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May 07, 1997|SHAUNA SNOW


Hiller Pulls a Smithee: The title of the upcoming Joe Eszterhas movie "An Alan Smithee Film" refers to what happens when a director pulls his name from a movie, forcing the Directors Guild of America to list "Alan Smithee" as director. In an unusual twist, writer Eszterhas confirmed Tuesday that the movie's director, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Arthur Hiller, has pulled his name from the credits, meaning that "An Alan Smithee Film" will be directed by "Alan Smithee." Although Hiller could not be reached for comment, Eszterhas said, "Our differences over the editing of the movie led him to take this action. . . . Arthur and I disagreed about the pace of the movie, the tone of the humor and the definition of the word 'outrageous.' " Eszterhas denied that the move was a publicity stunt. Sources said that all the attention to Eszterhas' film and the use of "Alan Smithee" has necessitated investigations into a new pseudonym for such situations.

Cannes Coverage: The Independent Film Channel will take its viewers to the 50th Cannes Film Festival starting today with live coverage of the opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. (with a rebroadcast at 5 p.m.), followed by the documentary, "Stars Under Palms: 50 Years of the Cannes Film Festival," at 11:30 a.m. Other festival coverage on the cable channel includes the closing ceremonies on May 18 and the Palm Des Palmes awards on Sunday. Also, for the entire month of May, the network will broadcast only films that have been shown at Cannes.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday May 10, 1997 Home Edition Calendar Part F Page 9 Entertainment Desk 2 inches; 42 words Type of Material: Correction
Plea--Due to incorrect information supplied by the Associated Press, Wednesday's Morning Report incorrectly stated that actor Eric Douglas pleaded guilty in New York Monday to accepting a package of antidepressant pills. He actually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession.

Rosie's Competition: Howie Mandel is poised to become the next actor-comedian to take on the daytime talk-show genre. Mandel is close to signing a deal with Paramount TV Group to host a syndicated show with a format similar to the successful daytime program hosted by Rosie O'Donnell, sources confirmed. The series is expected to premiere in 1998. Mandel has already cut his teeth in daytime, having filled in several times for a vacationing Regis Philbin on "Live! With Regis & Kathie Lee."

A Sweet Goodbye: Fox's "Married . . . With Children" went out with a bang Monday night, when its hourlong season finale posted the series' highest ratings in more than two years. "Married," which concluded its 11th season with Kelly Bundy's aborted marriage ceremony, drew an estimated 15.2 million total viewers, narrowly edging out the ABC movie "Tidal Wave: No Escape," which drew 15.185 million viewers during the 9-10 p.m. time slot according to the Nielsen ratings. NBC's "Invasion" was third with 14.3 million viewers for the hour, while "Cybill" and "Ink" on CBS averaged 11.6 million viewers.


Italian Summer Fare: The Three Tenors--Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo--will unite once again, this time to raise funds for the reconstruction of two burned opera houses, Venice's La Fenice and Barcelona's Liceu. The trio hopes to raise $2.2 million through the June 17 concert, which will be held at a 26,000-seat soccer stadium in Modena, Italy. . . . In Rome, officials announced Tuesday that the city's popular open-air summer opera season will be held at another soccer arena--the 85,000-seat Olympic Stadium. However, talks are underway for the Teatro dell'Opera to return to the 1,800-year-old Roman baths of Caracalla in time for millennium jubilee celebrations in 2000.


Questioning Tonys' Wisdom: Turning up their noses at most of the Broadway shows nominated for Tonys on Monday, the New York Drama Critics Circle has picked two off-Broadway productions, Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley's "Violet" and Paula Vogel's "How I Learned to Drive," as best musical and play, respectively, of the New York theater season. However, Tony nominee "Skylight" was named best foreign play and Tony nominee "Chicago" received a special citation.


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