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Showbuzz

Web posted on: Friday, August 07, 1998 5:27:50 PM

Today's buzz stories:

Seinfeld

Seinfeld earns standing ovation -- before the jokes

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Jerry Seinfeld opened his standup act on Broadway Wednesday night and got a standing ovation before he even told the first joke. A crowd of 1,100 enthusiastic fans turned out to hear the comedian go over his material one more time before retiring it forever -- thus earning his show the title, "I'm Telling You For the Last Time." Tickets for his 10-show run at the Broadhurst Theater sold out on the first day they were available, but those who were unable to buy tickets need not feel excluded. The final performance is slated to be taped for broadcast on HBO.

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Hanks

Hanks, Rock, Anderson to present at Emmys

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Tom Hanks is going to the Emmys. He's the producer of "From the Earth to the Moon," the HBO series that was nominated for 17 television Academy Awards. And since he's going to be there, anyway, the actor has agreed to be a presenter at the 50th Annual Primetime Emmy awards ceremony, which will be held on September 13. Comedian Chris Rock and "The X-Files" star Gillian Anderson have also confirmed that they will present awards at the show.

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Damon

Matt Damon warns paparazzi: 'I might be more violent'

HOLLYWOOD (CNN) -- Matt Damon has a warning for the paparrazzi -- keep messing with him and things could get ugly. The actor tells the September issue of Details magazine that he's getting tired of being tailed by paparazzi.

"I'm moving into a time when I might be more violent," Damon warns. "I could foresee the choice under certain circumstances. There are lines that are crossed and it could get dangerous."

Meanwhile, the actor took time in the same article to praise Tom Hanks, who he worked with in "Saving Private Ryan." "I think a lot of young actors today model themselves after Tom Hanks. He's a great professional and such a decent human being, too. He's pretty much the guy," Damon said.

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Nina Simone says racism drove her away from the States

BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) -- Jazz singer Nina Simone, scheduled to perform this weekend at the Baalbek International Festival in Lebanon, said Thursday she has lived overseas for the past 25 years to avoid a racist United States. Simone said that as a black person she has "paid a heavy price for fighting the establishment."

Simone, 65, took part in the civil rights movement of the 1960s and dedicated several songs to the cause of racial equality. She left the United States in 1973 and lived in the Caribbean and Africa before settling in Europe. She did not elaborate on her comments, but said racial inequality in the United States was now "worse than ever."

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Does your horoscope forecast pop-star success?

LONDON (CNN) -- Got what it takes to be a rock 'n' roll star? According to a new survey, the best way to tell is to check your birth sign. Using the birth dates of 1,800 artists, Guinness Rockopedia, a new guide to rock and pop, found fortune shone on those born in the spring and summer months under the signs Taurus, Aries, Cancer and Gemini. Those born under chilly autumn and winter signs face an uphill struggle, according to the survey, with Aquarians, Scorpians and Sagittarians faring worst of all. "The evidence is quite clear to us. If you're Taurus, Aries or Cancer we're more likely to see you in the charts," said Rockopedia's editor David Roberts.

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Reuters contributed to this report.

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