Charlton Heston called Barbra Streisand the "Hanoi Jane of the Second Amendment" Monday, criticizing a TV movie she produced. Heston, the actor and National Rifle Association vice president, said The Long Island Incident misrepresented the NRA and the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which deals with the right to bear arms. "We are talking about a sacred document in America and to distort it and misstate its reality is a very serious error," Heston said at a news conference in Beverly Hills. Streisand, meanwhile, defended the accuracy of her movie, and the film's director denounced Heston's remark as inflammatory. The movie, shown Sunday on NBC, told the story of Carolyn McCarthy, who won a seat in Congress after a gunman killed her husband and five other people on a New York commuter train in 1993. McCarthy campaigned on the issue of gun control. Heston, who also criticized the movie in newspaper ads that ran Monday in national newspapers, said executive producer Streisand had become "the Hanoi Jane of the Second Amendment," drawing a comparison to actor Jane Fonda's 1972 visit to North Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
Something old, something new: "Ed Sullivan Show'
The Ed Sullivan Show will be making a TV comeback of sorts on May 18 with two specials on different broadcast networks. The Virtual Ed Sullivan Show will air from 9 to 10 p.m. on UPN; it will feature a computer-generated Ed Sullivan hosting a program featuring contemporary entertainers. Then, at 10 p.m., CBS will televise The Really Big Show: Ed Sullivan's 50th in tribute to the 50th anniversary of the debut of The Ed Sullivan Show. And that's not all: In June, VH1 will begin airing Ed Sullivan's Rock 'n' Roll Classics, which will consist of musical highlights from The Ed Sullivan Show, which was one of the first TV outlets to break new musical acts to the mainstream.
DiCaprio's fans push sales of early film
Leonardo DiCaprio mania continues. Although New Line Cinema's Web site (www.newline.com) sells videos of all of the company's top films such as The Mask, Seven and Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, the top-selling flick over the past two months has been the obscure Agnieszka Holland film Total Eclipse. The 1996 Fine Line release that brought in a meager $340,000 domestically is about the destructive relationship between 19th century French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine. But for fans of Titanic hunk DiCaprio, it means much more. The babyfaced star is not only a lead in the uncut, video version of Total Eclipse, but also has a number of nude scenes.
Country music notes
Harold "Curly" Chalker, who played steel guitar on Hee Haw for 18 years and on recording sessions for top country and pop artists, died Thursday of a brain tumor. He was 66. He played on Marie Osmond's Paper Roses and Simon & Garfunkel's The Boxer. He played live or in the studio with Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Little Jimmy Dickens, Leon Russell, Lefty Frizzell, Bill Haley & the Comets and others. . . . Vince Gill, LeAnn Rimes, Billy Ray Cyrus, Sawyer Brown, Trisha Yearwood, Alan Jackson and Neal McCoy are among the artists who will perform at the TNN Music City News Country Awards. TNN will televise the show live June 15 from the Nashville Arena.