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Web posted on: Friday, July 31, 1998 6:09:59 PM

Today's buzz stories:


Barrymore shows up at 'Ever After' premiere

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Drew Barrymore is really getting into fairy tales. She showed up for the premiere of her new film "Ever After" dressed like Goldilocks. Meanwhile, she's winning raves for her role as the Cinderella-esque character in the movie. Barrymore said she found the part quite a challenge. "I felt fear at times with the character, because I felt that she deserved to be so wonderful. So that was my challenge in this. I don't know if I pulled it off or not, but I sure was lucky to get the chance," she said.

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Azaria willing to play 'Stressed Eric'

HOLLYWOOD (CNN) -- Actor Hank Azaria, who appears on "Mad About You" and provides voice work for "The Simpsons," has signed on to voice the title character of the upcoming animated sitcom "Stressed Eric," which premieres on NBC August 12. The series, which focuses on the adventures of a middle-aged divorced father of two, originally aired in Britain with an all-British cast. In the American version, the lead character will be portrayed as an American abroad in London.

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DiCaprio visits paralyzed gymnast

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Leonardo DiCaprio paid a private visit Thursday to Sang Lan, the 17-year-old Chinese gymnast who was paralyzed at the Goodwill Games. Sang, who has been nearly immobile since she broke her neck last week during a warmup vault, revealed this week she'd love to meet the 23-year-old actor. The two met alone for about an hour, said Mel Granick, a spokesman for Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Institute.

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Gary Coleman allegedly decks female autograph seeker

HAWTHORNE, California (CNN) -- Police are trying to contact Gary Coleman to get his version of an altercation he allegedly had with a woman who had gotten his autograph. Witnesses told police Coleman gave the woman his autograph in a uniform shop Thursday.

When she asked him to write something to her son, Coleman allegedly refused and handed the paper back with a racial comment, said police Lt. James McInerny. "She made a comment about his acting ability, and he punched her right in the eye," McInerny said. A bystander broke up the fight.

Coleman, 30, found fame as a child star on "Diff'rent Strokes," a sitcom that ran from 1978-86, and then saw his fortunes wane.

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Jesus Christ star upsets Hollywood officials

HOLLYWOOD (CNN) -- The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is upset with a church near the legendary "Walk of Fame," which recently unveiled a star honoring Jesus Christ. The "Jesus Christ" star has a design similar to the pink terrazzo stars dedicated to hundreds of entertainers of stage and screen.

"There is nothing wrong with creating a Walk of Faith or with the church honoring Jesus," a Chamber statement said. "The question is whether they should have created a star similar to ours without first checking with us. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a registered trademark and we are obligated to protect it."

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