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As For Our Miss Martha, Cbs Is Her Happy Home

Compiled By Staff Writer Dan Web

By now, you must know that Martha Stewart has moved her TV deal from NBC to CBS.

David Letterman even had a Top 10 list speculating why the happy-home maven made the switch.

No. 6: “NBC stopped her segment on ‘Baking With Pot.”’ No. 3: “She and I agreed that it might help out our strained marriage.” No. 1: “She’s insane.”

And insane she may be, but dumb she definitely is not.

“I pay very close attention to my business,” she told Knight-Ridder’s Gail Shister. “Being on CBS means I will get additional promotion for my daily show, plus my specials. I believe greatly in cross-promotion. I’m running a business. I try hard to make the most of my time.”

Loose talk

Actress Drew Barrymore on her perfect love match (in US magazine): “Up till I was 7, it was Ted Koppel, then one night, I put on the wrong channel. Ted has intellect, but Dave (Letterman) has intellect and humor.”

His preference is to shock the monkey

Peter Gabriel turns 47 today.

For him, a new cinema would be one that made money

When he appeared at the Seattle International Film Festival last June, filmmaker Steven Soderbergh talked about reinventing cinema. Yet the “sex, lies & videotape” director isn’t cutting his ties with the mainstream. Soderbergh is supposed to be talking with Universal Pictures about directing the George Clooney project “Out of Sight,” which is based on an Elmore Leonard novel.

A touch of ‘Babes in Chains’ would make it perfect

Farrah Fawcett has signed to star in a made-for-TV version of “Dancing at the Harvest Moon,” based on the K.C. McKinnon novel. The script is said to combine elements of “The Spitfire Grill,” “Summer of ‘42” and “The Bridges of Madison County.”

Excuse us, but did he happen to say something?

So why did rocker Beck make up such lyrics as, “I’m a loser baby, so why don’t you kill me?” Simply, he told Entertainment Weekly, to reach audiences. “Out of desperation or boredom, or the audience’s boredom, I’d make up these ridiculous songs just to see if people were listening.”

How about riding, singing and romancing Julia Roberts?

For Lyle Lovett, music isn’t everything. “It’s a tossup between motorcycles and music for me,” Lovett told Men’s Journal magazine. “They’re both performances. They both tap into the same adrenaline. They have the same feeling for me. And if I could make a living by riding motorcycles, I’d be just as happy to do that.”

Want better movies? Go and see them NOW

Spike Lee says that if movie lovers want to express their support for movies made by and about blacks, they ought to see them the week the films open. “We can’t just lay around and say that ‘I’m going to see it two weeks from now,”’ said Lee, “because the film won’t be there.”

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