Film legend, conservative activist Charlton Heston dead at 84

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES – Charlton Heston, the Oscar winner who portrayed Moses and other heroic figures on film in the ’50s and ’60s and later championed conservative values as head of the National Rifle Association, has died. He was 84. The actor died Saturday night at his home in Beverly Hills with his […]

Feb. 17-23 Question of the Week

With the Hollywood writer’s strike over, what show are you looking forward to seeing again the most? Answer in the comment section below. Send question suggestions to kevin_wilson@link.freedom.com

Feb. 9, 2008 Best Best on TV

What: True Hollywood Story Where: E! When: 7 p.m. What it’s about: Amy Winehouse. Sure to be a night full of crazy behavior.

Fires don’t discriminate

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I followed with great interest and apprehension the California fires, not only because I fear any kind of atmospheric phenomenon, but because I empathized with those who lost their homes and left behind their possessions. Having lived in hurricane prone areas for a few years, I know that it can be […]

Premiere chance to step out in style

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Clovis residents will get to experience the glamour of a Hollywood premiere tonight for the movie “Believe in Me,” including the chance to strut across a red carpet. The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Red Carpet reception in the Clovis Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. The […]

Hollywood not totally unbiased

By Anita Doberman: Columnist It’s always fun to watch the Academy Awards, if only to see celebrities’ faces when they win, and especially when they lose. There is the teary acceptance speech, always a favorite for me. A few years ago Halle Berry was almost incoherent, and I still got choked up. There’s watching the […]

Hollywood weighs in on Mel Gibson

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist Someone suggested to me the morning after Mel Gibson’s thunderclap that his career was over. Ha! Far from it. This is the start of a whole new gig. If Gibson had used the N word, or defamed feminists, or praised George W. Bush, he might be in serious trouble. Those […]

Washington has no business in Hollywood

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist Mid-term elections are still about four months away, but I’ve got all the advice you’ll ever need. Elect them all back. Elect them all back because it’s evident that every major problem facing the United States today has been solved. Wait, what’s that you say? Your problems still exist? My […]

On the job: A look at the Clovis Police Department

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Shawn Gore has been on the Clovis police force for 14 years. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) Compiled by Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The CNJ asked these police officers to tell us a little bit about themselves and to answer a few questions: Shawn Gore, master police officer, traffic division Years of service: 14 What […]

Recounting Hollywood memories

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Remember when Hollywood swept into New Mexico in the 1960s, ruthlessly taking over hearth and home from innocent, downtrodden natives who had carved a state out of the wilderness after moving here during the Eisenhower years? I was a United Press foreign correspondent in Santa Fe at the time and […]

Clovis ‘Wishes’ to air next week

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Jacob Mendoza, left, and his dad, Rene, relax as they watch television Thursday at their home. Jacob and Rene were part of a baseball team that had their wish fulfilled on the television show “Three Wishes.” (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Jacob Mendoza has been keeping a secret for over […]

Prayers shouldn’t be limited to time of need

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist Sometimes I use these words loosely when I hear of another’s troubles: “I’ll pray for you.” In my life, I have often been remiss in daily, contemplative prayer. My mother spent many younger days with her best friend Dorothy Starnes at her home in Crosstown, Tenn. As a child […]

People are kind and life is worth living

By Mona Charen Our Thanksgiving family tradition is to go around the table and ask each person to express what he or she is thankful to God for in the year just passed. Being politically minded types, one or more of us frequently mentions that we’re grateful for having been born in the United States […]

Hollywood needs you this weekend at Rock Staubus

Freedom Newspapers Do you wanna be in pictures? That dream’s easy to fulfill this weekend. Hollywood needs you. Right here at home. Your dream can be realized if you go to Rock Staubus gymnasium at Clovis High School on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. And for becoming a face in the crowd as an extra, you […]

Director brings Hollywood to Clovis

Question and Answer Robert Collector is the writer and director of “Believe in Me,” a film about a 1960s girl’s basketball team’s run at the state title. The production crew has been filming in Clovis, Portales, Elida and other eastern New Mexico towns. Collector spoke about his role in film, his Hollywood career and what […]

On the shelves

Books available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Vanity Fair’s Hollywood edited by Graydon Carter was given by Bert and LaMoin Williams in memory of Rosemond Booth Hatch. The definitive book of its kind presents a collection of classic photographs, essays and drawings depicting a century of Hollywood power, glamour, myth and mystery from 1914 to […]

‘Dances with Wolves’ author tells his rags-to-riches story

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers He was homeless for a year, lived in a garage for awhile, slept on a lot of friends’ couches. The life of a Hollywood screen writer is not all glamour. Michael Blake, 58, a former Eastern New Mexico University student best known as the author of “Dances with Wolves,” told […]

Being misunderstood is no fun at all

By Curtis Shelburne Being misunderstood is no fun at all By Curtis Shelburne Being misunderstood is no fun at all, as Mel Gibson is now finding out firsthand. Not that many months ago, Mel would certainly have been considered the darling of any television talk venue. Reel him in to talk about any upcoming movie, […]

TV should apologize for halftime, shows

Mona Charen The apologies are flowing like water now. Janet Jackson (identical twin sister of Michael?) has declared that she “is really sorry if I offended anyone. That was truly not my intention.” I believe her. I think she is so sunk in the putrid culture we call pop that she cannot adequately judge how […]

Web Video Reviews 10/9

Scott Jones The Italian Job – PG-13 Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, Seth Green, Donald Sutherland Master thief Charlie Croker(Wahlberg) pulls off the perfect job with the perfect crew. The only threat came not from with out but from within. After being betrayed, and to avenge the death of a close friend, he enlists […]