The 15 hottest topics from the week of October 4

By Jim Mullen
Updated October 04, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

1 Giant Rerelease Liz Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean in an epic saga of Texas life. Who plays the cheerleader’s mom?

2 The Debates Ross Perot is fighting hard to be included. Of course, he thinks they said rebates.

3 John Travolta He’ll play an oversexed Southern presidential candidate in Primary Colors. It’s not Strom Thurmond, is it?

4 Female Chain Gangs Picking up roadside garbage in Phoenix. There’s a skill you need to make it on the outside.

5 Extreme Measures Hugh Grant’s a doctor caught up in mystery, intrigue, and villainy. It’s a movie about health insurance.

6 Rodeos A new study recommends that bulldoggers wear helmets. And they want all new broncos to come with air bags.

7 Dangerous Minds Ex-Marine Annie Potts teaches in a tough inner-city school. Parents don’t like it. They want active-duty Marines.

8 VMI Why do women want to attend? It’s the only place in the country where you can study dinosaurs up close and personal.

9 NYC Marathon Twenty-nine thousand people running 26 miles before noon on a Sunday. That leaves more brunch for us.

10 Wrinkle-Removing Cameras How good are they? Peter Jennings doesn’t bother to get his shirts ironed anymore.

11 JFK JR. He and his wife want to spend their honeymoon where the press never goes. That would be Perot headquarters.

12 Boris Yeltsin He may have to wait months to have his heart operation. Yeah, we have HMOs over here too.

13 Stephen King First he wrote one book a month, now it’s two at a time. He writes faster than most people read.

14 2 Days in the Valley That’s what they call rush hour in Southern California.

15 Family Restaurants The experts say they give you double the calories of the fast-food places. You can’t buy advertising like that.