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George Clooney’s paparazzi campaign and French director Marcel Carne’s death made news the week of November 15, 1996

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DEALS
In the Death Warmed Over Dept., Brad Pitt, 32, has been cast as the grim reaper in Universal’s Meet Joe Black, which is loosely based on Death Takes a Holiday (1934). The swoon-inducing actor will receive $17.5 million, his largest salary to date. Filming is set to begin April 30.

EXPECTING
More Baldwins! Stephen Baldwin, 30, and his graphic-designer wife, Kennya, 30, are expecting a girl, whom they plan to name Hailey Rhode, in December. The couple have a daughter, Alaia, 3.

FIGHTS
George Clooney‘s ”Stamp Out Stalkerazzi” campaign continues to draw supporters. Among the stars who have joined his boycott of Entertainment Tonight — which is really a protest against the tactics of another Paramount show, Hard Copy — are Whoopi Goldberg, Steven Spielberg, Madonna, and, according to Clooney, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. ”This [boycott] is a weapon, and it’s something I want everyone to pay attention to,” says Clooney. The shows won’t comment.

RECOVERING
As Clueless‘ Cher would have said, ”My bad.” Bruce Broadmax, 64, reportedly was treated at a hospital for minor injuries and released after being hit by a Ford Bronco driven by Alicia Silverstone, 20, in L.A., Oct. 29. Police did not cite the actress for a violation. Silverstone was unavailable for comment … Don Johnson, 46, broke his ankle Oct. 25 after slipping on the porch of his San Francisco home. The writers of his show, Nash Bridges, plan to incorporate the injury into future episodes … Frank Sinatra, 80, was admitted to L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Nov. 1, with a pinched nerve. ”Mr. Sinatra has requested that we not provide any additional information,” says his spokeswoman.

DEATHS
French director Marcel Carné, 90, of undisclosed causes, in Clamart, France. Carné was best known for Les Enfants du Paradis (1945), an intricate love story chosen as the best film ever made in a 1971 poll of French critics. Even though Les Enfants was shot under German supervision, Carné created a thinly disguised allegory about the French Resistance during the Nazi occupation.