Dietrich to get fond sendoff

GOOD MORNING: From Munich, a saddened Max Schell told us he’ll deliver the eulogy Saturday for Marlene Dietrich at Berlin’s Deutsche Theater. He’ll finale with the poem Dietrich duetted (and cried) with him on his Oscar-nominated feature docu, “Marlene”–“Love as long as you can love–the hour comes when you will be standing on the grave and mourning.” Only a few weeks ago, Schell said, “The President of Germany asked me to invite Marlene to receive a medal. ‘A medal?’ she told me, ‘What do I need a medal for?’ ” Oscar-winner Schell (“Judgment at Nuremberg” with Dietrich) says he will teach at USCinema this fall. First, he heads to Africa for “A Far Off Place.” His wife, Natalia Andreichenko, is currently working with F. Murray Abraham in Sergei Bondarchuk’s “Quiet Flows the Don” near the Black Sea. Schell flew to Moscow then had to drive 14 hours to visit his wife on the site. “There are no planes,” he said. “They have no gasoline!” … Adding to yesterday’s report here of all the TV plans for Roseanne and Tom Arnold is their plethora of pix: at Par, they and Lorne Michaels are developing “Blind Date” to star with Randy and Dennis Quaid, based on the “Naughty Lady” seg of “Saturday Night Live,” plus another movie. And an untitled pic at Columbia with Ned Tanen. … “Running Mates,” HBO’s Diane Keaton-Ed Harris costarrer that was to have started last week, is delayed until today as director Martin Davidson departed, due to the usual creative differences. Michael Lindsay Hogg takes over reins with Marvin Worth producing. Keaton is preparing to direct two Alice Hoffman scripts for WB, “Pet People” and “Seventh Heaven” Michael O’Donoghue will direct two films for Scott Rudin at Par. starting with “Badger.” … From Cannes, Debbie Reynolds got word her producer-son Todd Fisher (34), making his debut there with “Twogether,” was departing the screening room when he spotted someone swiping his motorbike. Fisher, black tie’d, chased the thief, yanked him off the bike, proceeded to do battle until gendarmes carted off the culprit. Fisher proceeded to a hospital for repairs on a busted finger. Meanwhile Debbie’s daughter, Carrie F., is here awaiting the birth of her daughter in July–and is writing a screenplay for Francis Coppola.

WB LAUNCHED ITS summer season Monday and last night in Westwood with screenings of “Lethal Weapon 3.” Monday’s turnout at the (applause-filled) Village theater forced an overflow to the Bruin. The streets were jammed with fans (and security) awaiting the arrival of stars Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, who also segued to the party that followed at the Maple Drive eatery. The audience screamed from the opening scene’s blastoff through the comedy capers of the two leads, plus Joe Pesci and Rene Russo. Joel Silver told me he’s already “working on””Lethal Weapon 4.” And director (also producer) Dick Donner said he knows where he’ll shoot it–“In my living room!” This was a tough one. But Silver says it cost no more than “Lethal 2.” WB coincidentally successfully screened Mel Gibson’s just-completed romantic “The Rest Of Daniel”–for release late this year WB’s next big bash is the June 16 preem of “Batman 2” Silver said his next, “Demo Man” with Sylveter Stallone, is futuristic. He follows immediately with “Beverly Hills Cop 3” with Eddie Murphy. … At the “Lethal ” preem, a happy Cynthia Sikes (Mrs. Bud Yorkin) told us she’s pregnant. … Meanwhile at the preem party, Gibson was among those playing the new “Lethal Weapon 3” pinball game–which will be arcaded around the world. It combines voices of Gibson, Glover and Pesci–plus sounds from the three “Weapons.” What sounds! Joining the WBrass–Bob Daly, Terry Semel, Bruce Berman and Rob Friedman–at the preem was WB alumnus Mark Canton–pleased with “3” and touting Sony’s summer release, “A League of Their Own.” And Mace Neufeld telling of his now-completed “Patriot Games” for Par.

CHARLES BRONSON WILL star in “Sea Wolf” for TNT. … Denise Nicholas will be a “Heat of the Night” regular after three seasons as a recurring guest. She’ll also pen another script for the series. … Leonard Nimoy reads the compelling stories of Sister Kiara Jaroszynska and Brone Straupiene at the June 11 Anti-Defamation League’s Jewish Foundation for Christian Rescuers’ dinner at the BevHilton. The two saved the lives of Jews during WWII in Poland and Lithuania. Also to be honored at the fete are Robert H. Ahmanson and Vidal Sassoon. Caroline Ahmanson and Harvey Silbert cochair. … “Damon Runyon should have been there to take notes,” said George Schlatter observing those paying last respects to Jilly Rizzo at his Palm Springs funeral Monday. In addition to stars, headed by Frank Sinatra, Roger Moore, Flip Wilson, Don Rickles, Paul Anka, Milton Berle , Harry Guardino, comic Mortie Storm and Joe Villa, were Rizzo’s other pals including security guards from the Desert Inn, etc. Theo Bikel gives the Jewish Arts League Awards tomorrow in N.Y., then cameos in Phoenix Friday with Amy Irving in “Benefit of a Doubt,” receives an honorary degree of arts and letters Saturday at the U. of Hartford and contiues to Jerusalem for a Monday concert.

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