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By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Wednesday, October 26, 2005

No one -- no one -- admitted onto Metro without a Farecard! -- and that goes for you, too, Ms. Nicole Kidman!

The Aussie Oscar winner and the crew of the film she's shooting here learned this week that not even fictional characters are exempt from our subway system's zero-tolerance policies.

The script of "The Visiting" -- an alien-epidemic thriller due out next year -- called for Kidman's character to race into the Cleveland Park station, some kind of evil in pursuit, and hop the fare gates to catch a Red Line train.

Not so fast, said Metro -- that's against the rules! So after negotiations between transit officials and filmmakers, yesterday's shoot included a character newly added to the script: a police officer who says, "Ma'am, you didn't process your Farecard."

It was all about maintaining order, Metro explained. "We had to make them say something so people know they're not supposed to do this," spokeswoman Taryn McNeil told The Post's Lyndsey Layton.

Good thing Nicole's character didn't try to eat a french fry in the station. They'd have to add a scene in the D.C. jail.  

A Sticking Point for the Garcia Stamp

Deadheads won't be licking a Jerry Garcia stamp anytime soon -- at least not one issued by the U.S. Postal Service.

Fans of the Grateful Dead rocker started an online petition Aug. 9, the 10th anniversary of his death, and collected more than 16,000 signatures. But the Postmaster General's Citizen Stamp Advisory Committee met last week, and Garcia didn't make the cut.

Why? "That is super-secret," a good-natured Dave Failor, executive director of stamp services, said yesterday. "We don't discuss the reasons why."

Well, it can't be because the USPS disapproves of overweight, drug-taking rock musicians. In 1993 the USPS issued the Elvis Presley stamp, which became the best-selling commemorative stamp of all time, with 517 million sold (mostly to collectors) and $36 million profit for the Postal Service.

Except for presidents, people have to be dead 10 years before they can appear on a stamp. It's rare to get approval immediately: Actress Audrey Hepburn, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and activist Cesar Chavez all died in 1993, sailed through the selection process, and appeared on stamps in 2003. But more often the answer is no. The 15-member committee rejected the Garcia proposal -- just one of 50,000 ideas submitted for consideration (it recommends 20 to 25 a year) -- and won't take up his name again until next year. Even if he makes the cut, the postmaster general has to sign off.

Any Deadheads on the committee? "No one was wearing a tie-dye T-shirt, if that's what you're asking," said Failor.

Coincidence, You Say???

Remember how Abe Lincoln's secretary, Kennedy, warned him not to go to the theater, and John Kennedy's secretary, Lincoln, warned him not to go to Dallas?

Guess what we found -- more proof of the global politico-media cabal secretly running the world! Get this: The man at the center of the CIA leak scandal is the vice president's chief of staff, Lewis Libby . . . and the National Public Radio reporter assigned to cover his saga is Libby Lewis.

They were born Irving Lewis Libby and Dorothy Elizabeth Lewis, and if they went by Irving Libby and Dottie Lewis, there would be no dots to connect. BUT . . . "Scooter" Libby never uses his first name, and Lewis can't stand her first name ("I'm not a Dorothy. I'm a Libby"). Coincidence? We think not.

"I've never met Mr. Libby personally," Lewis told us yesterday. "But I do think he ought to tell me everything, because of our connection."

Shout Out

"Do you all know who Juliette and the Licks are? We're all just a bunch of actors! We act like we're in a band." -- Oscar-nominated actress-turned-rock frontwoman Juliette Lewis at the Black Cat Monday night. We think she meant it ironically, but the Licks were all suspiciously studly, and Juliette looks like she still does a lot of Pilates.

Quote

"Never mind! Sorry I asked!" -- President Bush, after asking a luncheon group of Bolling Air Force Base officers' wives yesterday what he should get Laura for their 28th anniversary Nov. 5 -- and being told "diamonds."


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