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July 06, 1993|ROBIN RAUZI | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Arnold's No Nazi: Arnold Schwarzenegger will get damages and court costs from a London tabloid newspaper reporter who wrote that the actor harbored pro-Nazi views. The star of "Last Action Hero" and "Terminator" sued for libel when a 1988 front-page article published in the News of the World newspaper alleged he held fervent Nazi and anti-Semitic views and said he admired and approved of his father's alleged conduct in rounding up Jews and homosexuals for Nazi concentration camps. Wendy Leigh, who supplied information for the article but did not write it, admitted the story was untrue and agreed to a court-approved settlement Monday requiring her to pay an undisclosed amount in damages.

* Sarah Got Her Gun: Sarah Jessica Parker, who was raised as a pacifist, had to learn how to shoot a gun for her latest movie, "Striking Distance," in which she co-stars with Bruce Willis as a police officer. "My family were all doves, pacifists. I'd never even touched a gun, so this was a real problem," Parker said. "Then they sent me to the shooting lanes, and I turned out to be a good shot, even though I'm left-handed and in the film I shoot righty."

TELEVISION

* C'mon Get Happy: Remember that old Partridge family school bus? Well, today it pulls into Chicago, kicking off a promotional tour for Nick at Nite's addition of "The Partridge Family" reruns to its schedule. The cable network, which has acquired the rights to all 96 episodes of the show, will begin airing them Monday. Next Tuesday, the bus tour stops in Los Angeles. . . . Speaking of Nick at Nite, the network, along with VH-1, will be seen in Britain in 1994. VH-1 will offer music videos tailored to the British audience, and Nick at Nite will offer its classic TV series. Both cable outlets are divisions of MTV networks.

* Real Courtroom Drama: The Courtroom Television Network (Court TV), ABC, CNN, NBC and National Public Radio have petitioned the state security court of Kuwait for permission to televise the trial of Raad Assadi. Assadi, along with 11 Iraqis and three Kuwaitis, is charged with involvement in the alleged plot to assassinate former President George Bush during his visit to Kuwait earlier this year. The alleged plot prompted the recent U.S. missile strike against Iraq's intelligence headquarters in Baghdad.

MUSIC

* Farewell to Pops: John Williams conducted his last Independence Day concert for the Boston Pops on Sunday, but his name won't be forgotten at the well-known band shell. In a surprise tribute, Williams' name was added Sunday to the list of eminent composers wrapped around the Hatch Shell, which sits on the Charles River. Williams, 61, has scored more than 70 films, including "Star Wars" and "Jurassic Park." He became conductor in 1980, and will step down when the Pops season ends in December.

* Grand Young Opry: Bluegrass singer-fiddler Alison Krauss was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Saturday, the first bluegrass purist to join in 29 years. Krauss, 21, was a fiddle prodigy who started playing at age 5, recorded her first album at 14 and won Grammy Awards for best bluegrass recording in 1990 and 1992. She will be the youngest member of the current Opry cast, which has included country music greats such as Hank Williams Sr. and Patsy Cline, and more recently Clint Black and Travis Tritt.

AWARDS

* More 'Intimate' Awards: The MTV Video Music Awards celebrates its 10th birthday with a move back to the "intimate setting" of the Universal Amphitheatre. The 1993 awards will air live at 8 p.m. Sept. 2. Last year, the show was criticized for being held at the much larger UCLA Pauley Pavilion. Nominees will be announced July 14. . . . The Country Music Assn. Awards show will be expanded an extra hour this year. Country fans will have three hours to watch their faves during the 27th annual program, airing on CBS Sept. 29. Nominees will be announced Aug. 12. . . . Arsenio Hall will receive the new Richard Pryor Entertainer of the Year Award, to be presented during the TV premiere of "The Soul Train Comedy Awards." The new program will be taped Aug. 3 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and then syndicated during August.

QUICK TAKES

* Four Broadway musicals--"My Fair Lady," "Porgy and Bess," "Show Boat" and "Oklahoma!"--will be remembered on 29-cent stamps being issued July 14 by the U.S. Postal Service. A first-day-of-issue ceremony will be held in Times Square. . . . Martin Scorsese has won the Independent Feature Project's Gotham Award for Lifetime Achievement. The director of "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull" and "GoodFellas" will receive the award--created to celebrate New York as a "vital center of filmmaking"--at a benefit in September.

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