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SO WE HEAR

Burt talks to guess who?

Burt Reynolds has apparently decided to share some of the more intimate details of his recent divorce filing from Loni Anderson with none other than the National Enquirer. Yes, the supermarket tabloid. The Los Angeles Daily News reports that a two-page story in next week's Enquirer, which features photos supplied by the actor, tells how Reynolds "told Loni and how he told (4-year-old son) Quinton." There had been speculation that Reynolds sold the story, but Brian Williams, an articles editor at the Enquirer, said no money changed hands. He said Reynolds and the Enquirer have enjoyed an amicable relationship, and the actor, who said he was "hounded" by reporters from other publications, decided to tell his story because the tabloid would "set the record straight." Reynolds discusses the disintegration of his relationship with Anderson, the actor's second wife. "There was never one reason," Williams said. He declined to elaborate. The Enquirer is based in Lantana, on Florida's east coast, not far from Reynolds' home. Reynolds, Williams said, responded to rumors that he was involved with another woman. "He denies them flatly as lies," Williams said. Anderson is now living in Los Angeles with Quinton. Asked if Anderson was surprised by Reynolds' action, her spokeswoman said, "Yes."

ON THE TUBE

It's "Right' for night

It won't have Bob Barker, but The Price Is Right is coming to nighttime television in fall 1994, according to Paramount Domestic Television and Mark Goodson Productions. The new nighttime version will be modified to add new game elements, and it will have its own host, models, set, music and higher-priced showcases.

OF NOTE

This show may not go on

Plans for a musical comedy based on the life of the late Robert Maxwell could be scuttled as surely as the flamboyant publishing tycoon sank beneath the waves in 1991, producers said Wednesday. The show, planned for London later this year, will feature songs such as I am the Very Model of a Modern Megalomaniac to the tunes of 19th century comic opera composer Arthur Sullivan. Although it's no crime to libel the dead, Maxwell's son Kevin has threatened to bring down the curtain on the grounds that the irreverent musical could prejudice his forthcoming trial on charges of fraud and theft. The Czech-born Maxwell's empire collapsed shortly after his mysterious death at sea off his yacht in November 1991. Investigators discovered he had looted some $600-million from pension funds and company assets. Kevin Maxwell, former chief executive of Maxwell Communication, was arrested along with his brother Ian in June last year and charged with eight counts of theft and conspiracy to defraud totaling more than $204-million. He is on bail, but no date for his trial has yet been set.

Jazzin' with the Clintons

The Newport Jazz Festival celebrates its 40th year by performing at the White House today with producer George Wein taking a who's who of the jazz world with him to play for the Clintons, including Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Grover Washington Jr., Thelonious Monk Jr., Red Rodney and Joe Williams, who will sing his specialty, the blues. The week-long festival will open in New York Friday at about the same time many of its stars will be playing for two hours at the White House, and Wein says that, if the president wants to play the sax with the group, that's fine. "He has only to give the order," Wein said. "He is the commander-in-chief, and we will obey any order he gives."

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Eyeing the Borg (if they had eyes)

Sure, those Klingons and machinelike Borg creatures from Star Trek: The Next Generation look great on the TV screen where they're 11 inches tall. But life-size and up close? The Museum of Television & Radio in Manhattan has filled its main-floor Steven Spielberg Gallery space with 14 of the space folks directly from the series' Paramount studio soundstages. From Ferengi mashers to Cardassian despots to the libidinous Lwaxana Troi, they're all here, in full freaky regalia and full size. Props are showcased, too _ phasers, tricorders, Geordi's visor and Worf's knife. Next Generation episodes are screened throughout the exhibit's run in the museum's theaters. The Museum of Television and Radio is at 25 W 52nd St. in Manhattan. The exhibit runs through Oct. 3.

SHORT STUFF

Leon Russell returns to the Tierra Verde Resort on July 23 for a 9 p.m. performance. Russell last appeared there in a sold-out show in January. Tickets are $13.50, from TicketMaster (287-8844) or at the Tierra Verde Resort (867-8710), 200 Madonna Blvd., Tierra Verde.

The Henri Matisse museum in Nice, France, will reopen later this month after renovations costing some $10-million over a six-year period. Exhibition space has been doubled with a modern extension to the 17th-century villa overlooking the French Riviera city where Matisse, who died in 1954, spent the last 16 years of his life. The museum, to reopen June 26, contains 68 paintings and watercolor cut-outs, 236 drawings, 57 sculptures and 218 engravings by Matisse.

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