Planet Hollywood Amsterdam
Yes, Planet Hollywood Amsterdam has opened its doors. In
fact, the public was already enjoying the food before the
building was completely finished. In this way, they were treated
to the extra enjoyment of viewing the workmen soldering metal
framework ledges outside the windows (perhaps this was meant as
some obscure homage to 'Cliffhanger?' I think not.) In any
case, the location was sufficiently prepared to serve as one of
the spots broadcasting election night (the 'shoot-out between
Bill and Bob' -- How Hollywood!), during which it was pointed
out that Clinton's past achievements included raising his home-
state-level from the 50th worst educated state to the 49th. Who
can tell what the future might hold in store? Especially with
all those Republicans breathing down his neck.
Michael Jackson was in town for three concerts at the
Amsterdam Arena . He stayed at the Grand Hotel (which was
previously the Amsterdam City Hall) and had lots of young fans
sleeping nearby in the streets hoping to get a glimpse of their
idol. Shying away from the crowds, he did manage to visit a
local video shop and rent a copy of Il Ladro di Bambini
for a bit of enjoyment during those quiet nights indoors between
Composer Carl Davis begins a short tour of the Netherlands this
month conducting the Northern Netherlands Orchestra for three
performances of Griffith's unforgettable saga Intolerance.
The Power of Culture Festival in the Netherlands this
month includes two showings of Tigrero, a film that was never
made, a film about Sam Fuller, Jim Jarmusch and the Karaji
indians directed by Mika Kaurismaki.
Tim Burton's new film Mars Attacks is due to be released
in the Netherlands at the end of January. I don't know about you
other Burton fans out there, but I can hardly wait.
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