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By KAREN BUTLER, United Press International   |   April 1, 2003 at 6:33 AM
CHER BLASTS JACKO OVER TREATMENT OF KIDS

Cher says she doesn't like Michael Jackson any more because of the way he treats his kids.

The legendary diva told TV Guide: "I don't really care what he does to his face. He could just erase it as far as I'm concerned. I don't like him anymore. And it's because of his children. I cannot imagine putting my children through what he put his children through."

A recent documentary showed Jackson's three children wearing masks and veils whenever they were out in public. Jackson also has been criticized for dangling his infant son, Prince Michael II, over a balcony in Germany and for announcing his love of sleeping in the same bed as little boys he describes as "friends."

Cher admitted she once considered Jackson a great artist, but said the many recent negative reports about him have turned her against him

Cher said: "Then I saw the recent documentary on him, and I thought, 'This guy is nuts. He shouldn't have these children.' As an artist, I can't fault his art because he was brilliant. I wouldn't buy anything now."


ROBERT DUVALL RECALLS CLASSIC FILM ROLES

Promoting two new films, screen legend Robert Duvall recalled two movies that made him famous, "The Godfather" and "Apocalypse Now."

Told that a new writer was selected to pen another installment of the "Godfather" saga after author Mario Puzo died, Duvall wondered, "Well, why not?"

"They wanna make another movie because they want to make more money. Money! Yeah, yeah, more property, more money," laughed the "Gods and Generals" star and "Assassination Tango" filmmaker.

"When they did 'The Godfather III,' I said, 'If you want to pay Pacino twice what you pay me, that's OK, but not three or four times,'" Duvall said, explaining why he didn't appear in the 1990 sequel. "They're doing it for money, that's what they're doing it for. Why after 20 years do you do a third thing?"

Duvall also took a moment to weigh in on that bizarre tale his "Apocalypse Now" co-star Dennis Hopper has been telling reporters in the past year.

Asked if he remembered real corpses being used on the set of the Vietnam flick, as Hopper claimed they were, Duvall exclaimed: "Real bodies...? Not that I know of. (Hopper) was so high, how would he know that? I mean, now he's not anymore, but then, he was out of it, that guy, but I wouldn't think so."

"Gods and Generals" and "Assassination Tango" are in theaters now.


DIRECTOR JORDAN PRAISES NOLTE

Irish novelist-turned-filmmaker Neil Jordan has the highest praise for the star of his new heist film, "The Good Thief."

"He was quite wonderful," Jordan told United Press International. "He's one of the best actors in the United States. He's off the Hollywood system for all sorts of reasons, I suppose... I mean he gets good parts, obviously, but not glamorous parts. What I liked here was that he played this shabby, utterly broken addicted man, kind of dragging himself back into a position where he's actually wearing a dress suit again."

Asked if he was surprised at how well Nick Nolte was able to pull off the role, "The Crying Game" and "Interview with the Vampire" director insisted: "No. He's a great actor. He's amazing. He's one of those actors who's not afraid to use their own life. Not afraid to delve into their own experiences."

"The Good Thief" opens Friday.


SWANK: 'THE CORE' PUTS SCIENCE BACK IN SCI-FI

Hilary Swank is very proud of her new film "The Core," saying it puts the "science" back in "science fiction."

"So much of science fiction is just fiction nowadays, and so it's a very smart movie, and I think that what happens, well, I know what happens is the electromagnetic field around the core of the Earth stopped spinning and that's a true fact. If it stopped spinning, everything would go haywire," the Oscar-winning actress explained to reporters in New York recently.

"Doves would fall out of the sky because they're field of flying is all generated on the pole of the Earth and everything. So, if that stops spinning, then, we're doomed, and it is probable that it could stop spinning. The chances of it happening are very slim, but I think that's what makes it such a great ride, knowing that this is something that could happen," she added

Swank can be seen saving the world in theaters now.

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