GOOD MORNING: It’s transition time in Hollywood as well as in Washington. Brandon Tartikoff has taken a smaller office at Par until Dec. 1, when his H.Q. will be relocated to New Orleans from which he now commutes. Last week, he was continuing to go over notes on scripts he had initiated. And was talking to the Par exex–pix and TV–over whom he had been boss, “to make sure the transition is being made. Sherry (Lansing) is great,” he added. And affirmed, “I’m not going to make any announcements until–at the earliest–next spring. I’m really going to do what I said I’d do.” And what would he like his next job to be? “I’m not looking to be a general like a Schwarzkopf. It’s better for me to be a Tartikoff”… President-elect Clinton continues to display his showbiz savvy. In next week’s TV Guide, talking about Hollywood and movie/TV violence, Clinton admits, “I thought the movie ‘Boyz N the Hood’ did a very good job of showing the superficial appeal of the gang culture and why it worked for kids who were fundamentally disconnected. But it also showed the dark underside of mindless killing. I thought they handled it right.” On TV, he of course watches the Thomasons’ “Hearts Afire” and “Evening Shade.” P.S.: He “might” go back on Arsenio … Jerry Leiber (lyrics) and Mike Stoller (music) get six pages in Life mag’s special issue “40 Years of Rock and Roll.” And this week, David Giler turns in his script to Castle Rock on the Leiber and Stoller biopic–which would, of course, contain segs with Elvis Presley, for whom they wrote “Hound Dog,””Jailhouse Rock” and more. They’re now working on an album (Atlantic) for another pal, Nino Tempo, whom they’ve known since 1949 … The New Yorker’s L.A. bureau chief, Caroline Graham, set Ken Auletta to write an “Annals of Communication” column starting in January … Not only did the entire Jim Mahoney clan make the cover story on this week’s Beverly Hills 213, but daughter Monica (27) gets a tip of the fedora in the December Vanity Fair’s “Vanities” section for her creative chapeaux … Author Tom Robbins OK’d the Dove audio version of his “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues” on condition Michael Nouri narrates. He does. Nouri also stars in Dove/Michael Viner’s “Sidney Sheldon’s Sands of Time.”
FIRST THERE WAS the Sinatra mini, then the Jacksons and next –ABC pushed up the air date to Nov. 25 sweeps for “The Best of the Hollywood Palace.” And the one-hour show could be a series kickoff. In the initial show the following stars appear/perform: the Lovin’ Spoonful, Janis Joplin, Mamas and Papas, Flower Power , Louis Armstrong, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Sammy Davis Jr., Donald O’Connor , Gene Kelly, the Nicholas Bros., Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Henny Youngman, Milton Berle, George Burns, Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Bill Cosby, Dean Martin, Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks, Flip Wilson, George Carlin, Joan Rivers, Nipsey Russell, Pat Morita, Jackie Mason, John Byner, Rowan & Martin, the Smothers Bros., the Muppets, Supremes, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Ike and Tina Turner, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross and Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five. Suzanne Somers hosts. Exec producer Malcolm Leo, who also directs, says the show’s dedicated to the memory of Nick Vanoff, creator of “Hollywood Palace.” Bonnie Peterson produced the show written by Sam Denoff, Marc Sheffler and Leo. There were 190 “Palace” shows–so there’s plenty left to pick and choose … CBS’ version of the Amy Fisher-Joe and Mary Jo Buttafuoco story, “Casualty of Love,” set Alyssa Milano to play Fisher. Mary Jo and Joe B. will be on hand during the production, says writer-producer-director John Herzfeld. They’ll film in L.A.
HOLLYWOOD’S CAMERAS WERE on hand at South Bend, Ind., Saturday–at Notre Dame stadium, during halftime between the Irish and Penn State. Hollywood had also been at the Notre Dame-Boston College game. It’s all for TriStar’s “Rudy,” the story of 5-foot-6, 180-pound defensive end Davilo Ruettiger, who played for 27 memorable seconds in ’75. Sean Astin (21), 152 pounds, is portraying him. “It’s something to find yourself lined up against a mammoth creature weighing up to 300 pounds,” the youngster laughed. “But when I sacked the quarterback (per script) and was carried off the field with a crowd of 55,000 cheering–whatta rush!” That’s showbiz … And young “Heights” co-star Shawn Thompson says it’s also some rush when he and co-star Jamie Walters have been making the weekend P.A. treks to Pittsburgh, Philly, Boston, Hartford, N.Y., Cleveland, Cincy and D.C., where they were given the fans’ rush act. “They pulled out our hair, rocked our cars.” That’s the story of instant TV stardom. And their platter, “How Do You Talk to an Angel” is topping the charts … Brandon Lee (“Rapid Fire”) and Lisa Hutton (Still Water Prods.) are engaged to wed … The TV Acad renewed the contract with its outside attorney Dixon Dern for the 17th year, as well as retaining the Weissman/Angellotti P.R. office for the 10th year … Corey Haim, back in the biz, signed with Camden Artists Agency and Michael Bass management.