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MY STARS: RATINGS TYPO ELICITED QUITE A RESPONSE

It seems I made this typo when I put together my "Clear and Present Danger" review a few weeks ago - and I didn't even know it until someone pointed it out to me later.

It was a simple mistake. I gave the film three stars when I fully intended to give it three-and-a-half stars.Now, that's no big deal, right? It's only a half-star difference, right?

But after the review ran on a Wednesday and the three-and-a-half star rating showed up the following Friday in the Weekend section "On the Screen" movie list, I caught all kinds of flak.

Does it really matter? Will it make any difference to Harrison Ford or Paramount Pictures or local theaters or even those who actually read the review? Probably not, but it is interesting how people go nuts over the most trivial things.

Several years ago I went on vacation right after writing a review of the Sylvester Stallone movie "Cobra," which I gave two stars. Somehow, during my absence, the film came up in the "On the Screen" capsule list with four stars!

Now that was an error to go bananas over . . . but no one seemed to notice.

Sigh.

- JIM CARREY IS SO hysterical in "The Mask," I've been asking myself lately why I found "Ace Ventura, Pet Detective" so repulsive.

In retrospect, I've concluded that it's because "The Mask" had a wiser director than "Ace Ventura" - one who recognized how much better Carrey is in small doses of wackiness.

Carrey's character in "The Mask" is a normal person who is occasionally called upon to act completely bonkers. But his "Ace Ventura" character was completely goofy all the time, quickly wearing out his welcome like some clinging, life-of-the-party relative who never stops mugging and won't go away.

Still, "Ace Ventura" was a huge hit and Carrey is getting a reported $10 million to do a sequel.

I'll wait for the "Mask" sequel, thank you.

- HAVE YOU SEEN THE trailer (theatrical preview) for the upcoming slapstick comedy "Dumb and Dumber"? The trailer precedes "The Mask" and Jim Carrey stars, of course.

"Dumb and Dumber" was Carrey's first big-payday movie (a reported $7 million).

But did you know the film was shot in Salt Lake City and environs?

- A GREAT BLOOPER showed up in a press release from Walt Disney Home Video.

The release was touting an upcoming video compilation titled "The Best of Broadway Musicals," featuring songs performed in costume on the old Ed Sullivan television program by original stage cast members - John Raitt and Florence Henderson singing "Oklahoma!" Julie Andrews doing a number from "My Fair Lady," etc.

But one listing says Andrews and Richard Burton perform a song from "Camelot," which co-starred Robert Guillaume as Sir Lancelot!

Sorry, guys. It was Robert Goulet!

- THIS RUMOR PROBABLY has no basis in reality but it's a great idea. A wire service recently reported that George Lucas wants to cast Kenneth Branagh as the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in his next "Star Wars" trilogy. That was the role played by Alec Guinness in the original, of course.

- THIS RUMOR IS TRUE, however - James Cameron will be making a big-budget, high-tech version of the comic strip "Spider-Man" as his next movie.

- DISNEY HAS apparently abandoned Roger Rabbit, at least until the sequel to "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" comes around. (And it will.)

The three existing Roger Rabbit short cartoons - "Tummy Trouble," "Rollercoaster Rabbit" and "Trail Mix-Up" (which played with "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," "Dick Tracy" and "A Far Off Place," respectively) - may be the only ones we'll ever see.

According to Disney animators, during interviews for "The Lion King," the two companies that jointly produced the shorts - Disney and Steven Spielberg's production company, Amblin Entertainment - can't agree on the direction they should take. So, Disney has decided to devote its artists to two a new series of Mickey Mouse shorts, scheduled to debut in theaters next year.

Sadly, only "Tummy Trouble" is available on video (on the "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" tape) - the other two are in limbo.

- IF YOU THINK THE cost of attending movies is too high in Salt Lake City, try seeing one in New York. Both the Sony-Loews and Cineplex Odeon chains now charge $8 at their Big Apple theaters. Ouch!

- TV GUIDE HAS offered the following tidbits over the past year about the growth of VCRs and video-watching . . . though its statistics were not attributed:

- It took eight years for a million TV sets to be sold, versus five years for the VCR. But TVs reached 10 million in two years - while VCRs again took five.

- Video store revenue from rentals is more than $8 billion; sales bring in just less than $4 billion. Together, that makes video a $12-billion-a-year industry, while the total box office earnings for movies in theaters is less than $5 billion. In just over a decade, video has eclipsed theaters as the way Americans watch movies.

- QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Kevin Costner, about his monster hit "The Bodyguard":

"The movie made $400 million and the end doesn't even make sense. I know why that's hard on certain people. It would be hard on me if I wasn't in `Bodyguard.' "