Coppola’s previews can’t sneak past crix

GOOD MORNING: “Let’s agree on a showbiz tradition–like the journalism tradition of ‘off the record,’ ” said Francis Coppola. He was referring to the constant “reviews” of sneak previews of his movies. “They (journalists) killed ‘One From the Heart,’ ” he claimed. “To what extent is a person entitled to a preview without criticism? Preview audiences are very important (to a filmmaker) ,” he reminded. He was annoyed that, on the eve of the bow of his “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” a plethora of prose continues to be printed about scenes that are not–and some that never were–in his movie. But, aside from the above, Francis was in a happy mood yesterday afternoon when he pronounced the movie completed. “I’m happy–and Columbia is happy,” he smiled. “I think it’s a beautiful movie.” Denver was the site for the final previews, Saturday night–and the crowd was so huge, two screenings were needed. “And they all stayed for the final credits–when they heard Annie Lennox singing the love theme,” Coppola added. The rest of the Columbia group sees it here and in N.Y. tonight. Coppola, never idle for a moment, even while waiting for technicalities to be completed, started writing a series of one-act plays. He’s amazing …”Nobody does that,” his lawyers and agents told him, but Dan Curtis put up his own $ 4 million to launch his feature banner with “Taking Gary Feldman.””I’ll do what I like–no one sees the dailies and says, ‘Howcum?’ I think it’ll be sensational.” In addition to the cast of Danny Aiello, Cathy Moriarty, Jose Pantoliano, David Dukes, Anita Morris and 10-year-old Alex Zuckerman as “Feldman,” Curtis inked Demond Wilson and Abe Vigoda. Curtis, lauded for his miniseries, including “Winds of War” and “War & Remembrance,” does not rule out the possibility of returning to that small screen genre–“If I find the right one, I’d love to do it.” But he has bigger screens to fill and next is “Trilogy of Terror–The Movie.” His version in 1975 for ABC Circle Films boastedKaren Black in all of the Richard Matheson stories. Curtis plans to bring back the doll in the bigscreen stories–again to be played by one actress.

NETWORK EXEX ON HAND at David Hoberman’s Mandeville Canyon house Sunday for a Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein fund-raiser, were implored by Feinstein not to release “public trends” from the exit polls until 8:01 p.m. when the booths have closed in Calif. Close to $ 400,000 was raised by the group, which included Jodie Foster, Bette Midler, Billy Crystal, Mark Canton, Cybill Shepherd, Barry Diller, David Geffen, Sid Ganis, Martha Luttrell, Gil Cates, Jerry Zucker, Gray Davis, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, Bonnie Bruckheimer, Richard Katz, Richard Blum, Jon Avnet, Sean Daniel, Mike Marcus, Fred Specktor, and the co-chairs. Roseanne and Tom Arnold opened the day’s activities, which finale’d with a concert with Don Henley and Bonnie Raitt … Participating in tomorrow’s national Clinton/Gore National Women’s Vote Project rallies, parades, candlelight vigils: Ali MacGraw with Hillary Clinton in Cleveland, Meredith Baxter with Al Gore at the U. of New Mexico and Valerie Harper to Orlando … ICM’s Alan Berger, Lorimar’s Leslie Moonves, ABC’s Ted Harbert, NBC’s Warren Littlefield and CBS’ Peter Tortorici met Friday at the Four Seasons to prep for their upcoming meet with TV Acad officials on ways to improve the format for the 1993 Emmys … ICM inked Holly Hunter, Faye Dunaway and John Travolta … Brad Pitt, excellent in “A River Runs Through It,” signed with CAA. “River” director Robert Redford’s also a CAA client … Richard Attenborough is paged to direct “Cristo” (as in “Count of Monte–“) for Tony Thomopoulos, Richard Lewis and John Watson at WB. And Cameron Mackintosh continues to talk “Les Miserables” with Attenborough. But Mackintosh wants to do it on a stage at Pinewood and Attenborough wants to mount the battlements you-know-where.

THE TV’D VERSION OF Larry Gelbart’s play on words, “MasterGate,” looks so much better expanded with hysterically funny exteriors (takeoffs on CNN) for the Showtime version (updated and upjoked by Larry), airing for the first time Nov. 1, 10 p.m. It will be repeated during the month, after the election–and also in Jan., in time for the inauguration. Iran-Contra and Iraq-Gate will still be topics of conversation then–and always. Gelbart’s play, “City of Angels,” heads to London’s Prince of Wales theater March 30 with Michael Blakemore again directing, cast to be set …… Close to $ 500,000 was raised for the Society of Singers via its tribute to Tony Martin at the BevHilton. Ella Fitzgerald presented Martin his Ella Lifetime Achievement Award. Dinah Shore emceed the salute, including Debbie Reynolds, Melissa Manchester, Johnny Mathis, Mel Torme, Joe Williams, “Forever Plaid,” Jack Carter, Rodney Dangerfield, Alan King, Norm Crosby, Esther Williams, June Allyson, Ann Miller, Janis Paige, Virginia O’Brien , Kathryn Grayson–and Cyd Charisse, of course. George Schlatter and Jack Haley Jr. produced the toast and SOS prez Ginny Mancini and the SOS Choir finale’d with their signoff, singing “Dream.” They make it come true.

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