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June 04, 1998|SHAUNA SNOW

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Museums Love Sara Lee: The Sara Lee Corp. is donating its $100-million collection of Impressionist art to 20 U.S. museums, including the L.A. County Museum of Art, which will receive one work. "This gift is a millennium gift to America," first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton said in announcing the recipients, which also include New York's Metropolitan Museum, Washington's National Gallery, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. Sara Lee's collection, which includes works by Henri Matisse, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin and Camille Pissarro, is considered one of the finest corporate collections in the country. A traveling exhibition of the artworks will visit several museums next year.

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'Angels' Tops Pop Chart: The "City of Angels" soundtrack featuring Alanis Morissette, the Goo Goo Dolls and others was the nation's best-selling album last week, selling about 165,000 copies, according to SoundScan. Other movie or TV soundtracks in the Top 15: "Godzilla," "Ally McBeal," "Titanic," "Hope Floats" and "Bulworth."

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Round Two: Former "Saturday Night Live" comic Norm Macdonald and NBC executive Don Ohlmeyer, who fired Macdonald from his "Weekend Update" duties on "SNL," are battling again. At Ohlmeyer's direction, NBC has refused to run ads for Macdonald's movie, "Dirty Work." "I just don't think it would be appropriate for us to . . . take a check for a movie that's promoting somebody who has bad-mouthed 'Saturday Night Live' and NBC," Ohlmeyer said. Macdonald, appearing on CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman" Tuesday night, said: "[Ohlmeyer and NBC] do not want the movie to be successful at all. . . . I don't understand it . . . He's best friends with O.J. Simpson. . . . Now, how could he not like me?"

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A Los Angeles judge has ordered Miramax Pictures to pull promotional posters for Michael Moore's "The Big One," ruling that they are knockoffs of the posters used by Columbia Pictures' "Men in Black." Miramax had contended that "The Big One" posters--featuring filmmaker Moore in black, wearing sunglasses and carrying an oversized microphone--were a parody. . . . Less than a week after the slaying of "NewsRadio" star Phil Hartman, NBC ran "NewsRadio" in its regular 8:30 p.m. time slot Tuesday. The episode ended by showing Hartman's photo in tribute. A similar tribute ran Sunday on Fox following an episode of the animated "The Simpsons" that featured characters voiced by Hartman.

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