Thursday, May 02, 2002

The Early Word

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        On exhibit: Friday through Sunday are the last days to catch Tom Mitts' solo exhibition of 50 paintings at the Cincinnati Art Club in Mount Adams. Mr. Mitts describes his style as expressionistic realism and is known for nocturnal landscapes with unique use of light. The gallery, 1021 Parkside Place, will be open 2-5 p.m. 241-4591.

— Marilyn Bauer


        Legacy of Vision: The May Festival has announced that on May 24 at Music Hall, the Rev. Calvin Harper will narrate Legacy of Vision: Martin Luther King, a work by Jonathan Bruce Brown. The Rev. Harper was named one of the 100 most outstanding African-American Cincinnatians during the city's Bicentennial Celebration. Each May Festival program (May 17-25) will feature a work by an African-American composer. Tickets: 381-3300;

        Pops on "Billboard': Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops' A Celtic Spectacular album has made Billboard's Top 15 Classical Crossover list. The album includes the Chieftains, James Galway and tenor John McDermott, as well as the local Celtic band Silver Arm.

— Janelle Gelfand

Movie Buzz

        Cannes lineup: Two weeks prior to its opening, the 55th edition of the Cannes Film Festival finally revealed its lineup of films, with only three American movies slated in the competition section as opposed to five last year.

        Participating will be Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love,starring Adam Sandler and Emily Watson; Alexander Payne's About Schmidt,starring Jack Nicholson; and Michael Moore's documentary Bowling for Columbine.

        Other films in the competition section include David Cronenberg's Spider, Mike Leigh's All or Nothing, Ken Loach's Sweet Sixteen, Marco Bellocchio's The Religion Hour, Manoel de Oliveira's The Principle of Indecision, Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark, Olivier Assayas Demonlover, Gaspar Noe's Irreversible, Nicole Garcia's The Adversary and Roman Polanski's The Pianist.

        Opening the fest, which takes place May 15-26, will be Woody Allen's Hollywood Ending, and closing it will be Claude Lelouch's And Now . . . Ladies and Gentlemen.

— Zap2it.Com

        Springer to star: Talk show host Jerry Springer has agreed to star in a movie that will be shot this summer in the Tampa Bay area, the film's producer said.

        Philippe Martinez, the producer of Citizen Jury, said Monday the $12-million feature casts Mr. Springer as the producer of a courtroom reality TV series that tries capital punishment cases.

        Christopher Lambert, best known for his roles in the Highlander movies, will play the show's host, a professor at fictional Tampa Law College, Mr. Martinez told the St. Petersburg Times.

        Mr. Springer had made cameos as himself in several movies, and starred as a talk show host in 1998's Ringmaster.

— The Associated Press

Movies Opening Friday

        • Deuces Wild
        • The Fluffer
Hollywood Ending
Mean Machine
Pauline and Paulette

Coming Friday in Weekend

        Mexican food: Enquirer restaurant critic Polly Campbell chooses her favorite Mexican restaurants from the slew of new “authentic” eateries.

Online Chat

        Enquirer film critic Margaret A. McGurk will discuss the movie Spider-Man. Log on to Cincinnati.Com 12:30 to 1 p.m. Friday and join in.


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