Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2004

Piano quartet to play Oct. 16-17 in Juneau

JUNEAU - Local pianist Mary Watson will be joined by three members of the Juneau Symphony's string section for "Miniatures & Masterpieces for Autumn," an evening of piano quartets at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

The three string players are: Jared Carlson, cello; Jenny Quinn, viola; and Steve Tada, violin. They will perform works by Gabriel Fauré, Anton Dvorak and English composer Rebecca Clarke.

Suggested donation is $10 at the door. Admission is free for students with identification. Placeholder tickets are available at both Hearthside Books locations and at the door one hour before the concert.

Sunday donations will benefit the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council's Youth Scholarship Fund.

Reeve's last film project remains in production

NEWARK, N.J. - A computer-animated film that Christopher Reeve had been directing at the time of his death will remain in production, company officials said.

"Yankee Irving," the working title of the movie, follows the story of a boy who overcomes personal obstacles to realize his large dreams.

Reeve had spent many hours working on the project, said Rob Kurtz, who wrote the script for the animated feature. IDT Entertainment had set up two large computer screens in Reeve's home in Pound Ridge, N.Y., so the actor-director, who was paralyzed in a 1995 horse-riding accident, could monitor work that was being done in the company's studios in Newark, as well as in Canada and Israel.

Reeve, 52, died Sunday of complications from an infection caused by a bedsore.

"The bulk of what he was doing as a director is fairly complete," Stephen Brown, chief financial officer of IDT, told The Star-Ledger of Newark for Tuesday's newspapers.

IDT said the film will arrive in theaters in 2006.

Company officials said they plan to keep Reeve's family involved as the remaining animation and post-production work is completed.

"People feel more dedicated now than ever to make it right," Kurtz said.

Another film directed by Reeve is to air on the A&E Network on Oct. 25. "The Brooke Ellison Story," starring Lacey Chabert, tells the true story of a paralyzed young woman who graduated from Harvard University.

Matthew Perry to act, direct episode of 'Scrubs'

NEW YORK - Matthew Perry is sweeping back to NBC, but he won't be visiting his friend "Joey."

Instead, Perry will be sitting in the director's chair and standing in front of the lens as a guest star for the Nov. 23 episode of "Scrubs," NBC announced recently. The episode will air during "sweeps." ("Sweeps" is a period four months a year when television ratings are monitored closely to set local advertising rates.)

In the Perry-directed episode, the former "Friends" star will play a man willing to donate one of his kidneys to his sick father - played by Perry's real-life dad, John Bennett Perry - until complications arise.

The appearance will mark the first time, other than Matt LeBlanc on his spinoff, "Joey," that a "Friends" principal has returned to NBC. Perry played sarcastic "Friend" Chandler Bing for 10 seasons on the hit sitcom.

Perry's not the only former NBC star suiting up for "Scrubs." Julianna Margulies, who was featured on the medical drama "ER" for six seasons, will guest star in two "sweeps" episodes on Nov. 9 and Nov. 16. She'll play a malpractice lawyer.

O'Toole, Turner provide star power for film fest

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Peter O'Toole, Kathleen Turner and critic Roger Ebert will provide the star power at the Savannah Film Festival, which runs Oct. 23-30.

O'Toole will screen the movie version of the stage play "Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell," a film he co-directed. Turner will be on hand as two of her movies - "Peggy Sue Got Married" and "Romancing the Stone" - are shown. And Ebert will offer a frame-by-frame discussion of the classic "Citizen Kane."

The festival, sponsored by the Savannah College of Art and Design, is in its seventh year and has a growing reputation with movie buffs and industry insiders for screening upcoming independent and Hollywood releases without the hype and crowds of larger festivals.

This year's slate of new films includes Alexander Payne's "Sideways," starring Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church.

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