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September 30, 1997|JERRY CROWE

AWARDS

Diversity Honorees: Ann Miller and Diane Keaton will be honored Oct. 21 at the Multicultural Motion Picture Assn.'s fifth annual Diversity Awards, taking place at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Miller will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Keaton will be awarded the Pinnacle Award, both honoring their "career contributions to diversity." Other winners include Jennifer Lopez (Nova Award), Joe Pesci (De Vinci Award), Antonio Banderas (Premier Award), Lynn Whitfield (Integrity Award), Lou Diamond Philips (Spirit Award) and Wesley Snipes (Pacesetter Award).

TELEVISION

Series Premiering Poorly: Premieres of the NBC sitcoms "Men Behaving Badly" and "Jenny" settled for fourth place in their time periods Sunday, according to preliminary results from Nielsen Media Research. ABC's revival of "The Wonderful World of Disney"--launched with the hit movie "Toy Story"--also got off to a so-so start, attracting roughly 9.4 million homes. While that's an increase compared to what "America's Funniest Home Videos" and "Lois & Clark" averaged last year, it's also a significantly lower rating than the network scored with "The Lion King" last November. CBS' "Touched by an Angel" remained the night's top-rated program, reaching nearly 15 million homes.

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Burns Focuses on Twain: Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns' next project is to decode the mysteries of the legendary American writer with one of the most famous pen names in history: Mark Twain. Burns is best known for his documentaries on the Civil War and the history of baseball. The Twain film is expected to be shown on PBS in 2001.

QUICK TAKES

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver have a second son. The 9 1/2-pound baby boy was born at 5:45 p.m. Saturday at a Los Angeles-area hospital, the couple's publicist said. The couple also has two girls. . . . Actress Khandi Alexander, who plays Catherine Duke on the NBC sitcom "NewsRadio," is leaving the series to explore other opportunities. . . . Wilbur and Belinda Rimes, the parents of 15-year-old country star LeAnn Rimes, are divorcing. . . . Author James Ellroy will do a reading from "L.A. Confidential," his book that was the basis for the current hit movie, on Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. at the Santa Monica Playhouse. Tickets are $10. . . . B.B. King will receive the third annual Blues Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award on Oct. 20 at the Palace Theatre in Hollywood. Scheduled performers at the event include Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Rufus Thomas, Keb' Mo', Meshell Ndegeocello, Elvin Bishop, Boz Scaggs and Charlie Musselwhite. Previous recipients were Jerry Wexler and Hooker. Tickets are $75. . . . Artist John Baldessari, art dealer and former gallery owner Ruth Bloom and artist-playwright Harry Gamboa Jr. will be honored Monday with Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions' first annual Mario Tamayo Awards for Outstanding Dedication to the Arts. The event, a benefit for LACE that will take place at the Atlas Supper Club on Wilshire Boulevard, is named after Tamayo, a former board member of both LACE and AIDS Project Los Angeles. Tamayo died of AIDS in 1994.

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