Star Tracks

updated 06/08/1998 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/08/1998 01:00AM

Connie Chung, Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer joined forces at an ABC event in Manhattan, where plans to merge Prime Time Live and 20/20 into one show airing three times a week were revealed. Hugh Downs, Sam Donaldson and Charles Gibson will supply testosterone.

The only substance abuse at the New York City premiere of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was a profligate waste of popcorn as author Hunter S. Thompson sprang a snack attack on Benicio Del Toro, who plays sidekick Dr. Gonzo to Johnny Depp's Raoul Duke in the film.

It was splendor on the sidewalk at Mann's Chinese Theatre in L.A. when Warren Beatty, who plays a rappin' senator in Bulworth, double-dipped in the cement. Beatty, 61, says he doesn't fret about aging: "I just worry about not getting sedate."

Model mom Elle Macpherson showed off her jet-set son—Arpad Flynn Busson, born on Valentine's Day—at London's Heathrow airport. Actually, the first-time mother named the tot after his dad, her financier beau Arpad Busson. Flynn is for John Flynn, who started Australia's Royal Flying Doctor Service in the 1920s.

Cool cat Colin Powell, garbed as 77 Sunset Strip's Edd "Kookie" Byrnes, grooved to the Drifters at a rockin' Washington benefit for Best Friends, a program for teen girls. Teamed with pundit William Bennett and CNN's Judy Woodruff, Powell also won a celeb name-that-tune contest.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck snuggled outside a restaurant in London, where they're filming the comedy Shakespeare in Love. The duo will soon appear stateside: he in Armageddon; she in A Perfect Murder.

Comedian Sinbad cloned around on Vibe, his syndicated talk show, where he unveiled the finalists in a Sinbad lookalike contest. The real McCoy is second from left. His doppelgängers are, left to right, Akil Parrish, Terry Moore, Armour Stephenson and Mark Agent (the winning contestant).

Leonardo DiCaprio, outside his family's L.A. home, likely had some unsettling news to share: He will next play a sadistic killer in the film version of the bestseller American Psycho. The upside? He bags a cool $21 million.

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