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WHEELS OF JUSTICE TURNING IN ENNIS COSBY MURDER CASE.

Byline: Marilyn Beck & Stacy Jenel Smith

It's now been nine months - to the day - since Ennis Cosby was murdered in what police said was a random robbery. But progress in the case is being made. Mikail Markhasev, the Ukrainian immigrant who stands accused of the crime, is scheduled to appear in Santa Monica court on Oct. 10, when a date for the start of the trial will be set - likely in January.

The Cosby family, of course, has been keeping close track of the proceedings. Bill Cosby is expected to be on hand for at least part of the trial, and we understand his wife, Camille, is keeping her calendar clear for the early part of the year. However, Cosby rep David Brokaw declines to confirm any information, saying, ``They will have absolutely no comment regarding anything about the trial until the judicial process has been completed - not whether they're going to be there, what they think about it, nothing.''

The videoland view

Fran Drescher's doing it. Judd Hirsch and Bob Newhart are thinking of doing it. And other sitcom names are definitely contemplating it - paring down their weekly work schedules to three days. On the other hand, John Lithgow - who just lugged home his second Emmy as best actor in a comedy for ``3rd Rock From the Sun'' Sunday night - doesn't imagine they'll ever make such a move on his show. And he doesn't get why others are seemingly bent on minimizing their schedules. Without naming names, he says, ``Why aspire to do a show in three days if it's not as good as you can do in four or five? You will improve your golf game, but not your show. We need our big solid rehearsal days, with no cutting corners. It's pretty intense.''

Lithgow's been keeping up a particularly intense pace lately, puttin' on his dancing shoes and working with a choreographer to prepare for an upcoming episode of ``3rd Rock'' in which he's doing a Fred Astaire-style dance number. As ``3rd Rock'' fans know, one of the favorite things to do on the show is spoof Lithgow's movies. They had him in drag for a takeoff on his performance in ``The World According to Garp,'' for instance. And his ``Evil Dick'' character was inspired by the villain he played in ``Cliffhanger.'' And, Lithgow says, he'll be doing a little homage to his ``Footloose'' in the midst of his Astaire-type dance.

That ought to be interesting.

Close to the real thing

With ``How Stella Got Her Groove Back'' en route to production this month (starting in L.A., moving to Jamaica in November), they're looking for a body double for the fabulous Angela Bassett. Nudity will be required. And the candidate should, of course, shape up like the shapely Angela: 5-foot-4, 110 pounds, 34C-27-34, thighs 20-21 and size 9 shoes. Makes one wonder how heavily feet figure into this movie.

Attention Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Clint Eastwood, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Seagal, Eddie Murphy and Keanu Reeves. Casting is going on for a look-alike of each of you for a commercial pitching L.A. Lites cigarettes for the Indonesian market. Maybe some folks believe that people in Indonesia don't get cancer.

AND ... Just when you thought every Elvis Presley mystery had been explored, ``Unsolved Mysteries'' is doing a segment about Elvis' last night. They're using a look-alike (but not an impersonator) of the 42-year-old, 230-pound Elvis for the show, which is shooting this week.

As the tube turns

Harriet Sansom Harris, best known to ``Frasier'' fans for her recurring role as Frasier Crane's cutthroat agent Bebe, is hoping to continue that role in addition to her co-starring part in NBC's new ``Union Square.'' ``Bebe is the most fun thing I've ever gotten to do in television, and I'm always happy when I get work on `Frasier.' I think they'll probably work that out. ... They're both NBC shows, and they're on different nights, so I don't think it's a big deal.'' Harris plays an acid-tongued real-estate agent in the ``Union Square'' sitcom, which is set in a New York City diner.

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Title Annotation:L.A. LIFE
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Sep 16, 1997
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