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July 12, 2001

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Farmer Mel

Mel Gibson is playing a farmer in M. Night Shyamalan's "Signs," which will be filmed outside Philadelphia starting in September.

After a lengthy search of area farmland, producers have decided to film the movie at Doylestown's Delaware Valley College.

"Everyone knows he's coming, and all the girls are waiting," said Mitzi Weikel, a student working on campus this summer.

The college has signed an agreement to rent 100 acres of its cornfields through the end of the year. Gibson plays a farmer who discovers large circles and other patterns in his fields.

The Moscow connection

Monaco's Crown Prince Albert is in Moscow for a series of meetings with Russian officials and a session of the International Olympic Committee.

Albert met with Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Tuesday to discuss bilateral cooperation. He also was to take part in the IOC meeting, which is to choose the host city Friday for the 2008 Summer Olympics. The prince is an IOC member and an Olympic bobsledder.

Monaco has long attracted wealthy Russian expatriates, and its favorable tax regime today attracts Russian businessmen.

Aloha, Hawaii

Tom Selleck, star of the 1980s TV series "Magnum, P.I.," is selling his Oahu home.

Selleck is selling the three-bedroom, three-bathroom house in the exclusive Black Point neighborhood for $2.7 million, according to information on the Honolulu Board of Realtors' listing service.

Zane Lubin, Selleck's business manager, said the actor has spent very little time in Hawaii during the past several years because of his busy acting schedule on the mainland.

"He just wasn't using the house at all," Lubin said. "He couldn't see getting over there too often in the next two years."

Viva Las Vegas

Donny Osmond credits Las Vegas as the foundation of his 38-year career and hopes it will play a role in his future.

"I started my whole career in Vegas," Osmond said. "I've played every single hotel, even those that aren't around anymore."

Osmond and his brothers opened for Shirley Bassey at the Sahara when he was 7, a year after the television debut of the Osmond Brothers.

Osmond's first headline gig was at Caesars Palace in the '70s. Frank Sinatra was in the audience opening night. The Osmond Brothers were a Las Vegas sensation. They were invited back to play at the Las Vegas Hilton, where they stayed in Elvis Presley's suite at the King's invitation.

"I want to come back there, possibly permanently," Osmond said. "It would be a nice home again."

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