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January 20, 1994|SHAUNA SNOW | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press


Relief Concert Planned: Comedian Paul Rodriguez and producer Jeff Wald have announced plans for a charity concert to aid victims of Monday's earthquake. Called "Shake, Rattle and Give," the concert will take place within the next month and benefit the American Red Cross' earthquake relief efforts. The duo, who recently raised $250,000 for the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund with a concert starring Linda Ronstadt, plan to announce a lineup and venue in the next few days. "This is God's wake-up call," said Rodriguez. "Maybe the silver lining in this disaster is that it gives us a golden opportunity to come together as a community . . . to rebuild the city without focusing on race, creed or color." Among those already on the concert's planning committee: Columbia/TriStar Chairman Mark Canton, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg and Jon Peters, a producer and former co-chairman of Sony's Columbia Pictures.

Orchestral Car Pools: The Los Angeles Philharmonic has lined up free round-trip bus service to the Music Center for patrons who live in the Valley and Westside, two areas hard hit by Monday's temblor. The buses will run Friday through Jan. 30 to Philharmonic performances (other Music Center presentations are not included). Westside residents can leave their cars at the Federal Building parking lot at 11000 Wilshire Blvd., with buses departing for evening performances at 6 and 6:45 p.m. and leaving for Sunday matinees at 12:50 and 1:30 p.m. Valley buses will depart at the same times from the parking lot at Rockwell International Corp.'s Rocketdyne Division, 8900 De Soto Ave., Canoga Park. Reservations are necessary; call (213) 850-2000.


A Matter of 'Fact' and 'Fiction': An Irish family depicted in "In the Name of the Father," the critically praised film about the wrongful conviction of three men and a woman for IRA bombings, said Tuesday the movie was a misleading account that confused fact and fiction. In a statement, seven members of the Maguire family, whose own convictions for running an IRA bomb factory in a London suburb were overturned in 1991, said the film's documentary style gave a misleading impression and failed to credit the many people involved in quashing the convictions. "This film's audience may leave the cinema believing that what they saw is fact. Much of the detail of the film is fiction," they said. The "Maguire Seven" were jailed for between five and 14 years for handling explosives. The film's main characters, the so-called "Guilford Four," were jailed for life in 1975 for their alleged part in blowing up a pub in Guilford, south of London. They spent 14 years in jail before being freed on appeal. The film stars Daniel Day-Lewis and is considered a contender for several Oscar nominations.


Eyeing the Winter of '98: CBS chairman Laurence Tisch said Tuesday that his network will pay $375 million to broadcast the 1998 Winter Olympics, a record amount that will be "just about a break-even number." He called it "a very fair number and one we can live with. The Winter Olympics are two weeks of programming in February that have been growing in audience share over the years." CBS won the rights to the 1998 games--its third Winter Olympics since 1992--one month after its surprising loss of NFL football to the Fox network. Richard Pound, chairman of the International Olympic Committee negotiating committee, said that Fox last week had decided not to bid on the games, in light of the network's bid to win the NFC. "We agreed with them--and they with us--that the time was not right," Pound said.

Getting Critical: It was quite a scene at the TV critics' press tour in Pasadena Tuesday. Geraldo Rivera, in town to "promote" his new show for CNBC, instead lashed out at the critics, saying: "Most TV critics won't go back to their newsroom and say something (nice) about (Geraldo) because it would require a personal act of courage." His new talk show, "Rivera Live," begins on cable's CNBC Feb. 7.

'Out There II' Scheduled: "Comedy Central" was apparently pleased by the results of "Out There," a gay comedy special that aired last fall. The cable network announced that a second all-gay and lesbian comedy and variety special, "Out There II: Loud and Proud," will air this summer. The hourlong special will be taped before a live audience in New York in late June to coincide with the annual Gay Pride Weekend. The lineup has not yet been announced.


Singer Rod Stewart bowed out of Wednesday's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in New York, saying Monday's earthquake and continuing aftershocks made him elect to stay home in Los Angeles with his wife, model Rachel Hunter, and four children. He was scheduled to be inducted into the hall in absentia by former bandmate Jeff Beck. . . . Country star Reba McEntire plans to offer a guns-for-tickets exchange in conjunction with her 125 scheduled concerts this year. All fans who turn in a gun will get a free ticket, starting with next month's performance in Waco, Tex. . . . Grammy-winning singer Natalie Cole has been selected to perform the national anthem at Super Bowl XXVIII on Jan. 30, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

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