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Celebrating country

Published Oct. 12, 2005

Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson, Pam Tillis and Little Texas have joined the cast of A Country Music Celebration, a two-hour CBS television special commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Country Music Association. The program will be produced at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House Jan. 13 and air during the first quarter of 1993. "We've already confirmed Vince Gill, Wynonna Judd and Kenny Rogers for the special," said Irving Waugh, executive producer for CMA. "Adding Reba, Willie, Pam and Little Texas gives us an interesting mix of today's most popular country music performers, and we'll be announcing more talent soon."

L.A. critics laud "Unforgiven'

Clint Eastwood's Western Unforgiven lassoed five major awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association on Saturday, including best picture, best director and actor for Eastwood, best supporting actor for Gene Hackman and best screenplay for David Webb Peoples' script. The best actress award went to Emma Thompson for her performance as a well-intentioned but fiercely pragmatic, Edwardian era Englishwoman in the screen adaptation of E. M. Forster's novel Howards End. Judy Davis got the best supporting actress nod for playing a New York matron with profound, trial-separation anxiety in Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives.

SHORT STUFF

U2's Zoo Tour tops music moneymakers for the year. Rock group averaged almost $1-million per appearance on its 67-show swing, with a total gate of $63.8-million. No. 2 rock act of the year is Metallica, which grossed $32.3-million in 53 shows. Guns 'N' Roses was next, taking in $29.1-million over 36 shows. Michael Jackson doesn't exactly travel light. The Gloved One transports 1,200 tons of equipment across the Pacific by freighter for his upcoming Asian concert tour. Jackson's baggage will be transferred to 65 big-rig trucks when it reaches Japan.Elton John forms a foundation to fight AIDS. English singer says his new outfit, to be based in Atlanta, will concentrate on raising money for AIDS education, patient care and research. Cynthia Duval, assistant director and curator of decorative arts at the Museum of Fine Arts will be laid off as of Jan. 1, 1993. "Her job was eliminated because of budgetary constraints," said Michael Milkovich, executive director of the museum. "It's only the matter of financing and nothing else." While at the Museum of Fine Arts, Duval curated many shows in the Decorative Arts Gallery, prepared catalogs and gave lectures on the decorative arts. Duval came to the museum in January 1989 as an in-house consultant of decorative arts and was appointed assistant director in March 1989. A member of the Appraisers Association of America, Duval formerly held positions with the Ringling Museum of Art, the Ringling School of Art and Design and Sotheby's. Duval, reached in Toronto where she had been lecturing, said she had been offered "an exciting position," but declined to elaborate. No other cuts at the museum are anticipated.

_ BPI, MARY ANN MARGER