Originally created 03/16/04

People in the News



RADNOR, Pa. -- Timothy Olyphant, who plays marshal-turned-businessman Seth Bullock in HBO's new series "Deadwood," says the show doesn't follow conventional romantic notions of the wild West depicted on television and in movies.

"This is definitely not 'Bonanza,"' Olyphant, who plays the main character, marshal-turned-businessman Seth Bullock, told TV Guide's March 20 issue. "Everything you knew about television Westerns goes out the window with this show."

The show, centered on the South Dakota gold rush settlement that was home to "Wild Bill" Hickok and Calamity Jane, focuses on brutal realities of everyday frontier life.

Such a lawless community "revolved around violence, greed, liquor, whoring and dope," says executive producer David Milch, who was co-creator of "NYPD Blue."

"Getting nostalgic about a glorious West that never existed is pointless," Milch says.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- About 300 people packed into the offices that once served as Wesley Clark's campaign headquarters for a chance at history - and used office supplies.

Some who attended Friday's auction were supporters of the former Democratic presidential hopeful, while others were adding to their own offices. Still others hoped to make money reselling the items.

Steve Lopata couldn't pass up a pile of campaign memorabilia - including stickers, posters, mousepads and a miniature Clark Bar candy bar - for $27.50.

"I think I'll give them to some died-in-the-wool Republicans to make them mad," said Lopata, a retired chemical engineer and aspiring science fiction author who said he was indifferent to Clark as a candidate.

Campaign officials hoped to raise about $15,000 from memorabilia and office equipment such as phones, desks, TVs and computers, said Andy Kessel, campaign budget director.

He said he'd like to raise about $500,000 from the auction and other fund-raisers across the nation to cover debt from the campaign. He estimated the campaign would end up owing that much after a Federal Election Commission audit later this year.

"The whole wind-down process isn't cheap, with lawyers and accountants," Kessel said.

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RADNOR, Pa. -- Known for gracing the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and the Victoria's Secret catalog, Tyra Banks is moving into life beyond the runway.

"America's Next Top Model," the UPN reality television series she created and executive produces, is in its second season and has been picked up by UPN for two more.

And the shapely model also has recently debuted the video for her first single, "Shake Ya Body," a dance track produced by Grammy Award winner Rodney Jerkins.

"The (modeling) industry represents a revolving door: The new ones come and the old ones go. I'm still in there, but I'm ready to kick myself out soon," Banks tells TV Guide for its March 20 issue.

Banks says she considers herself a more hands-on producer than some, for example "The Apprentice's" Donald Trump.

"Is he really in the editing room every day like I am? Is he discussing budgets and hiring the cinematographer?" she asked. "I don't think he's doing all that."

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JUPITER, Fla. -- Country music star Alan Jackson held a surprise concert for his neighbors, trying out some new songs and polishing up some old ones before his spring tour begins.

Jackson called a radio station Friday afternoon and announced the impromptu and free show at Castaways Marina in Jupiter, near where he owns a home.

About 1,100 people packed the restaurant and bar. Jackson and his 10-piece band, the Strayhorns, performed for nearly four hours.

The multi-platinum singer and his band were resting up before their spring tour that start in two weeks. But they were itching to play, so Jackson called for show. He also told the crowd the fishing had been lousy.

Jackson fittingly opened the concert with his chart-topping hit "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere." Last year, he and Jimmy Buffett filmed the video for the song at the restaurant's beach-themed bar.