- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Another view of 9/11

Oliver Stone’s “World Trade Center,” opening in theaters today, recalls the events of September 11, 2001, as told from the point of view of rescue workers and their families.

Those interested in a lesser-known perspective, though, should check out the new documentary “Metal of Honor,” which will be screened Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the AMC Loews Georgetown.

Directed by filmmaker Rachel Maguire, the movie explores the dangerous work done at ground zero by structural ironworkers from New York’s Local 40. Two of those workers, along with Miss Maguire, will answer questions at the screening.

The documentary receives its television premiere Sept. 5 at 9 p.m. on cable’s Spike network.

Baldwin on ‘Sopranos’

Daniel Baldwin will guest-star in the final episodes of HBO’s Emmy-winning mob drama “The Sopranos,” Reuters news agency reports.

In what may become a recurring role, Mr. Baldwin will play the star of the horror movie that mob enforcer and aspiring filmmaker Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) has been developing.

Christopher described his project as “‘Saw’ meets ‘Godfather 2.’” In an episode earlier this year, his posse kidnapped screenwriter JT, a recovering addict and degenerate gambler. JT agreed to write the script based on Christopher’s idea — in exchange for settling his gambling debts.

Four episodes later, Christopher went to Los Angeles to meet with Ben Kingsley for the lead. The Oscar winner passed on the script. That role will go to Mr. Baldwin, who earlier portrayed Detective Beau Felton on NBC’s “Homicide.”

Filming is under way on the final eight episodes of “The Sopranos,” scheduled to air early next year.

Viewers like reruns

No single television show has caught the public’s attention this summer, Associated Press reports, citing data released yesterday by Nielsen Media Research.

NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” have consistently made the top 10, as they did again last week, but they only reach about a third of the audience of their model, “American Idol.” The majority of shows in last week’s top 10 list were reruns.

For the week, CBS was the network leader with an average of 7.4 million viewers in prime time. NBC had 6.9 million and Fox 5.6 million. Following were ABC with 5.3 million, UPN with 1.9 million and the WB with 1.7 million.

For the week of July 31 through Aug. 6, the top five shows, their networks and viewerships were: “CSI: Miami,” CBS, 11.2 million; “Without a Trace,” CBS, 10.6 million; NFL Preseason: Oakland vs. Philadelphia, NBC, 10.5 million; “America’s Got Talent,” NBC, 10.5 million; and “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 10 million.

It’s Miller time at Fox

Dennis Miller is giving cable news another try.

The 52-year-old comedian will start as a contributor on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity & Colmes” Sept. 13, AP reports. He also will provide political commentary on the Fox News Web site.

Mr. Miller, who has been outspoken in his support of President Bush and the U.S. war in Iraq, was a regular guest on the show, hosted by Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes, three years ago. He had his own eponymous political talk show on CNBC in 2004-05, and his HBO talk show, “Dennis Miller Live,” ran from 1994 to 2002. He also spent two seasons as an announcer on ABC’s “NFL Monday Night Football.”

His best work probably was as the host of “Weekend Update” on “Saturday Night Live” in the late 1980s to early 1990s.

Compiled by Kelly Jane Torrance from wire reports.

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