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By SHARON FINK, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 3, 2002

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET: Kelly Clarkson is bigger than the Beatles.

For now.

Among the interesting tidbits that have surfaced about the American Idol winner's first No. 1 single is this: When A Moment Like This reached the top a week after debuting at No. 52 on the Billboard singles chart, it made the biggest leap in chart history, bettering Can't Buy Me Love, which went from No. 27 to No. 1 in a week in 1964.

Another thing to think about: A Moment Like This is the first top-ranked song that hasn't also appeared on the R&B chart since Nickelback hit with How You Remind Me in December.

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IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING: The tuxedo that gives Jackie Chan his spy aura in The Tuxedo is an Armani.

Most of the time.

Costume designer Erica Phillips tells the Associated Press that about 36 tuxes were used during filming, and not all of them were authentic Armanis "because it was a sin to tear all these beautiful suits up."

At about $2,000 minimum per Armani, the movie has earned more than enough to cover its tux budget.

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AND THERE'S NOTHING WE CAN DO ABOUT IT: All that pushing, shoving and choking you've seen in the promos for tonight's Survivor isn't a put-on, executive producer Mark Burnett says.

"For the first time, we allowed physical contact in a challenge, and it got a little out of hand," Burnett tells

He blames that age-old problem of "too much testosterone running around."

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SOUL FOOD: Mel Gibson is ready to direct another movie, his first since Braveheart, and the project he has picked is The Passion, about the last 12 hours in Jesus' life.

The movie will have little dialogue, and what there is will be in Latin and Aramaic, the language spoken in Palestine at the time of Jesus, the Hollywood Reporter says.

Not seeing "box-office smash" stamped all over this one? Neither is Gibson. But he doesn't care.

"This is a film about something that nobody wants to touch, shot in two dead languages. In Los Angeles they think I am insane, and maybe I am," Gibson says.

"(But) it is a project good for the soul, not the wallet."

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GOING AND GOING AND GOING . . .: Sony is introducing its latest audio innovation, the Super Audio CD, by reissuing the albums the Rolling Stones made for Abkco Records from 1963 to 1970. Which leads Kevin Hunt of the Hartford Courant to make this observation:

"At this rate, the Rolling Stones might outlive the CD. They've already outlasted the analog LP, eight-track tape, reel-to-reel and early digital concoctions like Digital Audio Tape."

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