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Paul McCartney
Credit: Paul McCartney: Dennis Van Tine/London Features

ROCK SHOW Firefighter’s son Paul McCartney wanted to stage his own benefit concert in New York to aid the families of the rescue workers and terror victims, but instead, he will headline an already in-the-works all-star benefit show in Manhattan. Called ”The Concert for New York,” the event will also feature the Who, Macy Gray, Bon Jovi, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, The Goo Goo Dolls, Melissa Etheridge, and India.Arie, as well as non-musical stars Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Gwyneth Paltrow, and John Cusack. McCartney has also reportdedly invited the surviving members of Led Zeppelin to reunite, but they haven’t said yes yet. Hundreds of seats will be set aside for families of emergency workers, and proceeds will go to the Robin Hood Foundation relief fund, the Twin Towers fund, and other charitable organizations. The October 20 show, to take place at Madison Square Garden, will be produced by Cablevision (which owns the Garden), Miramax, and VH1, which will air the four-hour event live. The show will also be webcast on AOL.

SKETCHY COMEDY Here’s what you won’t be seeing anytime soon on the newly sensitive ”Saturday Night Live,” whose 27th season premieres tomorrow night: Will Ferrell‘s satirical imitation of President Bush. And Ben Stiller, who was to host next week’s show but dropped out because he felt he couldn’t return to his hometown and be funny right now. (He’ll be replaced by ”American Pie 2”’s Seann William Scott, who was to host the week after; Scott, in turn, will be replaced by Drew Barrymore.) What you may see on tomorrow’s ”SNL”: a guest appearance by New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani — so said ”SNL”’s Ana Gasteyer on Rosie O’Donnell‘s show yesterday. What you will see tomorrow: musical guest Alicia Keys and host Reese Witherspoon, who, for security reasons, flew from Los Angeles to New York on a private plane chartered by NBC. And you’ll hear someone, possibly Witherspoon, open the show with a somber statement and the phrase, ”Live, from New York,” which will take on a whole new meaning.

Speaking of Stiller, the writer-director-star of ”Zoolander” is wondering how his New York fashion spoof/assassination conspiracy thriller will play with post-September 11 audiences in the U.S. when it opens today; in fact, he was quick to edit out some shots of the World Trade Center. But the movie is already getting a thumbs-down in Malaysia. The film sees Stiller’s himbo suckered into a plot to kill a Malaysian prime minister who threatens to cut into fashion industry profits by banning child labor. The country’s Film Censorship Board has called the movie ”definitely unsuitable” for Malaysian viewers and may ban it.

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