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August 23, 1993|BETH KLEID | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

MOVIES

* Dr. Kimble's Hard to Catch: "The Fugitive" is still outpacing the box-office pack. The Warner Bros.' film starring Harrison Ford took in a very respectable $18.6 million (down from last weekend's $22.4 million) to come in No. 1 for the third weekend in a row, according to early estimates. Universal's box-office newcomer "Hard Target," with martial-arts star Jean-Claude Van Damme, fought its way to No. 2 with $10.1 million. In third was Warner Bros.' "Secret Garden" with $4.3 million, and, in fourth, 20th Century Fox's "Rising Sun" with $4 million. Universal's "Jurassic Park" was fifth with $3.7 million; the movie has taken in a whopping $303.1 million to date.

* Top Gun II?: It looks like a sequel to "Top Gun" is in the works at Paramount. Two newspapers in Fallon, Nev., the Lahontan Valley News and the Fallon Eagle-Standard, reported that the Navy and Hollywood types were scouting locations at Fallon Naval Air Station, where parts of the movie could be shot. Tom Cruise is rumored to be a star in the film, but there is no official word yet. Cruise, who played a lieutenant and student pilot in "Top Gun," will probably play a commanding officer in the sequel. The story line will reportedly focus on a female Navy lieutenant, one of the first women to attend the Top Gun school. The movie has no script yet, but screenwriter Jack Epps (who wrote "Top Gun") is said to be heading to Fallon to do research. The Top Gun school is scheduled to move from San Diego, where "Top Gun" was filmed, to Fallon in about two years.

* Roberts Reigns: Even though her off-screen life has been making more headlines than her on-screen life lately, Julia Roberts is America's favorite actress, according to a poll due out today in Entertainment Weekly magazine. In the survey of 600 adults, Sharon Stone ranked second, followed by Demi Moore and Meg Ryan and Meryl Streep, who tied for fourth. As for the men, Clint Eastwood won favorite-actor honors, followed by Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise, Kevin Costner and Sean Connery. Participants were less kind to "Home Alone" star Macaulay Culkin, with 56% predicting he will fade into obscurity.

TELEVISION

* Court-watching: Coverage of the trial of Damian Monroe Williams and Henry Keith Watson, accused of a series of crimes at the intersection of Florence and Normandie at the outbreak of the 1992 riots, is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. today on Court TV. Prosecutors are expected to call Alicia Maldonado as their first witness. Williams and Watson are accused of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly throwing rocks at Maldonado, who was driving through the intersection.

* Emmys, She Hosts: Angela Lansbury, nominated for an Emmy 12 times but never a winner, will host the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be telecast Sept. 19 on ABC from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Lansbury, who will be hosting the first time, will also be attending again as a nominee for her role in "Murder, She Wrote."

ART

* The Real Thing: Ireland's National Gallery on Friday authenticated a lost masterpiece by the 16th-Century Italian painter Caravaggio. "The Taking of Christ," valued at up to $75 million and discovered at a Jesuit order house in Dublin, will go on display in November.

QUICK TAKES

* Katie Couric will interview Kimberly Mays--the girl who was "switched at birth"--and her legal father, Robert Mays, and step-mother, Darlena Mays, on NBC's "Today" show this morning. . . . Clint Eastwood, Ted Turner, Jane Fonda and Jack Palance were honored Saturday night at the 11th annual Celebrating the Western gala in Los Angeles with the Golden Boots award, which recognizes those who have contributed to Western films.

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