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By United Press International  |  Nov. 20, 2001 at 4:44 AM
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So who will host the upcoming 74th Annual Academy Awards? Will it be Steve Martin, who got high marks for the job he did hosting the 73rd Oscars? Don't ask Martin.

"They just announced a new producer," Martin told USA Today, "so I don't know."

Laura Ziskin was recently named to produce the telecast.

Martin suggested that part of the reason he succeeded on the show last March was that he didn't try to copy Billy Crystal -- who in recent years as established himself as one of the most popular Oscars emcees ever.

"I used Johnny Carson as my role model," said Martin. "I knew I couldn't do what Billy did. I did it exactly the way I wanted to. An eight-minute monologue, get off and get the show going."

The 74th Annual Academy Awards will be presented March 24, 2002, at the Kodak Theatre in ceremonies to be televised live by ABC-TV.

(Thanks to UPI Hollywood Reporter Pat Nason)

9/11 BOOK

Richard Dreyfuss, Matthew Modine, Liam Neeson and Joan Rivers are among the celebrity contributors to "New York September Eleven Two Thousand One" --- a collection of personal testimonials, poems, essays and photographs documenting reactions to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The book also includes words, images and feelings from rescue workers and ordinary citizens. A 9-1-1 phone-call log documents the struggle of hundreds of people seeking help from within the World Trade Center twin towers. There're also photos of "Missing people" posters, candlelight vigils and long lists of names.

Profits from "New York September Eleven Two Thousands One" ($35, published by communications firms de.MO and distributed by F&W Publications) will benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund. It will be available in bookstores Nov. 30.

(Web site: de-mo.org)

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