Style guru leaving People

New York -- Flamboyant fashionista Steven Cojocaru is leaving People magazine after a decade to focus on his television career.

The magazine's West Coast style editor, who regularly appears on the "Today" show and "Entertainment Tonight" to discuss the latest trends, is developing a talk show with Paramount, said his publicist, Marcy Engelman.

The 41-year-old -- known for his stick-straight highlighted hair, denim-and-fur wardrobe and outrageous sense of humor -- made his name as a fixture at red-carpet events.

Flowers joining N.Y. musical

New York -- Gennifer Flowers sings again.

The woman who says she had an intimate relationship with President Clinton will be joining "Boobs! The Musical," a revue running at a midtown Manhattan nightspot, on Jan. 21.

"I went down and saw Gennifer in New Orleans, and she's just an amazing talent," Lawrence Leritz, the show's producer, said Thursday. Flowers and her stockbroker-husband own a club in the French Quarter called Gennifer Flowers' Kelsto Club.

"Gennifer has been singing professionally for 30 years. She's played all over the world," Leritz added. "People are going to be very surprised when they see her deliver the goods."

The revue celebrates the bawdy songs of Ruth Wallis, who in the 1950s was labeled "queen of the party records."

Russert still meeting the press

New York -- Tim Russert occasionally watched "Meet the Press" while growing up in Buffalo, but he never thought about himself on the screen. He wanted to be a baseball player.

Sunday, however, marks 12 years and five weeks that he's been the political talk show's moderator, beating the NBC show's longevity record by a week.

Ned Brooks, who left in 1965, had the previous record.

"You never have a sense of whether people will respond to you as a person and a journalist and whether they want to watch you," he told The Associated Press Thursday.

"The clicker can be awfully cruel," he said. "But so far, they've affirmed what we're trying to do."

Woo wants to bridge culture gap

Taipei, Taiwan -- Hong Kong director John Woo, who's done plenty of police movies and Hollywood action-thrillers, wants to do a film that explains Chinese culture to movie-goers in the West.

"I hope to unite talent from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong who can really act out our personality, our culture and our characteristics in one movie," Woo said Thursday while promoting his new film, "Paycheck," starring Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman.

Woo, who got his start in Hong Kong and then moved to Hollywood, says there's a lack of understanding of Asian culture in the West.

"I've been living overseas for so long, and (I see) so many people misunderstand our Chinese culture," he said. "Now that I have an opportunity to work in Hollywood, I often feel I can serve as a bridge."


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