Lewinsky not hurting in the pocketbookMonica Lewinsky's...

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August 31, 1999

Lewinsky not hurting in the pocketbook

Monica Lewinsky's still looking for that perfect job, but in the meantime she's hoping to make money selling her own line of handbags over the Internet. "What really excites me is that this has nothing to do with the president," she tells Marie Claire magazine. The former White House intern is selling eight designs, ranging from $70 to $130. She took up knitting and sewing "as the only way to stay sane" when she was holed up in her Washington apartment, forbidden by prosecutors to talk to anyone by phone or e-mail, she says.

She has new digs, too, according to news reports -- an apartment in a Greenwich Village building where one-bedrooms fetch around $4,000 a month. Lewinsky, whose mother lived in midtown Manhattan, recently earned a $600,000 advance for her book, "Monica's Story."

Schwarzenegger in action

Arnold Schwarzenegger is attached to star in Beacon Communications' remake of "Seven Men From Now." Schwarzenegger will portray Ben Stride, a federal officer forced to examine the darker side of his soul when he witnesses his wife's murder. Stride finds himself the unwitting prey of a conspiracy during the search for his wife's killers. Although the 1956 original -- which starred Randolph Scott as Stride -- is a western, this updated version is set in contemporary Houston.

McCarthy's funny move

Former MTV "Singled Out" host and sitcom vixen Jenny McCarthy has jumped from parody to parodied. McCarthy, who was supposed to star in Dimension's horror spoof "Scream If You Know What I Did Last Halloween," has dropped out of the project. She's now working on the studio's "Scream 3" for horrormeister Wes Craven.

Sources of friction

A battle is brewing in Phoenix, where Arizona Republic columnist Julie Amparano, fired after being accused of fabricating sources, is denying the charges and threatening to sue the paper. According to executive editor Pam Johnson, on Aug. 18 a senior-level editor informed her of some newsroom fears that Amparano might be inventing characters in her new "Conversations" column. An internal examination of the sources in 11 of her columns turned up 20 names that could not be traced. She was fired Aug. 20. Amparano, 39, is a regional director for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and a five-year Republic veteran. Her attorney Stephen Montoya offered a "flat-out denial" of wrongdoing, saying "the practices that Julie employed in writing her column are employed throughout the paper." Readers aren't that upset, judging by the number of comments the paper has received, said reader advocate Richard de Uriarte: "In comparison to the loss of a bridge column, it's nothing."

Martin under the influences

Puerto Rican pop sensation Ricky Martin says he may sing Mandarin Chinese on his next album. "Why not?" Martin asked yesterday. "Or Japanese," said the singer best known for mixing Spanish and English in hits such as "Livin' La Vida Loca." He says an Asian influence can be heard on his self-titled CD. "I spent half the year in Asia last year, and at the same time I was recording my album," he said, while promoting the album in Singapore. "I went back to the studio and told them how I was affected by these beautiful sounds." Martin, once part of the teeny-bopper group Menudo, is wildly popular in Asia. Fans from as far away as Australia and India traveled to Singapore to watch him sing five songs at a 30-minute show Sunday.

Wakeup call from Angelou

Maya Angelou, addressing Duke University freshmen for the 10th year in a row, urged them to use their time in college to rid themselves of the burden of ignorance and prejudice. "It's very hard to agree to give up things you've known all your life: attitudes, positions, conceits," the poet said. "You will wonder, `Dare I, dare I really lay this down? Dare I really give over the idea that women are really quite fine, but not as important as a man?' " she said Sunday.

The downloadable Bowie

British rock star David Bowie will allow fans to download his new album digitally via the Internet, from any participating retailer. It's the first time that a complete album will be available for downloading from the Internet, The Outside Organization public relations company said. Bowie and Virgin records will make songs from his new album, "hours," available online on Sept. 21.

Today's birthdays

Comedian Buddy Hackett is 75.

Actor James Coburn is 71.

Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson is 64.

Rock musician Jerry Allison (Buddy Holly and the Crickets) is 60.

Violinist Itzhak Perlman is 54.

Singer Van Morrison is 54.

Actor Richard Gere is 50.

Rock singer Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze) is 42.

Rock musician Gina Schock (The Go-Go's) is 42.

Singer Chris Whitley is 39. R&B musician Larry Waddell (Mint Condition) is 36.

Rock musician Jeff Russo (Tonic) is 30.

Singer-composer Debbie Gibson is 29. R&B singer Tamara is 22.

From staff and wire reports

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