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"ER" star George Clooney is suffering from a few butterflies about swapping hospital greens for tights and a cape when he takes over as the next Batman.

And with good reason. Clooney has big crime-fighting boots to fill, taking over after Michael Keaton and Val Kilmer both scored huge hits in the title role.

"My God, it's the biggest franchise ever Nothing can compare," Clooney said in the March 30 issue of TV Guide.

In "Batman and Robin," Clooney will battle Arnold Schwarzenegger as the villainous Dr. Freeze and Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy.

Romance dies in a flash(bulb)

"Good Morning America" hostess Joan Lunden blames the media for the abrupt end of her budding romance with Kevin Costner.

"I think Kevin and I would have dated longer had it not been for the unbelievable press focus on us," Lunden said in the March 30 issue of TV Guide.

Being chased by photographers, combined with the demands of Costner's "Waterworld" promotional tour, doused any romantic sparks last summer.

Lunden said Costner went all out for their first date.

"He got this yacht, and we sailed around New York Harbor and had dinner," said Lunden, a divorced mother of three.

"It was quite romantic and quite beautiful," she said. "When he first walked on the boat and smiled at me, as only he can smile, and said, 'Boy, I've waited so long to meet you,' I almost fell over."

'Showgirls' strips Pia Zadora of record with 7 Razzie awards

"Showgirls" set an all-time record for lameness in Sunday's Golden Raspberry Awards for the worst achievements in movies.

The striptease drama won seven Razzies, as the awards are known, including worst picture, worst actress (Elizabeth Berkley), worst screenplay (Joe Eszterhas) and worst director (Paul Verhoeven). Berkley was also selected as 1995's worst new star.

Rounding out the Razzies for "Showgirls" was worst original song, "Walk Into the Wind," and worst screen couple, awarded for any combination of two people in the film.

The record was held by Pia Zadora's "The Lonely Lady," which won six Razzies in 1984.

"Four Rooms," "Jury Duty," "The Scarlet Letter" and "Waterworld" each won one Razzie apiece.

Pauly Shore, a previous Razzie winner, was named worst actor for "Jury Duty." "The Scarlet Letter" was dishonored as the worst remake or sequel.

The 16th annual Razzies were determined by 400 film professionals, journalists and movie fans surveyed by the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation.

Offbeat New Mexico poses burning question

A state bird (the roadrunner), a state mammal (the black bear) and even a state cookie (the "biscochito") weren't enough for New Mexico legislators.

Now they've adopted a state question: "Red or green?"

Red or green what? The reference is to a chili - the hot pepper that spices up many favorite New Mexican dishes. State officials say New Mexico is the top chili-producing state in the nation.

On Saturday, the Legislature passed a non-binding measure asking Gov. Gary Johnson to issue a proclamation making "Red or green?" an official state question.

"It has to be the prominent question in New Mexico, asked hundreds of times a day in restaurants, and that's why I believe it appropriate to be the official state question," said state Rep. Ben Lujan, a sponsor of the new measure.

'Cheers' star offers to buy state a round - of hemp

Woody Harrelson is offering to pick up the tab for Colorado's first test crop of hemp if state legislators allow farmers to grow it.

Harrelson of "Cheers" television fame is an investor in a hemp clothing company and import firm. He wrote a letter to state legislators urging passage of the bill.

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