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NEWS LITE : ROACH STUNT QUITE A GAG (INDUCER).

So, if you're a bit uncomfortable about insects, we advise you not to read any further into this item.

Repeating: If you're squeamish about cockroaches, don't go on. Double repeating: If you're outright phobic about swarming cucarachas - halt now, while you can.

But if you've gone this far, well, you asked for it: Jerry O'Connell star of the more-than-offbeat flick ``Joe's Apartment'' - a Hollywood production about a man with a thousand roaches for roommates - placed two live cockroaches on his tongue for the sake of his art.

``They were going to do it with computer-generated images, but I thought, how much cooler would it be if I did it for real?'' said O'Connell.

After the close-up shot, O'Connell spat out his six-legged co-stars.

In the film, O'Connell's character and the roaches sing, dance and philosophize in a truly gross tenement. ``Nothing will ever seem as messy to me as Joe's apartment as long as I live,'' the actor said.

Cook-off to feature garbanzos, no garb

Those planning to attend next weekend's clothing optional chili cook-off at Glen Eden Sun Club be warned: Don't spill the beans.

Not that the event is a secret. It's open to the public.

It's that tumbling chili beans - some steeped in hot peppers and simmered at 200 degrees - may scald.

``I've never seen anybody spill chili,'' said cook-off Chairman Jim Zack. ``Let's pray that doesn't happen.''

The Glen Eden Chili Cook-Off on Sunday marks the first time the nudist recreation club, in Corona, Calif., has sponsored a large-scale event in which members will rub shoulders with the clothed public. Of more than 800 invitations mailed to chili cooks in the state, at least 30 have said they will attend, organizers said.

The $11 entry fee entitles visitors to access to a remote cook-off area only. To see more of the 155-acre grounds, where members play volleyball, shuffleboard and horse shoes in the buff, ``you must be nude,'' said Frankie Giarrusso, the club's recreation manager. ``Club rules.''

Bring an appetite, but no binoculars or cameras.

``Looky-loos and perverts are picked up on very quickly and escorted out,'' Giarrusso said. ``It's a very wholesome, family atmosphere.''

Club organizers, who embrace the philosophy ``clothed when practical, unclothed when possible,'' expect the event to make converts of some guests who show up for a piping hot bowl of chili. ``Once you get out of them, you'll probably never want to get back into them,'' Zack said of constricting jeans, shirts and undergarments. ``After the first 15 minutes, there's nothing to it.''

Garth's family a-growin'

Garth Brooks is singing for one more.

The country music star and his wife, Sandy, had their third child Sunday at a hospital in Nashville, Tenn., the singer's management company said Monday.

Allie Colleen Brooks weighed 8 pounds and was 21-1/2 inches long at birth. Mother and daughter were doing well.

The baby is named for Sandy's paternal grandfather, Allie, and Garth's mother, Colleen. The couple have two other daughters.

Cleese and Co. `messed it up'

The follow-up film to ``A Fish Called Wanda'' has flopped with American audiences.

John Cleese's 1988 movie was a smash, but the new ``Fierce Creatures'' is like a fish out of water in the United States.

``We're having to reshoot because we messed it up a bit,'' Cleese said Monday in London.

``Fierce Creatures'' brings Cleese back together with Michael Palin, Kevin Kline and Jamie Lee Curtis in a comedy set at a zoo.

Some of the black humor of the film - including the death of one of four characters played by Kline - was acceptable to British audiences, but didn't go over well at previews in the United States.

Cleese said the cast would regroup in two weeks to reshoot scenes and he hoped for a Christmas release.

Should have kicked the tires

Horsing around in Morelia, Mexico, can land you in hock - especially if you're a horse.

Police in the capital of Michoacan state have arrested a horse for allegedly kicking a car, and the animal has been charged with causing damage to private property, the government news agency Notimex said.

The horse was tied up on a street in Morelia when a car parked nearby, said police spokesman Ariel Arroyo Barriga. The horse allegedly kicked in the grill and destroyed the headlights.

The name and owner of the horse were not known, so officers took it into custody at the state's Public Security and Transportation headquarters, Arroyo said.

Monroe parody: Some like it not

John F. Kennedy Jr. doesn't get all the angst over the September cover of George magazine, which features Drew Barrymore in a send-up of Marilyn Monroe's torchy ``Happy Birthday, Mr. President'' to Kennedy's dad in 1962.

``I don't see what possible taste questions could be involved,'' said the magazine's editor. ``If I don't find it tasteless, I don't know why anyone would. . . . Just because people have clucked for decades, why does this make it strange we would use that bit of iconography? I'm intrigued that people would be indignant if I'm not.''

Kennedy called Monroe's Madison Square Garden performance ``part of the iconography of American politics'' and ``an enduring image.'' He added: ``I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't come up with interesting, engaging ideas.''

Asked if he had consulted other Kennedys about the cover, he implied he had not. ``Some of them are on the comp list,'' he said. ``They'll probably get it soon.''

Prince Charles shows signs of engagement

Prince Charles has bought Camilla Parker Bowles a $38,860 ring, a British tab reported last weekend. The Daily Star said he got the ruby and diamond number at the London jeweler Asprey's. The paper quoted a Charles bud as saying: ``This is a deliberate move by the prince to formalize the relationship.''

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