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The Hollywood Minute

October 11, 1995

From Correspondent Dennis Michael

Patricia Wettig is getting ready to step down from the bench on "Courthouse." The actress will leave the new CBS drama series after its eighth episode over "creative differences." The Hollywood Reporter cites sources as saying she wanted the show to be a vehicle for her, rather than an ensemble.


Net surfing takes on a new meaning now that "Baywatch" has a home page on the World Wide Web. The page offers up cast photos and biographies, information about personal promotional appearances, and data about all things "Baywatch." "Baywatch" star David Hasselhoff will reportedly be available for on-line conferencing in the future.

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Now its Anjelica Huston's turn behind the camera. The Oscar-winning actress has agreed to direct a new film for TNT. The movie, titled "Bastard out of Carolina," begins shooting this fall with Jennifer Jason Leigh in the lead.

O.J. Simpson

O.J. Simpson is going to need a new agent. International Creative Management has severed its relationship with former football great. Daily Variety reports late last week ICM took the official position against making a profit from Simpson's activities relating to the tragedy. Now they've gone a step further and decided against working with him at all.

Casting news: Bill Murray is reportedly just about ready to join the cast of "Kingpin." The comedian would join Randy Quaid and Woody Harrelson in the comedy set in the world of pro bowling. Daily Variety reports Murray would play Harrelson's rival. Shooting began last week.

Actor Jon Voight will star in and John Singleton will direct "Rosewood." Daily Variety reports shooting on the historical drama will begin in January. The film is based on a true story about the mass lynching of an entire town in Florida.

Home Improvement

Tim Allen will be getting an award from his alma mater. But he can't leave the set of "Home Improvement" long enough to go get it, so it's coming to him. The president of Western Michigan University will appear as himself on "Home Improvement" to make the award to Tim Taylor -- Allen's character -- instead.

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Jethro Tull is back on the road in Europe. The band, with some new musicians, is touring in support of the new album "Roots to Branches." Tull will hit Zurich, Frankfurt and Munich on its European tour; the United States is on the itinerary for November.

It's a birthday present for John Lennon: "Blues Traveller" and "The Red Hot Chili Peppers" are among the bands performing on "Working Class Hero," an album in tribute to the rock 'n' roll legend. John would have turned 55 this week.


Hot international box office: "Waterworld" is topping the charts in Germany and Brazil. Italian audiences are lining up for "Batman Forever." In Australia, "Pocahontas" is the top picture, while "Apollo 13" is boffo in the United Kingdom.


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