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Forbes does `SNL': Steve Forbes, who ended his failed campaign for the Republican presidential nomination last month after spending about $30 million of his own fortune, will be the host of NBC's ``Saturday Night Live'' April 13.

``It'll be good fun. I'll be able to do to my former opponents what I couldn't do on the campaign trail,'' Forbes said.

Asked what he would do with the $5,000 stipend given to guest hosts, Forbes quipped that he'd use it to help pay his campaign debts.

Other politicians who appeared on ``SNL'' include then-New York Mayor Ed Koch in 1983, George McGovern in 1984 and Jesse Jackson in 1984.

SNL regular Mark McKinney has caricatured the bespectacled publisher of Forbes magazine in the past. Forbes said he saw McKinney's caricature once, commenting, ``He probably does me better than I could.''

Gates gets Ansel: One day you won't have to leave home to gaze at the splendor of Yosemite.

Computer software mogul Bill Gates has obtained electronic rights to the works of Ansel Adams, the acclaimed nature photographer.

The deal, announced Tuesday, gives Gates the electronic rights to Adams' 2,500 images of the American wilderness. About 9 million books, posters and calendars based on the stark and moving photos have been sold.

The Corbis Corp., a Bellevue, Wash.-based company owned by Gates, is in the process of putting together an enormous digital library. Last fall, Corbis purchased the Bettmann Archive and its collection of millions of historical photos.

The specific terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Corbis will have exclusive rights to distribute Adams' photos electronically for 20 years. Adams died in 1984 at age 82.

``The goal is to try to take Ansel's work into the 21st century,'' said Bill Turnage, managing trustee of the Ansel Adams Trust.

Corbis will produce a CD-ROM title based on Adams' photography to be released in the fall of 1997.

U2's reluctant partners: Paul McGuinness, manager of U2, has confirmed the shotgun marriage of Creative Artists Agency and Toronto-based concert promoter Michael Cohl, who he is asking to link forces to handle U2's upcoming tour.

Though CAA and Cohl don't much care for each other - they have been longtime competitors - CAA had originally put in a joint bid for the tour with Bill Graham Presents, while Cohl put in his own separate bid. McGuinness and U2 insist CAA and Cohl work in full partnership.

At stake is nothing less than a 100-date tour that observers say could pull in about $225 million.

Wincott replaces Caruso: Michael Wincott (``The Crow,'' ``Strange Days'') is set to take over where David Caruso left off. Wincott will star opposite Eddie Murphy in Caravan Pictures' ``Metro,'' which Caruso had to drop for scheduling reasons. Wincott's deal was set by Steve Dontanville of ICM and manager Joan Hyler.

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