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September 11, 2001

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McConaughey to the rescue

Janice Flisfeder opened her eyes after collapsing at a movie during the Toronto International Film Festival and found herself looking into the eyes of its star: Matthew McConaughey.

"I fainted. I think it was not eating much and standing in lines all day," Flisfeder, 49, said of her collapse during the screening last week of "13 Conversations about One Thing," in which McConaughey stars.

"I felt a man stroking my hair and kissing my forehead saying, 'It's OK, sweetheart,' and realized it wasn't my husband," Flisfeder said. "When I opened my eyes and looked back to him, I just thought, 'Nah, can't be.' "

But it was.

"Matthew was the first to the scene," said Jill Sprecher, the film's director. "It was like a movie. He is a heroic guy a very kind person who is always considerate."

Impressing Michael Jackson

Billy Gilman sang so well at the first star-studded Michael Jackson tribute concert, he was asked back for the second show.

The 13-year-old country singer performed Jackson's Oscar-nominated song "Ben" during "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years," on Friday night at New York's Madison Square Garden.

He'd returned to Los Angeles when he got a phone call on Sunday, asking him to fly back to New York and do it again during Monday's show.

Gilman said performing the song for Jackson was "fun, it was exciting, it was nerve-racking, all those mixed feelings. It was truly amazing because I was singing with a legend."

Refining daytime talk shows

Ananda Lewis said she isn't trying to reinvent daytime talk with her new syndicated series, "The Ananda Lewis Show."

"There's only so much different you can do in daytime which is what I'm learning. I think there's a formula and some cases have proven that that formula works. So the objective isn't to reinvent the wheel but to make it spin a little more smoothly."

The 28-year-old Lewis, an MTV host who previously appeared on BET, said she won't let her show dip into sleazy topics.

"The Ananda Lewis Show," which King World Productions is distributing, debuted on Monday. The one-hour show airs weekdays.

Just like a country song

Reba McEntire's new TV show is a sitcom, but some of the subject matter including teen-age pregnancy and adultery is no joke.

"That's what appealed to me," the country music star said in the issue of Newsweek that hit newsstands on Monday. "Country songs are about divorce, trauma, death. It's not all apple pie."

The new show, called "Reba," debuts on the WB network Friday. It's about a woman whose teen-age daughter gets pregnant, and whose husband gets his dental hygienist pregnant.

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