Hoop Dreams is already a hit with critics (a recent San Francisco Chronicle survey of 40 leading film reviewers ranked it No. 1 among the year's releases, ahead of Quiz Show and Pulp Fiction) and moviegoers (in only six weeks of limited release, it's already closing in on $1.5 million in. gross receipts, an unusally high figure for a documentary). As the movie goes into more theaters in January, Gates and Agee figure to become bigger stars—just not in the NBA, as they had hoped.
Over the years Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, the British composer of such musicals as Cats, Phantom of the Opera and this season's Sunset Boulevard, endured some vicious cuts from former New York Times theater critic Frank Rich, a.k.a. the Butcher of Broadway. Now Webber, a racing buff who owns more than 20 thoroughbreds, has exacted some revenge. He named a newly acquired horse Butcher of Broadway and had it gelded.