"Jurassic' a monster hit; "Action Hero' to open early
Seen any good movies lately? That might explain why Jurassic Park has officially rocketed to a record-setting $50.2-million in box office grosses in its opening weekend, Universal Pictures said Monday. The $50.2-million weekend results included ticket sales of about $18.5-million from 1,400 theaters that opened the film Thursday night in sneak previews. The film has been closely watched because it is the studio's only big-budget release this year. Its major competition has been expected to come from Arnold Schwarzenegger's Last Action Hero, which, following in the prehistoric footsteps of Jurassic Park, will open a day earlier than expected. First screenings in the bay area include shows at 10 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. Thursday at Clearwater 5, Seminole 8 and Tyrone Square 6 and 10:30 p.m. at Crossroads 8. More Thursday showings are likely to be added.
Women want to see more
of men on the screen
Women are upset by female nudity in films because it sets an impossible standard but think in overwelming numbers that there should be more male nudity, according to a survey of 2,000 women released Monday by Glamour magazine. The survey said that 86 percent of women thought there should be more male nudity in films while two-thirds said they found the prevalance of female nudity on screen offensive. In addition, 42 percent of the women surveyed, all between the ages of 18 and 44, said they thought nude actresses set a standard the average woman can't match and 85 percent said that much of the nudity seen on-screen was gratuitous.
NAMES IN THE NEWS
Cosby after NBC again?
Reports that Bill Cosby is making a new bid for NBC brought a stern denial from the television network Monday, which reiterated parent General Electric Co.'s stated position of no sale. NBC said it stands by the previous comments of GE chairman John Welch, who said the embattled network is not for sale. The Wall Street Journal reported in its Monday editions that Cosby is working on a new bid for NBC. The Journal said Cosby first explored buying NBC last fall but the effort collapsed because the entertainer could not come up with the $3.5-billion sought by GE. Cosby, with an estimated personal fortune of $30-million, is now lining up a new group of Hollywood investors, according to the Journal, which also reported that Cosby, when asked to comment on reports of a fresh bid for NBC, said his habit is not to comment on things that are not finished.
Cumming takes Calif. post
Edward Cumming, resident conductor of the Florida Orchestra since 1989, will be making music in California next season. Monday, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra announced that Cumming will be the orchestra's assistant conductor, starting Aug. 1.
ON THE TUBE
Paul McCartney performs tonight in his first live television concert. Technically, his first live gig was with The Beatles on the Feb. 9, 1964 The Ed Sullivan Show. Now, Paul goes it alone tonight on WFTS-Ch. 28 at 8.
Regis, Kathie Lee at Epcot
Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford will be in Orlando on Wednesday for two broadcasts of their show, Live with Regis & Kathie Lee. Beginning at 9 a.m., the show will be broadcast live from Epcot Center at Walt Disney World. Country group Diamond Rio will be a guest, along with Wheel of Fortune's Pat Sajak and Vanna White. At 11 a.m., Live will tape a show to air Thursday. Ed McMahon joins Philbin and Gifford to chat about the latest in his life, and actor Angela Bassett drops in to talk about her portrayal of the legendary Tina Turner in the new film What's Love Got to Do With It. Audiences for both shows have been selected, so you'll have to watch from home at 9 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday on WTVT-Ch. 13.
Compiled from Times staff, wire reports