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April 18, 1998|SHAUNA SNOW

MOVIES

Shagadelic!: New Line Cinema will bring Mike Myers' "Austin Powers: Man of Mystery" back to the theater for at least one night. The swinging secret agent flick--a hit on video--will get a "Rocky Horror Picture Show"-style midnight showing on May 1 at the Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles. Although for now only the one night is scheduled, a larger re-release of the film is expected. New Line won't divulge a name but promises that a cast member will host the May 1 event.

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Oops!: Atlanta resident Jane Fonda says she is sorry for telling a United Nations group earlier this week that children are "starving to death" in Georgia and that people there are living in "tar paper shacks." The actress' remarks angered Georgia Gov. Zell Miller, who, in a scathing letter to the actress, said her remarks were "simply ridiculous and reflect a prejudice I am shocked to learn you hold." Fonda quickly apologized, saying in a statement: "I was wrong. I should not have said what I said. . . . My comments were inaccurate and ill-advised." Fonda, the founder of a group working to reduce teen pregnancies in Georgia, made the remarks while addressing the U.N. Population Fund agency in New York.

POP/ROCK

Music Rider Off Budget Bus: A judge has thrown out a Texas law that banned state agencies from investing in companies that produce music that promotes violence or denigrates women. The ban should have been considered as a separate bill instead of tacked to the state budget as one of hundreds of so-called riders, Texas District Judge F. Scott McCown ruled. McCown had earlier prohibited state officials from enforcing the ban, the first of its kind in the nation. The measure's author had said it was meant to stop the spending of state funds to support irresponsible behavior.

TELEVISION

In Voluntary Rehab: "Home Improvement" star Tim Allen checked himself into an undisclosed rehabilitation clinic Thursday as part of his sentence in a drunken driving case, his publicist said. Allen, who flunked a sobriety test in Detroit last summer after being stopped for speeding in a Ferrari, plead guilty to drunken driving and was placed on probation for a year, ordered to seek counseling and fined $500. Allen at the time called his arrest the result of an "inexcusable lapse in judgment." Allen, 44, will not miss any work on "Home Improvement" because production on the show's seventh season was recently completed.

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Marlow's Career Achievement: The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will give its 1998 Los Angeles Area Governors Award to veteran KNBC-TV Channel 4 news anchor Jess Marlow during the 50th annual local Emmy Awards, May 30 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The award recognizes individuals, shows and organizations that "have made a special and unique contribution to Los Angeles area television." Previous winners include Vin Scully, KCET, Stan Chambers and Jerry Dunphy.

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KTLA Anchor Switches: KTLA-TV Channel 5 has named Sharon Tay anchor of "KTLA Morning News: Early Edition," filling the spot vacated in January by Michele Ruiz, who's now at KNBC-TV Channel 4. Tay will begin co-anchoring the 6 to 7 a.m. show with Carlos Amezcua on Monday. Meanwhile, starting today, Marta Waller will join Larry McCormick as co-anchor of KTLA's "News at 10: Weekend," which Tay had co-anchored since 1993. Waller will also continue to do special reports for the weeknight "News at 10." Waller, who anchored KTLA's daily O.J. Simpson trial coverage, last year settled a lawsuit against KTLA in which she claimed that she was demoted from weekday anchor duties because of her age and gender.

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