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Tokyo rocks to the Stones

Is 17 years too long to wait for rock and roll? Not for ToshimitsuAsahina, one of more than 40,000 Japanese who packed the Tokyo Dome Wednesday night for the first Rolling Stones concert ever in Japan.

"I've been waiting for this since I was in grade school," said Asahina, now a 27-year-old tailor. "Ichiban, ne," he said of the band, using the Japanese expression for "number one."

The Stones lived up to Asahina's billing with a two-hour show that kicked off with pyrotechnics and guitarist Keith Richards' searing lead-in to the 1981 hit, Start Me Up.

Applause and cheers rolled through the cavernous egg-shaped stadium as 46-year-old rock icon Mick Jagger pranced across the 250-foot-wide stage.

At $70 a ticket (scalpers reportedly commanded up to 10 times that amount) for 10 sold-out performances, promoters will take in more than $30-million in Japan.

Spike Lee says he's just doing his job

Spike Lee says the strides made during the civil rights movement are being eroded and that it's his job as a film maker to portray "the present state of racism today."

Lee, who addressed more than 1,200 people at the University of Iowa in Iowa City on Tuesday, said racial violence in the Howard Beach section of New York City compelled him to make his 1989 film Do The Right Thing, about racial tension and violence during a hot city summer.

"I wanted to film about the present state of racism today. I knew I don't have the answers, but that wasn't my job," Lee said. ". . .

My job was to hold the mirror up and let people know that this is the way it is and unless we all make an effort to do something about it, it's going to get worse."

Nominations made for films' worst

Saluting the very worst in motion pictures, the Golden Raspberry Foundation has announced the nominees for the 10th Razzie Awards, with Sylvester Stallone, John Travolta, Jane Fonda and Bo Derek heading the list of film flops.

Nominated for the most inept film of 1989 were Karate Kid III, Lock-Up, Road House, Speed Zone and Star Trek V. Nominated for worst actor of the year were Tony Danza (for She's

Out of Control), Ralph Macchio (Karate Kid III), William Shatner (Star Trek V), Stallone (Lock-Up and Tango & Cash) and Patrick Swayze (Next of Kin and Road House).

Miss Fonda (the star of Old Gringo) was nominated as worst actress of the year, joining Heather Locklear (The Return of Swamp Thing), Brigitte Nielsen (Bye Bye, Baby), Paulina Porizkova (Her Alibi) and Ally Sheedy (Heart of Dixie).

The nominations are determined by ballots from more than 275 Raspberry Foundation members, said a news release from the foundation made up of film fans who enjoy celebrating the worst in cinema.

Eyes for her only Bob Rohan says he has eyes - potato eyes, that is - only for his wife, and he planned to present this heart-shaped potato to her on Valentine's Day as proof. Rohan said he found the potato at a Houston food market.

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