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WEDNESDAY, November 16, 2011

According to press reports, Eddie Murphy bailed out of his Oscar hosting gig after producer and pal Brett Ratner walked.  Actually, there were creative differences, too.  He was insisting that they let him host the entire show dressed as Gumby.

Clint Eastwood's new movie "J. Edgar" was made with the full cooperation and aid of the F.B.I. in Washington.  They must have really bent the rules for Clint.  I was in the Post office yesterday and Leonardo DiCaprio's mug shot was among the Ten Most Wanted.

Wal-Mart is exploring the possibility of placing fully-staffed medical clinics in all of their stores nationwide.  Good luck.  Sears tried that years ago but shoppers balked -- probably because you had to buy a health insurance policy from the doctor who was also an Allstate agent.

Jane Fonda is currently producing a workout DVD designed especially for seniors.  Problem is, you have to do all the exercises while sitting in a Viet Cong anti-aircraft gun turret.
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