. . . "Woody Talks About Mia." At least that's what American Film promised on its current cover . A more accurate line might have been: "Woody (But Mostly Others, Including Mia) Talks About Mia." In 72 inches, only 13 were devoted to Woody on Mia.

. . . We'll bet that John Hughes, who took flak for his alleged racial stereotyping of Asians in "Sixteen Candles," won't be up for an NAACP Image Award after his latest film, "Some Kind of Wonderful." The only blacks who appear onscreen are a pair of high-school delinquents who pop up in detention class.

. . . And the bet goes double for the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde. Her drummer's black, yet she cracked a racist joke at the band's concert at San Bernardino's Orange Shell Pavilion last week: "Why do black people have chickens? So they can teach their kids how to walk."

. . . Could we have more class, please, during next year's Grammy classical awards segment? This year, for instance, Julia Migenes-Johnson was introduced as Julia Migenes. She, in turn, stumbled on Yo-Yo Ma's name, made fun of Lutoslawski's name, referred to James Billings as Jane . The awards telecast, not incidentally, lasted 3 hours and 20 minutes--of which 7 minutes were devoted to what we used to call "serious" music.

. . . Those special American Film Market issues of the Hollywood Reporter invariably carry the tackiest ads as distributors descend on L.A. to peddle their cheapo pics. But the award for this year's sleaziest artwork has to go to Infinity Film Sales (a division of Empire International) for "Psychos in Love": As a groom kisses an oversexed bride, he stabs the screaming bridesmaid in the chest while his betrothed beheads the best man with a blood-spattering chain saw.

. . . Kris Kristofferson explained taking his "Amerika" role because the maxi-series examined the concept of patriotism, among other lofty reasons. Now Robert Urich is saying (to Army Archerd) that he accepted his part after "a lot of soul-searching" because "the function for dramatic artists--dating back to the Greek theater--has been to operate on the fringes of creative thought, new ideas and controversy. . . ." Geez, and we thought their star salaries might have had something to do with it.

. . . We hate to have to 'fess up to our own gaffes, but: The pro-Bobby Knight comments that we quibbled about (touting the uncontrollable Indiana U. basketball coach as good father-figure material) were not heard on Prime Ticket--which doesn't broadcast Indiana games. Apparently, we were catching another channel.

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