy of Canadian Cinema unveils its first Genie Awards on March 20, the stage will be cluttered with what must be the largest assortment of cinematic talent assembled in Canada. Jack Lemmon, Margot Kidder, Norman Jewison, Lee Majors, Sally Kellerman and Donald Sutherland will all be on hand. Joining them will be Niagara Falls starlet D.D. Winters, whose first film, Tanya's Island, premieres at the
Cannes Film Festival in May. Island is the story of a man, a woman and a gorilla who encounter each other on a tropical isle and evolve into an unconventional ménage à trois, in which the ape goes human and the man, played by Richard Sargent, goes ape. Though the film is described as “erotic,” insiders claim that it contains one of the most deathless lines ever produced in Canada. After the “encounter” with the gorilla, Winters returns to Sargent and he confronts her, nostrils flaring, to pose the classic question: “You’ve been with him again, haven’t you?”
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