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Forget Obama, McCain: new Paris Hilton video revives her fake candidacy

Paris Hilton is back on the campaign trail appearing in a second video in support of her bid for the presidency.

In the video posted on Wednesday, Hilton gets some advice from the man many Americans came to admire as the chief executive through the eight years of his West Wing administration, President Jed Bartlet, otherwise known as Martin Sheen.

As she did in the first video where she announced her candidacy, Hilton offers her views on the issue of the day, saying the government should "lower inflated interest rates so it's not impossible for [people] to pay their mortgage."

As Sheen tells Hilton she's "going to make a great fake president," his son, Charlie Sheen, pops in with a promise to "fake vote" for her.

The 27-year-old heiress said in a statement that she hopes the video inspires people to consider the issues and vote in the real presidential election.

Art ... life ... art ...

Will Sarah Palin go on Saturday Night Live to meet her look-alike impersonator, Tina Fey?

"All in good time," said a cagey Lorne Michaels, longtime executive producer of the NBC late-night show, which has been rejuvenated this fall by Fey's three skits as the Republican vice presidential candidate.

Through the first three weeks of the season, SNL has averaged 8.3 million viewers, or 49 percent more than last year, according to Nielsen Media Research. The skits have also drawn tremendous Web traffic, with 9.3 million people watching an online clip of the "Clinton-Palin" segment from the Sept. 13 season premiere. The "Katie Couric interview" (last Saturday) has been seen by nearly 7 million people, NBC said.

That guy

Broadway has found its Nathan Detroit for the coming revival of Guys and Dolls: Oliver Platt.

Platt will portray the unapologetic gambler in the classic Frank Loesser musical that will open March 1 at the Nederlander Theatre, producer Howard Panter announced Wednesday. The production will begin preview performances Feb. 3.

Platt made his Broadway debut in 2006 in Conor McPherson's Shining City, for which he received a best-actor Tony nomination. He has appeared in such TV series as Huff and The West Wing, and will be seen in the film version of Frost/Nixon.

"Guys and Dolls," which has a score by Loesser and a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, originally opened on Broadway in 1950.

Drawing peace

John Lennon's doodles and drawings - some erotic - went on display at a downtown Manhattan gallery last night, on what would have been Lennon's 68th birthday.

More than 100 Lennon works at the Openhouse Gallery in SoHo form a show called Imagine Peace.

A controversial series of lithographs called Bag One - depicting scenes from Lennon's and Yoko Ono's honeymoon - was once seized by Britain's Scotland Yard while in another exhibit.

The SoHo show runs through Sunday.


Playwright Harold Pinter, 78.

Entertainer Ben Vereen, 62.

Rock singer David Lee Roth, 54.

Country singer Tanya Tucker, 50.

Actor Bradley Whitford, 49.

Football quarterback Brett Favre, 39.

Singer Mya, 29.

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