WHITE SCANDAL, PART II? President Clinton's national security advisor is denying John Travolta's contention that Clinton tried to curry favor with the actor. Travolta claims the prez "seduced" the actor by promising U.S. support for Scientology in exchange for Travolta going easy in his portrayal of the Clintonesque character in the forthcoming Primary Colors.
STILL TRUCKIN': Guess what movie won the holiday weekend box office? Yep, Titanic again. The sinking-ship epic earned an estimated $32.1 million to bring its total to $370.9 million, bumping Jurassic Park from the No. 3 all-time position in the process. Only E.T. ($399.8 million) and Star Wars ($461 million) have sold more tickets in North America.
ELLE BABY: It's a boy! Newspaper reports from Australia say that supermodel Elle Macpherson gave birth to a son this weekend. Born in New York, he weighed 7 pounds and is named Arpad Flynn Busson after his father.
STONED IN VEGAS: The Rolling Stones closed out their North American tour Sunday with a show in the tiny Hard Rock Casino club in Las Vegas. Competing for the 1,400 seats (for which scalpers were getting upwards of $2,000): Drew Barrymore, Tommy and Pamela Lee, Leonardo DiCaprio and--hey-ooh!--Ed McMahon.
HEAVY ROTATION: The Material Mom is back. Although Madonna's new single "Frozen" won't be released to radio until Thursday, MTV jumps the gun Monday by airing the song's video. Her album Ray of Light--her first in four years--will be out March 3.
MORE MADONNA: Meanwhile, Madonna returned one of her old haunts--Manhattan's Roxy nightclub--Saturday night for her first live performance in four years. The Roxy was the sight of Madonna first New York gig 14 years ago. About 2,000 people saw her debut techno-flavored tracks for Ray of Light.
IMAGE IS EVERYTHING: Two films virtually ignored by Oscar got their revenge at the 29th NAACP Image Awards this weekend. Soul Food took home five awards, including top picture, and Amistad captured two trophies.
NO BEEF? Oprah Winfrey' lawyers have asked a federal judge to dismiss her Texas beef lawsuit, saying irate cattlemen have not proven their claim that a Winfrey show cut into profits. The judge will hear the motion Tuesday. The ranchers wrapped up their case Friday.
YIELDING: Apparently giving up their longtime battle with Ticketmaster, Pearl Jam has announced that it will play some venues controlled by the ticket giant for the band's U.S. tour this summer. The 32-city tour, with stops in L.A., Chicago and New York, kicks off June 20 in Missoula, Montana, and ends September 18 in Washington, D.C. The $23 tickets (plus surcharges) go on sale in April.
ROCK OF AGES: Several classic rock recordings were named to the Grammy Hall of Fame Friday. Among the 140 new inductees were albums from the Who (Tommy) and the Beach Boys (Pet Sounds) as well as tracks by the the Beatles ("I Wanna Hold Your Hand"), the Rolling Stones ("Satisfaction"), Bob Dylan ("Like a Rolling Stone") and Elvis Presley ("That's All Right"). The new additions more than double the number of entries in the Grammy Hall.
JAILHOUSE ROCKED A brawl in Los Angeles County Jail's lockup left actor/inmate Robert Downey Jr. with a cut nose Friday, a sheriff's deputy says. Downey, 32, is serving a six-month sentence for parole violations.
THE DOLL IS OUT THERE: We don't know many details about this summer's X-Files movie, but we have learned something about the marketing plans. Mattel will issue a special Barbie set that will give the doll and beau Ken an X-Files makeover.
MONSTER PLANS: Almost as classified as The X-Files plot is the design for the new Godzilla. Filmmakers have been going to great lengths to hide the look of the dino-like beast.
COMMUNITY PROPERTY: Score one for Parker Stevenson in his divorce battle with Kirstie Alley. The Maine Supreme Court has ruled that their money and property should be divvied up by officials in California, not Maine, as Alley had requested. California is, of course, the land of the 50-50 split.
EJECTED: A judge has thrown out a lawsuit brought by Francis Ford Coppola against late astronomer Carl Sagan. Coppola had claimed Sagan reneged on a deal to make Contact as a TV movie in 1975. The suit was filed just one week after Sagan died in 1996.
HOT STUFF: The Late Show must go on--even if a minor fire did break out Friday on the roof of the building that houses New York's Ed Sullivan Theater, home to David Letterman's talk show. No injuries reported. Letterman was at the scene at the time of the blaze--rescuing interns, he claims.
BONO UPDATE: Toxilogy tests are back in the Sonny Bono case. Everything was clean, save for small traces of Valium. Still, officials don't think that the prescription drug contributed to his fatal skiing accident.