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Entertainment Today: Showbiz news

By United Press International   |   May 29, 2002 at 3:00 AM   |   Comments

WANT TO BUY A MONORAIL CAR, SLIGHTLY USED?

A car from the Walt Disney World Monorail -- a prime image of the Disney resort in Orlando -- is up for auction at Disney Auctions (disneyauctions.com), presented by eBay through June 6.

After logging nearly 1 million miles, the car is being sold as part of the year-long Walt Disney World "100 Years of Magic" celebration, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Disney's birth.

The Mark IV Monorail Red has been greeting visitors -- and carrying them between locations at the resort -- since it opened in 1971. Disney Auctions is selling the nose section of Monorail Red, which was decommissioned in 1993 after more than 20 years of service.

The "100 Years of Magic" auction also features memorabilia from other Disney theme parks and original artwork from Disney films and park attractions.


BAABA MAAL TO PERFORM AT WORLD CUP

Baaba Maal will sing the Senegalese National Anthem prior to the first match of the 2002 World Cup will be between Senegal and France in Seoul this Friday.

The Senegalese superstar said it is a huge honor for him to sing in front of a global TV audience.

"I am proud to have been invited and I hope that my efforts will inspire Les Lions de la Teranga on to great heights against France," he said.

After the World Cup appearance, Baaba Maal is scheduled to fly to England to begin his first UK tour with the full Daande Lenol band in four years.


NBC SIGNS 'SUPERPRODUCER'

NBC has announced that it has signed prolific producer Gavin Polone ("Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Panic Room") to an exclusive deal to develop primetime series for the network.

NBC Entertainment President made the announcement.

"Gavin has an incredible track record of producing the types of quality shows that we strive for at NBC," said Zucker.

Polone -- who has the new shows "Hack" and "Family Affair" on the NBC scheduled this fall -- has also produced the movies "Drop Dead Gorgeous" and "Stir of Echoes." He is also an executive producer on the WB series "Gilmore Girls."


ANDREWS WILL LEAD ACADEMY TRIBUTE TO RODGERS

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday that Julie Andrews will host a tribute to Richard Rodgers at the academy on June 20.

Born June 28, 1902, Rodgers went on to become one of the best-known and best-loved composers of the American stage and screen. Over his nearly 60-year career -- in collaboration first with Lorenz Hart and later with Oscar Hammerstein II -- Rodgers turned out some of the most popular tunes of all time.

"Carousel," "The King and I," "Pal Joey," "South Pacific" and "The Sound of Music" -- all were hits on Broadway, and all were successfully adapted by Hollywood.

Andrews was nominated for a best actress Oscar for her portrayal of Maria in "The Sound of Music." She was also nominated for best actress for "Victor/Victoria," and won the Oscar for "Mary Poppins."

The event is open to the public.


'LINGO' COMING TO GAME SHOW NETWORK

The Game Show Network has ordered 20 episodes of an American adaptation of "Lingo" -- one of the longest-running game shows in Europe.

Game show veteran Chuck Woolery ("The Love Connection") will host the show, scheduled to premiere in August.

"Lingo" is a synthesis of "Bingo" and "Hangman" -- with two teams of two trying to be the first to figure out a five-letter word based on clues given by the host.

It will be the fourth new original show that the Game Show Network has added this year -- after "Whammy! The All New Press Your Luck," "Russian Roulette" and "Friend or Foe."

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