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CHILD’S LABOR: Though he gives a winning performance as Henry Kissinger in Nixon, Paul Sorvino isn’t expecting an Oscar nod this year. But that doesn’t mean Academy members won’t be checking off Sorvino on their February ballots. His daughter, Mira Sorvino, is earning Best Supporting Actress buzz for her turn as a prostitute with a heart of gold in Mighty Aphrodite. ”I would like to say that my daughter should get it,” says the proud papa. ”But I shouldn’t. Maybe it’ll prejudice people. It’s common to look on the offspring of the well-known with disdain. But I hope [the Academy] would overcome that. Mira’s a great talent.” And Sorvino, who has never won an Oscar, says the family isn’t entirely ruling out a father/daughter sweep. ”If a thing like that happened, it would be beyond good,” he says. ”I know that if Mira gets it, I could weep.”

– Ari Karpel

NOT SO HOT: If they can send men to the moon, why can’t they make a movie in which Al Pacino and Robert De Niro actually share quality screen time? Witness Heat: Despite a running time of 2 hours and 52 minutes, the twosome meet up only for a measly six minutes. Although it’s a vast improvement upon The Godfather, Part II, in which they have no scenes together, and in keeping with Heat’s game of catch, the movie still leaves audiences craving more. Why didn’t director Michael Mann beef up the mano a mano? According to a Mann spokesman, ”Bob and Al both loved the script the way it was.” But even Mann admits he missed seeing more of his Oscar winners. ”I thought it would take two days [to shoot], and it took one,” says Mann of Pacino and De Niro’s face-to-face coffee shop scene. ”Thirteen takes,” he shrugs, ”not a lot.”

– Chris Nashawaty

MOTHER LOVE: New mom Rosie O’Donnell (she adopted a son, 7-month-old Parker Jaren, last May) is turning her maternal instincts into movie roles. In next month’s Beautiful Girls, the Kmart shopper plays a tough but tender beauty-salon owner who’s a guiding force to her young clientele. And later this year O’Donnell appears as stoic nanny Ole Golly to 11-year-old sleuth Harriet Welsch in Paramount’s film version of Harriet the Spy. ”I read [Louise Fitzhugh’s] book when I was 10,” says the comedian, who’s also working on a talk show that’s slated to debut this summer. ”It was one of my favorites. It encourages young girls to be independent and artistic and intellectual and strong.” Though the role is a departure, it’ll have a ring of the old Rosie: Ole Golly will be ”much less prim and nannyesque than what readers remember,” she says. ”Definitely a lot less proper.”