PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Liza Minnelli not over the rainbow for 'Oz'

Liza Minnelli not over the rainbow for 'Oz'

NEW YORK -- ''The Wizard of Oz'' is a family favorite, but the film -- celebrating it's 70th anniversary this year -- isn't on Liza Minnelli's must-watch list.

Minnelli said it's tough to watch because of the fictional horrors her mother, Judy Garland, endures.

She said: ''I just loved her so and for some reason 'The Wizard of Oz' bothers me when I see it. They do terrible things to her. ... That's 'cause it's my mom.''

Comedians in Chicago for Second City anniversary

CHICAGO -- Actor Steve Carell and hundreds of other comedians are gathering in Chicago to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Second City.

The improv theater is the place where the star of NBC's ''The Office'' and other big-name comics got their start. Other alumni include Bill Murray, John Candy, Chris Farley, Stephen Colbert, Mike Myers and Tina Fey.

Saturday afternoon's red carpet event at the theater on the city's North Side will be followed by special performances, panel discussions and screenings. Others in attendance included talk-show host Bonnie Hunt.

'Family Ties' actor charged with assault

n BOULDER, Colo. -- Former ''Family Ties'' actor Brian Bonsall has been charged in Colorado with second-degree assault after police said he repeatedly hit a friend in the head with a broken wooden stool.

Twenty-eight-year-old Brian Bonsall could face between two to six years in prison if convicted of the charge that prosecutors filed Friday. Police arrested Bonsall last week and he's being held on $7,500 bail in Boulder.

Police said Bonsall was also wanted on a warrant for missing a court hearing in 2007 on suspicion of violating bond conditions on another case. In that case, he had been sentenced to two years of probation for assaulting his girlfriend.