Advisory Board seconds ‘Beethoven’

The Film Advisory Board has given its award of excellence to Universal Pictures’ “Beethoven’s 2nd.” The board, which gives awards in recognition of family-oriented entertainment, gave the same award to the first “Beethoven.”

“Endgame,” a film based on the play by Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett, receives its West Coast preem Wednesday at the Odyssey Theatre. Pic is produced by San Quentin Drama Workshop and U. of Maryland Visual Press and directed by Robert Bilheimer. Screenings are at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Information: (310) 477- 2055.

Viacom Entertainment has signed a development deal with Mitchell Fink, People magazine Insider columnist and a contributor for CNN’s “Showbiz Today,” to host a firstrun gossip strip. A Viacom spokeswoman declined to provide any details.

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