Brando looking for work?

GOOD MORNING: Would Marlon Brando like to do another movie? Yup. “And I wish I had one for him,” said producer Mike Lobell, who with partner Andrew Bergman starred Brando in “The Freshman.””He called it (‘The Freshman’) the best experience he had in his life,” said Lobell, who got a phone call “out of the blue” from Brando in N.Y., where Lobell and his director-partner are shooting “Cop Gives Waitress $ 2 Million Tip”… Lobell admits, “It was tough getting (the movie) organized” in N.Y., where they have 110 locations, but the city’s film czar Richard Brick laid everything out for ’em to shoot, including subways, buses, courtrooms. Cops love the movie since Nicolas Cage plays one of N.Y.’s finest. The city should cooperate: The movie’s “a love poem to N.Y.,” adds Lobell … Lobell and Bergman’s “Cloak and Diaper,” co-starring Kathleen Turner and Dennis Quaid and now titled “Undercover Blues,” goes out Sept. 10 from MGM — Frank Mancuso’s seen it, likes it, they hear … Mebbe there’s a role for Brando in these upcoming projects from Lobell/Bergman: Castle Rock’s “Strip Tease” by Carl Hiaasen, or “Wolf Dog” by Jeanne Rosenberg to be directed by Fraser Heston, or “Little Boy League?” Or their WB projects, “Unfinished Business” or “Trust Me” or Steve Baigleman’s untitled romantic comedy for L/B at Fox? Just asking … From the Pachuca, Mexico, location of TNT’s “Cisco Kid,” Jimmy Smits (as the Kid) and Cheech Marin (Pancho) assure me their version, while comedic (natch), will be done with dignity so that no Mexicans or Mexican-Americans will be offended. “How could it?” asked Smits, “with Luis Valdez directing a script by Valdez and Michael Kane?” And Moctezuma Esparza and Robert Katz as exec producers for Goodman-Rosen (“Zorro”) …”Amigos will be very proud — it’s not demeaning,” said Cheech. The role is a huge change for Smits, who was an Emmy-winning member of the “L.A. Law” cast for five years. He’s following in “Cisco” footsteps of Warner Baxter, Cesar Romero, Gilbert Roland and Duncan Renaldo. “We’re re-interpreting it with lots of dignity for new generations,” said Smits. There’s mucho action and romance (Sadie Frost) as well. The $ 5 million production boasts big production scenes, battles, etc. “It’s a lot more than your average network MOW,” promises Smits, who has an ABC production deal to follow … And Marin resumes his successful children’s project, “My Name Is Cheech, the Bus Driver.”

LAST SATURDAY WAS A RECORD for admissions at Universal Studios Hollywood — 33,632. And they’re crediting it to the “Back to the Future” attraction, which even Steven Spielberg says is the best amusement park ride he’s ever been on. Spielberg, Richard Zanuck and Roy Scheider are among those who dined at Bob Morris’ Gladstone’s on Universal’s hit CityWalk. When the filmmakers bowed “Jaws ,” it was Morris who advertised at his Malibu eatery with this line, “I got even , I eat shark at Gladstone’s”… After the summer rush, Morris will institute a coupon for a dinner discount for those attending movies at the Universal Cineplex Odeon theaters … Add eatery news: Producer Victor Drai bowed his La Cienega restaurant, Drai’s, over the weekend and it smacks of a hit. Claude Segal, alumnus of Ma Maison, is chef in the warm, living room-like eatery in the site of the former L’Ermitage. Thirty-five showbiz toppers, who know good eats, are investors. Drai and actress-wife Lauren Locklin are expecting their first child, a boy, in October … And Drai is developing his next movie, “Godchild”… Cicada’s Stephanie Haymes and Bernie Taupin will wed Aug. 21 in Santa Ynez … Patrick Terrail’s prepping a culinary showcase featuring the town’s top chefs (including Claude Segal) cooking with “the chefs’ latest culinary friend”– liqueurs — at the Aug. 20-22 L.A. A La Carte at the Santa Monica Civic.

ROSEMARY CLOONEY IS SALUTED by the Pacific Pioneer B’casters Sept. 10 at the newly refurbished Sportsmen’s Lodge … Gale Storm will be honored by Chi’s Museum of Radio and TV with a fete titled “From Little Margie to Murphy Brown”… George Peppard nixed an offer to star in an “A-Team” reunion for NBC. He feels he’s done that character and moves on to a new role in an ABC series — when he returns from his delayed Hawaii honeymoon with wife Laura. (They wed Sept. 10, ’92) … Oliver Stone’s “Natural Born Killers” producer Clayton Townsend and wife Jean Larette welcomed their first child, Charlotte Kelly, Aug. 4 at Cedars-Sinai … Gisele and Arte Johnson celebrate their 25th wedding anni Aug. 15. How time flies … Mayor Richard Riordan will be at the Improv Friday helping comedians launch the Laugh-a-Thon to aid Midwestern flood victims … Among those who’ll help open the L.A.-Inner City Games Aug. 15: Arnold Schwarzenegger, who serves as exec commissioner for his third year, Roseanne and Tom Arnold, Bruce Jenner, Tom Selleck, Edward James Olmos, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Fred Savage and many L.A. pro athletes … Final score of the baseball game between Michael Bolton’s “Bombers” and the “Hollywood All Stars” led by Jack Scalia: All-Stars 14, Bombers 13. A pitcher’s battle. The Children’s Hospital benefited.

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