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November 09, 1996|SHAUNA SNOW

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Kiss and Make Up: Despite disparaging remarks made by David Brinkley about the president on election night, Bill Clinton kept his promise to sit with the newsman on Friday for an interview airing Sunday on the final installment of ABC's "This Week With David Brinkley." Network executives had been worried that Brinkley's remarks--some made when he thought he was off-camera--would jeopardize the previously scheduled session, and the White House had delayed its final commitment until Friday morning. The meeting finally was set to take place after Clinton's first post-election press conference, with the White House saying Clinton wanted to make time for one of the country's "most venerable" journalists. Meanwhile, in an interview airing tonight on John Hockenberry's MSNBC show "Edgewise," Brinkley said that in calling Clinton a "bore," he was talking about Clinton's "lame duck" status and that he now "has no political future beyond the next term." In the wake of the controversy, Brinkley postponed until next week previously scheduled interviews on "Larry King Live" and "Good Morning America."

Simpson Commentators Hoopla: Loyola Law School Dean Laurie Levenson on Friday discounted an upcoming TV Guide story saying that she had threatened to leave her post as a legal analyst on CBS because of the network's hiring of O.J. Simpson criminal defense attorney Robert Shapiro to provide "insight and expertise" on Simpson's civil trial. "I didn't threaten to leave," Levenson told The Times. "What I did do is say, 'I have serious concerns,' and make sure my involvement didn't raise ethical concerns." Referring to not only Shapiro, but also to his Simpson case colleagues Barry Scheck, who has a similar deal with NBC News, and Johnnie Cochran, who is believed to be working out details to host his own show for Court TV, Levenson said: "I'm going to be as fascinated as anyone to see how these people serve as commentators on cases that they served as lawyers on. . . . There are ethical concerns--like how to maintain duties of confidentiality and loyalty to your client." Levenson said that after discussions with network brass, she understands that her analysis will be used in a different forum from Shapiro's, and that the former Simpson attorney will not "do regular commentary on the development of the trial."

No More 'Monkey' Games: Citing public complaints that punk rock lyrics screamed in a TV ad for the Fighting Vipers video game sounded like obscenities, Sega of America has pulled the spot and replaced it with a new version. A company spokesman, however, insists that the offending line of the song "Monkey Boy," written and performed with rapid-fire delivery by the San Francisco-based band Mirv, did not actually contain any expletives. "Monkey Boy" was selected for the spot because it fit the mood of the fast-action game, says Sega public relations manager Dan Stevens, adding that the misunderstood line, "I am not your monkey boy"--could be taken as a "a play on [rival] Nintendo, which manufactures the Donkey Kong games."

MOVIES

On the Block: Vintage Hollywood movie posters and animation art will be sold at Butterfield & Butterfield's Sunset Boulevard showroom today and Sunday. Highlights include an original 1931 one-sheet for Chaplin's "City Lights" (estimated to bring $20,000 to $30,000), a 1921 three-sheet for John Barrymore's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" ($20,000-$25,000) and a 1935 one-sheet for Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' "Top Hat." Other offerings include a set of 45 original French lobby cards for MGM's 1927 movie "Napoleon," two different 1930 German posters for Marlene Dietrich's "The Blue Angel," an original Italian poster for "La Dolce Vita" and animation cels featuring such familiar characters as Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs and Woody Woodpecker.

Cannes Report: French actress Isabelle Adjani has been tapped to lead the jury at the next Cannes Film Festival, May 7-16. The festival will be celebrating its 50th anniversary, and all past award winners will be invited to blow out candles on a massive birthday cake. In addition, a jury of former winners of Cannes' highest honor--the Golden Palm--will award the "Palm of Palms" to "a great living filmmaker" who has yet to win one.

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