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October 13, 1998|SHAUNA SNOW

MOVIES

Showering the Web: Universal Pictures will release the theatrical trailer for Gus Van Sant's much-anticipated "Psycho" remake on the Internet today in a streaming video format (at http://www.psychomovie.com). Universal said it will be the first time a theatrical trailer will debut online prior to its being shown in theaters. Meanwhile, the clip will begin running on the big screen on Friday. "Psycho," starring Vince Vaughn and Anne Heche, opens Dec. 4.

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Douglas Tapped for SAG Honor: Kirk Douglas will receive the Screen Actors Guild's lifetime achievement award during the guild's annual awards show March 7. "In honoring Kirk Douglas, we pay tribute to a performer whose critically acclaimed achievements as an actor are matched by the strength of his personal character and integrity," SAG President Richard Mazur said. Previous recipients have included Angela Lansbury, Robert Redford and George Burns.

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Supporting Film Preservation: In what it says will be the "first of many" such awards, the San Francisco-based National Film Preservation Foundation has awarded $60,500 in grants to 12 U.S. film archives to preserve "culturally important 'orphan films' not protected by commercial interests." Grantees included the UCLA Film and Television Archive, which received $4,000 to preserve Hearst Metrotone News selections; the Library of Congress ($10,000 for work on "Big Fella"); and the Smithsonian Institution ($10,880 for projects including the preservation of Groucho Marx's home movies).

RADIO

Oops!: Tom Schnabel, whose weekend show "Cafe L.A." on KCRW-FM (89.9) airs a light, eclectic mix of jazz, pop and international music, experienced a deejay's nightmare Saturday afternoon: an inadvertent open microphone. And it caught the usually mild-mannered host uttering some foul, FCC-unfriendly language on air. "Tom didn't know the mike was open. He should have, but he didn't," General Manager Ruth Seymour explained Monday. Listeners heard Schnabel announce a station break. Then, as he was having trouble cuing up the next CD, one of the two volunteers who sits nearby said someone was calling. Schnabel snapped that he didn't want to talk to anybody at that moment, and "to the machine," Seymour insisted, not the caller, swore in frustration. He later "made an apology" on-air, Seymour noted, saying he regretted language that might have offended people. "Then he called me--terrified. I said, 'It happens in life.' "

ART

Prices Fit for a Prince: Prince Charles' worth as an artist is about to be tested. The Prince of Wales is donating one of his lithographs to benefit an Irish hospital that treated victims of Northern Ireland's worst-ever terrorist attack; it will be the first time a piece of Charles' art goes on the auction block. Christie's--which will take bids Wednesday on the signed and dated lithograph of Windsor Castle--has valued the work at approximately $3,400 to $5,100. Proceeds will go to County Tyrone Hospital in Omagh, where an Oct. 15 car bomb killed 29 people and wounded 370. Prince Charles visited the hospital and the bomb-ravaged town three days after the IRA attack.

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Racing Off to Auction: The Los Angeles Turf Club at Santa Anita Race Park is putting 10 paintings of racetrack scenes by British artist Sir Alfred J. Munnings up for auction Dec. 1 at Sotheby's New York. Examples of the collection--valued at a total of more than $10 million--will be on view Friday and Saturday at Sotheby's Beverly Hills showroom. The most valuable works were painted in the late 1940s and early '50s, when Munnings was president of the Royal Academy. "Under Starter's Orders, the Start, Newmarket," a 1947 work depicting the split-second before a race, is expected to command $3 million to $4 million. The paintings are being sold because they have become too valuable to keep at the club, which is now decorated by copies of the originals, a Sotheby's spokesperson said.

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