GOOD MORNING: Two of the workers on next Sunday’s Clinton-Gore bus tour (like the campaign trail), heading from Monticello (8 ayem) to the Lincoln Memorial, will be Lynda and Peter Guber. And they’ll be working, not VIP’ing at the bus stops. At the Lincoln site, Quincy Jones’ inaugural production, “Call For Reunion,” begins at 3 p.m. with an all-star lineup of musical greats, followed by the candlelight march across the Arlington Memorial Bridge at 5:15. It’s hoped that first femme astronaut Sally Ride will ring the Liberty Bell replica at 6 p.m. to start the worldwide ringing of the “Bells of Hope” (chaired by Bonnie Reiss). Last week, BBD&O and the Harry Thomasons created the 30-second “Bells” p.s.a., which started airing on CBS yesterday (hopefully to be followed by NBC, ABC, CNN and MTV) to urge everyone to ring bells for hope. Bart Simpson (Nancy Cartwright) is among those urging all to ring bells. One will be sounded from the Shuttle Enterprise–as well as bells in South Central L.A., Camp Ronald McDonald in Malibu, etc. … Add Barry Manilow to the CBS gala on the 19th … The showbiz contingent gets heftier on the 20th with a Pre-Inaugural Ball and Buffet Dinner starting 6:30 hosted by the DGA, the WGAW and the ASC. This group wants to have its presence felt in the future to lobby for the film disclosure act and protection of film chef d’oeuvres with the new administration. The bash to be held at the Sewell-Belmont House will boast hosts including DGA prez Arthur Hiller, WGAW prexy Del Reisman and the ASC’s prez, William Fraker. And the host committee includes Elliot Silverstein, Steven Spielberg, Robert Wise, Martin Scorsese, Milos Forman, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and Harry Thomason among those who have been active in the preservation campaigns. Mickey Rooney plans to attend–his vocals on the sanctity of movies go ‘way back. Also on this host committee are thesps Lauren Bacall, Geena Davis, Ed Begley Jr., Richard Dreyfuss, James Earl Jones, Kathleen Turner and Henry Winkler … Meanwhile, here in L.A. on Wednesday, the celeb contingent of ECO (Earth Communications Office) holds its fourth anni party at Tatou. Bonnie Reiss is Exec Director/Founder — but she’s in D.C. ringing them bells.
NEIL SIMON POPPED IN TO L.A. from Chicago, where his musicalized “Goodbye Girl” changed directors–Michael Kidd for Gene Saks. “We were lucky to get Kidd, ” said Simon, “he’s a good friend of (producer) Manny Azenberg.” Simon was also in L.A. to see his new granddaughter–Sofia, daughter of Nancy (Simon) and David Florindi. Neil also viewed the first showing of his “Lost in Yonkers” feature, which Columbia releases this Summer. He was pleased on both counts. As for the breakup with Saks, Simon said he didn’t want to “air dirty linen” but the show will be adding three-four numbers. “That would have happened anyway. I had forgotten how difficult it is to do a musical–it’s been l5 years” (since “They’re Playing Our Song”). Will he and Saks work together again? “If he’s amenable. We’re good friends. Sometimes these things happen.” Meanwhile, Jerry Zaks directs Simon’s next show, “Laughter on the 23rd Floor.” It’s doubtful the “Goodbye Girl” sets for the new numbers will be built in time for the Chicago stand. “Goodbye” bows March 4 in N.Y. … Add legit notes: Carleton “Stretch” Carpenter signed a one-year pact to tour with “Crazy For You” including the 12 -week stand starting June 1 here at the Shubert … Kim Cattrall is in Princeton , N.J., rehearsing August Strindberg’s play “Miss Julie” to open next month, directed by Emily Mann. Cattrall will be seen in Oliver Stone’s “Wild Palms” airing in April, ABC.
NO GREATER LOVE HATH any man than–golf. Jack Lemmon’s pact for WB’s “Grumpy Old Men” gives him a week off to play in the pro-celeb tourney in Pebble Beach … The Grammys, you may have noted, will be telecast (CBS) Feb. 24 from the Shrine — despite the fact it had been originally heralded to emanate from the giant Forum. Producer Pierre Cossette says the record companies were unhappy with the look of the MTV awards from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion and they vehemently balked about doing the Grammys from the giant Forum. Cossette still feels he could have produced a spectacular show there. Meanwhile, he’s got a few surprises for the Shrine this year … David Strathairn (“Passion Fish”) plays Tom Cruise’s older brother in “The Firm”… Add another line for Alan King–he’s affiliating as spokesman for the Morsly Co.’s junior and missy sportswear line, called the Chinawear division. (No, it’s not dishes!) Look for King’s menswear line to follow. Alan says his father was in the garment (schmatah) business. “He would be proud.” He already is, Alan … L’Ermitage Hotel swings into 1993 with new ownership–the Lowell of N.Y. … Earl Holliman, nominated for a Golden Globe (“Delta” supporting actor), says his last nomination from ’em was as best supporting thesp in “The Rainmaker”–36 years ago … This is the year of the “un”–Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven” and Eric Clapton’s “Unplugged.” Un-til tomorrow.