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Wham! Bam! A poetry slam!
Born and bred In Saginaw, poet and arts activist Al Hellus will be the
featured performer tonight at the Ann Arbor Poetry Slam. The program
includes two open mic segments for all who have something to say. The
Slam will be held at The Heidelberg Club Above, 215 N. Main St., at 8
p.m. Admission is $3.

Tuesday-R
February 6,1996 ,

Moore's Juror' is guilty of boredom

E pomised
By Alexandra Twin
Daily Arts Editor
British actor David Thewlis knows
plenty about getting things the hard
way; the acclaimed 30-something film
actor - co-star of the new "Restora-
tion" - toughed it out on the English
stage for some 11 years before attract-
ing the attention of most American
moviegoers when he starred as the acer-
bic Johnny in the acclaimed 1993 art-
house hit, "Naked."
But ask the soft-spoken Briton about
=his international accomplishments and
he's quick to shy away from any praise.
"I know plenty of British actors who are
brilliant, but who won't get an opportu-
nity to act on a mass level," Thewlis
said. "Just like in America, success is
all a matter of getting your break, find-
-ing the right stuff."
. Since then, he has appeared in half a
dozen films, including "Black Beauty,"
gnd the recent "Total Eclipse," playing
Athe French poet Paul Verlaine opposite
Leonardo DiCaprio's Arthur Rimbaud.
He also has major roles in two soon-to-
.be-released big-budget American pro-
ductions.
Yet, ask him which recent role he is
most excited about and he is quick to
offer up Michael Hoffman's "Restora-
tion."
It is the story of a doctor, Robert
Merevil (Robert Downey Jr.), who loses
sight of his true calling to become the
king's glorified fool, and must ulti-
mately re-examine his ideals to get back
on track,'all in the age of the restoration.
Thewlis plays John, another doctor who
is a Puritan and Merevil's best friend.
"I'd read the book before I heard
about the film and had liked it. I found
(John) to be a very compelling charac-
ter... (the film) also gave me an oppor-
tunity to study Quakers, as well as 17th
century medicine, which is fascinating.
I'm interested in all those kinds ofthings.

By Ryan Posiy
For the Daily
Coming off the enormous failure of
"The Scarlet Letter," in which all traces
of Hawthorne's original novel were lost,
Demi Moore apparently has opted for
another movie in which she'll get paid
a huge sum of money for something
nobody wants to see. The movie in
question is the adaptation of the best-
selling novel "The Juror," and in typi-
cal Hollywood fashion, it is not at all
what it first seems to be.
Moore, looking reminiscent of her
"Ghost" days, plays Annie Laird, a
single mother selected for jury duty in
an important Mafia trial. She's likable
enough, but some of her actions lack
explanation. For example, during the
jury selection process, the judge gives
her every opportunity to back out, know-
ing that it will be a long and arduous
The Juror
Directed by Brian Gibson
with Demi Moore
andAlec Baldwin
At Briarwood and Showcase
trial. But Annie rejects his promptings,
cracking jokes and later telling her son
that she "needs a little excitement" in
her life. This movie proves the old ad-
age: "Be careful what you wish for,
because it might come true."
Not long after she is selected for the
jury, Annie encounters the man who
has just bought several pieces of her art

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Alec Baldwin plays a real baddle in "The Juror."

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(she is an artist whose sculptures can
only be felt, not seen - the movie's
most creative element). As played by
Alec Baldwin, this fellow is handsome,
charming, intelligent and loves her art
- seemingly the perfect match in
Annie's eyes. But just as soon as they

I mean, I found it absolutely scary but
fascinating nonetheless."
The same might be said for Thewlis'
first experience working with big
American actors, who, in addition to
Downey and DiCaprio, include Meg
Ryan, Dennis Quaid and Marlon
Brando.
"They're a lot more self-confident,
to put it politely," he said wryly. "Or
perhaps to put it unpolitely. ... But
really, it's been nothing but a learning
process, with all the Americans I've
worked with and even now just work-
ing in movies. My education in Britain
was through theater, television and Brit-
ish cinema, so it's partly about learning
how to work in film, as well."

It was while taking bit parts on Brit-
ish television that he was first intro-
duced to acclaimed film director Mike
Leigh. He met him "Just by audition-
ing" for a film that ended up not hap-
pening. This did, however, earn Thewlis
his rite of passage into Leigh's reper-
tory. He went on to star in a short, called
"Short and Curly," the celebrated "Life
is Sweet" and finally the film that was
to become "Naked," a role that earned
him a New York Film Critics Best Ac-
tor award and inspired talk of an Acad-
emy Award nomination. It also enabled
the now frequently sought-after Thewlis
to be more choosy about the roles he
See THEWLIS, Page 9

begin to get along, he admits his true
purpose: To scare her into voting "not
guilty" in the trial.
Alec's character, known as "The
Teacher," follows Annie's every Imove
throughout the trial - he even bugs her
See JUROR, Page 9

