GOOD MORNING: “Don’t forget to vote–for George Bush!”–Arnold Schwarzenegger exhorted the 3,500 rain-soaked fans in the bleachers at the opening of the newest Planet Hollywood, this one in South Coast Plaza. The fans’ response to Arnold’s candidate was–a loud chorus of boos. But they changed to cheers–for Arnold himself, when he departed the celebs’ red carpet to weave his way into the crowd, to thank ‘em for weathering the storm Friday night. I asked Planet Hollywood partners Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone if they cared to comment on a candidate of their choice. They laughingly declined. Not so, young “Twin Peaks” co-star Dana Ashbrook, who followed Arnold on my interview platform, and he quickly volunteered a plug for his candidate, Bill Clinton, to hefty cheers from the fans. I conducted my fans-in-the-stands poll (audio, and not very scientific!) among the three presidential candidates and there was no doubt that Clinton was the favorite–in Orange County territory! … The fans sat for five hours in the on-again-off-again rainstorm until all the celebs had arrived for the bow of the second Planet Hollywood. This restaurant opening was reminiscent of Hollywood movie premieres of old with full fan bleachers, a stage for the stars to to be seen and interviewed. Planet Hollywood looks like a movie palace of old with its gleaming marquee topped by a colorful, glistening globe around which a neon’d Planet Hollywood revolves acting as a beacon in this giant shopping heaven. Chairman Robert Earl, president Keith Barish and their partners put $ 7 million into this eatery-Hollywood memorabilia museum. Items on display include Madonna’s “Dick Tracy” earrings, Mel Gibson’s “Lethal Weapon” motorcycle, Patrick Swayze’s “Dirty Dancing” shoes, etc. One of the dining rooms in the two-story eatery duplicates a control room a la “Star Trek.” Drinks are named for movies ranging from a non-alcoholic “Home Alone” to a potent “Terminator.” You get the picture–it’s a fun food palace. Retractable screens flash scenes from movie classix including those of the three actor-partners. And on the “live” scene opening night, Bruce Willis and his “Red Devils” performed with the surprise addition of Stevie Wonder. Christian Slater and Tia Carrere got on stage as well–to dance. Demi Moore was there with Bruce. She wore a classy, tailored, two-piece suit–no, it was not painted on. Others on hand included Sean Young, who said she was enjoying making a comedy, “Triple Indemnity,” with Armand Assante as her love interest. New mother Tiffany (her son’s a month old) was there. Also Young MC, Jason Hervey (who said he’ll have a fling with “an older woman” on “The Wonder Years”). An enormous hand from fans for “BevHills 90210’s” Shannen Doherty. And the fans also applauded Corey Haim when he volunteered he was “drug free” and ready to go back to work. Judith Light debuted her new, dark tresses. Linda Hamilton and director James Cameron said they’d do another “Terminator” every seven years … Renny Harlin admitted Sylvester Stallone bears scars (physical) from stunts in his “Cliffhanger.” Jonathan Silverman, Lou Pitt and Arnold Rifkin were among others who made the drive down in the rain for the festive Hollywood night in Orange County. Coming attraction: a Planet Hollywood–in Hollywood.WE WERE SHOCKED AND SADDENED to be awakened yesterday with the news Marty Klein had died early Sunday morning. We had dined at the table next to Marty, wife Sharon and the Peter Lassallys on Thursday night at Le Dome. We spoke of the too-sad illness of Klein’s former APA partner, John Gaines, and Marty had visited him in hospital the previous week. Then, Klein happily told us his APA had just signed Hal Holbrook, Ned Beatty, Linda Gray and Colin Quinn. Klein was one of the gentlest, kindest men we had known. He was a workaholic and probably had as many air miles as any commercial pilot as he criss-crossed the country to be with clients. He was a credit to the profession and a friend to the industry and the community’s many charities. He will be sorely missed … ICM’s chairman Jeff Berg and president Jim Wiatt host a breakfast today at Four Seasons for 10 percenters at ICM to welcome the incoming InterTalent alumni … Myrna Jacoby, alumna of the William Morris N.Y. office, teamed with Beth Cannon to establish an East Coast site for the Cannon Co. … Joseph Heldfond and Rix Agency’s Don Pitts set “Northern Exposure’s” Richard Cummings Jr. as voice spokesman for the ’93 Hyundai. And “Crime & Punishment’s” James Sloyan signed for a third year as the campaign voice of Lexus … It’s again rumored Barry Diller and David Geffen have upped their offer for NBC … The upcoming Jack Lemmon starrer “A Life in the Theater” looks like it’s headed to New Line … Second generation: Toby Yates, editor-son of director Peter Yates, makes his directorial bow in the West Coast preem of Steve Tesich’s “Square One” at the Hudson Theater in Hollywood Nov. 14 with Brenda Varda and Clay Crosby. Yates pere is exec producing “Needful Things” directed by (second-generation) Fraser Heston … En famille at Dan Tana’s: Jim Belushi and his parents and Danny Aiello with his mother and father. Also at Tana’s, Sean and Chris Penn with Penny Marshall and Art Linson. Also Michelle Thompson with John Cusack.
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