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BACKGROUND:During the preparationof the readershipsurveyresponsein our July 4th ish, a dispute aroseat A&R Headquarters. In particular, one responsecreated enormous disagreement. In answer to the statement The last time I laughed until my face hurt . . . rcader/guitarbuster Bruce " This answerwas deletedfrom the Survey response. Anderson wrote "When the Pope was

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This ish we castNewSpeok, a screenplayset in the fast-talking world of eastcoastpublishing. The Story: Iconoclasteditor and photographerfight to save muckraking newsmagazinefrom publishingmoguls.

Character RUPERT 50ishAustralian mediatycoon.


Bob Altman FilmedPlay

ROBIN LEACH HENRY GIBSON unlessMurdoch unlessMurdoch threatenssyndication threatens rights to Lifestyles, syndicationrights to otherwise Laugh-In, otherwise CHRISTOPHER BURT REMSEN LEE

RockMusical PHIL COLLINS, unlessMurdoch threatenscatalog rights to Genesis, otherwise PAUL BARTEL

JANN 40ishex boy-wonder publisher.

MICHAEL DOUGLAS unlessRolling Stone won't give him the cover,otherwise DANNY DeVITO

JANN WENNER unlesshe hasn't recoveredfrom Perfect,otherwise JOHN SCHUCK

PAUL CARRACK unlesshe can't do the American accent, otherwise PAUL WILIAMS

LEONARI) Formerpet-food tycoon,turned publisher.

RON SILVER unlesshe'sbusy with EnemiesII. otherwise RON LEIBMAN

ALLEN GARFIELI) unlesshe'sbusy with Cry Uncle II, otherwise RENE AUBERJONOIS

BILLY JOEL unlesshe wants Christie to play Allison, otherwise HOWARD STERN

ALLISON Leonard'swife, a former model.

ALI MacGRAW unlessshe'stired of playingex-models, otherwise MICHELLE PHILLIPS

LAUREN HUTTON unlessshe'stired of playingex-models, otherwise SALLY KELLBRMAN

CYBIL SHEPHERD unlessshe'stired of playing ex-models, otherwise TAYLOR DAYNE

GLENN Late-30ish editor/writer

WILLEM DAFOE unlesshe'sbusywith Last TemptationII, otherwise JEFF DANIELS

PAUL HOGAN unlesshe'stoo expensivefor Altman, otherwise JIM BOUTON

TOM WAITS unlesshe'sbusy with the soundalike appeal,otherwise LOUDON }ryAINWRIGHT III

ANNIE 30ish free-lance photographer.

NICOLE KIDMAN unlessshe'stoo busy withTop GunII, otherwise SEASONHUBLEY

SHELLEY DUVALL unlessshe'stoo busy with Fairy Tale Theater,otherwise SISSYSPACEK

ANN MAGNUSON unless she's too busy with Bongwater, otherwise LYDIA LUNCH

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\l[IT1{ He WantsMilk a lot of PeoPle. Dear A&R! I am like to have milk with my coffee. r like that however, f have noticed Lately, & you either half offer most places Some Places milk. lowfat or haLf nonfat choice: you a third offer milk. like nonfat don't I milk. & Half milk is too watery. Lowfat I YeeterdaY' thtck. too is hatf "WhY can't gcreamed at the waiter, WhY do milk? you just have regular other these you have to have all at me looked Everybody choices?" I was nutE. What's wrong with like Mintberg. me? Darryl Queen Belene, Idabo. $trong nothing There's Dear Darryl: are PatronE of restaurants with you. and most given far too many choices why of those choices are incorrect. own you bring don't Your Take some real buttert accoutrements? your favorite salt, sugarr milk, and PerhaPE even a brand of ketchup, If neceEsaryr You thermoa of coffee. pack and a sandwich to may want remember that AIso, aE weII. degert you can mix half & in an emergency, a milk and get with lowfat half of real- milk. decent approximation


He JamsHis Head I go to sleeP Deer A&Rs Every night every and Erame position the in I wake up in a comPletelY morning position mY head with different jammed against and mY neck the wall all day and mY neck I am stiff bent. out why I end figure I can't hurts. I go to up jammed next to the wall. away from the a foot sleep at least the wall waII and I have even lined But every by the bed with Pillowe. What's the same thing. morning it's East Koenig' me? Earry wrong with Virginia. Bahasia,



wrong nothlng There'g Deer Earry: a exPeriencing are You you. with calI phenofienon PsYchologists Your breakthtough. nocturnal break mind YearnE to subconscious and of awarenesg a new Plateau into go it propels you against the neareEt in Your which, oPPosition phystcat ThLe ttre bedroom wall. is iaie, "break the to through on to deeire about in other Eide" has been written and art centurY twentieth much and creative your Etrong symbolizes In order to avoid aiive. sliritual try however, yourself to iniury to bed and sleeping a helhet welring of the with your head near the foot bed.

SheThinksShe'sCrazY Dear A&Rs How do I know that I'm not crazy and when I look crazy? I feel I look into the eYes of in the mirror absolutelY I'm perEon. a ctazy I'm ingane but every positive that doctor I've Eeen Eays I'm normal. Why should I truEt the doctorE? How could mY goeE on inside know what they ctazy head? Just because I don't have not I'm personalitY or eplit a paranoid doesn't mean I'm not ctazy. a Can't me. believes But nobody any of thoee person be ctazy without symptoms? What's wronet with me? Etta Renote, PennsYlvaaia. eol-tsfy, wrong nothing There'g Dear Etta! has a Not all- craziness with you. name or symptoms. sometimesr insanity has no generic and eimply is You are lucky features. identifiable of state this in to be Since lunacY. non-identifiable label to unable are doctors Your in Your you can continue condition, of fear without derangement incarceration. or hospitalization and artists famous Many Public and insane are generically figures and function to manage still to the world around them. contribute Good luck.


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Free Speech, A at WEA Convention w/Iggy, Casting Call, Sound Off

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