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NEW YEAR’S EVE WATCH1994 Fox-Style: The Fox...

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NEW YEAR’S EVE WATCH

1994 Fox-Style: The Fox network will ring in 1994 with a New Year’s Eve special featuring George Carlin, Sinbad, Bobcat Goldthwait and Penn & Teller. “New Year’s Eve 1994" will be based in New York’s Times Square where comedian Richard Jeni will host, but the show will crisscross the country for special performances. Carlin’s gig will be a comedy bash from Hollywood’s Sunset Theater; Sinbad will be stationed in Washington and Penn & Teller in Las Vegas.

All Ears: You can hear New Year’s Eve festivities on the radio when KPCC-FM (89.3) airs National Public Radio’s special “New Year’s Eve Coast to Coast.” The live broadcast celebrates the new year in three different time zones, starting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 31 and finishing at 1 a.m. on Jan. 1. The program begins with a visit to the Count Basie Orchestra playing at New York City’s Grand Hyatt, and then heads to Chicago for a performance by Ellington Dynasty. Last stop: Tacoma, Wash., for a show by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

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Grammy Nominees: Singers Clint Black and Jody Watley, comedian Garry Shandling and Michael Greene, president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, will announce the nominees for the 36th annual Grammy Awards at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 6 at the Universal Hilton in Universal City. The awards show will be held March 1 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City; it airs on CBS.

TELEVISION

Soap Bubbles: Soap fans can relive their favorite moments on ABC’s “Loving,” “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital” when the network releases three home videos with scenes from the shows. Due to the success of its first soap video release, “ABC Daytime’s Greatest Weddings,” the network’s daytime division will offer “All My Children: Behind the Scenes,” “Luke & Laura Volume 1: Lovers on the Run” and “Daytime’s Most Wanted: Men of Passion” in stores on Feb. 2. Each video costs $14.98. . . . And for you “One Life to Live” devotees, Max and Luna’s love song, “I Still Believe in You,” and Marty and Suede’s “Teach Me How to Dream” will be featured on a new album, “One Life to Live: The Best of Love,” set for a Jan. 25 release. . . . Speaking of soap stars, Tony Geary and Genie Francis (“General Hospital’s” Luke and Laura) will be guests on the ABC sitcom “Roseanne” on Jan. 4.

MOVIES

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‘Buddha’ in Berlin: Bernardo Bertolucci’s film “Little Buddha” will open the 1994 Berlin International Film Festival on Feb. 10. The movie is about the search for the reincarnation of Buddha. Also on opening night, the festival will pay tribute to British producer Jeremy Thomas, known for his work on Bertolucci’s “The Last Emperor.” Thomas will be president of the 44th annual festival’s international jury. The festival ends Feb. 21.

Van Damme Disputes Suit: A lawsuit accusing kick-boxing actor Jean-Claude Van Damme of sexual assault is “totally frivolous and totally without merit,” the actor said in a statement. A woman sued Van Damme, his trainer and another woman in New Orleans last week for allegedly conspiring to set “a sexual trap” for her last year during filming of a movie. The lawsuit alleges Van Damme forced himself on her in a hotel room.

QUICK TAKES

Actress Sherilyn Fenn and musician Toulouse Holliday are the parents of a baby boy. Myles Maximillian Holliday was born Dec. 15 in an all-natural birth at the couple’s Los Angeles home. . . . Gena Rowlands will receive a career achievement award at the Sundance Film Festival for her contribution to independent film. She’ll be honored in Park City, Utah, on Jan. 22.

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