Inaugural ball to be ‘more inclusive’

GOOD MORNING: The Bill Clinton inaugural ball will break with tradition, promises chairman Harry Thomason. “It will be more inclusive–it will include a lot more people.” When I asked whether the showbiz community who gave Clinton its support would be included in that ball bunch, he said, “I would hope so.” Like a Barbra Streisand? “I would hope Barbra Streisand would be one of them,” he allowed. Meanwhile, Thomason and wife Linda Bloodworth-T. are busy with their three shows. He wings to D.C. Thursday to open the inaugural offices and he plans to commute each weekend. “I am determined not to let the (TV) shows be shorted,” he promised. “And Linda is up all night writing. We now have 10 employees working on the inaugural,” he said. “In two weeks there will be 600 and then up to 3,500 working full-time on it. It’s a stunning challenge”…”Blood In, Blood Out,” Taylor Hackford’s no-holds-barred Hollywood Pictures movie set in South Central L.A., which was originally to open a few months after the L.A. riots, then postponed for a year-end bow, is now slated for February ’93. And the studio is keeping it at Hackford’s hoped-for length of three hours-plus … Irving Lazar is home recuping from pneumonia, having spent eight days in a N.Y. hospital. He said he was weak, but sounded as feisty as ever on the phone … Jane Fonda, while not currently planning a feature of her own, will be involved in the production of one or two of Ted Turner’s TNT series about the American Indians … The Writers Guild of America joined the support for the Hollywood Policy Center’s Artists in Support of American Indian Religious Freedoms. A series of events in Hollywood last week launched support for the American Indian Religious Freedom Act Coalition … Tony Goldwyn’s the male lead opposite Jamie Lee Curtis and Joanne Whalley-Kilmer in “Mother’s Boys” for Miramax … And Ed Harris segues from Castle Rock’s “Needful Things” to join Tom Cruise and Gene Hackman in Par’s “The Firm”… Brian Wimmer (“China Beach”) and Cecilia Peck co-star in “Blue Flame” for debut-director Cassian Elwes, who also produces. It’s a sci-fi’er set in 1997.

WHO HAD THE BIGGEST SMILES at 20th’s terrif Sunday afternoon big bash at the ABC Entertainment Center in Century City? Rupert Murdoch and wife Anna. “I wanted to see the picture again,” said a beaming Anna Murdoch as she watched the happy kids stream by after “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.””This time I wanted to see it with them and hear their reaction.” I caught up with the Murdochs in the packed throng of delighted kids who were streaming into the Cineplex Odeon theaters, having devoured Along Came Mary’s assortment of a N.Y. kid’s dream world of tummy fillers. You name ’em, they devoured ’em. The ABC Center was decked out like N.Y. with a “snowcoat.” An “ice rink” sported roller skaters performing like Rockefeller Center’s rink at Christmas. The movie’s toy storefront was reproduced–U.S. Marines stood happily at attention as Toys for Tots were deposited along the way. And funds were raised for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Exex and their kids, three generations of Bridges–Lloyd, Beau and the latter’s children–all took back seats as photogs focused on–Macaulay Culkin. Producer John Hughes and director Chris Columbus beamed. Tim Curry, brilliant as the Hotel Plaza’s bamboozled concierge, laughingly told us that the youngster “did a wicked imitation of me on the set. He’s so cool.” Curry was at last night’s N.Y. screening as he’s previewing on the Lincoln Center stage in the lavish, musicalized “My Favorite Year” bowing officially Dec. 10. “I do a musical every five years,” he laughed. “It’s like a pregnancy–you forget how painful it is.” Curry says he didn’t dare look at the Peter O’Toole film starrer recently. “If I did I could never do the show–he’s so great.” He’ll also be seen on screen in the spoof “Loaded Weapon I,” playing the role of–Jig-Saw.

WINNER OF THE ROLLS ROYCE in a drawing at N.Y.’s Juvenile Diabetes Ball honoring Barbara (Mrs. Marvin) Davis was–Rachel (Mrs. Lew) Rudin! But Rudin donated the Rolls back to be raffled at a future fundraiser benefiting Davis’ favorite charity. Mary Tyler Moore, a diabetic, presented the award to Barbara at last Saturday’s event at the Waldorf. Marvin Hamlisch headed the entertainment … And Sunday at Elaine’s, Michael Caine was toasted on publication of his bio “What’s It All About” (Turtle Bay) by hosts Joni Evans and Bobby Zarem. The group here included celebs from publishing and showbiz worlds like Lauren Bacall and Eva Gabor and Merv Griffin, Carol and Arthur Ochs Sulzburger and S.I. Newhouse, plus socialites Gloria Vanderbilt, Jane Holzer, etc. … Walter Grauman’s daughter Amy Irene (VP development Marathon Prods.) married Robert Henry Danziger at Hillcrest Country Club Saturday … Jennifer Flackett, a writer on “Civil Wars,” was watching a show cut when she suddenly heard her name on the screen, then her b.f. Mark Levin (“Going to Extremes” supervising producer) appeared– wished her happy birthday, produced a diamond ring and asked her to marry him.

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