The Insider

updated 12/21/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/21/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

TAKE THE MONEY AND TYPE

You might think that Mia Farrow and Woody Allen are just squabbling over Soon-Yi Previn, charges of child molestation and various custody and visitation matters. But there are also some money matters just now coming to light.

Sources close to Farrow say she is still due the $350,000 from her "pay-or-play" deal to costar with Allen in his next movie, Manhattan Murder Mystery. (Pay-or-play deals, common in Hollywood, guarantee a fee no matter what happens to the project or the signee's involvement in it.) Those sources contend Farrow's deal "was in place" when she dropped out of the picture in August, after her breakup with Allen. But sources close to Allen insist the deal was "never consummated" and that Farrow is thus owed nothing for the role now being played by Diane Keaton.

In any event, the money involved may be chump change compared with the $3 million advance Doubleday will pay Farrow to write a memoir which will include her version of life with the Woodman.

ROASTING CHESTNUTS

A Very Special Christmas 2, a sequel to the 1987 LP that raised $17 million for the Special Olympics, has sold 200,000 copies and hit Billboard's Top 10. Like the original's, its holiday tunes are by name artists (including, this time, Tom Petty, Aretha Franklin and Michael Bolton).

On the album is an electronically dubbed duet. reminiscent of the Grammy-winning Natalie Cole-Nat King Cole hit "Unforgettable," featuring Frank Sinatra's 1947 "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town." A source close to the project says first choice to harmonize with Frank was Paula Abdul, but that in the studio "she couldn't cut it. It was an obvious mismatch." (Abdul's rep claims the singer's session didn't work out because "the key was all wrong for her.")

Offers then went out to Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, but the source says both passed. Which is why the singer you hear on the album is Cyndi Lauper.

A MAN CALLED HOARSE

If the rest of us campaigned as hard as Kill Clinton did this past year, perhaps we'd be a bit raspy too. Aside from not speechifying as much post—Nov. 3, what has the President elect been doing to protect his voice?

For one thing, he's remained in touch with Dr. Wilbur Gould, the Manhattan throat specialist who has treated John F. Kennedy, Frank Sinatra, Katharine Hepburn and Cher. Citing doctor-patienl confidentiality, Gould will reveal only that he has advised Clinton that the First Voice would be aided if he "tries to keep his diet away from spicy foods" and "avoids coffee, tea and other irritants." Like Republicans?

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