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October 26, 1993|SHAUNA SNOW | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

POP/ROCK

Hoping Three's a Hit: Three pop musketeers have teamed for the featured song in the upcoming film "The Three Musketeers." Sting, Rod Stewart and Bryan Adams recorded their parts for "All for Love"--written by Adams, producer Mutt Lange and film composer Michael Kamen--last week. Adams, already familiar to the world of swashbuckling through his huge hit of "Every Thing I Do (I Do It for You)" from the "Robin Hood" film, recorded with Sting in London and then hustled to Los Angeles for Stewart's session. The three are expected to join in early November to shoot a video for the song. The new film version of the classic Dumas adventure, starring Charlie Sheen and Kiefer Sutherland, opens Nov. 12.

MOVIES

Hampton Hit: MGM's "Flight of the Innocent" won the top two honors at the first Hamptons International Film Festival in East Hampton, N.Y., on Sunday, with Italian director Carlo Carlei receiving the Golden Arrow Audience Award for best director, as well as the prize for best film. The film, about a young boy on the run for his life after the massacre of his entire family, opens in Los Angeles Friday. Among other winners at the Hamptons festival was Jeffrey Nachmanoff's "The Big Gig," which was named most popular short film.

Big Screen for Turbo and Gang: "Cliffhanger" and "Die Hard 2" producer Renny Harlin apparently wants a break from working with superstars such as Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis. His next film project will be "American Gladiators: The Movie," which takes the muscle-bound gladiators who compete physically with regular Janes and Joes on syndicated TV "out of the arena and into the contemporary world." Harlin, described as a "Gladiators aficionado," produces and directs the Finnish version of "Gladiators" in his native country. The Samuel Goldwyn film is scheduled to thunder into theaters next year.

Casting Call: If you're 18 to 20 years old, at least 5-foot-10, East Indian with dark hair and eyes, agile, comfortable around animals and good looking with a lithe, athletic body, Walt Disney Pictures is looking for you. The studio has put out a nationwide casting call for the lead role of the "innocent and completely guileless" Mowgli in the upcoming live-action feature "The Jungle Book (The Movie)," which starts shooting in India in February. Interested candidates can send a snapshot to Tricia Tomey at 940 N. Orange Drive, No. 105, Hollywood 90038.

PEOPLE WATCH

Letterman Settles: David Letterman isn't taking the rap for a car crash that injured an 8-year-old boy, but he is picking up a $125,000 tab. The host of CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman" will pay to settle claims arising from the September, 1991, crash in which his car collided with a car driven by the boy's father in St. Petersburg, Fla. No one was ticketed in the crash. Justin Musser, now 10, suffered a broken jaw and was cut from his mouth to his ear. His jaw has healed, but the scar may require plastic surgery. Letterman suffered minor injuries in the crash.

No Baby for Julia: Don't believe everything you read. So says Julia Roberts' publicist, who on Monday denied a story in a London tabloid reporting that the newlywed actress was pregnant. "Julia Roberts is not pregnant," said Nancy Seltzer. "While she and Lyle (Lovett) would love to have a family, she is currently working on 'I Love Trouble' opposite Nick Nolte and is negotiating to star in a film titled 'Mary Reilly' for TriStar Pictures beginning filming this spring." London's Sun tabloid Monday cited unidentified "pals on the set of her latest movie" as saying that the baby was due in April. Roberts, 25, and Lovett, 35, wed in June after a whirlwind romance.

Stone-Age Grandparents: Fred and Wilma Flintstone are about to become grandparents. Their cartoon daughter, Pebbles, and son-in-law, Bamm-Bamm Rubble, are expecting their first child, scheduled to be born Thanksgiving weekend on the animated ABC special "Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby."

RADIO

On the Air: KUSC-FM (91.5) on Friday will launch a new weekly 11 a.m. arts magazine show, "Arts Live," covering music, dance, books, film and art events and personalities, as well as cultural news and commentary. The one-hour program will be hosted and produced by Bonnie Grice.

QUICK TAKES

Comedian Andrew Dice Clay is developing a pilot for a Fox TV series, to be produced by Columbia Pictures TV. . . . Actress Marlee Matlin guest stars Thursday as Jerry's latest date on NBC's "Seinfeld," in an episode titled "The Lip Reader." . . . Ted Turner and Jane Fonda will be honored at the First Festival of American Film Treasures to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia, from Thursday through Sunday. . . . Sonny Bono, who traded his entertainment career for a stint as the mayor of Palm Springs and an unsuccessful Republican Senate candidate, portrays the mayor of Metropolis on the Nov. 21 episode of ABC's "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman."

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