- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 25, 2004

The last star

“A lot of writers will tell you that the last star created by the studio system was Elizabeth Taylor, but a lot of writers are wrong. Years after Elizabeth Taylor, there was Natalie Wood. …

“Natalie Wood survived a lot of bad movies and retained her appeal — no small achievement. But ever since her drowning death off Catalina Island in 1981, she’s been slowly easing into that limbo populated by stars who don’t transcend their period. …

“She would have been a star in any era. … Those glowing eyes were always knowing and bright, but her line readings were often flat and gauche. … On a certain level of stardom, with someone who can make people happy just by showing up — Julia Roberts, anyone? — who cares if they can act?”

Scott Eyman, writing on “Equipped for Stardom, Alas,” in today’s issue of the New York Observer

Gay TV for teens

“A youth-oriented television drama with a growing U.S. following is breaking new ground this year with a major teen character who declares his homosexuality and ‘falls in love’ with a male classmate.

“The Canadian drama ‘Degrassi: The Next Generation’ — available to 22 million U.S. households on the Nickelodeon-owned cable channel Noggin — is acclaimed by homosexual-rights groups for boldly going where no program has gone before. …

“The show is … aimed at pre-teens and teens. …

“In an interview with the Advocate, actors Adamo Ruggiero, 17, and John Bregar, 18, said they believe the characters they play in the Degrassi series are true-to-life.

“Ruggiero’s character, Marco, previously ‘came out of the closet’ about his homosexuality, but this season he meets Dylan, played by Bregar. …

“‘I think, in general, coming out is less shocking [to today’s youths], but you don’t want to have the ignorance to say that everything is OK, because people are still homophobic,’ Ruggiero told the magazine.”

From “TV show depicts teen ‘gay’ romance,” Friday in WorldNetDaily at


Their generation

“In an act of willful ignorance, networks once again missed the big story about the tens of thousands of people blanketing Constitution Avenue from the Washington Monument to the Supreme Court. Thursday’s ‘March for Life’ marked the 31st anniversary of the Supreme Court decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, which together virtually eliminated all obstacles to abortion. …

“Most striking was the number of marchers under 25. Two hundred Notre Dame University students rode all night in buses … and joined their fellow collegians from Harvard, Williams, the University of Richmond and St. Louis University, to name a few. Others came with National Teens for Life, Rock for Life, Teens 4 Truth. … Some of their banners read: ‘Stop killing my generation,’ ‘Rebel with a Cause,’ and our personal favorite, ‘Abortion is mean!’ The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington packed the 20,000-seat MCI Center with youth from all over the country for a pre-march rally and Mass.

“These young people represent at least several hundred thousand more who perceive dire consequences for their generation because of the abortion industry.”

Grattan Brown and Michael Leaser, writing on “Under the Radar,” Friday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

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