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November 4, 1999
Web posted at: 3:43 p.m. EST (2043 GMT)

Today's buzz stories:

Glover

Glover steamed at insensitive NYC cabbies

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Fed up with cabbies ignoring his hails, African-American actor Danny Glover filed a formal complaint with New York's Taxi & Limousine Commission and asked officials to review the regulatory group's diversity training program for drivers.

"The breaking point was to stand outside on 116th Street and have five cabs pass me up," he told a news conference outside the commission's offices on Wednesday. Glover, 52, said they wouldn't stop to pick him up because he is black. He said he was standing at the time with his daughter, a student at New York University.

"The fact that my daughter's here to go to school, it really upsets me that if she's standing on the corner waiting to get a cab, she can't get a cab," he said. "The fact that I'm a celebrity, the fact that I'm visible, allows me to draw attention to this."

Glover has starred in about 50 movie and television productions, including the "Lethal Weapon" series and 1985's Academy Award-nominated "The Color Purple."

Glover said he'd like to have new cabbies meet with black New Yorkers as part of their training, and help the TLC develop a new diversity training video.

Commission spokesman Allan Fromberg said the city's taxi regulator planned to investigate Glover's complaint aggressively and listen to his suggestions. "We already have a cultural diversity process in place in the educational curriculum," Fromberg said. "We think Mr. Glover is going to be very impressed with that, but we'd be happy to listen to his suggestions about how we can improve upon that if possible."

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Streisand

Streisand to break own Golden Globe record

BEVERLY HILLS, California (CNN) -- Barbra Streisand hasn't made a movie since "The Mirror Has Two Faces" in 1996, but she's expected to be the star of this year's Golden Globe Awards ceremony, where she is to receive the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Cecil B. DeMille Award.

"I'm very grateful to the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who have been so supportive of me throughout my career," Streisand said in a statement.

The organization has honored Streisand with more Golden Globes (seven) than any other entertainer, including top director for "Yentl" (1983) and best actress for "Funny Girl" (1968) and "A Star is Born" (1976).

The 57th annual Golden Globe Awards are scheduled to be broadcast live on NBC on January 23. Motion picture and television nominations are to be announced December 20.

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"Pokémon: The First Movie"

Pokémon frenzy takes Warner Bros. by surprise

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- "I don't think any of us predicted it. Every week, this one has built to a new level of frenzy," says Brad Ball, president of Warner Bros. domestic marketing, about the buzz surrounding "Pokémon: The First Movie."

The film, the latest installment in the Japanese cartoon/GameBoy/trading-card franchise, is set to premiere Saturday morning at Mann's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, with grade schoolers showing up en masse to see their favorite Pokémon (Japanese for "pocket monsters"), like the Pikachu, a bouncy, yellow, cat-like creature and the pink fur ball Jigglypuff.

To give you an idea just how popular Pokémon is, the Warner Bros. switchboard took about 70,000 calls a minute on Monday morning after a televised offer for free tickets to Mann's. The avalanche of calls crashed the studio's voice mail system. By 2 p.m. the studio was still getting 40,000 calls a minute.

Warner Bros. -- a sister company to CNN Interactive -- plans to have Hollywood Boulevard blocked off for the event, which is to feature video-game contests and trading cards.

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Sills sounds off on Lincoln Center acoustics

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Beverly Sills can tell Lincoln Center, "I told you so."

The soprano and chairwoman of Lincoln Center had recommended the theater improve its acoustics through structural changes rather than microphones. Instead, it installed a new system over the summer made up of 24 microphones around the stage and orchestra and more than 100 speakers in the walls and under balconies.

At a recent performance of the City Opera's "Il Viaggio a Reims," Sills says she could hear "a buzz, a sound in the air which makes me know something is there."

The women's voices, she adds, were "a little homogeneous. There was a lack of contrast. ... I'm not terrorized by this, but I didn't enjoy it."

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The late Wilson on "The Flip Wilson Show"

Flip Wilson memorabilia to go on the block

COMMERCE, California (CNN) -- If you flipped over Flip Wilson, you may get your chance to bid on some of the late comedian's Emmys, gold records and other memorabilia.

An estate auction will take place on November 11 and November 18, according to auctioneer Robert Abell of the A.N. Abell Auction Co. of Commerce, California.

The first auction is to feature vehicles owned by Wilson, including a 1971 Mercedes-Benz convertible, a 1997 Land Rover, and two Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The second sale is to offer memorabilia, including a photo of Wilson sparring with boxer Muhammad Ali, a Bible dedicated by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., gold records, Emmys, jewelry, and other items.

Wilson died last November of cancer at age 64. He starred in television's top-rated "The Flip Wilson Show" from 1970 to 1974.

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Reuters contributed to this report.

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