GOOD MORNING: The Los Angeles riots have ignited world concern about similar conditions globally, reports Edward James Olmos, back in the U.S. after his “American Me” screened at Cannes. “It was non-stop interviews from 8 ayem until 10 at night,” he reported with a heavy heart. “It was about world conditions rather than the film. (Although the movie had four screenings instead of the planned two.) They were asking me about the children (in the riot-torn sections).” He was not in L.A. for the funeral of Ana Lizarraga, a technical adviser on “American Me,” who was murdered last week. Olmos is spending a week in Florida meeting with Latin American press to continue talks — about the reel and real. And he returns to Europe next month on “American” openings. He then plans to be in L.A. to work on programs of peace and education. And said, “You can count on me to work on H.O.P.E. (Hollywood’s Opportunities for Productivity through Education)” … Meanwhile, over at Hollywood Pictures, Taylor Hackford is busily editing his “Blood In, Blood Out,” about three L.A. Chicano brothers. “It’s very strong,” said Hackford. “It’s got an epic tone. It’s really two pictures in one.” He has it cut it down to 3 1/2 hours but is adding some filming. “Disney is giving me enough time. They’ll put it out when I’m ready. First, in limited release and then broad,” he added. It’s hard-hitting, he stated. “And, sure, it’s hard to predict reaction. … Distributors have to be extremely sensitive. The studio is very supportive.” (Michael Eisner confirmed to us the studio is behind the movie all the way.) Hackford said he did not see Olmos’ “American Me.””I decided not to–I didn’t want to be influenced.” AFTER 16 YEARS, TOM SELLECK and his agent Bettye McCartt of Metropolitan Talent have parted. Selleck’s now in London with wife Jilly following the Cannes screenings of “Folks.” He has “Christopher Columbus” and “Mr. Baseball” coming up this summer-fall … At today’s NARAS meet in Palm Beach, Grammy Awards producer Pierre Cossette will tell the record exex, trustees, TV committee his plans for the show at the Forum late next February or early March. He appreciates the board’s vote of confidence (after 15 years of trying to get the large setting). And thanks NARAS prez Mike Greene for “the same vision.” The Forum will be “opulent,” Pierre promises, with three stages, one large and two smaller; “You won’t believe you’re in an arena.” He admits “it’s chancy,” to have the enormous general public at the awards. But also predicts it will set the stage for the Oscars’ future … Russian soldiers working as extras on World Films’ “The Innocent” in Berlin defied orders from their commanding officer to return to camp — when they had another day to complete shooting — on the movie, that is. They went AWOL for the movie’s “commanding officer,” John Schlesinger … The Moscow Film Fest invited the Mill Valley Film Fest to bring a retro of its best indie films–including “Longtime Companion,” which won Bruce Davison an Oscar nomination. He just wound NBC’s “Solomon’s Choice” with Joanna Kerns and will attend the Moscow meet along with Mill Valley fest director Mark Fishkin .. Pierce Brosnan and the “Death Train” (USA Net) troupe are shooting in Croatia. He reports, “Troubles are 150 miles away but we do have to hold up some takes for the rumbling of tanks and many of the crew are fresh from fighting or headed there as soon as we wrap.” He segues from “Death Train” to London and the royal preem of “Lawnmower Man.”IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR: Quincy Jones gets an honorary degree of doctor of music tomorrow at Brandeis U.’s Waltham, Mass., campus John Ratzenberger received an honorary doctorate degree of Humane Letters at his alma mater, Sacred Heart U. in Fairfield, Conn. The Michael Eisners’ son Breck graduates from Georgetown U. tomorrow. Eisner, pere, continues on to Euro Disney … Ralph Edwards was saluted by the Museum of TV & Radio for 50 years in showbiz. He donated tapes of his shows to museum prez Bob Batscha Ashok Amritraj was honored with the Natraj Award by the U.S. Indian Community for his film excellence. His banner just wound “Invasion of Privacy,” starring Robby Benson and Jennifer O’Neill. Company next starts “Betrayal of the Dove,” which Benson scripted. Latter, now starring for USA in “Homewrecker,” is also talking a writing-directing deal with Disney … Whoopi Goldberg doesn’t go on the air with her talk’er until Sept. 14, but already has lined up 90% of the country and these friends already have committed to appear with her: Cher, Michael Douglas, Ted Danson, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Paul Simon, Nelson Mandela, Richard Dreyfuss, Burt Reynolds, Barbara Walters, Jason Priestley, Bo Jackson, Robert DeNiro, Anthony Hopkins, Hammer, Danny Glover. Spike Lee, Natalie Cole, Evander Holyfield and Mike Wallace … Jose Carreras, after his box office record Greek bow, was asked his favorite singer of all time: “In opera,” he said, “it was Mario Lanza who inspired me. But for popular music, it’s always Frank Sinatra” … Peter Mark Richman, starring at the New Ivar in Ray Bradbury’s “Next In Line,” is also busy as chairman of the building committee readying the new Health Center of the Motion Picture and TV Fund in Toluca Lake.
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