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updated 07/01/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/01/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT

IT'S ALL ANCIENT HISTORY?

It is hardly uncommon in Hollywood for an on-set love affair to run out of steam before the movie that spawned it even opens. That was not the case with Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern, who got involved during the making of Jurassic Park in 1992 and became engaged in late 1994. But now I'm hearing their romance may have hit a speed bump. Dern recently moved out of Goldblum's Los Angeles house and has been vacationing without him in Italy. She was, however, expected to rendezvous with Goldblum late last week in New York City, where he was promoting his movie Independence Day. Their spokespeople acknowledge that the couple's relationship "is not a black or white thing. Yes, they're not living together. But, yes, they are still seeing each other."...

Totally together, thank you, are Liam Neeson and wife Natasha Richardson, who sent word to me that their marriage is absolutely tip-top despite British tabloid reports to the contrary. The Neesons say they have no idea how those rumors of marital discord got started and just wish the sniping would stop. The couple has a 1-year-old son, Michael, and another baby due in September...

Getting back to Independence Day, it's no accident that the sci-fi thriller seems to be the most keenly anticipated movie of the summer. Credit clever marketing by Twentieth Century Fox, which will release the film July 2. Fox senior vice president Tom Sherak says the pitch on the film has always been simple: "On July 2, there's a message from outer space. On July 3, they're here, and they're not nice, and they're attacking the earth. On July 4, we fight back." Sherak says the studio used this approach in a 30-second ad that aired during the Super Bowl and followed with an eight-minute clip shown to exhibitors in March in Las Vegas. "The press picked it up from there," says Sherak. A marketing bigwig at a rival studio praises the hype job but adds, "the date that matters is July 5. That's the day we find out if the product is there."...

Dishing the dollars: Ashley Judd is getting $450,000 to costar with Morgan Freeman in the thriller Kiss the Girls. Freeman's salary is a much heftier $5 million....

Dishing the dollars 2: Singer Don McLean confides he was paid $10,000 to sing just one song, his classic 1971 hit, "American Pie," at a recent radio industry awards ceremony in Manhattan. Not bad, McLean says, considering that he usually gets between $15,000 and $20,000 for an entire concert....

And finally, with Avon Books planning to publish The Unique Voice of Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Portrait in Her Own Words next winter, an Avon rep promises that one particular word definitely won't be found in the book's index: Whitewater.

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