Beatty hot to rekindle ‘Affair’

GOOD MORNING: What’s Warren Beatty’s reason for doing “Love Affair” after it had been made twice by Leo McCarey? “There are certain stories that have a universal theme and you can do it again. My theory is to be very respectful of the material. It’s the basic yarn that holds up.” McCarey’s first version, in ‘ 39, starred Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer, The second, “An Affair to Remember,” boasted Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant. Beatty’s love affair is with wife Annette Bening. Yes, Warren said he saw “Sleepless in Seattle,” which has some funny scenes with clips of the Grant-Kerr “Affair.” Beatty liked it. He starts shooting his WB pic Wednesday, with Glenn Gordon Caron directing. Beatty says, ‘It’s not a huge schedule — three months.” They’ll location in N.Y. and “a little” in Tahiti. Most of the movie’s to be shot on the ship — built on the lot at WB, where the Beattys will no doubt also have a space for their baby Kathlyn. They are doting, devoted parents and Beatty — like pal Jack Nicholson — happily acts as if he invented fatherhood. He regales pals with stories like this one: “I was giving her a bottle, but she said, ‘First I want an appetizer!’ “… First screening of Foster/Turman’s remake of Universal’s “The Getaway,” starring Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin in the Ali MacGraw-Steve McQueen roles, was shown to Largo’s approving Larry Gordon. The movie came in sans problems in plenty of time for next year’s release. Baldwin and Basinger happily agreed to co-star for $ 4 million — to be split between ’em at their discretion … Keith Carradine has been KO’d by a virus for the past week and has been unable to perform in “Will Rogers Follies” at the Pantages. He and wife Sandra departed Wednesday for their home in Telluride, where he hopes to recuperate. A return date is not set. Understudy Dan Sharkey’s stepped in and Larry Gatlin and Mac Davis have also been paged to return to the lead role. Previously, Carradine had missed only two performances in more than 1,000 shows … Bill Bixby, sounding great, said, “I’m on absolutely no pain pills” as he returned to the “Blossom” bunch Wednesday. He starts directing the first of 20 segs Tuesday.

CONGRATS TO ARTHUR HILLER, newly elected president of AMPAS. Hiller has the unique distinction of having been prez of the DGA and the Acad in the same year — he wound the former term in June. How will active producer-director Hiller handle the hefty Acad chores while readying his own pix? “Well, I did three pictures while I was DGA president,” he reminded me … Madlyn Rhue, in her 18th year with multiple sclerosis, has learned she’s a candidate for the newly FDA-approved miracle BetaSoron medication but Medicare won’t pay ($ 5,000-$ 10, 000 a year, depending on dosage) for her medication. However, her secondary insurer SAG will become her primary and pick up the tab — if she gets a job before the end of August. “I’m doing really well and feeling fine,” assured the fine actress, “even though I can’t chase the bad guy — I could run over him with my electric chair!” Give her a job … Chevy Chase, who bows Sept. 7 with his Fox talker, debuts his first of three (hysterically funny) Frito-Lay Dorito Tortilla Thins blurbs tonight on the NBC “Tribute to Michael Jordan.” Joe Pytka, who directed the Michael Jackson Pepsi blurbs, reined Chevy’s chips … And Jim Lampley filmed his first blurb — for Frito-Lay via the Charles Stern Agency … Baseball’s Rick Dempsey signed with Frank Campana for TV and blurbs … Gene Barry, who goes back before the cameras Aug. 17 in Aaron Spelling’s new “Burke’s Law,” was re-signed by NASDAQ to be its voice for “the stock market for the next hundred years.” Barry’s voice catch-phrased “It’s Miller Time” and “At Ford, quality is job one.”

PRESIDENT CLINTON AND FAMILY are not planning to spend their vacation at the California beach house of the Harry Thomasons. Present plans call for the first family to take in Jackson Hole country … BevHills hairdresser Cristophe plans to open his D.C. shoppe at the end of the month. … Lauren Bacall and N.Y. Giants’ linebacker Lawrence Taylor are the latest celebs to join the campaign committee of “N.Y. It Ain’t Over”… Catherine Mary Stewart and husband Richard Allerton welcomed their first, Hanna Mary, July 27 in N.Y. … Thesp Jennifer Runyan and her husband, assistant director Todd Corman, are the parents of son Wyatt Christopher, born July 29 at St. John’s. The happy firstime grandparents are Nan and Gene Corman … Karen Hirshan, photog-daughter of Isobel Chanin and Lenny Hirshan, weds Craig Krull Sept. 26 at the Bel-Air … Joan Hyler is guest speaker for Women in Film’s Sept. 9 exec lunch at the BevWilshire … It’ll be Friday at the Friars — Robert Maron’s teamed with Leo Fenn, Art Davis and Steve Edelson (who present Monday Night at Chasen’s) to open the club doors for the first time to a younger clientele. Paul Ryan and Eddie Harrah host the entertainment. This Friday’s by invite only … The Nelson Group and JEM Prods. are holding a fundraiser Nov. 1 at the Sportsmen’s Lodge to raise funds to help casting director Patricia Rose finance recovery of her 2-year-old son, allegedly kidnapped by his father … Mark your calendar: The hard-working ladies of the MPTVFund’s Screen Smart Set Auxiliary hold their fashion show from the Cinema Glamour Shop at a luncheon at Betty Rose’s home and garden Aug. 28.

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