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March 18, 1994|SHAUNA SNOW | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

POP MUSIC

Streisand Looks Orange: Barbra Streisand will apparently play a multiple-night engagement at Orange County's Anaheim Arena in late May as part of a tour that begins April 20 in London, sources said Thursday. Streisand's return to live concerts Dec. 31 in Las Vegas after a 22-year break set a pop box-office record of $7 million. She is expected to play between five and eight U.S. and Canadian cities on the tour that will end in July.

OSCAR WATCH

One More Indicator for Spielberg: With only the big contest left to go, Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List" has claimed yet another award: the first nationwide film critics poll sponsored by the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. The unique poll asked critics to list films that best expressed the festival's goals, which is to recognize filmmakers whose work expresses "hope and respect for the positive values of life." "Schindler's List" was cited in the Top 10 by 81% of the 117 critics responding. Runner-up was "The Remains of the Day," named by 42%.

* Oscar, Oscar, Oscar: A spate of Academy Award-related TV programming will keep Oscarphiles busy this weekend as they await Monday's big event. Among the offerings is "TNT Salutes the Oscars," a 19-film, weekend-long festival on cable's TNT, starting Saturday at 3 p.m. and featuring Oscar-winning classics including "Mutiny on the Bounty," "High Noon," "Mildred Pierce," "The Apartment," "Annie Hall" and "Lawrence of Arabia." Among other highlights: Interviews with nominees Tom Hanks, Holly Hunter, Emma Thompson, Anthony Hopkins, Daniel Day-Lewis, Laurence Fishburne, Tommy Lee Jones, Angela Bassett, Rosie Perez and Winona Ryder on "Your Guide to the Academy Awards" (KCAL Channel 9, tonight at 9; repeats Sunday at 10 p.m.); a double feature of Oscar-favorite Spielberg's early directorial work from 1971, the TV movie "Duel," starring Dennis Weaver, and the first episode of Peter Falk's series "Columbo" (KTLA Channel 5, Sunday at 6 p.m.) and "Sam Rubin's Inside Guide to the Academy Awards" (KTLA Channel 5, tonight at 7:30).

TELEVISION

Post-Olympic Deals: Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding has signed a contract with producer Zev Braun for a movie on her life story, Braun said Thursday. The deal was completed Wednesday, hours before Harding pleaded guilty in a Portland, Ore., courtroom to charges of "hindering prosecution" into the investigation of the attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan. There was no word on how much money Harding got for the deal, but Wednesday's court action makes Harding's tale "even more interesting," Braun said. He was unsure if the project will land on television or be released theatrically. . . . Meanwhile, gold-medal speedskater Dan Jansen has signed a deal with Warner Bros. Television that will pay him $750,000 if the company succeeds in producing a TV movie about his life. No network has been lined up yet.

* Ann Martin Leaving KABC: Ann Martin, a longtime KABC-TV news anchor, has been unable to reach agreement on a new contract and will be leaving the network-owned station when her contract expires in mid-April. Martin, who has been at the station 18 years, co-anchors Channel 7's 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts with Harold Greene. The station negotiated for several months with Martin but could not agree on terms, General Manager Alan Nesbitt said Wednesday.

* More Tonya: Harding's plea bargain will not affect a two-day mock grand jury proceeding scheduled to air on the "Geraldo" show beginning Monday. The mock hearing, which was taped prior to the plea bargain, asks whether Harding should have been prosecuted for conspiracy on the assault on Kerrigan. Now footage from Wednesday's actual court proceedings will be edited onto the staged proceeding, which features flamboyant attorney Domenic Barbara, whose clients have included Joey Buttafuoco and Jessica Hahn, defending the skater.

MUSIC

Pavarotti's Pricey Seats: Italian opera star Luciano Pavarotti is caught in the middle of another controversy: this time over his pricey concert scheduled for tonight in the Philippine capital of Manila. Tickets for the show are priced as high as $900, which critics say is an unnecessary extravagance in a poor country like the Philippines. On Thursday, Pavarotti said he has strived to make his music accessible to all, and concert organizers have installed a screen outside the concert venue so poorer Filipinos can watch for free. The tenor will also donate an undisclosed portion of his fee to a charity for Filipino street children.

QUICK TAKES

Norman Lear's "704 Hauser," a new comedy about a black family living in the former home of Archie Bunker, premieres on CBS April 11 at 8 p.m. . . . Contemporary dance superstar Mark Morris will bring his Mark Morris Dance Group to UC Irvine's Barclay Theater Oct. 5. . . . "Baywatch" star David Hasselhoff has sued Sony Music Entertainment for breach of contract, claiming the company released an album of his songs without permission. . . . KABC-TV reporter Henry Alfaro, KCAL-TV weekend anchor Sylvia Lopez and KCBS-TV weekend anchor Penny Griego will be honored today for their "commitment to the Latino community" by the group HOPE (Hispanas Organized for Political Equality).

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