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Scorsese’s Fans: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Spike Lee, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Joe Pesci, Rosanna Arquette, Paul Sorvino and James Woods are among those who will fete director Martin Scorsese when he receives the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award Feb. 20 at the Beverly Hilton. Sharon Stone, an Oscar nominee for Scorsese’s “Casino,” will host. Tickets still are available, but they’re a hefty $1,000 and up.


DGA’s TV Picks: Anjelica Huston has picked up a Directors Guild of America nomination for her directorial debut, “Bastard Out of Carolina,” which was seen on Showtime after TNT passed on it because of its child abuse theme. Her co-nominees for TV dramatic specials award are Betty Thomas (HBO’s “The Late Shift”), Robert Harmon (HBO’s “Gotti”), John Frankenheimer (TNT’s “Andersonville”) and Uli Edel (HBO’s “Rasputin”). The winner will be announced March 8.



Tibetan Protest: Bonnie Raitt, Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette, Natalie Merchant and Michael Stipe of R.E.M. are among a dozen musicians protesting China’s treatment of an exiled Tibetan dance scholar sentenced to 18 years in prison. The group says Ngawang Choephel is being punished for teaching Tibetan children exiled in the United States; Chinese government-run Radio Tibet said Choephel confessed to spying for the Dalai Lama. In a letter to Vice President Al Gore, the performers said Choephel’s case exemplifies Chinese “persecution of Tibetan culture” and asked that Gore cancel a visit to China next month unless Choephel is released.


Shortly after the adult contemporary programming at KSCA-FM (101.9) went off the air late Tuesday, the station’s new owners heralded in a new era with a looped track of recorded laughter that was to last until 6 p.m. Wednesday, when “Mexican regional” Spanish-language music was to begin. The station will retain the call letters. . . . Tickets for the Counting Crows show at Irvine Meadows April 5, which officially go on sale Saturday, will be sold via the Internet only starting today, at . . . Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ concerts from San Francisco’s historic Fillmore auditorium will be broadcast live over the Internet tonight and Friday at 9 p.m. at . . . Acting teacher and director Sanford Meisner, who died Sunday at 91, will be remembered today with an open house-memorial celebration from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sanford Meisner Center for the Arts, 5124 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood.