Stone antes up for ‘Ace’

GOOD MORNING: Sharon Stone goes the comedy route next in “The Lady Takes an Ace” for the Charles brothers at Par, with David Kirkpatrick producing. Stone now has approval of her leading man. … You may see Sharon “live” today–with Dwight Yoakam, who’ll sing the national anthem at the opening of Holly Park. Yoakam’s a pal of Park CEO-chairman K.D. Hubbard’s Meg Ryan and husband Dennis Quaid, who welcomed son Jack Henry April 24, head back to work pronto, Dennis in “Cloak and Diapers” at MGM with Kathleen Turner in June, and Ryan in “Sleepless in Seattle” for TriStar with Tom Hanks. … Recent mother Annette Bening has been nixing all offers to probably co-star with husband Warren Beatty in Bob Towne’s script. … Bob Hoskins stars in the “Super Mario Brothers,” a$ 40 million Jake Eberts project to be directed by Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel. … David Geffen allows that he’s getting out of the movie business–but not until he completes his projects in preparation, including “M. Butterfly” with Jeremy Irons, “Witching Hour” with Dick Donner, “Interview With a Vampire,” “Dreamgirls,” etc. at WB, where he has a “handshake deal.” And Geffen says he’ll also depart the music biz when his MCA Records pact is up in 36 months. And then? He says his plans are uncertain. As are those of friend Barry Diller. Or so they say. … Police Chief Daryl Gates opines excessive force was used on Rodney King in his upcoming (May 19) “Chief: My Life in the LAPD” (Bantam), written with Diane K. Shah. Her “Dying Cheek to Cheek” (Doubleday) coincidentally hits the stalls May 1 . It features a fictional L.A. chief of police–and a fictional 1947 L.A. Examiner gossip columnist, Etta Rice and legman Paris Chandler (get it?). … Sheila MacRae, in her “Hollywood Mother of the Year” (Birch Lane Press), written with H. Paul Jeffers, tells some eyebrow-raising tales about White House bedroom invitations from LBJ and JFK, plus her affair with Frank Sinatra, etc. The book’s dedicated, by the way, “to all Hollywood mothers, but especially to those who founded SHARE to help mentally-impaired children.” …”BevHills, 90210″ regular Jennie Garth bicycles to Aaron Spelling’s “Melrose Place” as well. … Add youngstars: Kenny Blank (12) of “Boomerang,” plays the son of “Queen,” Alex Haley’s sequel to “Roots.” “Boomerang” co-star Halle Berry also co-stars in the CBS mini. … And teen thesps Corey Feldman and Corey Haim, who teamed in half a dozen pix, including “Stand by Me,” are together again in “Blown Away” for North Star Pictures in Toronto.

‘SWONDERFUL: Those who were at the Mark Taper Forum agree it was a night that will remain in mem’ries for a long time. “An Evening at The Taper With Ira Gershwin” was a “special event of the Center Theater Group’s 25th anniversary celebration.” Also, the first of a “salon series” for the Taper dedicated to the late Nick Vanoff, a CTG board member and longtime friend of Gordon Davidson, CTG’s artistic director Michael Feinstein “and friends” performed lyrics of Ira G. with music by brother George, Jerome Kern, Kurt Weill, Harold Arlen and others. “Friends” who also performed with Feinstein included Melissa Manchester, Karen Morrow, B.J. Ward, George Hearn, Robert Guillaume, “Forever Plaid,” Cynthia Ferrer, Jeff Calhoun. And–a surprise at the program’s start as Rosemary Clooney came over from her “Singers Salute the Songwriters” rehearsal at the Pavilion for last night’s show for the Betty Clooney Foundation to duet with Feinstein on “Isn’t It a Pity.” Nancy Olson Livingston and Lew Wasserman welcomed the audience. And at the conclusion of the show, featuring Feinstein’s terrif pianistics plus warm remembrances of his six years working with Gershwin, the ever-young Kitty Carlisle Hart told how Moss H. enticed Ira out of retirement following brother George’s death. After a tribute to Nick Vanoff, his wife, Felisa, came onstage to say if he’d been there, he’d have danced a few bars to the toe-tapping music. In the audience were musicmakers Saul Chaplin, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Henry Mancini–and June Levant, who had intro’d Feinstein to Gershwin.

IT WAS THE AFISecond Decade Council’s turn, earlier, at the Westwood Marquis, where AFI prez Charlton Heston welcomed Brandon Tartikoff as the new chairman of the council. Brandon said his commitment to the AFI was based on his shared interest in “the state of the art, not just the state of the business.” He pledged both his–and Par’s–support to AFI. P.S.: The host-hotel also noted the opening of its Cafe Perroquet for the AFI event Columbia was toasting its successful first screening of “A League of Their Own” at Mann’s Culver City. The femme baseballer bows July . …1 The 100th seg of Paul Rodriguez’s “El Show” taped last Sat. with guests Jimmy Smits, Edward Olmos, Rosanne De Soto and Erik Estrada–who were also among guests at the party hosted by Jeff and Deborah Wald and Univision at the Atlas Bar & Grill. … Jeffrey Katzenberg and Joe Roth present/host CalArts graduating class of ’92’s showcase program, directed by former-ballerina-turned-producer Roxanne M. Captor at the Odyssey May 4-5 Vikki Carr’s Scholarship Foundation benefits from her May 9 Greek Theater date May 9. To date, Carr’s helped 175 talented Hispanic students achieve their higher education.

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