November 18, 1995 in Features

Keep The Engine Going, That Hot Water Flowing

Compiled By Staff Writer Dan Web

It’s a cliche, played out most recently in the Hugh Grant film “Nine Months,” that a husband loses control of his emotions - and maybe a major organ or two - the first time his wife goes into labor.

But the more dependable view may be that each succeeding child evokes a calming effect.

Take movie star Tom Hanks, for example. Hanks is expecting his fourth child with wife Rita Wilson in January.

“It’s very different to have your first child when you’re 21 and your fourth kid at the age of 39,” Hanks told TV’s Extra. “I’m a little calmer about the way things are going to go.”

And what does he remember? “As I recall, the father’s side of this thing is pretty easy,” he said. “I simply supply the ice chips and damp cloth and encouragement.”

Loose Talk

Willie Nelson on his philosophy of performance (on America Online): “If I show up, it’s the best accomplishment of the day. If I put on a good show, that’s the second best. I don’t really like to think about it any further.”

He’s the leader of the club that’s made for you and me

Mickey Mouse turns 67 today.

Under things we hate, list holiday gift-buying

If you pick up a copy of the Tyco Games Co. board game “Love It Or Hate It,” you may be surprised to know that it was invented by actress Daryl Hannah. The game retails for $15.

With fame, Clooney rejects the open-door policy

There are worse problems to endure, but “E.R.” star George Clooney isn’t interested. He just wants a bit of privacy at home. “People started showing up at my house because my house was right on the street,” he told the TV interview show “Extra.” “It became an everyday thing… and it became a problem for me. So I needed to get behind a gate.”

And somewhere in there, he’ll learn to set his guitar afire

To help actor Paul Keating prepare for his role in a new $4.7 million production of “Tommy,” The Who guitarist Pete Townshend, promises to “nurture his talent with long sessions of deep background in which Paul will eat jellied eels, learn to ride a Vespa, discover his inner child and prepare himself selflessly to pay huge tax bills.”

Movies obscene? Not always, but the deals sure are

So why did Michael Ovitz, the movieland agent who some called the most powerful man in the business, quit his agency to become president of Walt Disney Studios. How about money? According to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Ovitz could earn up to - count it - $448 million on stock options over the next eight years.

And I said, ‘Charles? You’re having whom for lunch?’

We’ll probably know all about it by then, but Princess Diana’s interview that the BBC will broadcast on Monday will be shown on American television Nov. 24. Barbara Walters will present the taped talk.

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