Dribs and drabs from Cannes FestivalSharon Stone,...

Dribs and drabs from Cannes Festival

Sharon Stone, waxing serious on her role as the ice queen co-star of "Basic Instinct," said that her part opposite Michael Douglas in the megahit thriller was "the most exciting and interesting and most profoundly moving [role] I have ever been offered." Ms. Stone's resume lists such work as "King Solomon's Mines" and "Police Academy 4."


Winning films and filmmakers at the the 12-day festival, selected by a 10-person jury headed by Gerard Depardieu (with Jamie Lee Curtis, director John Boorman and Pedro Almodovar also on board), will be announced Tuesday.

Ad for McDonald's gets a safety warning


McDonald's changed a TV ad featuring Olympic champion speedskater Bonnie Blair after a health official in Pittsburgh complained that Ms. Blair wasn't wearing a helmet. In the original commercial, Ms. Blair also roller-skated too close to a moving vehicle, said Mary T. Jones of the Allegheny County Health Department.

The fast-food chain added a safety warning to the commercial and wrote a letter to Ms. Jones. "We were glad they brought it to our attention," spokeswoman Ann Connolly said from McDonald's headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill.

Ross Perot impressed with Dana Carvey

Dana Carvey's impression of Ross Perot has won the comedian at least one new fan -- Mr. Perot himself. After the Texas billionaire saw Mr. Carvey "do" him on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," Mr. Perot called and said, "You're more like me than I am.

"You and I could both hit the road and campaign," Mr. Perot told National Public Radio.

Here's the lineup for Johnny's last week

Attention, Johnny Carson fans. Here's the guest list for the "Tonight Show" next week -- Mr. Carson's swan song.

Monday: Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Douglas (a repeat from Feb. 21). Tuesday: Mel Brooks, Jack Lemmon and Tony Bennett. Wednesday: Roseanne Arnold and Richard Harris. Thursday: Bette Midler and Robin Williams. No guests for Friday's finale (sniff). Instead, Mr. Carson, sidekick Ed McMahon and bandleader Doc Severinsen will reminisce.


Baryshnikov returns to New York City Ballet

Mikhail Baryshnikov is returning to the New York City Ballet as a guest dancer. In June, he will dance in three performances of George Balanchine's "Duo Concertant" and three performances of Mark Morris' new solo work, "Three Preludes."


Author Studs Terkel is 80. Connecticut Gov. Lowell Weicker is 61. Singer-actress Lainie Kazan is 52. Actress Debra Winger is 37.

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