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NEWS & NOTES : SHATNER AS HOCKEY'S HOWE?

Byline: Daily News Wire Services

Canadian-born William Shatner has agreed to star as former hockey superstar Gordie Howe in the film version of ``My Three Hockey Players.'' The film is based on the book by Howe's wife, Colleen. But can Shatner skate? ``All Canadians can skate,'' said Shatner's manager Larry Thompson. ``And through the magic of filmmaking, he will skate like Gordie Howe.'' Colleen Howe's book tells the story of the legendary hero of the National Hockey League, who came out of retirement to play with his sons, Mark and Marty, in the upstart World Hockey Association. With the three Howes skating for the Houston Aeros, that team won the championship in 1974.

Flack meets Fugees: Roberta Flack will appear at the MTV Movie Awards to sing the opening notes of ``Killing Me Softly,'' her hit song from 1973. Joining her will be the Fugees, who will perform the remainder of their chart-topping remake of the song. Other performers announced for the show, which will be televised on June 13, include Whitney Houston, who will sing ``Why Does It Hurt So Bad?'' from ``Waiting to Exhale,'' and comedian Adam Sandler, who will perform a new comedy song. Ben Stiller and Janeane Garofalo will co-host the show.

Saluting Hepburn: Audrey Hepburn will be awarded a posthumous Women in Film Crystal Award for her contributions to Hollywood and the world through her involvement with UNICEF at Women in Film's upcoming luncheon June 21. Lifetime Television will salute this year's Crystal Awards with an hourlong special airing Aug. 18.

Conventions wired: CBS News will provide live gavel-to-gavel video coverage of the Republican and Democratic national conventions on the Internet. Palo Alto, Calif.-based VDOnet Corp.'s VDOLive will supply the technology for the video feed. The coverage will be available on CBS News' ``Campaign 96'' Web site. The project was developed by Dean Daniels, director of interactive news services at CBS News, and VDOnet. The video coverage will appear in a window on computer screens. CBS News will also provide convention schedules, speaker profiles and regularly updated campaign news. The Republican National Convention is set for Aug. 12-15 in San Diego and the Democratic National Convention takes place Aug. 26-29 in Chicago. The CBS News ``Campaign 96'' Web site was launched Feb. 12, the same day as the Iowa caucuses, the political season's first ``major'' event.
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Title Annotation:L.A. LIFE
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Jun 6, 1996
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