Connery grounded by illness

GOOD MORNING: Sean Connery’s near-pneumonia (pneumonitis) has grounded the actor’s May 8 flight here from his Marbella home to receive the American Cinematheque toasting at its Motion Picture Ball. We are assured his current illness is not related to a throat problem prior to the start of Moscow locations on “Russia House.” Connery’s been skedded to start “The Rising Sun” at 20th in June Burt Reynolds would, no doubt, have been banned from taking a bungee jump at the Florida State Fair near the location of his “Cop and a Half”–but producer Paul Maslansky took the plunge (safely, we should add). However, Reynolds is doing a lot of his stunts, as of yore, in the movie, Maslansky confirms. “Insurers know what we’re doing–but Burt says it’s better when audiences know he’s behind the wheel.” Thus, Reynolds brought in his stunt coordinator and second-unit director Glen Randall, who worked on his previous pix. Young co-star Norman Golden II (8) is, of course, doubled (by a diminutive stuntwoman) in the dangerous action with Burt. The Universal-Imagine pic will be brought in at $ 14.5 million and with a PG-13 rating Richard Mulligan and Serina Robinson were married Friday. She’ll head his Great Jalopy Prods. music division Barbra Streisand had a 50th birthday weekend festival; first with her family on Thursday, then dinner-partied en famille Friday by Marilyn and Alan Bergman. And then the giant party “for children and the child in us” by Jon Peters, Saturday afternoon for 400 celebs and their children.

As guests entered Peters’ estate, a banner proclaimed, “Welcome to Barbra’s Magic Castle.” The theme continued throughout the 12 acres with the help attired in regal costumes, including “Beauty and the Beast.” Magicians, jugglers, stilt-walkers, puppeteers–and a petting zoo entertained the small fry of stars and execs, the youngest of the children being Warren Beatty and Annette Bening’s five-month-old-daughter. And of course everyone serenaded Streisand with “Happy Birthday” when Peters wheeled out the giant castle-shaped cake. Yesterday, Streisand was scheduled to visit the real Disneyland. She now goes to work on her next Columbia album, probably back to B’way-themed And the Bergmans are reteaming with Michel Legrand on–an opera, modern politically themed Talking birthdays: Ann Miller was toasted on her 73rd (!) at Tse Yang’s in BevHills by Roger Mayer of TNT and George Feltenstein of MGM Video. Fellow MGM alumna Kathryn Grayson was among the guests, and Debbie Reynolds (who just celebrated her 60th birthday, in Vegas) sang “Happy Birthday” to Ann on the phone And Norby Walters was partied on his 60th at the Empire West rooftop with guests including comics Jack Carter, Rodney Dangerfield, Jan Murray and Morey Amsterdam Continuing the anniversary mood: Regis Philbin celebrates his 30th year talkshow-hosting May 11-15 on the current show with Kathie Lee Gifford.

NICOLE KIDMAN stars in Castle Rock’s “Damages,” a thriller by Scott Frank (“Little Man Tate”), with Harold Becker directing in L.A. Shooting starts Aug. 1 Lesley Ann Warren co-stars with George Strait in Jerry Weintraub’s “Pure Country” at WB And Ed Harris joins Diane Keaton in Marvin Worth’s “Running Mates” for HBO, with Martin Davidson directing Eli Wallach, too rarely seen on TV, guestars on the May 12 “Law and Order” seg, “The Working Stiff” Michael Feinstein stars in a new production of “Finian’s Rainbow” to be directed by Arthur Seidelman. Latter just wound “Body Language” for USA Cable net, with Heather Locklear and Linda Purl, and the bigscreen “Rescue Me,” with Stephen Dorff Tony Roberts, who directed “One of the All Time Greats,” Charles Grodin’s hit play now on B’way, signed Kim Chan as the play’s waiter–after remembering him as the maitre d’ at the House of Chan–where the Roberts clan used to dine every Sunday William Katt stars in the world stage premiere of “Days of Wine & Roses” at the Cleveland Playhouse. Jack Hofsis directs J.P. Miller’s play. Mia Dillon co-stars Barry Newman, who once starred in the B’way version of Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap,” next stars in BBC’s production of Christie’s “The Mirror Crack’d.” Claire Bloom co-stars Peter Mark Richman is in rehearsals to star in a Ray Bradbury production (his company) of a play based on two of his short stories, “Next in Line,” by S.L. Stebel and Charles Rome Smith, with Smith directing. Nancy Dussault co-stars. “Line” bows May 15 at the renovated New Ivar theater Debbie Allen received the George and Ira Gershwin award at UCLA Saturday And Anjelica Huston reads from the works of James Joyce and W.B. Yeats Wednesday at the Bruins Faculty Center’s Ninth Annual Burstein Memorial Lecture on the values of literature and the humanities.

AIDS PROJECT L.A. raised $ 595,000 via the spectacular Thierry Mugler fashion show at the Century Plaza with his international models joined by celebs in often-revealing Mugler creations, including: Michele and Chynna Philips, Lesley Ann Warren, Sandra Bernhard, Jane Seymour, Dana Delaney, Linda Hamilton, Jennifer Flavin, Brigitte Nielsen, Daryl Hannah, Julie Newmar and Ivana Trump. Bodybuilders Bob Paris and Rob Jackson modeled in a bathing-suited scene. Barry Diller bought a table.

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