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James Bond did not talk in Despereaux

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Dear Ken: My children and I recently went to see the animated film “The Tale of Despereaux.” I thought I recognized the voice of Sean Connery but did not see his name listed in the credits. Was that his voice I thought I heard?

Nay. There was no Connery in this flick, but there were some other great actors. Among the voices you heard were Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson, Tracey Ullman, Kevin Kline, William H. Macy, Frank Langella, Robbie Coltrane, Christopher Lloyd and Ciaran Hinds. The narrator was Sigourney Weaver.

Dear Ken: I used to watch a Saturday morning show in the 1970s called “Land of the Lost.” Whatever happened to the child actor Kathy Coleman, who played Holly Marshall on the series?

Coleman turns 47 on Feb. 18. According to the Internet Movie Database, she married as  a teenager and had two sons. Now divorced, she lives in Southern California, and one of her sons, Phonzo Bell, is apparently a rap artist who goes by the name of 40 Keys.That 1974-76 TV series, a creation from brothers Sid and Marty Kroff, has been turned into a feature film, and if the release date does not change, “Land of the Lost” will be unleashed in early June. Starring as the dad, Ranger Rick Marshall, will be Will Ferrell. Can you say Sleestak?

Dear Ken: How old is Sarah Jessica Parker, who played Carrie Bradshaw on “Sex in the City”? Where was she born and what was her first movie? Did she not star in an 1980s sitcom when she was a teenager?

Parker, 43, was born in Nelsonvile, Ohio. She would have been about 17 when she starred in the 1982-1983 CBS comedy “Square Pegs” as Patty Greene.Her first film was 1979’s “Rich Kids,” but her scenes were cut. In 1983 she starred in “Somewhere, Tomorrow.”

Dear Ken: Years ago, I saw part of an old Humphrey Bogart movie. It was black and white and set in an old hotel. A hurricane was approaching. That’s all I can remember. What was the name of this one?

Ah, that’s a classic, and one you must check out sooner than later. Bogart and wife Lauren Bacall were delicious in “Key Largo.” And the rest of the cast were none too shabby either. Bogey plays a WWII veteran who pays a respectful visit to a dead pal’s father (Lionel Barrymore) and widow (Bacall), while at the same time, a criminal (Edgar G. Robinson) and his gang are hiding out. Also in a small role is Jay Silverheels, famous as Tonto in “The Lone Ranger” TV series.

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.

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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.

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