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NEWS LITE : SEEING RED OVER AIDS RIBBONS.

Heart surgeon Michael DeBakey took after the ``hypocrisy of actors'' who oppose research using animals yet wear red ribbons supporting the war on diseases like acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Citing tonight's L.A. gala hosted by Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, DeBakey, 88, wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece that ``the use of animals remains indispensable in many key areas.''

He added that Hollywooders can't have it both ways and invited them to ``leave your AIDS ribbons at home. The patients, activists and families, as well as your fans - and the scientists working hard on a cure - deserve to know precisely where you stand.''

Oscar to go on auction blocks

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge Friday denied an 11th-hour request by the motion picture academy to bar Christie's from auctioning off Clark Gable's Oscar on Sunday.

Gable won his 1934 best actor Academy Award for his performance in ``It Happened One Night,'' opposite Claudette Colbert. The Oscar is the centerpiece of the West Hollywood auction.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences claimed Gable signed a standard contract in 1958 giving the plaintiff ``right of first refusal'' - a chance to buy the Oscar for $10 in case it was ever sold.

Gable died in 1960.

Superior Court Judge Robert O'Brien denied the motion because the defendants did not receive ``proper'' notification of the emergency hearing, but said the academy still has the right to pursue the case.

In its written motion, the plaintiff contended the long-standing tradition of the academy is to keep Oscars off the open market.

``The academy has never intended the Oscar to be treated as an article of trade,'' the motion states.

`Mississippi' airs out state's closest

Rob Reiner says his new film, ``Ghosts of Mississippi,'' shows the state isn't covering up its past.

``When you see this film, you will feel very proud of this state,'' Reiner said Thursday. ``It shows Mississippi is willing and able to face the problems of the past . . . and as a result to be able to grow and change.''

The film tells of the decades-long effort to successfully prosecute Byron De La Beckwith for the 1963 killing of civil rights activist Medgar Evers. The avowed segregationist was cleared twice in 1964 by all-white juries, but convicted in 1994.

Reiner attended the Mississippi premiere with Alec Baldwin, who plays Bobby Delaughter, the prosecutor who handled much of the case against Beckwith.

James Woods plays Beckwith and Whoopi Goldberg plays Evers' wife, Myrlie, in the movie that opens across the country in the next couple of weeks.

Divas trade inside info

A double wedding for Madonna and Carlos, and Oprah and Stedman?

Sensing the conversation was turning to her baby's father, Carlos Leon, Madonna turned the tables on talk show host Oprah Winfrey by bringing up her longtime beau, Stedman Graham.

``I was just wondering. When are you and Stedman going to get married?'' Madonna asked.

``About the same time you and Carlos do,'' Winfrey replied.

``Hey, we can have a double wedding. Cool!'' Madonna responded.

Friday's show, taped earlier in the week, was touted as Madonna's first televised interview since the Oct. 14 birth of her daughter, Lourdes Maria, who did not appear on the show. Madonna has said she has no plans to marry Leon.

The discussion between Madonna and Winfrey was interspersed with clips from Madonna's movie, ``Evita,'' which opens on Christmas Day.

Winfrey also brought up pro basketball bad boy Dennis Rodman of the Chicago Bulls. Rodman earned a spot on Madonna's bad side by detailing their relationship in his book, ``Bad As I Wanna Be,'' and saying Madonna begged him to get her pregnant.

``I don't have any respect for a man who kisses and tells,'' said Madonna, who dated Rodman for about two months.

``He says you wanted his baby,'' Winfrey said.

``Really. Well, he's lying,'' Madonna responded.

Winfrey said Rodman, who was on her show earlier this year, mentioned that he wants to apologize to Madonna.

Her response: ``Well, he better crawl from here to China.''

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Actress-model Elizabeth Hurley and actor Hugh Grant attend the premiere of the new Nicholas Roeg film ``Samson and Delilah'' Friday in Rome.

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