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By United Press International  |  Oct. 25, 2001 at 4:45 AM
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Hollywood's Harry and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, longtime supporters of Bill and Hillary Clinton, are reportedly hard at work on a film documenting the efforts of the so-called "vast right-wing conspiracy." The reportedly $2 million film will follow the book "The Hunting of the President," by fellow FOB's Gene Lyons and Joe Conason, well known for their editorial support of the former Arkansans.

The Thomasons were frequent guests in the Clinton White House -- with Harry having produced the presidential inaugural and Linda once having been photographed jumping on the bed in the Lincoln Bedroom alongside actress Markie Post.

(From UPI Capital Comment)


He is --- as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" executive producer Marti Noxon puts it -- "kind of Sid Vicious to Angel's captain of the football team."

He is American actor James Marsters, who uses a fake English accent to portray bad boy vampire Spike on the TV series, now on the UPN network. (Angel, of course, is David Boreanaz's vampire-with-a-soul character who now has his own series that's still on the WB.)

"A note Joss (Whedon, series creator) gave me last year was, 'A little less Laurence Olivier, a little more Tim Roth,'" Marsters told UPI.

Spike, by the way, isn't British everywhere that "Buffy" airs. The show is so popular in France that fans there once chased Marsters down the street, tearing his clothes and scratching his skin.

"But in France, I'm not British, I'm French," Marsters noted of his punked-out vampire character. "Because the French hate the British. They only think the French are cool."


Cast members and other guests turned out recently for the Los Angeles premiere of "Uprising," an original NBC miniseries that airs Nov. 4-5.

The mini-series -- directed, co-written and produced by Jon Avnet -- is the true story of Jewish resistance fighters who battled the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II.

Leelee Sobieski, Hank Azaria, David Schwimmer, Jon Voight, Donald Sutherland and Cary Elwes were among the celebrities who attended the screening.


On Wednesday, Warner Bros. Online (warnerbros.com) premiered the first of 13 installments of "Chuck Jones' Timber Wolf" -- featuring the animation legend's first original animated characters created for Warner Bros. in more than four decades.

In each three-to-five minute episode, title character Thomas T. (Timber) Wolf and his cohorts slip, skip and stumble through adventures and eventual predicaments -- including Earl the Squirrel's insistence on collecting a $100 bounty for Thomas' tail, a herd of sheep that becomes a little too amorous toward Thomas and Thomas' misadventures in babysitting.

A new cartoon will roll out each week for 13 weeks. Previous "Timber Wolf" episodes will be archived for two weeks.

Joe Alaskey (Sylvester and Tweety in "The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries") provides the voice of Thomas T. Wolf and Emmy Award-winning actress Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson in "The Simpsons") is Earl the Squirrel. The theme song was composed and performed by Grammy Award-winning musical group Riders In The Sky.

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