Jones gets good ‘Vibe’ from new venture

GOOD MORNING: Quincy Jones, a success in every field he’s tackled, admits he’s plunging into the magazine world at a time when many mags are folding/struggling. “That’s when I like to do it,” he smiled. “I like to go against the grain.” He launches his Vibe mag Sept. 14 as a joint venture of his Entertainment Co. and Time Publishing ventures. It’s about the hip-hop generation, and, “It’s a mix of everything in the hip-hop culture,” Jones tells us. Among the stories in the first issue is (John Ledbetter’s) “White People Who Think They’re Black”–and they include Madonna, Howard Stern and Sandra Bernhard , notes Jones. Yes. there’s also a story about Ice-T–even though the current Rolling Stone leaves no stone unturned about him. … There are movies, fashion as well, adds Jones, who says Time toppers gave him a go on the project 15 minutes after he had proposed it to Jason McManus, Richard Stolley and Gilbert Rogin. “Rogin told me he’s the oldest living white-man rap fan.” T-W topper Jerry Levin gave his blessing. And the first issue has 56 pages of ads–no cigarettes or booze allowed–in its 144 pages. “We’re aiming for an audience of age 13 to late 20s,” says Jones, who admits, “This has been a dream of mine for a long time. And we’re very proud of it.” He claims, “Hip-hop is the most creative new force in contemporary culture since jazz. Its influence pervades not only music, but language, film, fashion, literature and the visual arts. It’s straight out of the street, and it’s here to stay.” … As for pix, he and Francis Coppola have been meeting on the first draft of the J. Edgar Hoover biopic, on which they’ll collaborate musically as well. “I’m learning so much from him,” says Jones. His Qwest label is soundtracking “Sarafina” as well as “Malcolm X” (Jones knew him back in 1950 “when I was traveling with my big band”). … Qwest has 18 artists currently at work. Jones himself has two years of his music from the Montreux festivals in the can–and when he gets time (!) will put them together in an album. On the TV front, “Everything’s coming together”–and “Fresh Prince” is starting its third season. Quincy reminds, “I’ve got six kids; I watch everything carefully.” But he also sez, “Did you ever read the librettos of Wagner? There was everything there–violence, incest, adultery–!”

THE FIRST SCENE was shot 14,000 feet up in the Alps, and the last scene today is being filmed under the ice in a tank at Cinecitta as “Cliffhanger” finally winds, having been skedded for a July 3 finale. The underwater scene’s a knife fight between Sylvester Stallone and Rex Lynn. Now you know why it’s the last scene. … Wynonna Judd sings the national anthem at the GOP convention today. And Shannon Doherty, Charlton Heston, Ricky Skaggs, Cheryl Ladd and Lee Greenwood also make appearances. … Movie producer Mort Engelberg wound scouting locations for the next Clinton-Gore buscapade–starts this weekend in Ohio, heading to Pa. and upper N.Y. state. … Tatum O’Neal, Penelope Ann Miller, Jasmine Guy, Steven Bauer, Kevin Anderson, etc., were among guests at Melissa Goddard’s birthday party, co-hosted by Marcia Lansdowne, with guests asked to forgo birthday presents for donations to the campaign of the guest of honor, Barbara Boxer. … And invitees to the Aug. 29 baptism party for the sons of Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, and the son of Lynn O’Hare and Robert Hegyes, are asked, “In lieu of presents for these blessed boys, make checks payable to Pediatric AIDS Foundation.” … Sarandon and Robbins will be on their way to N.Y. following a Hawaii vacation. O’Hare bought Michael Fallon’s “Gunplay” and will produce, with Aussie Michael Pattinson directing. … Bob Saget’s celeb auctioneer at Saturday’s ChildHelp USA Fiesta at the Playboy Mansion. … It’s hoped that Hollywood’s good scouts will come to the rescue of Johnny Carpenter, whose “Heaven on Earth Ranch Forever Free for Handicapped Children,” after 52 years, is in danger of being bulldozed.

LIVING HIS ROLE of the director in “Mistress,” Robert Wuhl is trying to get his own movie, “Open Season,” financed so he can direct the “combination ‘Network’ and ‘The Producer,’ ” says Wuhl. He’s Emmy-nominated as a writer of the Oscar show–and in Kevin Costner’s “The Bodyguard,” Wuhl plays the host of the Academy Awards. The scene was shot at the Pantages, a former Oscar site. … Sherry Lansing takes time from her producing chores (with Michael Tadross) on “Indecent Proposal” to p.a. “School Ties,” which she produced with Stanley Jaffe. … In the September L.A. Style, Paul Rosenfield says, “Vanity Fair was over the day Tina Brown picked up her marbles and left.” … Former Hollywood press agent David Resnik is the latest to write his memoirs. … Ace photog Bob Willoughby, whose exhibit is at the Stephen Cohen Gallery, was back in harness again on his 65th birthday lensing the Stuttgart jazz fest. … Celeb fotog Bob V. Noble is recuping at home after bypass surgery at Cedars-Sinai. … Britain’s talkshow host Des O’Connor produces two shows here (the first time) for his U.K. audience. Guests include George Burns, no doubt plugging his 100th-birthday concert at the London Palladium–in 1996. … “Tropicana Night ’92,” Aug. 22 at Rancho Santa Fe Fairbanks Country Club, benefits Scripps Memorial Hospital’s McDonald Center for alcohol and drug abuse. Desi Arnaz Jr. is celeb chair, Sid and Jenny Craig co-chair. Atlantic Records underwrites.

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