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People, April 29, 2007

Staff Report • Apr 29, 2007 at 12:45 PM

LOS ANGELES - He's still two years away from replacing Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show," but already Conan O'Brien seems to be sizing things up.

"Have you planned any changes while ... you were looking?" Leno asked when O'Brien dropped by the late-night talk show Friday.

O'Brien reassured Leno, the show's host since 1992, that he won't be moving onto its Burbank set any time soon.

"It's years away," O'Brien quipped, adding that rather than succeed Leno in 2009 as planned, he's decided to take the job Rosie O'Donnell is leaving on daytime television's "The View."

"I got the call this morning from Barbara Walters," he said, adding he planned to pick up where O'Donnell leaves off and begin picking on Donald Trump.

Leno joked that the redheaded O'Brien has "got the hair" for the part, although "it's going the wrong way" to really match Trump's elaborate comb-over.

"Exactly," said O'Brien, who has hosted "Late Night" since 1993.

OKLAHOMA CITY - Toby Keith says this year's charity auction for families of pediatric cancer patients may have surpassed the $400,000 raised last year.

The country music star was hosting the 4th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic this weekend, which included a charity auction and dinner Friday in Oklahoma City.

"It was a late night, and I don't have all the numbers, but I think we raised more money last night than we ever have," Keith said Saturday. "I know that we raised about $400,000 last year, and I feel like we went past that last night."

The items auctioned included memorabilia from Garth Brooks, Sammy Hagar and Bob Seger, and sports memorabilia autographed by golfer Tiger Woods and baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle.

The proceeds benefit Ally's House, an organization named after the daughter of Keith's original bandmate Scott Webb. Allison died in August 2003, one month before her third birthday, from a form of kidney cancer called Wilm's tumors.

Keith and his foundation have raised more than $1.1 million to benefit the charity. It helps pay for medical bills, prescriptions, housing, transportation, toys, food, clothing and other expenses for families of children with cancer.

WASHINGTON - It's commonplace today, but 50 years ago following someone around with a camera without narration, direction, musical accompaniment or even a script was revolutionary.

That "cinema verite" technique and its pioneer, documentary filmmaker Robert Drew, were celebrated this weekend by the National Archives and Records Administration and Hollywood's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

"Our new way of doing it has become old. But it's become part of the fabric of reporting," Drew said in an interview with The Associated Press Friday evening before a screening at the National Archives of his 1963 film "Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment."

"What's amazing to me about all this is that I make a film 48 years ago and it deteriorates, and I deteriorate, and along comes somebody like the National Archives which says we'd like to preserve (the legacy of) the film - and they do," said Drew, 83. "Crisis" shows President John F. Kennedy and his attorney general Robert Kennedy considering ways to respond to Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace's resistance to integrating the University of Alabama. Drew got to know Kennedy when he made the then-senator's 1960 presidential primary bid against Hubert H. Humphrey in Wisconsin the subject of his first film, "Primary." Kennedy and his wife, Jackie, liked the film and Kennedy gave Drew total access to the White House, including the Oval Office, to film "Crisis." Drew also had access to Wallace, and the result is fascinating, unfiltered views of the Kennedy brothers' decision-making, race relations, Wallace's belligerent embrace of states' rights and the two young, black students at the center of the maelstrom. Restored prints of "Crisis"; "On the Road with Duke Ellington" from 1967; "Kathy's Dance" from 1977, focusing on a modern dance choreographer; and "The Chair" from 1963, about the fight to save a man from execution, were shared by the motion picture academy's film archives for the weekend screenings. Drew's films on the arts often were made with his wife, producer Anne Drew, who worked with him on "Kathy's Dance" and accompanied him at the tribute.

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