March 28, 1994 12:00 PM

A knight out with the boys: Sir Anthony Hopkins saved a backstage beard hug for ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard after appearing on David Letterman’s Late Show. ZZ Top’s latest album, Antenna, kicked off the trio’s new $35 million recording contract with RCA.

Plugged in: Tim Allen, Home Improvement’s Mr. Fixit, had it up to ear by the time he received his third People’s Choice Award as favorite male TV performer. His Top-10-rated show also won favorite comedy series.

A dais to die for: Jodie Foster, Mel Gibson (right) and Macaulay Culkin (left) were among the box office biggies at NATO/Sho West ’94, the annual confab of theater owners in Las Vegas. Foster will next get Gibson in her clutches in Maverick, a western based on the 1950s TV series, due in May. Mac jabbed at Donald Petrie Jr., his director for Richie Rich, a comedy that begins shooting in April.

Make it so: The Nanny’s Fran Drescher and Star Trek’s Patrick Stewart were positively beaming as presenters at the Writers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills. Steven Zaillian won best screenplay adaptation honors for Schindler’s List, and The Piano’s Jane Campion received the best original screenplay award.

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