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"Entertainment Tonight" profiled the Grand Opening of the All-Star Cafe in Times Square. Shown going into the Hollywood- style premiere were CINDY CRAWFORD, SUGAR RAY LEONARD, JOHN STAMOS, EVANDER HOLYFIELD, WHOOPI GOLDBERG and DONALD TRUMP. The partners: WAYNE GRETZKY, SHAQUILLE O'NEAL, KEN GRIFFEY JR., JOE MONTANA, MONICA SELES and ANDRE AGASSI (with BROOKE SHIELDS). "ET's" Pat O'Brien questioned Joe Montana, on his ravioli. Montana: "They're the best around." Shaq was shown working in the kitchen, displaying his "special" turkey sandwich ("Little bit of mayonnaise. Nice and neat."), and giving a tour of his favorite memorabilia in the Cafe -- the basket he broke his rookie season and Agassi's ponytail after he cut it off. O'Brien: "Well, you can take your pick of sports metaphors. You can call it a 'Slam Dunk' ... 'Game, Set and Match' ... 'He shoots and scores!' Whatever you want to say, this place looks like a real winner" ("ET," 12/20).
JANEY MILLER has joined Gold Medal Management as Dir of Athlete Marketing. She was Dir of Athlete Promotions at Advantage International (Gold Medal Management)...Starter Corporation has named JOHN THORBECK as Senior VP/Sales and Marketing. He has held exec positions with G.H. Bass & Co., Timberland, and The Rockport Company (Starter).
KAREN BALDWIN, actress, writer and wife to Penguins Owner HAROLD BALDWIN, said she had always wanted to make a movie with hockey as "a backdrop" before coming up with the story to "Sudden Death" -- which opens this Friday. Ms. Baldwin is currently working on a book with former Kings Owner BRUCE MCNALL (Helene Elliot, L.A. TIMES, 12/20)....JOE MONTANA has signed a deal with Henry Holt & Co. to publish "Joe Montana on the Art and Magic of Quarterbacking," to be released sometime in '96 (USA TODAY, 12/20)....USA TODAY's "Ins and Outs" of '95 -- IN: Adidas, OUT: Nike. IN: NBC, OUT: Fox. IN: TED TURNER, OUT: GERALD LEVIN. IN: Aging rock stars as ad icons, OUT: Aging jocks as ad icons (USA TODAY, 12/20)....Among PEOPLE's "25 Most Intriguing People": CAL RIPKEN, MONICA SELES, and TURNER (PEOPLE, 12/25-1/1).