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October 27, 1987| Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

And who said things go better with Coke (or Diet Coke, for that matter)? Apparently not Daryl Hannah, who demanded that Coca-Cola Inc. stop using a clip from the Columbia film "Roxanne" (in which Hannah co-stars with Steve Martin) to promote Diet Coke. Julie Richard, a spokeswoman for the actress, said Monday that Hannah had asked Coca-Cola Inc. to stop using the clip a week after "Roxanne's" June 19 opening and that lawsuits had been discussed at that time. But Richard said Hannah was satisfied that Columbia (which is owned by Coca-Cola Inc.) formally apologized Monday. A statement issued by the studio said it understood Hannah "has a strict personal policy not to endorse . . . any commercial product." Columbia added that the commercial "was conceived strictly as a promotional tie-in and was at no time intended to be a commercial endorsement."

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