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NEWSMAKERS: Show Me the $$$!

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:51am EST

Even dreams of being a millionaire becomes passe after a little while.

And that's perhaps why the once ubergameshow "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" is upping its loot.

According to USA Today, the titular ABC quiz show -- which has brought daytime talker Regis Philbin to primetime TV -- is increasing its top prize to save itself from declining ratings and waning audience interest.

Here's how the monetary hike is going to work: Starting with the Jan. 4 episode, the show's producer will tag on an additional $10K for each day that the million-dollar jackpot isn't hit.

Let the games begin. PAPA DON'T PREACH: Once your little girl, always your little girl. And it doesn't matter if she is now all grown up, married and is an international superstar.

Just ask Jon Voight.

The "Midnight Cowboy" actor has expressed concern over his daughter Angelina Jolie's safety during filming for the video game turned big screen action flick "Tomb Raider." Apparently, Jolie has been performing a lot of her own stunts for the part of Lara Croft, the archaeologist-heroine of the film.

"She's done things I couldn't, or wouldn't do, and I wish she wouldn't," Voight, who plays the father of the Croft character, told Reuters.

TO THE TUBE: Speaking of Angelina Jolie, her man Billy Bob Thornton is in talks to develop an animated series with "The Simpsons" scribe Ron Hauge for television.

The half-hour series would be about a dad who has been in a garage band for 20 years.

Rock on.

GOING SEPARATE WAYS: Erstwhile "Laverne & Shirley" actress Cindy Williams on Wednesday filed for divorce from musician husband William L. Hudson, The Associated Press said. The couple have been married for 18 years and have one 14-year-old son, whom the 52-year-old Williams is seeking joint custody.

OBIT: Actor George Montgomery, who had made a name for himself as a cowboy star in B-type westerns during the 1930s, died from heart failure at his home near Palm Springs, Calif., on Tuesday. He was 84.

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