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HULLYWOIOilU "al ' '1 HOLLYWOOD --Aug. 5 marks 50 years since the strange and curious death of Marilyn Monroe. The former Norma Jean Baker is still one of the highest-earning and recognizable im- ages from Hollywood's history. Today many people believe her supposed suicide was a carefully orchestrated murder to keep her from exposing Kennedy secrets. Some of her personal effects were sold recently for more than $6 million at auction, and in May, a 25-foot statue of MM by artist Stewart Johnson was erected in Palm Springs, Calif. It's the scene from "The Seven Year Itch" of her standing on the subway grating with her dress blowing up. "Forever Marilyn" weighs 34,300 pounds, has legs 14 feet high and a head-and-torso section 10 feet high and 7 feet wide. It's on display for a year where PS Resorts plans the Desert Fashion Plaza revi- talization. The statue cost $78,000 in private donations to assemble, insure and transport from Chicago, where it was formally displayed. There's controversy already: Is it art, an eyesore or too big for its space? The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce hopes it'll draw more tourists to Palm Springs. The real question is: Why are we still so obsessed with everything Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and "The Wizard of Oz"? *** The recent Tom Selleck TV movie, "Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt," the eighth in the series, brought in more than 13 million viewers, won its night and beat the pants off the "Billboard Music Awards." Yet CBS announced that this would be the last one. Why would it kill a ratings grabber like that? For the same reason given by NBC when it canceled Kathy Bates' "Harry's Law." While both grabbed high ratings overall, they were lower in the 18-49 demographic needed to at- tract high-paying sponsors. When will networks learn that older folk have money and buy lots of products too? If yo.u want more Jesse Stone movies, write to CBS. Are movie studios with blockbuster films running scared? Given the low box-office performances of "John Carter," "Battleship" and "Dark Shad- ows," Paramount Pictures moved the release of "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" from June 29 to March 2013. It removed all the merchandise from stores and lost its hefty investment in Super Bowl ads. Paramount says it wants to turn it into a 3D movie and build up Chan- nmg Tatum s part now iat lie s a star. ' A nice trick, singe he died in the first "G.I. Joe" film. Meanwhile, Brad Pitt's film "World War Z" has been moved from December to June 2013, and Jeremy Renner's ac- tion-adventure film "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" was pulled last March and will now open in January. See what happens when you cater to the 18-49 demographic? I rest my case! Send letters to Tony Rizzo 's Hollywood, 8306 Wilshire Blvd., No. 362, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. "Forever Marilyn" Jmi-AIr_ll m ;! Where is the historic military base Fort Bragg located? 2. LITERAT! Who wrote'the novel "The House of Mirth"? 3. HISTORY: who was the last pharaoh of Egypt? 4. AD SLOGANS: What comlrany's well-known advertising slogan is "M'm! M'm! Good!"? 5. FAMOUS QUOTATIONS: Who once said, "Everywhere is within walking dis- tance if you have the time"? 6. INVENTIONS: What machine did Johannes Gutenberg invent? 7. MATH: A fraction is an example of what kind of number? 8. MUSICALS: The song "Newark, New York" comes from what musical?, 9. SCIENCE: what does a herpet:'St study? /" 10. MOVIES: In what 1960 movie did the character an Bates mako his appearance?  ANSWERS 1. North Carolina 2. Edith Wharton 3. Cleopatra 4. Campbell's Soup 5. Steven Wright 6. Printing press 7. Rational number 8. "On the Town" 9. Amphibians and reptiles 10. "Psycho" (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. ARIES (March 21 toApri119) Information you need might be coming in sporadically, but at least what you're getting is valuable. Continue to wait until more is available before acting on that career move. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You con- tinue on an upbeat cycle, and with that strong Taurean energy you should see favorable results from your hard work. A pleasant surprise awaits you in your private life. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A misun- derstanding needs more time to be worked out. Don't give up on it just yet. Remain open to providing explanations, if called for. Another friendoffers good advice. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Fast ac- tion can correct a seemingly minor prob- lem that has taken on some unexpectedly difficult aspects. Stay with it until it's resolved. News on a more positive note is due soon. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Some snags could cause delays in those plans you're eager to see put into operation. But be pa- tient. The Clever Cat will soon have good reason to celebrate a job well done. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Be careful not to let that Vugan sensitivity dis- suade you from being the hardheaded real- ist you should be at this time. Your goals are in sight. Stay focused on them. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A more positive aspect opens up, allowing you to make some important changes in a personal situation. Remember to seek bal- ance and avoid extremes as you proceed. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) This is a good week to get out and enjoy the fine times you missed while you were so deep in those workaday projects. Be sure to share it with that special person. SAGITrARIUS (November 22 to Decem- ber 21) Work and play are in balance this week. However, expect news that could tip things toward the workplace for quite a while. But all to a good end. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You' re more productive on the job than you have been in some time. That's good. But be careful not to overlook some situa- tions developing in your private life. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You've been doing a lot for others (as usual). But now it's time to focus on your needs, including finally going on that long-delayed trip you've been hoping to make. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) It's all smoothly going on 'twixt you and that very special person in your life. But a colleague causes some disruption on the job that you might be called on to help settle. BORN THIS WEEK: You are sensitive to the needs of others. But you're no pushover. You would make a fine teacher, psychologist or minister. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.