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March 07, 1994|BETH KLEID | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

POP/ROCK

Double Bammies: Chris Isaak's album "San Francisco Days" won the outstanding album prize at the 17th annual Bay Area Music Awards, also known as the Bammies. And his group--Chris Isaak & Silvertone--won the Bammie for outstanding group. 4-Non Blondes received two awards: "What's Up" was named best song and dread-locked lead singer Linda Perry top female vocalist. Van Halen lead vocalist Sammy Hagar also received two honors: the Arthur M. Sohcot Award for public service and outstanding male vocalist. Neil Young was named the Bay Area's musician of the year.

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Improving: Rock singer Kurt Cobain, 27, was said to be writing thank-you notes from his bed in a Rome hospital Sunday after falling briefly into a coma caused by an overdose of sedatives and alcohol. The lead singer of Nirvana is expected to leave the Rome American Hospital this week, said spokeswoman Janet Billig. She said Cobain was responding to fans who sent him telegrams.

TELEVISION

No Promotional Medal: The Winter Olympics provided a ratings bonanza for CBS, but their value as a promotional vehicle was far less stellar. Despite the dozens of promotional spots that ran during the 16-day games, the Grammy Awards on CBS last Tuesday registered their second lowest ratings ever--down 20% from the previous year--and the debut of the sitcom "Tom" on the network the following night ran third in its time slot. Last year's World Series also was a promotional dud for CBS, as the drama series "South of Sunset," heavily hyped during the baseball championship, drew ratings so low that it folded after a single episode.

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News Shuffle: Antonio Mora, co-host of Channel 11's "Good Day L.A.," has been named co-host of "Good Morning America/Sunday," starting with the March 20 broadcast. He will be host with Willow Bay, co-host of the magazine show "NBA Inside Stuff." The pair replaces Bill Ritter, who will continue to appear regularly on both "GMA" and "GMA/Sunday" as a featured correspondent.

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Weight Down, Career Looks Up: Being a spokesperson for Weight Watchers may end up helping former CNN-ABC-CBS anchor Kathleen Sullivan's career. According to sources, she has had conversations with King World executives about possibilities for one of their programs. She recently was supposed to be a guest on Al Roker's talk show on CNBC, but due to a snow storm in New York she ended up as host of the program. CNBC has expressed interest in Sullivan as a possible host on "America's Talking," its upcoming talk channel.

MOVIES

'Ace' is the Place: Warner Bros.' "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" was No. 1 again during a slow weekend at the box office, according to early industry estimates. The family farce starring Jim Carrey took in $5.2 million. In second: "Greedy," a new release from Universal starring Kirk Douglas and Michael J. Fox, with $5 million. Warner Bros.' "On Deadly Ground" dropped to third with $4.3 million. 20th Century Fox's "Sugar Hill" was in fourth with $3.5 million, followed by the studio's "The Chase" with $3.3 million. Universal's "Schindler's List" was close behind with $3.2 million.

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Spielberg Watch: The Philippine government has overturned its own censor's decision to cut sex scenes from Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List" and ordered it to be shown in its entirety. Executive Secretary Teofisto Guingona said the film should be released for viewing by anybody over the age of 15. His decision overrides the controversial cuts of a sex scene and flashes of a woman's breasts ordered by chief censor Henrietta Mendez. Rather than cut the film, Spielberg had pulled it from Philippine theaters. . . . In other Spielberg news, the director will receive yet another accolade when the Hebrew University of Jerusalem presents him with an honorary doctorate in June. The degree recognizes Spielberg's work, his contribution to combatting denial of the Holocaust, as well as his dedication to the university, which is home to the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive.

QUICK TAKES

Long Beach Civic Light Opera has announced its 1994-95 season: "Can Can" (Sept. 29-Oct. 16), "Ain't Misbehavin' " (March 2-19), "The King and I" (May 4-21) and "A Chorus Line" (July 13-30).

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