GOOD MORNING: Arsenio Hall is throwing a party for the people “who included me in although I was not a member of the Hollywood community–not a member of the Hollywood ‘club’ ” (during his first three years talk-hosting). So, tonight, he’s toasting press agents, agents, managers “who supported me while journalists were trying to position me as the black host. Sure, I’m a black host, but I’m doing a show for all people. I’ve tried to create a show for everyone and they (the invitees) supported me.” Arsenio says when Robert De Niro said he wanted to make his talkshow bow with him, “It showed to a lot of Hollywood the kind of support I was getting.” How does Hall explain his success? “I work when the competition sleeps.” How does he feel about the demise of Dennis Miller’s late night’er? “I feel it personally. I don’t think people in the late night arena have to compete. There’s enough money for everyone. Only 4 million people out there have to watch and you’re in good shape. There’s plenty of audience there for Whoopi and Chevy. I always co-existed with Johnny Carson.” What about Jay Leno? “We have personal disagreement. But as far as the talkshow, I wish him the best of luck. I have no problem with him as a host. The more success he and Letterman have, the better for the business.” Who else would Hall want on his show? “I’d like to have Prince back. I’d like to be the first one to get Prince to talk!” Arsenio is due to go on hiatus later this month but won’t go to the Zimbabwe location of the “Bopha” Par feature, which he exec produces. It’s directed by Morgan Freeman and stars Danny Glover and Alfre Woodard. He’s keeping close to the vest on the budget and will toil via fax to S. Africa. “If I go one dime over budget, Brandon Tartikoff won’t like me. I’ve read about all the stories about ‘nightmare movies’ and this isn’t going to be one. This isn’t a ‘Police Academy 12’ or a ‘Honey I Blew Up the Kid III’–this is a meaningful movie. It makes a statement and you have to watch your wallet.”
WESTWOOD WAS ALIVE WITH SHOWBIZ Monday p.m.– at UCLA’s Tennis Center plus the Bruin theater. First, an “Evening at the Net,” where the Entertainment Industries’ Permanent Charities Committee presented the Volvo tourney opener benefiting the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program–spearheaded by Lilly Tartikoff and supported by Ron Perelman. Close to $100,000 was raised. The ticket prices were low–“This was an event for awareness,” reminded Lilly, whose big-bucks event is Dec. 2 at the BevHilton. She received a temporary setback for Monday’s event when John McEnroe pulled up lame and pulled out of the celeb match. (McEnroe was well enough to attend the Bruin “Unforgiven” preview and party later at Chasen’s.) At the 11th-hour, Lilly called Jimmy Connors, who more than subbed for McEnroe, playing singles vs. Vijay Amritraj and John Lloyd–later joined by vet net star Pancho Gonzales in a match loaded with laughs. Terrif showmen. Further, in the sportsmanlike department, Hank Pfister, who won a $5,000 shootout match, announced he was donating his prize to the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer research program in honor of his wife and three daughters. Lilly Tartikoff (in raspberry Thierry Mugler suit) made her way down the stands to gratefully accept the surprise check. IBM donated $2,500. Jerry Seinfeld and Monica Seles cohosted the event and Jerry entertained roaming the court. “This is the weirdest gig,” he exclaimed as he put everyone in stitches with his routines. Kenny G was also roundly applauded for his performance–including a unique rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” … Par’s Brandon Tartikoff was seated next to Disney’s Jeffrey Katzenberg. Noting Par’s entry into the amusement park field, Jeff laughingly said, “We’ll pool our parks.” Par’s topper Stanley Jaffe was also there, as well as John Goldwyn. Among celeb tennis aficionados on hand: Johnny Carson, Roseanne and Tom Arnold, Rodney Dangerfield, Alan Thicke, Scott Baio, Tony Danza and others. Lilly Tartikoff is now off to New Orleans for a two-month stay with daughter Calla, undergoing further therapy there.
CLINT EASTWOOD LED WB’s “UNFORGIVEN” group from the Bruin to Chasen’s for the deserved celebration (the movie’s already getting Oscar nomination talk). On his arrival, Clint was serenaded by the Karen Tobin band playing his “Claudia’s Theme” from the pic. He was accompanied by co-star Frances Fisher and daughter Alison, latter recently bitten by a pit bull. The band played tunes from other Eastwood pix–including the evergreen “Misty” from “Play Misty for Me.” Among those chomping Chasen’s chili, corn on the cob, chicken, etc.: Bob Daly and Carole Bayer Sager, Terry Semel, Rob Reiner, Christian Slater, Jacqueline Bisset , Meg Tilly, Gary Busey, Mario Van Peebles, John Landis, Marsha Mason and Cathy Moriarty Tonight at the Nuart, Timothy Carey appears with his “World’s Greatest Sinner”–“giving insight to the real Elvis Presley” Morton’s patio was the site for Dolores Robinson’s birthday party for Wesley Snipes (30), with Kira Lindsay. Also there, Holly and Matt Robinson. And Scott Shore was also birthday’d there by his mom, Mitzi, with Pauly S. also on hand. Diana Ross came over from her table in Morton’s main room to congrat Holly Robinson on her portrayal of her (Diana) in the Jacksons’ “American Dream.”