Arnold still testing political water

Burbank, Calif. -- Arnold Schwarzenegger won't terminate rumors of a run for governor while promoting his latest movie, joking that: "You haven't seen special effects like this since the California state budget."

The action star's advisers have said he'll decide whether to run after the July 2 release of "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," and only if it becomes clear that an effort to recall Gov. Gray Davis will qualify for the ballot.

If voters decide to oust Davis, they'd also have to choose a successor.

At Thursday's taping of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" at NBC Studios, the talk show host introduced Schwarzenegger as "the next governor from the great state of California."

Letterman ending Friday breaks

New York -- David Letterman is going back on the air Fridays.

After a month of the veteran "Late Show" host turning Friday nights over to guest hosts, Jimmy Fallon's stint Friday was going to be the last, spokesman Tom Keaney said.

Tom Green, Tom Arnold and Kelsey Grammer had also filled in for Letterman.

Oddly, Letterman didn't even get a day off. He usually tapes his Friday shows on Thursday evenings, after taping Thursday's show; so he just left work early during this stretch.

Although ratings in the summer aren't watched as closely as those during the regular TV season, "Tonight" host Jay Leno's lead over Letterman has increased in the past month.

Martha launches new magazine

New York -- Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. will begin regular publication of Everyday Food, a recipe magazine, with the September issue, after a six-month test run.

The commitment to Everyday Food, announced Thursday, marks the most visible business initiative since Stewart was indicted June 4 on charges of lying to investigators and deceiving her company's shareholders during a probe into her sale of ImClone Systems stock.

Stewart stepped down as chief executive of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia on the day the indictments were announced, but she has remained at the company as its chief creative officer as well as a member of the board of directors.

'Chicken Run' in dispute

London -- Children's author Alan Davidson is suing Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks studio for damages, saying it stole his story for the 2000 animated film "Chicken Run."

Davidson argues that the movie, produced by DreamWorks and animators Peter Lord and Nick Park, infringed on a copyright protecting "Escape From Cold Ditch," his children's tale of a hen that leads an escape from a chicken farm.

The author claims the movie, credited to Lord and Park, infringes on his moral right to be identified as the author.

Both stories feature a rebellious hen who leads her clucking friends in a World War II-style breakout across fields and barbed wire.

Davidson's title is a play on Colditz Castle, where the Germans held Allied prisoners during World War II.


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