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XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT WEEKEND BREAK 6/14/97 19:09:17 UTC



PRELIMINARY BOXOFFICE RESULTS
For North America on Friday, June 13, 1997
**Internet Exclusive**

1. SPEED 2 $5.155 OPEN
2. CON AIR $4.335 -44% $038.554 since opening
3. LOST WORLD $3.185 -36% $181.405
4. ADDICTED TO LOVE $0.730 -35% $028.621
5. BUDDY $0.640 -31% $005.567
6. AUSTIN POWERS $0.560 -21% $044.511
7. GONE FISHIN' $0.535 -36% $018.293
8. TRIAL AND ERROR $0.405 -46% $010.519
9. FIFTH ELEMENT $0.360 -38% $056.798
10.BREAKDOWN $0.285 -42% $045.999

Dollars are in millions
% denotes change from Friday
Numbers are moved for private recreational use only

* * * *

STOP THE PRESS! REX REED FINALLY LIKES ONE!

In next week's NEW YORK OBSERVER, forever-sour Rex Reed finally finds love,
or at least like. Recent years have been cruel to critics like Reed who
demand intelligence and quality in film, qualities that have vanished in
the rush towards nine-digit budget movies.

"Hold those career obituaries for Julia Roberts," cheers Reed,
"temporarily, at least. The naysayers will have to lunch on humble pie
when they see the "Pretty Woman" in her new comedy MY BEST FRIEND'S
WEDDING. No, the patron saint of acting has not touched her shaggy, permed
head with a magic wand that has suddenly turned her into a new Carole
Lombard. But she is more engaging than she's been in a long time. In this
easy-to-take parfait, ... no point laboring over plot. There isn't any...
What I can tell you is that Julia Roberts is delightful... a wicked sense
of humor which shines through in short takes (not an easy task to act
insouciant under the weight of 20 pounds of hair gel) and it's nice to see
her use it. Going for the jokes and the double takes, she returns to the
glossy style of movie acting she does best. The whole thing turns
predictable, and the style is forced (it's the kind of movie that begs
laughs from the sight of a bimbo who gets her tongue stuck to an ice
sculpture of Michelangelo's David) but at least everyone looks scrubbed and
upscale, the flower arrangements are awesome..."

* * * *

NBA FINALS continue near-record television viewership pace. Friday night's
Chicago Bulls victory pulled an average 19.5 rating/34 share in the first
A.C. NIELSEN overnight runs, down slightly from Wednesday's record levels
of 20.1/35. The six-game series will be at least the third-highest rated
in NBA Finals history...

* * * *

BILDERBERGS IN SECLUSION

The PineIsle Resort near Atlanta this weekend is host to the 45th
Bilderberg Meeting. June 12-15, the group is gathering to discuss the
"Atlantic Relationship in a Time of Change." Among others topics
reportedly on the agenda -- no reporters have been allowed in to cover the
group at work -- are NATO, China, Islam, EMU, Energy, Growth, Corporate
Governance. The full list of attendees are once again a secret. The
DRUDGE REPORT has cracked the identity of some who are in attendance.

Bartley, Robert L. Editor, Wall Street Journal
Bentsen, Lloyd M. Former Secretary of the Treasury
Berger, Samuel R. Assistant to the President
Bokros, Lajos Senior Adviser, The World Bank
Corzine, Jon S. Chairman and CEO, Goldman Sachs & Co.
Ercel, Gazi Governor, Central Bank of Turkey
Jordan, Jr., Vernon E. Senior Partner, Akin, Gump, Strauss...
Kissinger, Henry A.
McDonough, William J. President, Federal Reserve Bank of NY
Powell, Colin L.
Rockefeller, David
Stahl, Lesley R. CBS
Stephanopoulos, George Visiting Professor, Columbia
Sutherland, Peter D. Former Director General, GATT and WTO

Participants have agreed not to give interviews to the press during the
meeting. In contacts with the news media after the conference it is an
established rule that no attribution should be made to individual
participants of what was discussed during the meeting. An official press
release of the conference states: "At the meetings, no resolutions are
proposed, no votes taken, and no policy statements issued. In short, it is
a flexible and informal international leadership-forum in which different
viewpoints can be expressed and mutual understanding enhanced."

"Today, I say that no nation in the world need be left out of the global
system we are constructing." -- Secretary of State Madeleine Albright,
commencement address at Harvard University 6/5/97.

* * * *


WATERGATE AND WHITEWATER: BIG DIFFERENCE, writes Richard Ben-Veniste in
Sunday's WASHINGTON POST, a paper deep in celebration over the 25th
anniversary of the Watergate burglary. Ben Veniste was chief of the
Watergate Task Force of the Watergate Special Prosecutor's office and chief
minority counsel to the Senate Whitewater Committee. "In my view," he
proclaims, "there can be no legitimate comparison between Watergate and
Whitewater."

He writes: "We are living daily with the legacy of Richard Nixon and the
men who comprised his inner circle. Their gross misuse of power spawned a
virus that lingers on, and its mutant strains have infected the ways in
which the Congress, the press, the courts and the White House now process
allegations of wrongdoing. Today's politicians and the press toss around
terms made famous by Watergate ("stonewall" and "cover-up" and "smoking
gun," to name just a few) so easily that they have almost lost their
original meaning... Whether it is the creeping tabloidization of America,
or changes in the economics of the news business, or simply an instinct for
pack journalism, there appears to be a decline in critical judgment used to
evaluate the importance of a story... The Watergate wannabes and political
revisionists who labor to equate Whitewater with Watergate miss the
fundamental point of both affairs. The abuse of presidential power so
central to the Watergate scandal, and which truly threatened our civil
liberties, is nowhere to be found after four years of investigating the
Clintons. Watergate was about what Nixon did to the presidency; Whitewater
is about a failed land venture that went south before Clinton was even
elected."

XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT WEEKEND BREAK 6/14/97 19:09:17 UTC
Filed by Matt Drudge
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