Daily News from New York, New York on January 24, 2003 · 25
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si - ? 1 " T .1 J. "SpJl -f ROOTING FOR HER PARTNER: Steffi Graf watched another tennis great husband Andre Agassi as he defeated South Africa's Wayne Ferreira in the Australian Open semifinals yesterday. the press, someone gave him an umbrella to cover his face, but it didn't help." Crowe must go on Roughhousing Russell Crowe has been invited back to the British film awards where he tussled with a producer last year. You may remember that Rusty pinned the BBC's Malcolm Gerrie against a wall and verbally abused him after Gerrie refused to broadcast Crowe's complete recitation of a poem at the BAFTA awards. Although Crowe later apologized, some said the incident damaged his Oscar chances. Gerrie will again be producing the show. But insiders say the BBC has told Crowe he can read what he wants. The caricature issue Abe Hirschfeld better check his hearing. The wacky parking-lot developer claims that the late caricaturist Al Hirschfeld once told him he was "three times bigger" than anyone he ever drew in his 80-year career. But Al's rep, Margo Feiden, begs to differ. "Mr. Abe Hirschfeld got it wrong," she tells The News' v a a Jose Martinez. "What Al Hirschfeld actually said was, "You're three times piggier.' " Meanwhile, Al's death has put a chill on folks at the Pater-son (N J.) Museum, where Webster Hall art guy Baird Jones had just mounted some of Hirschfeld's drawings. "We've had seven celebrity painters who have died in Baird Jones' recent shows," says museum director Giacomo DeStefano, who has taken to calling Jones the "Curator of Doom." He adds: "It is so spooky that many of the older artists in Paterson don't want to show at the museum anymore." Side dishes THE SNIPING continues between "Two Weeks Notice" co-stars Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock. "He's a bit poofy and queenie, and he warned me he'd have hissy-fits, or 'tanties,' as he calls them," says Bullock in London's Mirror newspaper. Grant recently said that Bullock "kissed me like she'd never been kissed before in her life. I hesitate to use the word 'desperate,' but that flashed through my mind" ... HARRY BELAFONTE is still scourging Colin Powell. The Secretary of State has spoken w AN UNUSUAL DOUBLE FEATURE: to nose in Park City, Utah, this of "Masked and Anonymous," who's also In the movie, joined A-.il:.Vx,...i :...lf. l J'i KICK-STARTING A FILM: Jackie Taipei yesterday. The flick has out against President Bush's stance on affirmative action. Has the calypso king changed his mind about Powell being the "house slave" of the Bush administration? "Not at all," he told us Wednesday at the Marriott Marquis gala for the University of the West Indies ... DHANI JONES, Walt Frasier and Jason Fabini will be some of the star jocks in the starting if h Wi I ' hz i -V - - :J i ' b I - -r I Yep, that's Bob Dylan and Penelope Cruz, who were nearly nose week. Dylan was in town for the Sundance Film Fest's screening in which he stars as a singer whose career Is on the skids. Cruz, the Tambourine Man and other revelers at the restaurant Lakota. Chan, on the road to promote "Shanghai Knights," met the media In 5 U.S. sneak previews tomorrow night, so check the paper, Chan fans, m lineup of rib-eaters at Gourmet magazine's Super Bowl bash at Blue Smoke on Sunday. With chefs Joey Campanaro, Michael Roman, Wayne Harley Brachman and Sara Moulton cooking, it should be one tasty tailgate party. For details, go to www.tickets.com ... RICKY MARTIN really must visit his future neighbor Lady Henrietta Spencer Churchill, VCSM WIREIMAGE.COM when the two move into their new $10 million digs at the AOL Time Warner Center at 1 Columbus Circle. Wednesday night at Bergdorf Goodman, Churchill, a cousin of Winston Churchill, unveiled the fantasy bedroom that she designed for her pad (said to have cost her at least $8 million). With Suzanne Rozdeba and Ben Wlddlcombe JEFF I 3 Q. to

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