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March 18, 1995|SHAUNA SNOW | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

MOVIES

Planet 90210: Planet Hollywood is finally coming to Hollywood . . . well, Beverly Hills. The movie-themed international restaurant chain, with owners including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, will open in July at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Drive in the former locations of Gumps Department Store. The new Planet Hollywood, which will be adjacent to Barneys New York and a new Nike Town, will seat 320 people in two floors of dining space; the 18,000-square-foot restaurant will also have 500 underground parking spots. Plans call for a "sci-fi room," an "adventure room for children," a small private screening room and other features including video screens showing trailers of upcoming movies and a cement handprint wall housing paw prints from Jack Nicholson, Mel Gibson, Sean Connery, Harrison Ford and others.

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Not Ready to Show: German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld apparently carries more weight in his native country than American director Robert Altman. A German court on Friday issued a temporary injunction against the showing of Altman's latest film, the fashion-themed "Ready to Wear (Pret a Porter)," because of objections from Lagerfeld. The designer is demanding that a scene where he is described as a "thief" be cut. The movie was scheduled to open March 23 in Hamburg and Berlin. Miramax says Lagerfeld filed a similar lawsuit against the film in France, but that a judge dismissed it.

ART

New Job: In a rare move from museum circles to the world of commerce, Richard E. Oldenburg, the former longtime director of New York's Museum of Modern Art, will succeed John L. Marion as chairman of Sotheby's America. The New York-based auction house said that "the full scope" of Oldenburg's responsibilities have not yet been defined, but he apparently will not conduct actual sales as did Marion, who built his 35-year Sotheby's career as an auctioneer. Oldenburg, 61, who ran MOMA from 1972-1994 and is the brother of renowned pop artist Claes Oldenburg, said of his appointment: "Sotheby's is an important element of the international art world, and I welcome the opportunity to remain active on this scene and to understand its dynamics from a vantage point different from one I have known before."

TELEVISION

Pledge Tally: KCET Channel 28 reports that subscriber pledges are "running ahead of projections" in the wake of public broadcasting's battles in Congress. While waiting until this month's drive ends Monday to supply numbers, a KCET spokeswoman said that "there's no question in our minds that it is due to the attention that has been paid to the federal funding issue." Meanwhile, a PBS official says that system-wide data also show pledge increases. Almost 100 stations have supplied figures for last March's drive compared to this year's period through last Wednesday. The total dollar amount pledged is up an average of 13%, the number of pledges are up 8.4% and the average amount of individual pledges is up 4.2%. On Thursday, the House voted to cut about $141 million from the Corp. for Public Broadcasting over the next two years.

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Trekker Alert: KCOP Channel 13, home of the United Paramount Network's new "Star Trek: Voyagers" series, will broadcast all 80 original "Star Trek" episodes on weeknights at 11 beginning Monday. KCOP says the 80 original episodes haven't been shown in order in Los Angeles for seven years. . . . In other Trekker news, Kate Mulgrew, who plays "Voyager" Capt. Kathryn Janeway, attends her first "Star Trek" convention this weekend at the Pasadena Civic Center.

QUICK TAKES

The Watts Towers Arts Center, the exhibition and arts outreach program housed at the base of Simon Rodia's colorful landmark, celebrates its 25th anniversary on Sunday with a reception from 1 to 4 p.m. . . . "ER," the NBC series that has been pulling in phenomenal audience numbers this season, on Thursday broke the America Online record when series star Anthony Edwards chatted with 1,846 subscribers following the show. America Online's previous record was for a chat with rock group Aerosmith. . . . "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer got more good news this week when Arizona authorities followed New Jersey's lead in deciding not to pursue a teen-ager's claim that she had sex with the actor in both states when she was 15. . . . Actress and talk-show host Marilu Henner has announced that she's expecting a baby later this year. Henner and her husband, producer Rob Lieberman, suffered fertility problems for a number of years before conceiving their first child, Nicholas, who was born 10 months ago.

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Kudos: "The Price Is Right" host Bob Barker will receive the Henry Salt Award, the International Society for Animal Rights' highest honor, during ceremonies in New York Sunday. The award recognizes Barker's works on behalf of animal rights, including his recent $2-million donation to establish a foundation to fund free and low-cost spay/neuter clinics. . . . The writers of NBC's TV movie "Witness to the Execution" will receive the Paul Selvin Award for the script best embodying the spirit of constitutional and civil rights and liberties, during Sunday night's 47th Annual Writers Guild Awards, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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