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Entertainment news for May 14, 1993

Robert Redford, Demi Moore, and Bono all made headlines this week

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‘QUIZ’ MASTER
Answer: William Baldwin. Question: Which Baldwin brother may play an infamous ’50s game-show contestant in Robert Redford‘s next directorial effort, Quiz Show? The cutest member of the Long Island acting clan screen-tested in New York last week for the role of Charles Van Doren, the Columbia University professor who played a pivotal role in the scandal that rocked the early days of TV. ”He’s a blue-blood academic,” Baldwin says of Van Doren, who now reportedly lives in Florida. ”I’ve graduated from college, but I’m not a Larchmont lockjaw.” Less of a stretch is John Turturro (Mac), already signed on to play Herb Stempel, who exposed the scandal. ”He’s perfect for it,” says Baldwin. ”He’s the manic, neurotic Jewish guy.” — Melina Gerosa

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT
Demi Moore recently helped throw a surprise bachelorette scavenger hunt for her betrothed buddies, aspiring actress Robin Ruzan (the future Mrs. Mike Meyers) and former Bangle Susanna Hoffs. Each bride-to-be hopped into a limo with six pals, a Polaroid camera, and a list of deeds to be performed by midnight. Some of the higher-scoring activities: taking a team moon shot and arriving at the L.A. club The Gate with a soap star in tow (Ruzan’s team grabbed The Young and the Restless‘ Michael Damian as he left the stage of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat). No surprise: Ruzan’s team won. ”They had Demi, and she’s really bold,” says Hoffs. ”She just walked up to Michael Damian and said, ‘Come with us!”’ — MG

MR. D’AMATO GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
Kim Basinger isn’t the only one who reneges on movie roles. Last summer, New York’s Sen. Alfonse D’Amato agreed to do a cameo for Warner Bros.’ political satire Dave. ”D’Amato actually lobbied for the part,” says director Ivan Reitman (Kindergarten Cop). But before D’Amato could film his screen debut, the studio’s parent company, Time Warner, came under fire for releasing Ice-T‘s Cop Killer, and the senator decided it would be politically incorrect to appear in the film. Reitman later cast Senators Paul Simon and Tom Harkin, but that wasn’t the last of Al. After Ice-T and Time Warner parted ways in January, Reitman received a call from the senator’s office: ”It was Alfonse saying, ‘Can I come back to the movie?”’ recalls Reitman. ”I said, ‘No, thank you,’ but it was a wonderful lesson in political manipulation.” — Cindy Pearlman

LAME DUCK
David Letterman isn’t about to do NBC any favors. A source says Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels, who recently tapped Conan O’Brien to replace Dave as NBC’s new Late Night personality, couldn’t persuade Letterman to host SNL‘s May 15 season finale. Michaels settled instead on Dave star Kevin Kline. The source adds that Michaels tried and failed to get Sharon Stone on the May 8 show — so Married With Children‘s Christina Applegate sufficed. Michaels’ spokesman would say only, ”Saturday Night Live does not comment on people they are considering or who turned them down for hosting slots,” though he added Applegate had been booked ”since 1992.” — Sharon Isaak

U2 CAN SING WITH YOUR IDOLS
Bono is moving in some increasingly mysterious musical ways. On an EP being recorded by his band, U2, for summer release in Europe, the garrulous lead singer croons the standard ”One for My Baby” in what a spokesman describes as ”Bono doing Frank Sinatra.” But Old Blue Eyes isn’t the only old-timer inspiring the Irish rocker these days. Last month, Bono popped up at Johnny Cash‘s Dublin concert and joined the Man in Black to sing “Big River.” The show set off rumors of a Bono-Cash song in the works; for the moment, Cash’s spokeswoman says, ”They’re friends, and they write songs together. That’s what musicians do when they get together.” — Heidi Siegmund