Dear Ken: I’ve seen Tom Selleck play a police chief in a small town over the past few years in several TV movies on CBS. In the last one, that aired in early March, it looks like his character was either fired or quit as he left town on a bus. Will there be any more of these TV movies?
Yes, thank goodness. Selleck’s Jesse Stone movies are the best cop flicks on TV and may be the best flicks on TV, period, with their strong character-driven stories. They are based on a series of novels by Robert B. Parker about an L.A. cop who takes a job in Paradise, Mass. The one you saw on March 1, “Jesse Stone: Thin Ice,” was the fifth in the series that began with “Stone Cold” in 2005. A sixth should have concluded production by now in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Dear Ken: I’m a huge fan of actress Andie MacDowell of “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Ground Hog Day,” among other films. Where did she grow up and how old is she?
She will be 51 on April 21. She grew up in Gaffney, S.C., where her mom was a music teacher and her dad was in the timber industry. When not working, she hangs her hat at home near Asheville, N.C.
Dear Ken: What singer has the most No. 1 hits in country music? We think it is either George Jones, George Strait or Merle Haggard.
Strait is the man. He notched his 56th No. 1 tune with “I Saw God Today” a year ago. He began the string of chart toppers in 1982 with “Fool Hearted Memory.”
One source lists the following singers as his closest contenders: Conway Twitty, Haggard, Ronnie Milsap, Alabama, Charley Pride, Alan Jackson, Eddy Arnold and Dolly Parton. But Strait is head and saddles taller than the others on this list. And George Jones has far more Top 40 hits than any other country singer, followed by Arnold and Johnny Cash.
Dear Ken: The new movie “Race to Witch Mountain” with Dwayne Johnson, who was a wrestling star known as “the Rock,” is it not similar to a Disney movie from the 1970s?
Yes. It is a remake of 1975’s “Escape to Witch Mountain” that starred child actors Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann, which had a sequel, “Return to Witch Mountain,” in 1978.
The new film features small roles by Richards, 44, and Eisenmann, 46.
If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck via www.sherlocksbooks.com where you can also find classic films and TV shows on DVD or visit Sherlock’s Book Emporium in Lebanon, Tennessee.Ask Ken Beck
Journalist Ken Beck, a longtime resident of Wilson County, has recently become a contributing writer for Main Street Media and its local newspaper, "The Wilson Post."
Earlier this year Beck concluded a 31-year career with "The Tennessean" where he edited the Nashville paper’s “Sunday Showcase” entertainment magazine for 25 years. Besides interviewing stars of film and television, Beck wrote Tennessee travel and feature stories and a popular Q&A entertainment column.