Ron Norton Of The Post-Dispatch, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
Bug Talk: Fresh from her Oscar for "Dead Man Walking," SUSAN SARANDON returns to the screen - this time as a very large insect.
Sarandon, who took best actress honors at last month's Academy Awards, is the voice of Miss Spider in Disney's animated live-action feature "James And The Giant Peach," which opens Friday.
The movie, based on a popular children's book by ROALD DAHL, is about "overcoming fear and solving your own problem," Sarandon says in the April 13 issue of TV Guide. "James and the Giant Peach" is about a lonely boy. An angry rhino ate his parents, some huge bugs and of course, a giant peach. Applause, Applause: Actress ANGELA BASSETT, whose career has taken her from the projects to Broadway and Hollywood, won top honors at the NAACP Image Awards for her performance as a scorned wife in "Waiting to Exhale." Bassett was named best lead actress and LORETTA DIVINE best supporting actress for their roles in the film, about the lives and loves of four close friends. "Waiting to Exhale" was named best motion picture of the year Saturday at the 27th annual awards ceremony, which honors actors, musicians and others who positively portray blacks in the entertainment industry. The ceremony was taped at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and will be aired April 23 on Fox. Penmanship: Fans tend to recognize the balding, pudgy WALLACE SHAWN for his performances in "The Princess Bride," "Manhattan" and 39 other films, but he's less well-known as a playwright. …