A week after Howard Stern's movie whipped The Empire Strikes Back, the third chapter of George Lucas' sci-fi trilogy, Return of the Jedi, struck back. With $16.3 million in ticket sales, the re-release of Jedi helped eject Private Parts from the No. 1 perch at the box office, according to industry estimates Sunday. Stern's kinder, fluffier version of his autobiography was third with $9-million, behind Jungle 2 Jungle. The new Tim Allen comedy grossed $11.3-million, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Empire was tied for fourth place with the gangster film Donnie Brasco at $5.5-million each. The only new film to debut in the top 10 was love jones, which grossed $4-million for ninth place. The movie about romance in the young, black middle-class was voted an audience favorite at the Sundance Film Festival. Final weekend box office figures were to be released today.
Tracy Chapman wins big
in other bay area's awards
Tracy Chapman, the folk-pop songwriter who reinvigorated her career with the aptly titled album New Beginning, was the big winner at the Bay Area Music Awards in San Francisco, winning four Bammies. Chapman's career took off in 1988 with the Grammy-winning song Fast Car, but her two subsequent albums weren't as enthusiastically received. Then came New Beginning. At the awards show Saturday night, the singer won for best album, outstanding song for Give Me One Reason, best female vocalist and musician of the year. "It means a lot, especially that they're voted on by the public," Chapman said backstage. "It's very special to me."
New arcade opens with thrills, coffee and stars
Stars of today like Will Smith and Gillian Anderson helped open the video arcade of the future in Seattle, where a Starbucks worker walked from room to room filling coffee cups from a large bucket strapped to his back. Anderson ditched her serious The X-Files persona Saturday for a thrilling turn on a virtual water scooter at the grand opening of GameWorks, where rapper Coolio and alternative rocker Beck performed for a live MTV broadcast. GameWorks, the first of dozens planned across the United States by DreamWorks SKG, Sega Enterprises and Universal Studios, features 250 advanced video games and a slew of theme restaurants to keep players fat and happy. The idea is to update the traditional arcade for young adults who don't mind dropping up to $5 for each whack at virtual reality. While Anderson flew solo on the water scooter, Smith went head-to-head with Microsoft mogul Bill Gates in an Indy-style racing showdown. "This is my spot now. This is where I'm spending my weekends," said Smith, who starred in Independence Day.
American Cinema Editors:
"English Patient' is best
The English Patient was named the best-edited feature film of 1996 and Looking for Richard won as best documentary at the American Cinema Editors' annual Eddie Awards ceremony. NBC's prime-time powerhouses ER and Seinfeld both claimed Eddies. Other winners Saturday included the editors of Andersonville _ Part Two and The Man Who Captured Eichmann, both from TNT, and HBO's Gotti. Low-budget film director Roger Corman, who helped start the careers of top Hollywood actors and directors including Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro, received the Golden Eddie, an annual award for filmmakers.