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Call of the Wild Films in Montana
Gov. May Have Acting Role
The Call of the Wild has brought both Wes Studi and Christopher Lloyd back to Montana. Studi, a participant in Bozeman’s HatchFest film festival in 2005, and Lloyd, a former part-time Bitterroot resident, joined director Richard Gabai last month to begin filming a modernized version of Jack London’s classic Yukon adventure story.
The film began shooting in Lincoln on Feb. 13 and is also scheduled to shoot in Philipsburg. Filming lasting several weeks concludes this spring and the final product is expected to be released next winter.
Apparently in an attempt to bolster his show business resume, should his political career fail to pan out as antici-pated, Gov. Brian Schweitzer is angling for yet another role in a motion picture shot in Montana.
Gabai told the Associated Press that he met with Gov. Brian Schweitzer last year to discuss the production. Schweitzer offered assistance and may appear in a cameo role in the film, as he did in Plum Summer starring Henry Winkler, shot in Livingston in 2006, in which Schweitzer played a small town sheriff.
Call of the Wild, a low budget film billed as a 3-D family drama, depicts a young girl from New York, played by Ariel Gade, visiting her grandfather (Lloyd) in the Yukon, where she encounters a wounded descendent of Buck, the wolf dog in London’s 1903 novella. Gade’s character nurses the dog back to health and he later triumphs as part of a sled dog team. Race to the Sky, the Montana sled dog race, was used as part of the film.
Along with Schweitzer’s possible role, a cameo appearance is scheduled for Joyce DeWitt (Three’s Company).
Ten-year old Gade's first feature film role was in the 2005 comedy Envy, starring Jack Black and Ben Stiller. The cast also includes Veronica Cartwright, Jaleel White, and Timothy Bottoms.
Hanging Chads Hangout in Bozeman
A new exhibit at MSU, called Technology and Democracy, contains chads from the 2000 presidential election, historic ballot boxes, and a signed speech by President John F. Kennedy.
The exhibit on the history of voting technologies contains a voting machine and ballot box used in Lee County, Fla., during the highly contested election of 2000. Photos show election officials using magnifying glasses to examine punch card ballots and determine if their chads were hanging, swinging or dimpled in favor of George W. Bush or Al Gore. The display also includes wooden ballot boxes from the 19th century and a paper ballot box from the Civil War era. The exhibit shows how the term "blackballed" originated. It displays campaign buttons from current presidential front runners.
"With political memorabilia from important presidential campaigns in the past and reminders that voting in this country has never been just a given, this exhibit invites us to think hard about both who we vote for and how our votes are counted," said Robert W. Rydell, MSU history professor and director of the Humanities Institute at MSU.
The American Computer Museum in Bozeman, with assistance from MSU, organized the exhibit, which displays in the northwest corner, main floor, of Wilson Hall through the fall. Visitors are welcome when the building is open, generally from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Cell Phones More Threatening Than Tobacco
An expert warns of a huge increase in brain tumors and called on the cell phone industry and governments to do something about it. Cell phones could kill far more people than smoking or asbestos, a study by a top cancer expert has concluded. Young people are especially at risk. The expert, Dr Vini Khurana, an award-winning neurosur-geon, says people should avoid using the phones. Khurana released a study showing that use of cell phone handsets for 10 years or more can double the risk of brain cancer. He has published dozens of scientific papers and reviewed more than 100 studies on cell phones.
Earlier this year, the French government warned against use of cell phones, especially by children. Germany also advises people to minimize use, along with the European Environment Agency.
In that the discovery of a malignant brain tumor is a life-ending diagnosis, Khurana says: "We are currently exper-iencing an unchecked and dangerous situation." He fears that "unless the indus-try and governments take immediate and decisive steps," the incidence of malignant brain tumors will rise dramatically in a decade, at that it may then be too late medically to do anything about it .
"It is anticipated that this danger has far broader public health ramifications than asbestos and smoking," says Professor Khurana, based on the fact that three billion people now use cell phones worldwide.