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By PAT NASON and DENNIS DAILY, United Press International   |   Nov. 15, 2002 at 4:22 PM   |   Comments

WHAT NEXT FOR EMINEM?

Now that his movie debut "8 Mile" is a big hit, Hollywood naturally wants to know -- what does Eminem do for an encore? Daily Variety reports that the rapper's agents aren't talking about his next move, but several movie executives said that while "8 Mile" proved Eminem can draw a crowd for a movie, it did not prove much about his acting. One executive said: "Eminem could ask $20 million right now and get it, if he does a film and puts one song you could use in the trailer." However, the executive questioned Eminem's range. "Do you put him in a cop role, have him play a (leading man)? Probably not. Your first instinct would be to cast him as a street thug." Citing sources, Variety reported that Eminem's representatives have been checking with studios to see if they have any star vehicles with big paydays for their client. "8 Mile" was far from the first movie offered presented to the rapper, but previous offers tended to match him with bad-boy roles to go with his rap image. "8 Mile" producer Brian Grazer isn't questioning Eminem's acting range. "It was hard for me to get him to do '8 Mile,' even when the stars and planets had aligned, and there was a great Scott Silver script with a world and a character he knew, and a great director (Curtis Hanson) to guide him," said Grazer. "But once he commits, I think he can master almost anything he tries to do. He was determined and a perfectionist who was never a minute late." Grazer said he's sure Eminem will do another movie "at some point."


THE TRUTH ABOUT MICHAEL'S NOSE

There is photographic evidence to support what some nosy reporters and fans have long suspected -- that there is something wrong with pop star Michael Jackson's nose. The photo -- shot as the King of Pop appeared in a Santa Clarita, Calf., courtroom to testify in a lawsuit against him -- seems to show that his nose has collapsed. The New York Daily News reported that Jackson's former plastic surgeon denied responsibility for the look on Jackson's face. "Dr. Steven Hoefflin has not done any of Michael Jackson's nasal surgery since 1998, and had advised him against any further surgery," said Karen Cotton, a lawyer for the Santa Monica doctor. "We have no information or knowledge about anything that Michael has done recently." Jackson showed up late for a second day of testimony yesterday in the $21 million breach-of-contract suit filed by a promoter who claims Jackson reneged on a deal to perform at two millennium concerts he missed. The close-up shot sent the plastic surgery community into an uproar, said the paper, and fueled speculation that Jackson's nose was bandaged from a reconstructive procedure. "Clearly, he had some sort of nasal-tip disaster," said Dr. Gerald Imber, a celebrity plastic surgeon based in Manhattan. "What probably happened is that he had some sort of support put in there and the tissue broke down."


GEORGE CLOONEY TO CELEBRATE LATE AUNT ROSEMARY CLOONEY

Actor-producer George Clooney is planning a tribute to his late aunt, singer Rosemary Clooney, who died of cancer on June 29. People magazine reported that George Clooney will speak at a gala in Los Angeles on Dec. 10, with plans calling for Tony Bennett, k.d. lang and Diana Krall -- among others -- to take part as well. The event is being organized by Rosemary Clooney's five children, including actor Miguel Ferrer ("Crossing Jordan"), as a benefit for the Mayo Clinic Rosemary Clooney Pulmonary Research Fund. People also reported that George Clooney has decided to use his aunt's recording of "There's No Business Like Show Business" to play under the closing credits of his directorial debut "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind." The movie, based on game show host Chuck Barris' memoir, is scheduled to open Dec. 27.


SIEGFRIED & ROY SET TEDDY BEAR AUCTION

Illusionists Siegfried & Roy have announced that online bidding will begin next Tuesday, Nov. 19, for their Celebrity Autographed Teddy Bear Auction -- featuring Teddy Bears from their own collection signed by Michael Jackson, Tom Cruise, Cher, Anthony Hopkins, Loretta Lynn, Katie Couric and Patti LaBelle, among others. Bidding will end at midnight (MST) Nov. 29. The popular Las Vegas entertainers said all proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Las Vegas-based Opportunity Village, which provides vocational training and employment opportunity for the disabled. Dallas-based Neiman Marcus is sponsoring the auction. Neiman Marcus stores are displaying several of the Teddy Bears in Las Vegas, Dallas, San Francisco, Chicago and Beverly Hills, Calif.


UPI DAILY SURVEY QUESTION NO. 460

Today's question is: "By the time 2002 comes to an end, how many books, if any, will you have read?" Put BOOKS in the subject line and send to comments@upi.com via the Internet.


RESULTS OF QUESTION NO. 453 (EATERY)

Last week we asked how much you spend each month in restaurants. Several of the randomly picked responses told stories of people who seldom ate at home. DW98 says that he doesn't even eat breakfast at home and would find it difficult to entertain company if he had to cook for himself. On the other extreme, several noted that restaurants have become too expensive and they still prefer to make the food budget stretch as far as possible by cooking at home. On average, the amount spent each month was $95. NEXT: To what are you allergic? GBA

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