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Ratso Rizzo will kick off the American Film Institute’s 1994 Favorite Film Series on Feb. 16 as United Artists’ “Midnight Cowboy” celebrates its 25th anniversary. The screening will be held at the Directors Guild of America theater, followed by a cast-and-crew reunion including Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Brenda Vaccaro and helmer John Schlesinger.

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Nancy Kerrigan has been scheduled to host NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” March 12. The skater, who has already made a deal for a TV movie, homevideo and affiliation with Disney, will be competing in the Winter Olympics, which end Feb. 27. In other Olympic-related news, CBS confirmed that David Letterman’s mother, Dorothy, will serve as a special correspondent to “Late Show With David Letterman” from Norway during the Games.

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PBS programming exec Karen Watson has been named head of the FCC’s office of public affairs. Watson was deputy project director of the WGBH-TV Boston program “Africans in America”; associate director of news and public affairs for PBS programming; and a reporter for “Capital Journal,” a program distributed by WETA-FM Washington.

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News Corp. named Joseph Barletta president and Anthea Disney editorial director of Murdoch Magazines. Barletta, prexy/chief exec of TV Guide, and Disney, editor-in-chief of TV Guide, will retain their positions at that publication while assuming responsibilities for Mirabella.

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