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October 11, 1994|SHAUNA SNOW | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

MOVIES

Filming Custody Woes?: Woody Allen is apparently contemplating revenge via the big screen. According to Douglas McGrath, Allen's writing partner on the new movie "Bullets Over Broadway," the Neurotic One may make a movie about his child custody battle with Mia Farrow if he decides Farrow isn't treating their kids right. "Woody perseveres and remains optimistic but has told me that if the children are not treated with the humanity and sympathy they deserve, he may make a nonfiction film of the events," said McGrath, who wrote about the possibility in the Oct. 17 issue of New York magazine. Allen and Farrow have a biological child, Satchel, and two adopted children, Dylan and Moses. A judge last year gave Farrow custody of all three. Allen contends the custody arrangement was meant to punish him for his affair with Farrow's adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn, and has appealed. McGrath said Allen will make up his mind about the movie after all appeals are resolved. Allen was filming in New York on Monday and could not be reached for comment.

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Canadian Ban: Savoy Pictures' new erotic comedy "Exit to Eden" has been banned from public viewing in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan Film Classification Board zapped the Garry Marshall-directed, R-rated film "because of scenes of explicit sexual activity." In a statement, Savoy President Alan Greisman called the Saskatchewan board's action "ludicrous" and said the film has "strong sexual content but nothing more than other R-rated movies." "Exit to Eden," based on Anne Rice's best-selling novel, opens in 1,800 U.S. and Canadian theaters on Friday.

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Kudos: Horror film producer Roger Corman will receive an inspiration award for "his consistent effort to promote young talent over the years" during tonight's "Future of Hollywood Film Festival" at Westwood's Mann Festival Theater. . . . The Screen Actors Guild Film Society on Wednesday will celebrate actress and longtime SAG board member Marie Windsor's 53 years in show business with a gala screening of her films "The Narrow Margin" (1952) and "The Killing" (1956). The event, at Beverly Hills' Samuel Goldwyn Theatre, also celebrates the SAG Film Society's 20th anniversary. . . . Steven Spielberg's movie "Schindler's List," TV's "Frasier" and the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos' album "Chant" were honored at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday at the second annual Catholics in Media Associates Awards. The awards, presided over by Cardinal Roger Mahony, honor entertainment forms that "uplift the spirit and help us better understand what it is to be part of the human family." . . . Actor Ricardo Montalban, actress Liz Torrez ("The John Larroquette Show") and producer Moctezuma Esparza ("Gettysburg") were honored by City Councilman Richard Alatorre last week as part of Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month.

TELEVISION

Football for Kids: Fox Children's Network is teaming with NFL Films to create a series of half-hour specials designed to introduce kids to professional football. The series, called "Grunt & Punt," is structured like a football game, with the team of Grunt, a hog, and Punt, a boar, calling the game from the broadcast booth. The pair of swine also conduct interviews with animated pigskin stars like Trough Oinkman and Boomer Pigtyason. NFL stars scheduled to do guest voice-overs include Emmitt Smith, Reggie White, Barry Sanders, Rocket Ismail and Steve Young. The program premieres at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 29. Fox, which broadcasts NFL games on Sundays, said it hopes the show will both "entertain kids and help bring this exciting game to the attention of viewers."

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Soap Summit: Head writers and executive producers from 10 American soap operas will join network programming chiefs, actress Jane Fonda, U.S. Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders and others at an Oct. 21-22 "Soap Summit" designed to explore the use of daily TV dramas in affecting U.S. attitudes about reproductive behavior. The summit, to be held at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, is organized by the group Population Communications International, which has previously used soap operas to effect changes in reproductive behavior in many Third World countries. The summit will also include the release of a Kaiser-funded study on soap operas' portrayal of sexuality, contraception and unintended pregnancy.

QUICK TAKES

O.J. Simpson defense team member Alan Dershowitz has taped a guest role on CBS' "Picket Fences," in which he appears as himself and explains Supreme Court intricacies to attorney Douglas Wambaugh (Fyvush Finkel). The episode does not yet have an air date. . . . Former "Equal Time" co-hosts Mary Matalin and Jane Wallace will be reunited on the TV screen next Tuesday when Matalin guests live on "Under Scrutiny With Jane Wallace" on cable's fX. . . . Formerly known as "The Puzzleworks," KCET Channel 28's much-touted multicultural-themed preschool series has been renamed "The Puzzle Place." The PBS show premieres Jan. 16.

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