HOMEWARD BOUND: Elizabeth Taylor has returned home, following brain surgery. Six days ago, she had a benign brain tumor removed. Taylor turns 65 tomorrow.
NEVER MIND: Yesterday, Congressman Tom Coburn of Oklahoma said that NBC's airing of Schindler's List, with its nudity and strong language, brought network TV to "an all-time low." After criticism from all sides, he said today that he was misunderstood and really only meant to express concern about unsupervised children seeing the film.
BAD DREAMS: Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Tom Hanks are a few of an A-list of Hollywood names who stayed overnight in the White House, according to documents released by the President Clinton as he fights off criticism that he peddled influence.
BABYLON SYSTEM: Two new made-for-TV movies will be produced in the Babylon 5 sci-fi series, to air on TNT starting in January of next year.
VOTE TALLY: The Investor Responsiblity Research Center says that the nearly 13% of votes withheld from the re-election of incumbent directors at the contentious Disney company meeting yesterday represents the biggest "no" vote against a major U.S. corporation in three years, the Wall Street Journal reports...Pixar, which just signed a major deal with Disney, is likely to produce a direct-to-video sequel to its hit, Toy Story, an executive said today...A human rights group accused Disney of making products in sweatshops in Haiti. A company spokesman denied the charge.
CRY UNCLE: Singer James Brown proposed to talk show host Rolonda Watts during the taping of her show yesterday. She didn't give an answer. They've been dating but her publicist says she thinks of the Godfather of Soul as an "uncle."
AWARDS SEASON: Totally gorgeous Andie MacDowell will present a statuette at the Academy Awards ceremony on March 24. Visit our totally cool Oscar section by clicking right here....The English Patient earned 13 nominations for the British Academy of Film & Television Arts awards, one of the biggest counts in history (but still behind Gandhi's 16)...Although the Writers Guild passed over Larry Flynt screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski in its nominations, it will give them a special, annual award for the script that "best embodies the spirit of...civil rights and liberties."
MERRY-GO-ROUND: NBC will move The Single Guy from the 8:30 p.m. Thursday slot between Friends and Seinfeld to the tougher 8:30 Wednesday position starting March 26. Suddenly Susan will return from hiatus to fill the gap.
BASICALLY, NO: If MGM shoots a sequel to Basic Instinct, Sharon Stone won't be in it, says Daily Variety. She promised Paramount she would appear in such a film only if that studio distributed it. But Paramount lost a bidding war for the rights to MGM.
HOLLYWOOD AND VINE: The venerable Tarzan franchise gets its newest entry since 1984, as Tarzan & Jane starts production in South Africa March 10. It stars Casper Van Dien and Jane March.
SOMETHING NEW: Lauren Holly will star opposite writer-director Edward Burns in Long Time, Nothing New, a small-town drama. For all the casting news, see The Dotted Line.
TRIAL BALLOON: The Hollywood Reporter says that the Virgin group's Richard Branson wants to move in to U.S. television, by pairing with an established player like King World, the TV syndicator.
BOND AND DETERMINED: The bondholders of Marvel Holdings won a bid for control of the outfit's common stock, which may be a step toward their seizing control of the bankrupt comic-book company.
DIGITIZED: Polygram plans to release ten titles for digital video disc by the summer, including Dead Man Walking and Fargo.