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Tuesday, July 3, 2001

TELL ALL: Denise Rich, the socialite songwriter whose fugitive ex-husband received a presidential pardon this year, has signed a deal to produce a book and a song, both titled “Pardon Me!”

In the book, Rich will tell the story of her marriage to billionaire Marc Rich, who fled the United States just before federal prosecutors brought charges against him for alleged tax fraud, racketeering and trading with the enemy, according to a statement released by Capital Books International of Sterling, Va.

She also will tell all about her relationship with former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and the ensuing investigation of the pardon Marc Rich received, the statement said.

“Nothing I have ever done in my life has followed traditional paths,” Rich said in the statement. Instead of receiving an advance, the author and publisher instead have formed a partnership.

Rich will work with writer Laura Morton, whose six best sellers include books with Joan Lunden, Melissa Etheridge and Marilu Henner. The book is expected to be published in April.

CARTOON FAN: Prince Charles visited the studios of the Oscar-winning animator behind Wallace and Gromit on Monday — and declared himself a big fan.

“I have to watch them again and again to take it all in,” Charles told Nick Park, who created the eccentric inventor Wallace and his sidekick dog, Gromit.

“I’m such an admirer of what you do, it really is terrific.”

The prince saw models from the three Wallace and Gromit short films and sets from last year’s feature “Chicken Run” as he toured the studios of Aardman Animations in Bristol in southwest England.

As he opened a new trophy cabinet to house the firm’s three Academy Awards and other prizes, Charles praised the 300-strong staff for all their efforts.

DELAY OF GAME: John McTiernan’s remake of “Rollerball” will roll into theaters later than expected.

The movie was supposed to hit theaters on Aug. 17, but now is scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2002, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety reported Monday.

MGM’s new president of theatrical marketing and distribution, Robert Levin, said delaying “Rollerball’s” release will give him a chance to capitalize on what he described as the film’s “great potential.”

“I want the time to set this up right,” he said. “In marketing terms, I want to do things with the film that are different than what has been done to date.”

McTiernan’s update of Norman Jewison’s 1975 futuristic action flick stars Chris Klein, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and LL Cool J.

HEAVY HITERS: Actor Ed Norton may have stolen the show from his “Fight Club” co-star Brad Pitt, but his latest film pits him against Hollywood heavyweights Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro.

“Let’s be honest,” Norton told New York’s Daily News in an interview for Sunday’s editions. “Here’s a movie with Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando and I’m just going to go and do it for all the obvious reasons, to work with those guys. But beyond that, tweaked the right way, I thought this could be a classic genre movie.”

The Yale-educated Norton already has won a Golden Globe for “Primal Fear” and seven other awards for his last seven features. His latest film, “The Score,” follows in the tradition of De Niro’s 1995 film “Heat” and the 1951 British comedy crime “Lavender Hill Mob.”

Norton plays cocky upstart Jackie Teller, who’s involved in a multimillion-dollar heist with Brando, an elder statesman thief, and De Niro, a middle-aged criminal.

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