Shoebox E.P.
Barenaked Ladies
Reprise Records

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The Michigan League Programming
in cooperation with
Center for the Education of Women,
Women's Studies Program, and
MSA Women's Issues Commission
presents

More beautiful, beautiful, 'Beautiful girls' for you
We still have a dozen passes and many full-color glossy posters left for the new
film "Beautiful Girls" starring Max Perlich, Michael Rapaport (left to right,
pictured) as well as Uma Thurman, Lauren Holly, Matt Dillon, Mira Sorvino and
others. If you can tell us which recent film featured Mira Sorvino and Michael
Rapaport as a couple, you can win a pass and poster. Stopabythe Arts office, 2nd
floor of the Student Publications Building (420 Maynard), after noon today.

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Date/Time
Thursday,
Feb. 8
4-6 p.m.
Thursday,
Feb. 15
4-6 p.m.
Thursday,
Feb.22
4-6 .m.
Thursday,
Feb.29
4-6 p.m.
Thursday,
Mar.14
4-6 p.m.
Thursday,
Mar.28
4-6p.m.

Speaker Topic Place

Prof. AnneLkrman Women Studies:
Interim Ditor, Women Educating Women or
Studies Program Changing their Condition
La e Fortlage The Lure of the Diet
Huth Educator and Industry: the Impact on
Nttionist, University Women
Heth Services
E. Royster Harper Women in the Executive:
Assocae Vice-President Position in Academe:
for Student Affairs and Insights and Experiecs
Dean of Studt
Rhetaugh Dumas Women in Leadership
Vice Provost for Health roles: A Perspective
Affairs
Prof. Laura Ahearn C ross-Culural
Department of Anthro- Perspectives on Language
pology and Gender
State Senator Alma Women in the Political
Wheeler-Smith System
Prof. Nancy Burns
BartmLan+ f4 A DPlt ;o

Henderson Room,
3rd floor
Room D,
3rd floor
Henderson Room,
3rd floor
Vandenberg Room,
2nd floor
Room D,
3rd floor
Koessler Room,
3rd floor

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RAZA Open-Mic Night
Wednesday, February 7,
Not Another Cafe,
1301 South University

Poets Live!

8-10 PM

Poetry Reading with
Trinidad Sanchez, Jr.
Friday, February 9, 1-3 PM
Kalamazoo Rm., Michigan League
,it's 4An-A 1#nz4 - T41ng, 46 !
Sponsored in parr by OAMI, Student Affairs Programming Council
and Student Academic Multicultural Initiatives.

In all fairness to Canada, it does a
great job of promoting the tay-man.
The Barenaked Ladies, a foursome
from the Great White North, all h
their natural hair color, wear khakis
and have been members of the work-
ing class. None of the 'Ladies have
been arrested for indecent exposure or
arrested on heroin possession charges.
All of them bear a remarkable.,resem-
blance to either Alan Thicke, Michael
J. Fox or Anne Murray, or maybe a
mixture of the three (well, notreally).
No wonder they haven't hit it bi j
America.
While still trying to break through in
the States, the 'Ladies, a platinum act in
Canada, are poised to release their third
album, Born on a Pirate Shij In the
meantime, the 'Ladies have released a
multimedia EP, chock-full of oodies
for the die-hard fan and music critic
alike.
The EP has four music tracks, two
versions of the upcoming single
"Shoebox," an acoustic versionof ""' I
Had a $1,000,000" and the ptevio*'
unreleased "Trust Me," in addition to a
20 Megabyte multimedia file=es, the
music is cool; it seems to fail some-
where in the newly designat~d "roots
rock" genre, with a strong emphasis on
humor, especially with regards to pop
culture.
The group's style is marked by
simple, catchy melodies and harmo-
nies built around contagious, foot-6
ping rhythms and wicked cool bass
lines. The songs are pleasantly pre-
dictable, meaning that even' though
you might know which direction a song
is going in, you're still realty happy
that it's going there.
However, what really shines ir this
release is the multimedia file. Thos in-
cludes video clips from music videos
and concerts, in addition to soun4clips
from every song off of eve.an
they've recorded, including thf7 W
ing release. It gives new fans ac Ice to
catch up on what they've misse n the
past eight years, not to mention ggood
idea of who these four fellowsfrom
Ontario really are. For those whe care,
yes, the file works on both Macintosh
and IBM, provided that you haven CD-
ROM drive.
If you're a Barenaked Ladies.an, I
sincerely hope this is enough to hold u
over until the next album. If youge6t,
and enjoy good music and computers,
this might do well to pique your iiiferest.
Not only is it a treat to the ears,alkbeit a
very small treat, but it is worth ,lot o
laughs.
- Brad Harwood

Chicano History Week 1996
RNAA Qovt"e4 N:4
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