Stone’s magic bullet still flying

GOOD MORNING: Oliver Stone, reached in Frankfurt yesterday, told me his reaction to the former Navy pathologists’ statements insisting one gunman and two bullets killed JFK. The medics decided to finally go public via an American Medical Assn. Journal interview, after seeing “JFK.””Why is there no cross-questioning?” asked Stone. “What is new? After 28 years, two doctors come out and say they were right all along — without any new evidence — and that’s front page news?” Stone says a Marina Oswald press confab upcoming may shed some newer light. Stone is in Frankfurt — en route to Thailand — for “Heaven and Earth” banker meets with Regency and with Scriba Films. Latter hopes to open up markets in Russia –Stone may be involved with ’em there. We also told Stone about Tuesday’s Oliver North radio interview with Rush Limbaugh in which North inferred that Stone, through an intermediary, was trying to buy his (North’s) autobio to film. Stone’s answer: “That’s funny.” Yesterday, from the Pasadena City Jail, Eric Douglas, there on a four-day sentence for obstructing an officer in the line of duty, said he’d be out Saturday afternoon and performing at the Melrose Improv that evening. Douglas said he had decided not to go to trial on the charge and “become part of a media circus. If Rodney King can’t get away with it — how can Eric Douglas?” He sounded cheery, noted, “A good attitude is the most important thing in life. It will get you anywhere.” He reminded, “I had a career before and will have one after.” He enumerated several celebs who’ve been jailed sans stigma — toplined by Sophia Loren. But he assured us he won’t be behind bars again! “But now I can add ‘convict’ to my resume.” While in jail, he’s been in fax and phone contact with his agent Michael Houbrick and says he has several film offers. Young Douglas, it’s to be noted, is classically trained as an actor, has worked on stage and films in three countries in as many languages … Note of caution: Variety staffer Charles Fleming and publicist Howard Brandy were mugged at gunpoint a block from the DGA after Sunday’s screening of “Patriot Games.” Police later told Brandy and Fleming that three similar armed robberies occurred that night and warned it was not safe to walk in that neighborhood (yes, near the DGA!) after dark. It is to be hoped the DGA will provide added security in the parking areas during/after screenings.

“WUNNERFUL, WUNNERFUL,” that was Lawrence Welk’s impact on millions, said Monsignor Lloyd Torgerson of St. Monica’s Church at services yesterday. At the chapel in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, six members of the Welk band played his favorite music — Dixieland songs. Kathy Lennon and the Lennon Sisters, Raina English and Guy Hovis sang. Welk’s oldest daughter, Shirley Fredericks, delivered the warm and humorous eulogy and Jack Minor also spoke. At the final, graveside farewell, all broke into the song that always closed the Welk show, “Adios, au Revoir, auf Weidersehn.” Lawrence would have loved it … Sad to report that Anne Jeffreys’ sister, actress/artist Katherine Carmichael Baker, died yesterday at St.Joseph’s after battling pancreatic cancer … Lest anyone worry, Johnny Carson is not retiring. He and his nephew Jeff Sotzing, producer of “The Tonight Show,” will be moving into Carson Productions Inc. offices in Malibu — closer to Johnny’s Pt. Dume home — when he returns from a European vacation (Wimbledon included). Tomorrow’s final in-person “guests” will only involve Ed, Doc and Tommy (Newsom). After the taping (6:30), they and cast/company members segue to Carson’s home for the private, no celebs, farewell party … Jack Carter’s car was totaled, he was bruised, shaken up in an accident when Carter was en route to the Peter Nicholas Meyer wedding in Santa Monica. Jack was treated at Cedars-Sinai. He’s skedded to raise a baton as comedy guest conductor at the May 27 Youth Philharmonic concert at the Scottish Rite Auditorium.

NEWLYWEDS NELL CARTER and record-producer Roger Larocque are off to a Bali honeymoon following last Thursday’s wedding in Las Vegas, where Al Kasha gave away the bride. Al and Ceil K. intro’d the happy couple last year … Law students Grace Ryang and Roy Price (son of Katherine and Frank Price) will wed Sunday at the BevHills Presbyterian Church. The couple met when students at–the Buckley School Agent Frank Cooper celebrates his 80th birthday today. It’s also his 63rd year in showbiz. And on the 30th, he and wife Sylvia toast their 55th wedding anni … “Entertainment Tonight” co-exec producer David Nuell was surprise-partied Tuesday on his 50th birthday by wife Cynthia Riley at the Santa Monica pier carousel pavilion. “E.T.” producer Jim Van Messel sang “Happy Birthday” — in full Marilyn Monroe drag! … Alan Ladd Jr. and Jay Kanter report the Secaucus, N.J., initial preview of “Diggstown” got 98% in the top two audience reaction boxes. This is the Michael Ritchie movie in which Lou Gossett Jr. told us he fights 10 men in 24 hours. (And has the bruises to prove it.) The MGM’ers are also smiling following the board meet in Paris, the “Mice and Men” screening at Cannes where they also laughingly launched Blake Edwards’ “Son of the Pink Panther.” And starting up next month, “Cloak and Diaper” and “Benny and Joon.”

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