By EW Staff
Updated September 16, 1994 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Campbell’s Soup: Naomi Campbell: supermodel, recording artist, and author- well, sort of. Britain’s divine-looking diva, whose debut CD, BabyWoman, is supposed to be released overseas this month, is on a six-week European tour to promote the pop disc and her first novel, Swan (being published in the U.S. next month by Heinemann). A staffer at London-based Heinemann admits it was actually ghostwriter Caroline Upcher who penned Swan after the publishing house approached Campbell. The 24-year-old model reportedly got a $200,000 advance for the daffy pseudo-thriller, whose central character is-surprise!-a supermodel. ”Naomi feels her recording and writing careers give her a chance to really shape something herself,” says her spokesman. And what about that writer? ”Naomi was instrumental in developing the plot and the characters,” says the spokesman. ”Plenty of books have ghostwriters.” -Erica Kornberg

Key Grip: To prepare for his role as Beethoven (as in Ludwig van, not the dog) in the upcoming biopic Immortal Beloved, Gary Oldman did everything except lose his hearing. Not much of an ivories tickler, Oldman hired several piano tutors to train him in the ways of the German composer. ”He was relentless,” says a spokesman for the actor. ”He studied piano for three months straight, eight hours a day.” The lessons paid off. In April, Oldman co-conducted the London Symphony with Sir Georg Solti for the film’s soundtrack. –Jessica Shaw

Hail to the Chief: More than 20 years after The Candidate, Robert Redford is throwing his hat into the ring again. The actor-director (whose Quiz Show opens this week) will portray none other than the Commander in Chief in Rob Reiner‘s romantic comedy The American President. ”I don’t have to do a whole lot to get presidential,” says Redford, who’ll costar with Emma Thompson. ”I just have to get a frustrated look on my face.” What’s changed since his last trip inside the political machine? ”Certainly the office of the President has changed,” he says. ”Nixon changed that forever. No one gives it the respect it once had. Then again, I’m making a comedy about the presidency—so we won’t go into those concerns.” Spoken like a true politician. –Cindy Pearlman

Fizzed Off: Coca-Cola execs are popping their corks over the way director Oliver Stone intercut those adorable polar bears from Coke’s whimsical ads with bloody images of murder and mayhem in Natural Born Killers. But Hollywood insiders say the soft-drink giant has no right to complain: ”The reality is, we have a contract with (Coke) and it says you can do whatever you want as long as you don’t disparage the product,” says a source close to the production. Caught in the middle of the brouhaha is Creative Artists Agency, which Coke signed on two years ago to help with its marketing strategy. Problem is, CAA not only advises Coke, it represents Stone as well. Other than issuing a statement saying it is ”concerned that our commercial is used in a way we didn’t intend and weren’t aware of,” Coke is keeping its displeasure bottled up. —Jennifer Pendleton

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