Neufeld/Rehme undaunted by agency woes

GOOD MORNING: So how does all the agency amalgamation affect producers? “No impact at all,” said one filmmaker whose indie banner is developing 20 movies. He’s Bob Rehme, whose indie with Mace Neufeld has a giant program at Par that he feels will be unaffected by last week’s long-anticipated agency actions. “Studios have been buying less from the agencies and they (the agencies) have been hurt dramatically,” Rehme reminded. Neufeld and Rehme hope their next to start for Par will be “Clear and Present Danger” starring Harrison Ford. It’s in rewrite. They’ve also set L.A. Times crime beat writer Michael Connelly to screenplay his book, “Black Echo,” while his “Black Ice” will be scripted by Scott Rosenbloom. Both movies feature the same character, Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch. Another Neufeld/Rehme project, “Speak Easy,” is being second-drafted by Rupert Holmes. “Paramount loves it,” said Rehme of the school-set, musically themed story. Rehme met with Holmes in N.Y., where the latter’s readying the Oct. 25 B’way bow of his “Solitary Confinement.” In N.Y.’s Russian Tea Room, Acad members toasted new president Rehme, who promised ’em at least one Acad event there pre-Oscar. It could be a tribute like the bow to Myrna Loy. Greer Garson, Deborah Kerr, Claudette Colbert? … Frank Sinatra’s pipes are recuping in Palm Springs after he had to cancel all of his weekend shows with Shirley MacLaine at Radio City Music Hall. They’ve reskedded for Oct. 30, 31 and Nov. 1 and wind their duets Nov. 5, 7 and 8 in Milwaukee, Cleveland and Auburn Hills, Mich.

“MR. BASEBALL’S” TOM SELLECK was paged by the Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays to be their respective guest at the World Series–he practice-batted with both for the movie. Selleck was saved making a choice when the Commissioner’s Office also invited him. Yeah, but who’s he rooting for? … Gary Coleman (24) goes back to court Nov. 18 for the next round in his lengthy and unfortunate lawsuit vs. his former business manager, guardian and trustee, and his parents in their capacity as his former personal managers and guardians and trustees. Gary’s moved back to L.A., re-signed with Tom Korman at the Artists Group and returns to work guesting on next week’s taping of “The Ben Stiller Show.” Coleman recently sold his home in Denver, donated his $ 150,000 model railroad layout to the Denver Children’s Museum … Seymour Cassell won the Chicago Film Fest’s Best Actor award for “In the Soup”–for which he also won a special jury prize at Sundance … Burt Reynolds receives the Mary Pickford Award from the Screen Smart Set of the MPTV Fund tomorrow at the Regent BevWilshire. Buddy Rogers makes the presentation. The luncheon also features an auction and celeb fashion show … The Il Forno Ristorante in Santa Monica is the Saturday luncheon site for a Romanian Orphans Foundation benefit with speakers Veronica Hamel, Eric Douglas, writer Petru Popescu and celeb guests of honor … John Saxon in Bishkek faxes (!) news he’s returned for two more weeks there on “Genghis Khan” location before winding in Beijing.

HITLER TRIED TO GET HER TO STAY in Germany, JFK dated her–and everyone in Hollywood loved her. Bonnie Green (76) died last Friday after a long battle with leukemia. The ever-cheerful former showgirl, once known as “the MGM Glamazon,” had made memorial arrangements for herself and they’ll be held Nov. 1 at the Bel Air Presbyterian Church where she was an elder. She had been married 45 years to late composer Johnny Green and has two daughters, Kim (Meglio) and Kathy, and stepdaughter Bobbie. Granddaughter Nicole will sing “The Stage Is Bare.” Indeed it is … Friends in the biz are also saddened to learn of the death of Dinah Shore’s sister Bessie Seligman, who was a longtime researcher and writer on the “Dinah Shore Chevy Show” and assisted the ever-busy Dinah through the years … Felicia and Jack Lemmon led a standing ovation for Alan Bergman at the Jazz Bakery last Saturday night where the SRO crowd forced a second show. Peter Matz did the intros for Bergman and singer Marilyn Lovell (Mrs. Matz), who also joined the show. Next date for Alan is the Russian Tea Room, Nov. 1. He and wife Marilyn wrote a tune for the HBO movie “The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader Murdering Mom.””It’s a good thing we didn’t write a title tune,” said Alan, “because the only word you could add to that is –‘Blues.’ “…”I think it’s terrific,” Jonathan Tisch, president and CEO of Loews Hotels, told the “Murphy Brown” cast as they sat down with other celebs to play Monopoly at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel’s Power Breakfast at 8 ayem yesterday before they reported to the “Murphy Brown” set. I watched Jon’s brother, producer Steve Tisch, try to outplay Candice Bergen seated alongside him, but the winner was Lorenzo Caccialanza of “Knots Landing.” The Santa Monica/Malibu Meals on Wheels benefited. Rosemary (Mrs. Joe) Regalbuto is director of the beach charity. Among others playing was Barbara Lazaroff (Mrs. Wolfgang Puck), plus the cast of “Phantom of the Opera,” whose Phantom, Davis Gaines, celebrates his 600th performance tomorrow … A Focus on AIDS IV photo art auction will be tonight at the DGA.

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