TOP OF THE NEWS: After an all-star boycott of Entertainment Tonight and Hard Copy led by George Clooney, Paramount issued guidelines on footage it would accept from "video paparazzi" today. One rule: no more shots made by harassing the celeb just to get a reaction.

O. J. TODAY: Amber McGrath, an 18-year-old intern at the courthouse in Santa Monica, complained to USA Today that Simpson is "hitting on me." "How could I like her?" Simpson said today. "I don't even know her."

AILING: Frank Sinatra is improving after a slight case of pneumonia that forced his hospitalization, his daughter Nancy told Daily Variety. A Los Angeles TV station quoted a hospital source as calling Sinatra "very sick."

IN-LAWS: In excerpts from her upcoming book, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, describes coming down to breakfast on a holiday with the royal family to find everyone looking at published photos of her topless adventure with an American admirer.

COURT'S IN SESSION: A $10 million lawsuit trial against Chevy Chase is underway in Los Angeles. A gofer says the comic made him pick up a package of illicit drugs.

BEADS AND BYTES: Half a million people hit Webstock'96, the four-day, online event that ended Monday, organizers say.

PEPPERONI AND BABE: Pamela Anderson Lee signed to appear in Pizza Hut commercials in Europe.

A-LIST: The Democratic Party has scheduled a victory bash in Little Rock, Arkansas, tonight with a celeb-heavy guest list. Among the invitees: Tom Hanks, Sharon Stone and Tony Bennett.

BOY IN HOOD: Live in Freehold, New Jersey, home of Bruce Springsteen? Then you and only you are invited to a neighbors-only benefit concert by the local Boss Friday.

DEATH: A leading blues harmonica player, William Clarke, died suddenly of a bleeding ulcer at age 45, just before a show in Fresno, California. He had just released his sixth album, The Hard Way.

DOUBLE INCOME: DreamWorks is pitching Povich and Chung, Maury and Connie's new talk show, to stations, looking toward a launch in fall 1998.

POSSE GONE: CBS will pull new shows Almost Perfect, Public Morals and EZ Streets off its Wednesday schedule after disappointing premieres. Streets will probably be relaunched later, but the others are most likely goners...The Lion King won Sunday night for ABC with a 16.8 rating (each rating point equals 970,000 homes) in the top 35 TV markets...The raunchy, syndicated Richard Bey talk show is dead.

SENTENCED: William Tager was sentenced to 25 years for shooting to death a Today show stagehand; Tager believed the television networks were conspiring against him.

TAXED: The IRS is seeking $85,887 from singer Stevie Nicks on the grounds that she improperly took $270,000 in business-expense deductions for clothes, hairstyling, makeup, a home office and management fees, the Los Angeles Times reports.

HAPPIEST PLACE: Disneyland said it changed a policy of demanding money from suspected shoplifters caught by its security guards. The park will only seek civil damages in court from people who have been convicted or entered guilty pleas.

JUST SAY NO: Ted Turner told an audience of broadcasters that they should be more careful about programming quality. "The way we have used television, it's like alcohol," he said. "One or two drinks before dinner won't hurt you but if you drink a fifth a day, it will kill you."

TO BE HONORED: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will give its Cecil B. DeMille Award to Dustin Hoffman for his "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field" at the Golden Globes awards banquet in January.

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