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published June 4, 2001


Some sisterly advice

Advice columnists Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren say they could always count on advice from their big sister -- whether they wanted it or not.

"She was very bossy," Abby said with a smile at a celebration for their sister, Helen Brodkey, who turned 90 on Sunday. The columnists, who are twins, showed up Saturday at the nursing home where Brodkey lives.

Center honors Redford

Actor Robert Redford, who has been working on a new film in Nashville, Tenn., called The Castle, was honored for both his movie career and political causes.

The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University and the Nashville Independent Film Festival presented Redford with the 2001 Freedom In Film award on Saturday.

The award recognizes not only Redford's film career, but also his role as founder of the Sundance Institute and Film Festival for independent filmmakers and his involvement in social and political issues.

'Pearl' stays on top

Pearl Harbor edged out the story of a humble ogre to remain No. 1 in the weekend box office for the second week.

Pearl Harbor took in $30-million. Shrek ran a close second with $28.4-million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The Animal debuted in third place with $19.8-million. The musical Moulin Rouge had a solid first weekend in wide release. After two weekends playing to sellout crowds in one theater each in New York City and Los Angeles, Moulin Rouge grossed $14.2-million to finish at No. 4.

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