November 7, 1995
From Entertainment Correspondent Dennis Michael
The original opening for "The Flintstones" television series will be seen for the first time in more than 30 years this week on the Cartoon Network. The first 10 episodes of the show will be airing on the toon channel, complete with the original "Rise and Shine" title sequence. The more familiar "Meet the Flintstones" opening debuted in the third season, and was edited onto all episodes after its creation.
A special day off for Michael Jackson. The pop singer was allowed to bring a couple of busloads of his fans into the "Phantasialand" amusement park near Cologne, Germany, over the weekend. It's special because Phantasialand is usually closed at the end of summer.
Tim Matheson is joining the cast of "A Very Brady Sequel." Matheson will play a villain attempting to impersonate Carol Brady's first husband in the comedy, which begins shooting in January.
Toni Braxton is back in the studio working on a follow-up to her first album. She's working in Los Angeles with four producers, including Babyface, R. Kelley and L.A. Reid. The disc is due early next year.
Mad Max is returning from beyond Thunderdome to television. Daily Variety reports the film series is going to be re- tailored into a weekly syndicated adventure hour. The film's director, George Miller, will work as producer and director, but no cast has been chosen
Fans will remember Alley Sheedy, even as she deals with "Amnesia." According to the Hollywood Reporter trade paper, the actress has signed to co-star with Sally Kirkland in a film called "Amnesia," set to begin shooting in early 1996.
Good news for Bonnie Hunt. CBS has decided to renew "The Bonnie Hunt Show" for the full season. The show is currently on hiatus, but will return to finish out the season in early 1996.
A final rating for "Casino." Martin Scorsese's film about the mob's control of Vegas in the '70s is now rated "R" by the Motion Picture Association of America ratings board. The board gave the film an NC-17 on the first viewing, but Scorsese resubmitted the film to the appeals board. The film is due in theaters at the end of the month.
"Home for the Holidays" is being released in a special edition for the blind, alongside its nationwide release. Theatrevision has created a version of the film that includes descriptive narration alongside the dialogue. The special version premiered this weekend in Los Angeles.
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