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The Hollywood Minute

'Asteroid' hits pay dirt for NBC

From Correspondent Dennis Michael

"Asteroid's" ratings on NBC were a big blast. An estimated 50 million viewers were tuned in to watch the first night of the NBC mini-series, giving it the highest movie ratings of the season.



The rock group Blur is the latest band to release its music not only on the airwaves, but on the Internet. A segment of the British band's recent concert will be broadcast on the Internet later this week utilizing the new Real Audio software for bitstream video over the Web. The Blur concert will be the first RealVideo Internet broadcast.



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Country singer Ty England is a father yet again. The singer had a son born Valentine's Day afternoon in Nashville. The boy was named Levi Wyatt England.



"The Cotton Club" will soon be returning to a theater near you. Columnist Army Archerd reports producer Robert Evans is working on a documentary about the making of the controversial 1984 movie, with scenes never before put into release.

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007 no more ... Former Bond Timothy Dalton tells the Philadelphia Inquirer that he's glad he let his "license to kill" expire. Dalton, currently seen in the comedy "The Beautician and the Beast," says he was glad when ads for "Goldeneye" began to appear with Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. Dalton says his decision to quit the Bond franchise after just two films was "the most sensible decision" he could make.



Actor Blair Underwood is getting a call to the director's chair. The former "L.A. Law" star will helm "Mac with Cheese," a romantic comedy in which he will also star. Daily Variety reports the film was written by Underwood's brother Frank. Shooting begins this summer.



Kenny Loggins has plans for Oscar night. The singer will perform "For the First Time," a nominated song from the film "One Fine Day." It won't be Loggins' first trip to the Oscars; he was nominated in 1984 for the title song from "Footloose."

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