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It's a heavy issue

People magazine's 20th anniversary issue - a double-issue actually - hits the newsstands today and will be on sale for two weeks. It's a whopping 322 pages and the cover features Mia Farrow, the subject of the first People issue in 1974. "We'll be paying tribute to some of the great stories in People's past," said assistant managing editor Susan Toepfer, who directed the issue. "We started by identifying key cultural moments from the last 20 years, and then we set up nearly 100 original shoots with those who made them happen."

Et cetera...

Robert Redford is in final negotiations to star in Crisis in the Hot Zone for director Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox, sources said Thursday. Redford decided on Crisis in order to portray a role similar to that of the U.S. intelligence officer he played in 1975's Three Days of the Condor....

Doubts about whether Kathie Lee Gifford will remain as co-host of Live with Regis and Kathie Lee continue to concern client stations. Gifford issued a statement Tuesday that appeared to be a damage-control attempt following reports she could leave the show as early as August, when her contract expires...

Making good on its promise to re-establish the storied MGM name in the arena of movie animation, the studio will produce a sequel to its 1989 hit All Dogs Go to Heaven. The new film is projected for release in late 1995 or early 1996.

Kim Basinger has joined the cast of Robert Altman's Pret-a-Porter, readying to roll in Paris for Miramax Films. Basinger, whose The Getaway is currently in release, joins an ever-changing cast set to head to France for the film centered on the Paris fashion world. Sally Kellerman and Sam Robards are also among those to join a cast that includes Julia Roberts, Forest Whitaker, Lyle Lovett, Tim Robbins, Danny Aiello, Linda Hunt, Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.