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The Hollywood Minute

December 5, 1996
Web posted at: 8:15 p.m. EST

From Correspondent Dennis Michael

Cronkite goes into orbit

Walter Cronkite isn't only a star, he's also an asteroid. The veteran newsman recently spoke at Cal Tech Institute and appreciative astronomers thanked him by naming an asteroid after him. Asteroid 6318, discovered six years ago, is now Asteroid Cronkite. Cronkite

Linda Fiorentino is getting ready to team up again with her "Jade" co-star David Caruso. Daily Variety reports the actress has taken the female lead role in "The Split," about an art robbery that goes wrong.

Fishburn Laurence Fishburne is in London shooting the science fiction thriller "Event Horizon" with Sam Neil, Kathleen Quinlan and Joely Richardson. Look for the movie next summer.

Louise Mandrell has decided that Dolly Parton isn't going to have Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, all to herself. The country singer is set to develop her own theater there to open next fall. It'll be located right next door to the Alabama Grill, owned by the band Alabama, and right down the road from Dolly's theme park Dollywood.

Tori Amos is using her status as a rape survivor to assist other rape survivors. Amos will work with the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network as a part of "Unlock the Silence," a program that sponsors a 24-hour rape victim hot line. Amos will do a fund-raising concert for the program. Amos

David Copperfield is going the celebrity restaurant route. The millionaire magician has signed a deal with the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando to open "Copperfield Magic Underground." The night spot is targeted to open in early 1998.

Gugino Carla Gugino is moving out of "Spin City." Daily Variety reports the actress, who has received good reviews for her work as Michael J. Fox's love interest, will be seen through December and a storyline will be written to explain her departure. Her exit from the show is reportedly a mutual decision.

"Space Jam" has been knocked out of the top spot at the box office, but it's doing just dandy at the toy store. Playmates Toys reports that all $50 million worth of "Space Jam" toys will be sold by Christmas.

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