Golf debacle fuels film

GOOD MORNING: Fore! In two weeks, Universal will have a completed script (by Mark Steven Johnson) from Lee Rich Prods. inspired by the August 1990 Shoal Creek Country Club, Birmingham, Ala., brouhaha. It involved the club’s admission of an honorary black member–to permit the club to be a part of the PGA tour. The story got hefty coverage at the time from the N.Y. Times, the Washington Post, the L.A. Times, etc. And was the topic of conversation at all of the country’s golf clubs. Now the fictionalized film version will be produced by Dylan Sellars, prez of Rich Prods., and Lee Rich. It’s to be a “social comedy with emphasis on race relations.” Eileen Stringer, Rich VP, reminds that their banner recently wound “Passenger 57,” with Wesley Snipes–“We’d certainly love to do another movie with him–our Shoal Creek project would be a perfect vehicle.” This makes two black-infiltrated country club yarns within a week to be aimed for the big screen–and also targeted as (hopeful) Snipes starrers. P.S.: The Rich project, now at Universal, went in turnaround from WB. … Jack Lemmon , as reported here July 24, is as excited about his next David Mamet film, “A Life in the Theater,” as about his recently wound “Glengarry Glen Ross.” And now, Lemmon exuberantly tells us, Matthew Broderick wants to join him in the basically two-character story. “It’s a very courageous script,” says Lemmon. CAA is packaging the project, to be directed by Greg Mosher. … Richard Grieco says his current project, “Tom,” is also a courageous one for him. The story takes place in 16 hours, during which he is sexually driven (like a tomcat) because of an injection to correct a genetic flaw. Natalie Radford and Maryam D’Abo co-star in the Paul Donovan script, which he also directs. Grieco also demonstrates his dancing ability in the story. The young thesp is again filming in Vancouver, where he TV’d “21 Jump Street” and “Booker.” Grieco, developing TV’ers for himself via his banner at Lorimar for CBS, tells me he wants to develop as an actor via the small screen. … Jerry Orbach takes over for Paul Sorvino as a regular in “Law & Order” starting in October.

THE CREDIT FOR the making of Barry Primus’ “Mistress” is given by Primus to movie newcomer Meir Teper. Producer Teper, in turn, thanks his friend Arnon Milchan, “who gave me a chance by stepping out of (financing) the movie.” When Milchan departed the project, he recommended it to businessman-pal Teper. The latter owns Haagen-Dazs stores in L.A., the Ted Lapidus shop on Rodeo Drive and other fashion businesses. He was also a pal of Robert De Niro, whose Tribeca partnered in the “Mistress” project. Teper put his money where his friendship lay–the movie cost $ 5 million-$ 6 million. And now he’s readying his second pic, with David Matalon and Bertil Ohlsson. It’s Lasse Hallstrom’s “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” which Teper describes as Hallstrom’s “American version of ‘My Life as a Dog.’ ” Johnny Depp will star, and they shoot in Texas, starting Nov. 2. … Entertainment Industry Council’s Brian Dyak is recruiting non-smoking Hollywood celebs for its Tobacco Intervention Campaign, funded by the state of California. Its goals include deglamorizing depiction of tobacco in films and on TV. (EIC succeeded several years ago in a similar effort focusing on alcohol and other drug use) There must be something in the water cooler at Col’s ad dept., where two exex welcomed babies recently. Aug. 14, Marc Shruger, senior VP of creative advertising, and wife Louise welcomed son Luke Tadashi at Cedars-Sinai. And Aug. 5, at St. Joseph’s, Lisa Winkle, manager of audio-visual services at Col/TriStar, and husband Jeff Thomas welcomed daughter Caitlin Ann.

THOSE TWO TV VERSIONS of the Texas mom who tried to kill the mother of her cheerleader daughter’s competition now add these castings: in HBO’s “Mother’s Day, etc.,” Michael Ritchie set Matt Frewer to play Holly Hunter’s attorney; and in ABC’s “Pom Pom Mom,” Tess Harper stars opposite Lesley Ann Warren’s murderous mom. Frewer winds his role in time to resume his new “Shaky Ground” series for Fox. … “Seinfeld’s” Emmy-nominated Jason Alexander (George), also a Tony winner for “Jerome Robbins’ B’way,” will star in the revival of Sam Gallu’s “Give ‘Em Hell Harry” at the Tiffany, bowing Oct. 1. Corky Hale and Judy Arnold produce. It’s terrif timing, as George Bush was likened to Harry Truman (!) in last Thursday’s film clips pre-acceptance speech The ASCAP Jerry Lieber-Mike Stoller Music Scholarships will be presented to L.A. winners Sept. 9 at At My Place. The two young jazz artist winners will play with the Ross Tomkins Trio for the invited guests. … Sherman Hemsley brings his Vegas revue to the Friars Club in BevHills Oct. 17. … Leslie Caron, who just wound “Damages” with Jeremy Irons for Louis Malle in France, is converting a house outside Paris into a gourmet eatery. … Madame Sylvia Wu has imported a chef from Hong Kong and will add dim sum weekend lunches. … Jameson Parker signed with the Artists Group. … Josh Evans inked with APA Alex Rocco pacted with Wm. Morris.

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