January 15, 1996
Web posted at: 8:30 p.m. EST
From Entertainment Correspondent Dennis Michael
Will "Casino" ever see the inside of a theater in Sweden? Martin Scorsese says maybe not. The filmmaker has replied to Swedish state censors who object to the violence in the movie. If scenes are cut, Scorsese says he'll possibly pull the film out of circulation in the Scandinavian country.
Mad Max toys? The Hollywood Reporter indicates a line of toys based on the "Mad Max" franchise is headed for the toy stores. The road warrior will be back on both the big and small screens as well, as Warner Brothers is planning a fourth movie, as well as a syndicated television series.
Academy members, watch your mail. Over 3,880 hundred ballots go out this weekend in the nominating procedure for this year's Oscars. Ballots for nominations are due back to Price Waterhouse by the end of business, February 1.
First "Seinfeld" makes plans to stay, now "Roseanne" has decided to come back for another season. USA Today reports Roseanne has told ABC she wants to continue the series for one more year, even without John Goodman. Goodman says he'll be leaving the long-running series to concentrate on films. No decision has been made yet on how to write "Dan" out of the series.
The Muppets are back at work. Production has begun on "Muppets Tonight" in Los Angeles; the variety series will begin airing on ABC later this season. Michelle Pfieffer, Paula Abdul, Billy Crystal and Martin Short will guest on the first four episodes of the show.
Bette Midler will team up with Carl Reiner for a new film. Reiner will direct the actress in "That Old Feeling." Daily Variety reports the comedy has gone through several writers and potential directors, and will finally go in front of cameras in April.
Lionel Richie is resurfacing. the singer will make a rare television appearance on the American Music Awards on ABC at the end of January. The singer, who has won 15 of the American Music Awards himself, will make the appearance to kick off his new single "Don't Want to Lose You."
The artist formerly known as Prince wants to be known as the artist formerly connected with Warner Brothers records. The purple person has given notice to the media giant formally announcing his wish to end the relationship due to irreconcilable differences. No comment from the Warner camp.
A milestone for retired country star Naomi Judd. The singer, mother of country singer Wynona Judd and actress Ashley Judd, turns 50 this week.
Blues legend B.B. King is bringing the Blues to cyberspace. The singer now has a page on the World Wide Web. You can reach King, download video clips, and check out his touring schedule at BBKing.mca.com.
Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men are getting used to sharing the top of the charts. The joint single "One Sweet Day" is number one on the Billboard Magazine Singles Chart for the eighth week in a row.
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