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The Buzz crashed an American Society of Magazine editors lunch with Gov. Howard Dean Sept. 24, because it was A) an intimate setting to hear the apparent Democratic front-runner; and B) we wanted to see if he's shorter than we are. (We still don't know.) We did notice Dr. Dean is tan and fielded intelligent questions with aplomb and near-Clintonesque detail. He won nods of recognition when he riffed on the possibility of finding one's magazine "taken over by another company and you can't run it anymore." The most magazine-y moment? The In Style editor who asked "What are you wearing?" (Answer: Paul Stuart.) Another editor had an overpowering concern: "Don't you think he's too short to be president?"

In the world of kid movies, there's an oft-asked question among Hollywood studio execs: Is it toyetic? That question rarely comes up in connection with PG-13 or R-rated movies. But in the case of Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill," which makes its debut Oct. 10, someone did ask. And toymaker NECA responded with a concept so twisted that Miramax and Tarantino decided to go for it. (The movie is a "hard R," says the studio, so rated for its intensity and violence). Several characters will be depicted in an action-figure line featuring limbs that fly off and blood (well, red liquid) that spurts. "We want people to be able to recreate scenes of the movie," says Joel Weinshanker, NECA's CEO. "They're not made for children." They'll be sold in Spencer Gifts and Musicland.

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