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Coming soon to a screen near you

Movie theater operators last week scoped out upcoming movies for your viewing pleasure at their annual trade show in Las Vegas. Their picks for hits?

"Lethal Weapon 3," starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, and "Bram Stoker's Dracula" by director Francis Ford Coppola most looked like "money on the screen" to the theater owners, by one account.

Singing the blues . . . or not

Bruce Willis played harmonica and sang the blues at a recent benefit to raise $15,000 for a lighting system at the Sun Valley, Idaho, Repertory Company's new theater.

Willis and wife Demi Moore live part-time in the ski resort town 85 miles east of Boise.

Meanwhile, true-blue bluesman B. B. King performed at a Houston high school, where in addition to his musical message he had this one: "Stay in school. The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you."

In Florida, Ray Charles said thanks, but no thanks when asked for a note or two last week when he was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. The 62-year-old, a Florida native, said he never sings in the morning. Uh-huh.

Hungry for solution to Haitian crisis

A Haitian diplomat thanked legendary dancer Katherine Dunham for her hunger strike to protest the forced return of Haitian refugees, but her doctor begged the 82-year-old to resume eating.

Ms. Dunham, who once lived in Haiti and founded a renowned dance company, remains hospitalized in East St. Louis, Ill., taking only fluids. Haitian Consul General Lionel Barberousse, representing exiled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and activist Dick Gregory spoke at a rally this weekend and presented Ms. Dunham with a Haitian flag.

On the mend at wheel, on mound

Chrysler Corp. chairman Lee Iacocca was released from the hospital yesterday after chest pains turned out to be a pulled muscle.

The 67-year-old was vacation ing with his third wife, Darrien, in Palm Springs, Calif., when he suffered pain in his chest Friday.

Mr. Iacocca had previously announced that he would retire as Chrysler chairman Dec. 31.

And Los Angeles Dodger Orel Hershiser is concentrating on baseball, not medicine, this spring training. After last year's highly watched rehab for 1990 shoulder surgery, the pitcher says he's just glad his every move isn't being eyeballed by doctors, therapists, fans and the media.

"It's nice not to have to give a medical update every day; just to be a normal pitcher," he said.

Rape charges against rapper

Rape charges against Joseph Simmons, member of the rap group Run-DMC, were dismissed last week. A 22-year-old woman said she had been raped after going to his hotel room Aug. 9 to get an autograph. She has since told a Cleveland court, however, that she agreed with the prosecutor that there was no evidence to support her charge.

'B' becomes prize-winner

Bryan Adams initially recorded "Everything I Do (I Do It for You)" as a B-side, or flip side, for another single.

The ballad, from the hit movie, "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," has been nominated for four Grammys and an Oscar.

Mr. Adams wrote the song, which has sold 6 million copies worldwide, after being given a tape of composer Michael Kamen's original melody from the film score. Along with producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Mr. Adams composed the rest of the song and put lyrics to it.

As long as you're up CBS newswoman Paula Zahn is 36; actor Barry Bostwick is 47; actor James Farentino is 54; actor Edward James Olmos is 45; talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael is 49; actor Abe Vigoda is 71.

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