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Orioles Owner PETER ANGELOS was "going to throw" Maryland Gov. MARTIN O'MALLEY a $1,000-a-head fundraiser in his Camden Yards suite during a Red Sox-Orioles game this month, but it "never happened." Several sources said that Angelos "called off the Camden Yards fundraiser because he was upset about the State Center redevelopment project in Baltimore." The sources said that before the fundraiser was to take place, Angelos "had a heated discussion with O'Malley about State Center and demanded that the governor undo the deal." Maryland state Senate President MIKE MILLER said that the event is "simply moving to O'Brien's Oyster Bar and Grill in Annapolis next month to accommodate the many people who'd like to attend." Miller said that Angelos "still will participate in the fundraiser when it takes place at the restaurant Oct. 5" (Baltimore SUN, 9/23).

 

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: A select audience yesterday "saw an advance screening of Disney's film 'SECRETARIAT' at the Cinemark Tinseltown theaters" in Louisville. The film "will have a red-carpet premier at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington" on Oct. 3, coinciding with the Hollywood premiere that same night. The movie opens nationwide Oct. 8 (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 9/23). In Ft. Worth, Gary West writes, "No film ever could capture the bravura and the majesty of Secretariat. Still, 'Secretariat' gets it right" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 9/23)....USA TODAY's Nate Ryan wrote "PETTY BLUE" is not a movie "strictly about celebrating the good times" for the Petty family, as the documentary "spends as much time highlighting Petty Enterprises' tragedies as its triumphs." There are "chapters on the toll racing took on" RICHARD PETTY's family, and "his distant relationship with his son, KYLE." The 90-minute film also covers the "heart-wrenching death of his promising grandson, ADAM, and the quiet demise of a once-proud organization after a long decline into mediocrity." The film "hits stores this week as a DVD," and will debut Oct. 8 on CMT (USA TODAY, 9/22)....Sources said that Comedy Central is "developing a weekly sports show headlined" by comedian NORM MACDONALD. Macdonald described the show as "a 'Daily Show' for sports." Sources said that MIKE GIBBONS is "close to signing on as a producer" (BROADCASTINGCABLE.com, 9/21).

 MORE IMPORTANTLY, HOW'S THE HAIR? Fox' JIMMY JOHNSON survived another week on CBS' "SURVIVOR" and advanced to next week, giving a pep talk along the way last night to another contestant. Johnson told her, "This is no different than a football player wanting to quit the team. We all go through some adverse times and our minds get weak. VINCE LOMBARDI says, 'Fatigue makes cowards of us all.' Well, that's what happens out here" ("Survivor," CBS, 9/22).

A FIGHTING CHANCE: MMA fighter GEORGES ST-PIERRE today is profiled on the front-page of the N.Y. TIMES' Thursday Style section. St-Pierre recently attended Fashion Week parties as part of a "weeklong promotional tour of New York to raise his profile." In N.Y., Alex Williams writes if MMA is "going to take the next step and graduate from being a profitable niche obsession to a franchise with broad cultural appeal ... it would help to come up with a few handsome, highly presentable ambassadors." And St-Pierre, who is "still in his athletic prime," said that he is "ready for the job." St-Pierre: "I'm trying to be the guy who brings the sport to the mainstream" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/23).

NAMES: Packers VP/Football Administration & Player Finance RUSS BALL Tuesday was the keynote speaker for the quarterly meeting of the Wisconsin chapter of Midwest Business Brokers & Intermediaries at Lambeau Field (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 9/22)....Cowboys Exec VP/Brand Management and President of Charities CHARLOTTE JONES ANDERSON Friday was voted Chair of the Salvation Army's National Advisory Board at a full board meeting in Portland (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/21)....The political fundraising group started this month by Florida state Rep. DANIEL DAVIS has received a $5,000 donation from Jaguars Owner WAYNE WEAVER (JACKSONVILLE.com, 9/22)....The Cleveland Clinic is "combining with helmet-maker Rawlings on independent research of concussions and other sports-related head and neck injuries that could include measuring the impact on the brain" (AP, 9/22).

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