EW Staff
February 12, 1993 AT 05:00 AM EST

RAPPING: America, we have three words for you: Cindy Crawford chats. The MTV House of Style host is on the verge of signing a deal with Fox to front a series of one-on-ones to air this summer. ”We’re not talking Barbara Walters here — it’ll be a little lighter, a little fresher,” says Brad Turell, Fox’s senior vice president in charge of programming. ”She won’t just be sitting in a house somewhere.” Crawford, who plans to continue her House of Style gig, will do at least three specials a year. ”Quite honestly,” Turell says, ”This doesn’t pay as well as her day job.”…

ZOOMING: Clannad, the Irish New Age folk band, is getting a lot of mileage out of its 11-year-old song ”Harry’s Game,” thanks to a Volkswagen ad. Thousands who have seen the new spot for VW’s Passat line have been calling an 800 number and requesting the name of the song; sales of Anam, the album on which it appears, have nearly doubled to 2,000 a week. ”It’s a funny way of getting noticed,” says lead singer Máire Brennan, who notes that ”Harry’s Game” was also featured in Patriot Games. ”But then, it’s very difficult for us to be heard at all. People don’t usually put this on VH-1.”…

PLACING: Hannibal Lecter (the horse) won his second race last week at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York, where the 3-year-old ”devoured the field” (the announcer’s words, not ours). ”Hannibal,” says his trainer, Bob Klesaris, ”was named by my 15-year-old daughter, Jennifer, last year. She had seen the movie (Silence of the Lambs) and was quite taken by Anthony Hopkins.” The stallion, who prefers oats with hay to fava beans and a nice Chianti, is now headed for Florida to begin his campaign for the Academy Awards of horse racing — the Kentucky Derby….

STONEWALLING: Don’t expect to get much satisfaction from an interview with Mick Jagger. Reporters arriving at a London hotel to question the Rolling Stone recently were presented with an ”Interview Release Form,” which specified that ”under no circumstances is the interview to be used for any form of merchandising or any unauthorized biography.” At least one reporter was also advised to ask questions about Mick’s music (his new solo album, Wandering Spirit, was released Feb. 9 on Atlantic) instead of touchy subjects, like his feuds with wife Jerry Hall. The form ”was just something the record company provided,” says a Jagger spokeswoman. ”There was no special request on his part.” Maybe, but reporters who refused to sign were exiled from Mick’s suite….

FLAILING: The beleaguered Boxing Helena — the directing debut of Jennifer Lynch (daughter of David), screened for the first time last week at the Sundance Film Festival — has run into another snag: a preliminary NC-17 rating, which Lynch will appeal. Helena is about a doctor (Julian Sands) who cuts off the limbs of a woman (Sherilyn Fenn) injured in a car accident, keeping her in a box until she falls in love with him. The ratings board wasn’t turned off by the amputation theme — the problem was two long sex scenes. ”We’re never going to let an idea make a picture an R or an NC-17, whether it’s cannibalism or cutting people’s limbs off,” says ratings chairman Richard Heffner. ”I mean, the whole film is bizarre. What are we going to do, give it a B for bizarre?”…

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