Sep 20, 1996

Issue #345

Cover Story

TV has a troubled fall season

by Dana Kennedy | Sep 20, 1996
Networks scramble to fix up fall's new shows like ''Suddenly Susan'' and ''Ink'' Read it
Magazine Cover (Sep 20, 1996)

Biz

''Big Night'' to face mass audiences without the help of MGM/UA

by Steve Daly | Sep 20, 1996
Star and co-writer Stanley Tucci turned down the big studio and kept his original script Read it

Cybertalk

Cybertalk

Sep 20, 1996
Overheard online the week of Sept. 20 Read it

Encore

Jimi Hendrix died in London 26 years ago

by Tom Sinclair | Sep 20, 1996
Psychedelic rock legend inspired Prince, Van Halen, and more Read it

Flashes

Entertainment news from September 20

by Dave Karger, Cindy Pearlman | Sep 20, 1996
Fabio, ''Fly Away Home,'' and Winona Ryder made the news this week Read it

Legacy

Bill Monroe dies at age 84

by Alanna Nash | Sep 20, 1996
The face of bluegrass, he inspired musicians ranging from the Eagles to Elvis to the Grateful Dead Read it

Monitor

Monitor

by Casey Davidson | Sep 20, 1996
Celebrity news for the week of September 20 Read it

Scene

Award shows bring out stars' fashions

by Degen Pener | Sep 20, 1996
Emmys and MTV Video Awards inspire upscale dresses for Fran Drescher, Sharon Stone, and more Read it

Book Article

Tipper Gore exposes the Vice President

by Alexandra Jacobs | Sep 20, 1996
Second Lady's new book, ''Picture This,'' includes intimate family photos of Al Gore Read it

Book Review

Split Image: The Life of Anthony Perkins

by Dana Kennedy | Sep 20, 1996

Top Dog

by Nikki Amdur | Sep 20, 1996

The Last Thing He Wanted

by Vanessa V. Friedman | Sep 20, 1996

Angela's Ashes

by Vanessa V. Friedman | Sep 20, 1996

I'll Always Have Paris!

by Shirliey Fung | Sep 20, 1996

Growing Up with Dick and Jane

by Alexandra Jacobs | Sep 20, 1996

Oprah's entourage turn into self-help authors

by Alexandra Jacobs | Sep 20, 1996
Bob Greene, her personal trainer, is the latest with his new book, ''Make the Connection'' Read it

Cover Story

TV has a troubled fall season

by Dana Kennedy | Sep 20, 1996
Networks scramble to fix up fall's new shows like ''Suddenly Susan'' and ''Ink'' Read it

Digital Review

Online comics face a villain called technology

by Bob Strauss | Sep 20, 1996
''Spider-Man,'' ''Zombie Detective,'' ''Cyberforce,'' and ''The Startle Pattern'' struggle to adapt from flat panels to interactive experiences. Read it

Muppet Treasure Island

by Bob Strauss | Sep 20, 1996

NiGHTS

by Gary Eng Walk | Sep 20, 1996

NIXON: The CD-ROM

by Bruce Forer | Sep 20, 1996

Internet Review

The Lipstick Page

by Megan Harlan | Sep 20, 1996

Jim Mullen's Hot Sheet

Jim Mullen's Hot Sheet

by Jim Mullen | Sep 20, 1996
The 15 hottest topics from the week of September 20 Read it

Mail Page

Mail from our readers

Sep 20, 1996
Check out letters from those who agreed with us, and those who didn't Read it

Movie Article

Hollywood takes a look at porn

by Dave Karger | Sep 20, 1996
''Boogie Nights,'' ''The People vs. Larry Flynt,'' and more are heading to theaters as skin-flicks go mainstream Read it

Report from the Venice Film Festival

by Rebecca Ascher-Walsh | Sep 20, 1996
''Michael Collins'' and ''Portrait of a Lady'' catch the attention of Europe during the Venice Film Festival Read it

Nelson de la Rosa hits the big time

by Dana Kennedy | Sep 20, 1996
While shooting ''The Island of Dr. Moreau,'' acting giant Marlon Brando met his match in microman Nelson de la Rosa Read it

''Bulletproof'' is condemned by GLAAD

by Gregg Kilday | Sep 20, 1996
We investigate how the #1 movie has played in Peoria, Illinois Read it

Movie Review

Fly Away Home

by Lisa Schwarzbaum | Sep 20, 1996

Big Night

by Lisa Schwarzbaum | Sep 20, 1996

Last Man Standing

by Ken Tucker | Sep 20, 1996

Bulletproof

by Lisa Schwarzbaum | Sep 20, 1996
WAYANS AND SANDLER RATE TWO SNAPS DOWN IN 'BULLETPROOF' Read it

Music Article

Jon Hendricks is planning an all-star birthday party

by Will Friedwald | Sep 20, 1996
His 75th birthday party will feature Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, and more Read it

Mare Winningham adds singing to her resume

by Jamie Diamond | Sep 20, 1996
''St. Elmo's Fire'' actress is also a budding songstress Read it

Michael Jackson's ''HIStory'' tour leaves audiences confused

by Nisid Hajari | Sep 20, 1996
The tour's kickoff in Prague draws a crowd but fails to please Read it

Disappearance of lead guitarist Richey James Edwards boosts popularity of his band

by Mike Flaherty | Sep 20, 1996
Despite vanishing over a year ago, his Manic Street Preachers band-mates still think he's alive Read it

