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Entertainment news: July 26

Pez candy and ”Striptease” made the news this week

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Sweet Dreams: And you thought only Shriners held conventions. More than 500 people attended last month’s Pez convention in St. Louis to play Pez bingo, discuss Pez-ervation measures, and, most important, petition Pez Candy Inc. to put Jerry Seinfeld’s head atop a Pez dispenser. ”He’s helped Pez-a-mania spread,” says convention organizer John Devlin, who credits a 1992 Seinfeld episode and, more recently, an American Express ad featuring an extensive Pez collection, with repopularizing the fruit-flavored candies. But Seinfeld — who, according to a publicist, ”thinks it would be funny” — is not likely to grace a Pez dispenser. Pez is sticking to its no-humans rule, says a spokesman for the Connecticut-based company, and will manufacture only dispensers bearing the noggins of cartoon characters — one of the latest being Tasmanian Devil. Put that in your dispenser and chew it.

Mensa Music: Striptease has changed its tune — literally. In Carl Hiaasen’s comic novel, FBI secretary-turned-Eager Beaver exotic dancer Erin Grant took it all off to the thump of classic rock by the likes of Van Morrison and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Demi Moore’s screen Grant, on the other hand, performs to the more cerebral sounds of Annie Lennox. ”We thought that Demi’s character was the most intelligent girl in the club,” explains Joel Sill, Striptease‘s exec music producer, who says he and Moore considered everything from Madonna to the Gap Band. ”And Annie’s a very intelligent artist.” Five Lennox tunes can be heard in the film, but at the request of Lennox’s label, Arista, only one — Eurythmics’ ”Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” — ended up on the soundtrack. ”They were worried it would turn out to be an Annie Lennox Greatest Hits,” says Sill. ”I can’t blame them.”

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