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Who knew Carol Burnett was still such a rock star? The adoring fans who gobbled up tickets fast to the legendary TV comic’s sold-out appearance Friday at the State Theatre came bearing gifts and even wearing Irish green Scarlett O’Hara dresses (with curtain rods, no less!). They had a whole lot of stories to share with Burnett, too, many of which involved some kind of ailment or sad story that her classic TV show helped them or their late parents bear. In fact, at times it felt like Friday’s interactive discussion – modeled after the opening Q&A montages of “The Carol Burnett Show” (CBS, 1967-1978) – was more about the fans than it was about the still-redheaded and resplendent-looking comic, who turned 80 last month.
When she wasn’t directly responding to the audience, Burnett made the show more about all the people she worked with in her storied career. She shared stories about her castmates from her series, like the time Vicki Lawrence called a jabbering Tim Conway a “little a-hole” in a famous blooper. Or when Conway came out of a bathroom at his wife’s bridge club party with Q-tips glued to his face (“They got divorced shortly after that,” Burnett deadpanned). Asked for a behind-the-scene story from rehearsals, she recounted one incident when the notoriously moody Harvey Korman threatened to quit the show. Burnett told him he would be welcomed back Monday morning if he came in skipping and whistling (he did).
She also told stories about all her guest stars, including Lucille Ball (who died on Burnett’s birthday in 1989, but somehow managed to still send flowers and a card) and Jimmy Stewart (who took a liking to Burnett after she bufoonishly stepped in a bucket of whitewash paint on a movie set upon meeting him for the first time). Each story was complemented with accompanying clips from the show, including the “Gone With the Wind” skit that prompted two theatergoers to come wearing the full curtain get-up – a gimmick she credited to her famed costume designer Bob Mackie.
While the average age of the crowd would've made an AARP sales executive salivate, there were a few equally adulating young kids in the audience – most of whom probably know her from her role as the villainess Miss Hannigan in 1982’s big-screen adaptation of “Annie.” She relayed another story about having to reshoot one scene in “Annie” a few months after filming wrapped – and a month after she had a little cosmetic surgery. “Um, I have to tell you, I have a chin now,” she recounted telling the studio rep when they called.
She also laughed at how she knows whenever she’s recognized from that particular movie. “Every once in a while I’ll see a little girl stop in the aisle at the store and go, ‘Huh!?’” she said in mock terror. They must be the only people she regularly encounters not thrilled to see her.
Over there is Marlon Brando in "Apocalypse Now" (1979) and John Belushi in "The Blues Brothers," (1980). And Johnny Depp in "Sleepy Hallow," 1999 and Nicole Kidman in "Australia," 2008.
The name dropping is inevitable in Mark's first solo show at Weinstein in more than a decade. The gallery persuaded the photographer to sift through 40 years of her behind-the-scenes shots taken on film sets over the decades. The photos are, for the most part, candid and casual snaps made during rehearsals or while the cameras are rolling --but taken from a different vantage and without a story line to drive a narrative. So we'll see Sean Penn in his New York dressing room and Woody Allen adrift on his Manhattan balcony, and even the "Lone Ranger" (Clayton Moore) at home in Los Angeles.
Mark herself will be on hand for the opening party, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6, free. Weinstein Gallery, 908 W. 46th St., Minneapolis. "Seen Behind the Scene/ Forty Years of Photographing on Set," runs through July 27, free. 612-822-1722 or .www.weinstein-gallery.com/
Trampled by Turtles (Dave Carroll & Dave Simonett above) are headed to the grandstand
Star Tribune photo by Jeff Wheeler
So the Cat Video Festival wasn’t enough animals for the State Fair grandstand. Now a double dose of musical turtles has been booked.
Trampled By Turtles, the Duluth-bred bluegrass/folk group that has developed into one of Minnesota’s all-time great live acts, will graduate from the bandshell to the grandstand to headline MN Music on a Stick on Aug. 30, with Mason Jennings and the Chalice. Tickets, priced at $28, will go on sale at noon May 18.