Music Review

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (An Anthology)

by Chris Willman | Sep 20, 1996

The Family

by Chuck Eddy | Sep 20, 1996

William Bloke

by Mike Flaherty | Sep 20, 1996

What Would the Community Think

by Michele Romero | Sep 20, 1996

Faces

by Alanna Nash | Sep 20, 1996

Low Down Blues

by Bob Cannon | Sep 20, 1996

Miracle

by Steven Mirkin | Sep 20, 1996

First Band on the Moon

by Michele Romero | Sep 20, 1996

Mel

by Wook Kim | Sep 20, 1996

Surrender to Jonathan

by Scott Schinder | Sep 20, 1996

If Your Girl Only Knew

by Dimitri Ehrlich | Sep 20, 1996

We Are Yatsura

by Mike Flaherty | Sep 20, 1996

Excerpts From a Love Circus

by Michele Romero | Sep 20, 1996

Women for Women 2

by Beth Johnson | Sep 20, 1996

Where Do You Go

by Bob Cannon | Sep 20, 1996

Nine Objects of Desire

by Steven Mirkin | Sep 20, 1996

Home Again

by Ken Tucker | Sep 20, 1996

News Article

Jim Morris gives impersonation tips

by Michael Sauter | Sep 20, 1996
The celebrated impressionist tells us how to impersonate Bob Dole Read it

Al Pacino goes back to Broadway

Sep 20, 1996
''Hughie'' wins raves and Hollywood's Godfather revels in the spotlight Read it

New York nightlife gets more comfortable

by Degen Pener | Sep 20, 1996
Comfortable lounge bars spike in popularity Read it

Warner Bros. has big plans for Superman

by Anthony Duignan-Cabrera, Henry Cabot Beck | Sep 20, 1996
Warner Bros. production company hopes Man of Steel will win big audiences Read it

Tupac Shakur is shot

by Tom Sinclair | Sep 20, 1996
Rapper remains in critical condition as record labels battle on Read it

Hollywood classics that spawned paranoia

by David Everitt | Sep 20, 1996
''War of the Worlds,'' ''Saboteur,'' and more have sinister plots and hysteria galore Read it

Speed Racer pitches for Volkswagen and the Winston Cup

by Degen Pener | Sep 20, 1996
New ad campaign revives '60s Japanese series for both Volkswagen and ESPN Read it

Oscar Watch

Courtney Love could be an Oscar contender

by Pat H. Broeske | Sep 20, 1996
Rocker rocks audiences as the star of ''The People vs. Larry Flynt'' Read it

Sound Bites

Sound Bites: the week's best TV quotes

Sep 20, 1996
TV's funniest lines from Sept. 13 to Sept. 20 Read it

TV Article

Bill Maher loves being ''Politically Incorrect''

by Michael Giltz | Sep 20, 1996
Show host and stand-up comedian is enjoying a post-convention breather Read it

Molly Ringwald tries out TV on ''Townies''

by David Browne | Sep 20, 1996
Ex-Brat Packer stars in the new sitcom as a blue-collar waitress out on the town Read it

''X-Files'' copycats flood fall's TV market

by Ken Tucker | Sep 20, 1996
''The Pretenders,'' ''Dark Skies,'' and ''Profiler'' Read it

A reworked pilot doesn't have to mean TV failure

by A.J. Jacobs | Sep 20, 1996
''Star Trek,'' ''I Love Lucy,'' and more all had slow starts but grew into TV classics Read it

John Matolan departs from Fox Entertainment

by Chris Nashawaty | Sep 20, 1996
Direction of the TV network is uncertain Read it

Judd Nelson tries to shed his ''bad guy'' image

by Dan Snierson | Sep 20, 1996
Star of ''The Breakfast Club'' is now debuting as Brooke Shields' boss in ''Suddenly Susan'' Read it

Welcome back, Pee-Wee Herman

by Mike Flaherty | Sep 20, 1996
''Pee-Wee's Playhouse'' episodes are now available on VHS Read it

TV Review

Everybody Loves Raymond

by Ken Tucker | Sep 20, 1996

Video Article

''The Birdcage'' is a lighter version of earlier films

by Steve Daly | Sep 20, 1996
French films ''La Cage Aux Folles'' and ''French Twist'' were originals that were repackaged for Robin Williams Read it

The latest low-budget action movies

Sep 20, 1996
''Pure Danger,'' ''When the Bullet Hits the Bone,'' ''Bloodsport II,'' and ''Shootfighter 2'' fall short in brainpower Read it

Silly and serious questions for Barbara Eden

Sep 20, 1996
''I Dream of Jeannie'' heads to video this month Read it

Phylicia Rashad was born to play the matriarch

by Kate Meyers | Sep 20, 1996
''Cosby'' wife and mother takes on similar role in the new-to-video ''Once Upon A Time...When We Were Colored'' Read it

Video Review

Hidden Assassin

by J.R. Taylor | Sep 20, 1996

Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy

by Tim Purtell | Sep 20, 1996

Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored

by Cheo Tyehimba | Sep 20, 1996

Baton Rouge

by Caren Weiner Campbell | Sep 20, 1996

The Low Life

by Ira Robbins | Sep 20, 1996

The Quest

by Michael Sauter | Sep 20, 1996

Scarface

by Steve Simels | Sep 20, 1996