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August 2, 1996

NEW YORK (AP) _ To get Robin Williams in the right mood to play a 10-year-old boy in ``Jack,″ Francis Ford Coppola took him camping.

Coppola, Williams and about seven young actors spent two weeks playing basketball, fishing and sleeping outside so Williams could remember what it was like to be 10.

``They swam together, ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and had food fights,″ Coppola said. ``All those memories started coming back.″

``After that, we went and made the movie, but they were already a gang. They had all sorts of inside things and even I didn’t know anything about it.″

``Jack,″ which opens today, stars Williams as a boy with a genetic disease that makes his body age four times faster than normal.


LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Danny DeVito took on a new job in his movie ``Matilda″ _ baby sitter.

DeVito directed 20 young actors in the new film based on the popular children’s book.

``And people say, `How come it took you so long to shoot `Matilda?‴ said DeVito, who also stars in the movie.

But the father of three has learned from experience.

``The whole idea is to lay down the law and set the rules: There’s a time for playing and a time for work,″ he said.

The former ``Taxi″ star plays used car salesman and negligent father Harry Wormwood in the film, which opens today. His wife, actress Rhea Perlman, plays Mrs. Wormwood.

``I made this picture for my kids. They loved the book and I basically had to get their approval on everything I did,″ DeVito said.


ATLANTA (AP) _ Scarlett O’Hara, look out. Here comes Lady Godiva.

The only known copy of Margaret Mitchell’s 1926 comedy ``Oh! Lady Godiva!″ has turned up at a University of Southern California library, long after Atlanta historians had presumed it lost or destroyed.

The unpublished skit had been at the school since the early 1970s, but historians were unaware it existed until they got a call from a university archivist last month.

It was unclear how the the school ended up with the copy.

``Oh! Lady Godiva!″ is one of three surviving works of fiction by Mitchell. The others are ``Gone With the Wind″ and the recently published ``Lost Laysen.″

Mitchell had ordered the destruction of her personal papers upon her death in 1949.

The manuscript is a spoof of Atlanta in the ’20s, said Debra Freer, curator of the Road to Tara Museum. The plot involves a search for a woman to play the role of Lady Godiva, ``but they can’t find a woman who hasn’t bobbed her hair,″ Freer said Thursday.


LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Comedian Drew Carey, with his trademark buzz cut and black-rimmed glasses, was named host of the CableACE awards.

Carey, star of ``The Drew Carey Show″ and former CableACE award winner, gained prominence in 1986 as a stand-up comedian who regaled audiences with his stories of an average childhood in Cleveland.

The CableACE award, the industry’s highest programming honor, is presented by the National Academy of Cable Programming. The ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 16.


NEW YORK (AP) _ Leona Helmsley went to jail for bilking the government. Now her pilot is accused of stealing from her.

John Legg, 42, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., was indicted Thursday on charges he stole nearly $900,000 from the hotel queen by submitted phony invoices from a nonexistent company.

Legg, Helmsley’s pilot at Georgetown Aircraft Services _ which she owns _ allegedly submitted the fake invoices for plane parts between 1991 and 1995.

The pilot surrendered to authorities Thursday. If convicted, Legg faces up to five to 15 years in prison on the felony grand larceny charge and up to four years for falsifying business records.

Helmsley is no stranger to the law. She served 1 1/2 years in prison on tax evasion charges and was released in 1993.

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