The Turtles, those peppy 1960s hitmakers (“Happy Together,” “She’d Rather Be with Me”) starring vocal powerhouse Howard Kaylan, will return to the grandstand for the third consecutive year with their Happy Together Tour.
This tour also features Chuck Negron of 3 Dog Night, Gary Puckett, Gary Lewis & the Playboys and Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & the Raiders. Tickets, priced at $21, will go on sale at 10 a.m. May 18.
And for something totally new at the grandstand, it’s a trio of former “Saturday Night Live” staffers -- Dana Carvey and Dennis Miller, from the 1980s and early 90s, and Kevin Nealon, who was on board from 1986-99. They will kick off the grandstand series on Aug. 22. Tickets, priced at $38, will go on sale at 11 a.m. May 18.
Tickets will be available at the state fair box office (open from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. on May 18; full time in June), etix.com, mnstatefair.org and 1-800-514-3849.
Matthew McConaughey has demonstrated a jaw-dropping acting range in last few films, from a hot-dogging D.A in “Bernie” to an amoral hitman in “Killer Joe,” a good old boy into masochistic S&M in “The Paperboy” and a wigged-out strip club owner/star in “Magic Mike.” He’s shown himself capable of challenges no one would have imagined two years ago.
Perhaps it shouldn’t surprise, then, that he’ll star in the one of the biggest projects Hollywood has to offer, Christopher Nolan’s 2014 sci-fi epic “Interstellar.” McConaughey said the much-talked-about deal is done in a phone interview this morning from New Orleans, where he is currently filming the upcoming HBO crime series “True Detective” with Woody Harrelson.
Nolan’s projects are notoriously secretive, and McConaughey revealed no details other than to say “I’m confirming” that he had accepted the role.
There’s no other casting news about the project. The script, by Nolan’s brother and regular collaborator Jonathan, is said to involve “time travel and alternate dimensions and sees a group of explorers travel through a wormhole.” Sounds like a companion piece to Nolan’s mind-bending “Inception,” “Memento,” and “The Prestige.”
McConaughey’s shape-shifting post-romantic-comedy career continues with the soon-to-be-released “Mud,” where he plays a romantically obsessed drifter, and “The Dallas Buyers Club,” due out later this year. The film tells the true story of Ron Woodroof, a homophobic Texas electrician who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986 and given six months to live before extending his lifespan through alternative treatments. McConaughey literally shape-shifted for that film, shedding 40 pounds to play the emaciated Woodruff.
Life imitates pillow talk: Vincent Kartheiser and now-fiancee Alexis Bledel in a scene from "Mad Men."
Looks like Vincent Kartheiser's been up to a lot more than growing his sideburns and widening his lapels for Season 6 of "Mad Men." The Minneapolis-raised actor, who plays weasely social-climbing adman Pete Campbell on the hit AMC series, is engaged to Alexis Bledel, the former Gilmore Girl who guest-starred as a bored suburban housewife with whom Pete had an affair last season.
Bledel played Beth Dawes, the timid wife of a bombastic commuting buddy of Pete's. Following electroshock therapy, she can't remember him, much to this devastation. Clearly he made a stronger impression in real life.
The couple has been an item for about a year, and first appeared together on the red carpet last October. It will be the first marriage for both. The pair is shockingly close in age for Hollywood -- he's 33, she's 31.
Kartheiser may play a callous creep to chilling perfection, but IW hears he is the most decent and down-to-earth of fellows. In other words, worthy of the hand of who we can't help thinking of as our lil' Lorelai Gilmore.
By the by, Bledel bears at least a passing resemblance to Kartheiser's old flame, actress and fellow former Minnesotan Rachael Leigh Cook. And now, here's an excuse to run a "Mad Men" Season 6 promo pic, so you can get a load of those sideburns (and thinning hairline).Here, left to right, are John Slattery as Roger Sterling, Jon Hamm as Don Draper, Christina Hendricks as an extra in "Cleopatra," I mean Joan Holloway, and Kartheiser as Campbell.