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The Hollywood Minute

December 19, 1995

From Entertainment Correspondent Dennis Michael

New indicators for the Oscars: "Leaving Las Vegas" was the big winner at the L.A. Film Critics Association over the weekend, earning movie of the year, best actor for Nicholas Cage, best actress for Elizabeth Shue, and a best director nod. New York film critics gave the movie best picture last week.

Guns 'N' Roses

Remember Guns 'n' Roses? This isn't a nostalgic trivia question ... the band is getting back together for a new album and a new tour. Band members are working on songs, and recording sessions are expected to begin next month. Daily Variety reports the tour -- expected in 1996 -- will be the band's first since 1992.

Members of all three major political parties in England are reportedly calling for knighthoods for the Fab Three. The Sunday Times reports Nigel Evans of the Conservative Party says "it would be the right, populist gesture." In the '60s, The Beatles received Members of the British Empire, a much lesser honor than full knighthood.

Linda McCartney

Linda McCartney is reportedly recovering from surgery. The wife and collaborator of rock legend Paul McCartney had a lump removed from her breast over the weekend. The operation was reportedly successful.

A narrow escape for Kenny G. The saxophone star's home in Bel Air caught fire Sunday night, and the musician, his wife, and infant child escaped with minor cases of smoke inhalation. But the lower floor of the house was gutted, and the family is living at a luxury hotel for the holidays.

Damon Wayans is set to play Richard Pryor in the film version the comic's autobiography, "Pryor Convictions." Daily Variety reports the film is in development at Universal Pictures. Pryor will be a consultant on the project. Martin Scorsese may produce ... or direct.

Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison's famous leather pants have been sold. The trousers went for $43,000 and change at an auction at Sotheby's in New York this weekend. Expect them to surface soon at a Hard Rock Cafe.

The Oscars are already sold out. The 68th annual Academy Awards broadcast on ABC is completely sponsored; the 30-second commercials to be broadcast on the special sold for a record rate of just under $800,000 each. That's 17 percent higher than last year

Alicia Silverstone

Alicia Silverstone is the $10 million teenager. The actress has signed an eight-figure deal with Columbia Pictures and she says she's worth every penny. The 18-year-old star tells Swing magazine, "I've done nine movies ... and none of them with a big star. The biggest person I've worked with is Jeff Goldblum."


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