Lansing wants movies that make sense — and dollars

GOOD MORNING: “What kind of movies are you going to make?” we asked Sherry Lansing after her first staff lunch meeting at the Columbia Bar & Grill. “Quality movies–that are commercial,” she answered. Any limit on budgets? “Just good sense.” The first new production starts will be “Beverly Hills Cop III” from Mace Neufeld-Bob Rehme’s banner and “Jade” by Bob Evans … Audrey Hepburn was released from Cedars-Sinai yesterday and Rob Wolders told us they’ll probably be going home to Switzerland in a couple of weeks. The “major operation” has not affected her general health, he assured. And no further treatments are anticipated, just regular checkups … Elizabeth Taylor, also recuping and taking it easy these days, is being pitched to star in “The Mother in Law” written by Neal Israel and Gail Parent. Israel and Leslie Nielsen wound looping “Surf Ninjas of the South China Seas” yesterday and both are off to other spoof features. Israel and Ed Naha scripted “Repulsive Attraction” for Imperial Entertainment. It’s a spoof on all those crazy-woman films. Basketballer Pat Riley and Israel team on “The Sharks” for 20th. It’s a kids’ comedy. Because of all these movies, Israel and partner Gary Hoffman part from their TV company–after a sitcom starring Peter O’Toole for CBS … Leslie Nielsen tells me he’s talking a takeoff on “Rambo” titled “Bimbo.” It could go before “Naked Gun IV” (not “III,” that is). And after Nielsen completes a CBC guestint in Vancouver, a hostint of the Genies in Toronto. commercials in London , he’s off to Milan to guestar in their version of “Saturday Night Live.”

NOT IN THE SCRIPT: When “The Bold and the Beautiful” co-starlet Schae Harrison answered a doorbell in a scene, expecting the scripted messenger, she was instead met by b.f. Michael Kass, holding a ring and a cue card that read, “Will you marry me?” She said “I do!” and jumped into his arms. They now plan a spring wedding …”The Wonder Years’ ” Alley Mills will be wearing a sparkler from fiance Orson Bean tomorrow night when she receives the William Shatner Partners With Youth award from New Direction for Youth at the U Sheraton … ICM receives the Corporate Partnership Award, Jack Gilardi the Humanitarian Award at the event. Afterwards, ICMers head to their annual retreat at the Grand Champion hotel in Palm Springs … Elton John and Bernie Taupin make their first teaming on a late night’er Monday, with Arsenio. Elton performs his “The Last Song” and Taupin promotes the APLA “Commitment to Life VI” show, Wednesday at the U-Amphi honoring Barbra Streisand and David Geffen … Roseanne Arnold also guests with Hall, Monday in her capacity as exec producer of her own show–and Tom Arnold’s upcoming “Jackie Thomas Show”… Wednesday night, in advance of last p.m.’s screenings for “vampires” at the National, Francis Coppola held a cast-and-crew showing of “Dracula”–and the enormous turnout made for two screenings, 8 and 11 p.m. … Among the celebs up from London for the Birmingham bow of Anthony Newley in Leslie Bricusse’s “Scrooge” was Newley’s ex, Joan Collins, who double entendred, “He (Newley) was born to play Scrooge!” Bricusse is also working on legit musical versions of “Victor Victoria,””Jekyll and Hyde” and “Henry VIII”–for Robert Goulet who is no stranger to royal robes, having played Lancelot in the original “Camelot” and is now King Arthur in the touring troupe celebrating the show’s 32nd anni … And talking of the British theatuh, Sharon Gless, en route to London to debut Dec. 17 at the Criterion in Steven King’s “Misery,” stopped in N.Y. to visit with her “Cagney & Lacey” co-star Tyne Daly, who bows in “The Seagull” next week. Tyne told Sharon’s husband, Barney Rosenzweig, “I turned down the ‘Sisters Rosensweig’ because they spelled your name wrong.”

JOEL GREY, WHO PLAYS A SURVIVOR of the Treblinka death camp in tomorrow’s “Brooklyn Bridge,” will return for a second seg. He says his experience working with this company was his best TV experience. He’s back on stage with the Pacific Symph this weekend and at the McCallum in Palm Springs next weekend … Time Warner and the United Nations presents Life mag’s exhibition of photos, “Somalia’s Cry,” starting Monday at the U.N. General Assembly Public Lobby. Please send a contribution via any of the U.N. programs (I have the list) to help these desperate, suffering people … Leon Askin is back from Vienna, where he was honored at their Viennale. “It was a nice finale for me,” the versatile thesp notes. “After all, when you are in your 86th year, one doesn’t expect many more such events. I feel more like 58 and not 86 but numbers just don’t lie”… Theo Bikel, now starring in “Fiddler on the Roof” on the San Berdoo CLO boards, bows in the L.A. Opera’s “Ariadne Auf Naxos”–in German, Dec. 9, then heads out on a fortnight of concerts in Florida. They’ll no doubt add to further chapters in the autobiog he’s writing for HarperCollins … Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels celebrate their 15th wedding anni today at the Peninsula hotel where he gifts her with the jeweled crown she wore as “Miss Pittsburgh 1956″… Rita Coolidge is off to Japan this weekend to p.a. her newest album “Love Lessons” (Caliber). It’s her 20th trek over there–and she’ll return again for concerts in February.

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