CNN Showbiz

The Hollywood Minute

September 29, 1995
Web posted at: 10:35 p.m. EDT

From Showbiz Correspondent Dennis Michael


Merle Haggard has a big night coming up. The country music veteran will be presented with the legend award at the "Country Radio Music Awards" to be broadcast live from Nashville on October 3. Clint Black will host the radio broadcast on 200 stations nationwide.


Wayne Rogers is passing back through Crabapple Cove. Columnist Army Archerd reports the actor is reprising a recurring character on "Murder She Wrote" with two appearances in the show's final season. One airs this week; another will shoot later this fall.

Bruce Willis is back at work. The action star is working on "Gundown" for director Walter Hill. It's the classic samurai drama "Yojimbo" retold in the middle of prohibition era gang crime. The formula was also used as the story for "A Fistful of Dollars." Willis will shoot in Los Angeles, El Paso and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Chazz Palminteri is set to direct a film. The actor is already an accomplished playwright, screenwriter, and actor. Daily Variety's dish column reports Palminteri will direct "Dante and the Debutante" for New Line Cinema. The film is called a romantic comedy with a lot of sting.

John Mellencamp, Hootie and the Blowfish and Neil Young are on the performers list for Farm Aid 10. The concert will be held over the weekend in Louisville, Kentucky, with founder Willie Nelson presiding.

Carrie Fisher is adding "columnist" to her list of accomplishments. The actress, author and screenwriter will write a travel column for "Live" magazine, according to the Hollywood Reporter trade paper. The column will be called "Travels with Billie." Billie is the author's daughter.


Ben Vereen has Christmas plans. Robert Osbourne reports the entertainer is booked to play the Ghost of Christmas Present in the production of "A Christmas Carol" at Madison Square Garden.

Alicia Silverstone's latest movie isn't headed to the big screen at all. The Los Angeles Times reports "The Babysitter" -- a low budget film shot by the actress before she became a mainstream star with "Clueless" -- will be released directly to home video without a theatrical release.

Paul McCartney's voice makes a guest appearance on "The Simpsons" in mid-October. McCartney, who is heard with wife Linda, is the final surviving Beatle to be heard on the hit animated series. The Los Angeles Times notes Ringo Starr provided a voice in 1991, as did George Harrison in 1993.


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