NEWS LITE : FILM MOM STONE DENIES IT'S REALITY.
Citing friends of the actress, the New York Post reported Monday that Stone, married less than a year, is in her first trimester.
Stone begged to differ.
``Not only am I not pregnant, but it is the exterior of my body that is my public image and therefore available to the press,'' she said Monday. ``This place in my heart and my body is my own. I suggest the press back up to a dignified and respectful place.''
Stone, 40, who became a star after her steamy role in ``Basic Instinct,'' plays the mother of a handicapped genius in the coming movie ``The Mighty.''
The actress married San Francisco Examiner executive editor Phil Bronstein in February.
``I'm ready for motherhood because I've found the perfect partner,'' Stone told a British magazine in May. ``So we make love every single moment that we get a chance.''
Noted jazz institute will move to USC
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance will move to the University of Southern California campus in the fall of 1999.
Offering one of the nation's most intensive college-level programs in jazz studies, the institute will bring an all-star cast of artists to Los Angeles to work directly with young musicians.
The list of musicians teaching the institute's master classes has included Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Grover Washington Jr., Slide Hampton, Jackie McLean, Barry Harris, Jimmy Heath and Clark Terry. Master bassist Ron Carter is the institute's artistic director. Saxophonist Carl Atkins is its program director.
Angelou becoming party animal at 70
For Maya Angelou, turning 70 didn't just bring a birthday party. It brought months of parties.
The poet turned 70 on April 4, but the celebrations keep going. First Oprah Winfrey threw a bash including a weeklong cruise. Then there was the birthday fund-raiser in London, and next month there will be another fund-raiser.
``Yes, the celebration has been going on all year, and I'm still standing, thank you,'' Angelou said from her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. ``I believe I've had enough birthday parties this year to carry me into my 90s.''
Oval Office edited out of Hilfiger fashion ads
A Tommy Hilfiger ad campaign that included a picture of a model sitting on a desk in a fake Oval Office will be changed to remove any future reference to the White House.
In a letter to the designer, the White House legal office asked that the ads be changed because of a longstanding policy that the White House not be used for advertising purposes.
The request was not prompted by the controversy surrounding President Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky, White House spokeswoman Amy Weiss said Monday.``They've agreed to withdraw the campaign, and we're grateful that they're complying with our request,'' she said.
The ads previewing the designer's fashion fall line, began appearing in the September issues of some magazines, including Vanity Fair, Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, GQ and Forbes.
Ruth Pachman, a spokeswoman for the Tommy Hilfiger company, said the campaign was not intended to be a political statement.
``It was designed to capture the positive spirit of American democracy,'' she said. ``It was meant to be a tribute.''
In a July news release to introduce the new ads, Hilfiger said: ``We wanted to use as a theme what the White House represents to the American people - a symbol of hope.''
Pachman said that pictures will be edited to delete any references to the White House, though it was impossible to pull the ads from September and October issues. The pictures that ran in those issues were not scheduled to run again.
``As soon as the company received the letter . . . it began complying with the request immediately,'' she said.
News Lite is compiled by Karen Duffy from Daily News staff and wire reports.
Photo: (1--2) Waiting for her ship to come in
Shae McCalpine patiently awaits the arrival in San Diego of the USS Bonhomme Richard, which brought her fiance, James Williams, back to her. The Bonhomme docked for the first time in its new home port.
Lenny Ignelzi/Associate Press