Clintons to view ‘Schindler’ screening

GOOD MORNING: President Clinton and wife Hillary attended Tuesday night’s D.C. screening of “Schindler’s List” at the Cineplex Odeon on Wisconsin Avenue and met with Steven Spielberg, wife Kate Capshaw and her daughter Jessica, plus cast members Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley and Emily Schindler. In an abbreviated buffet before the unspooling of the 192-minute, emotion-packed movie (nothing could follow), the Clintons also met with Edie and Lew Wasserman, Lorraine and Sid Sheinberg, Peggy and Tom Pollockand Michael Ovitz (CAA cocktails Clinton here Saturday in a Demo National Committee fundraiser). “Schindler” benefit-screens tonight at N.Y.’s Coronet and Baronet and screens here on the 9 th at the Cineplex Odeon in Century City to benefit the Schindler and Wiesenthal foundations … With news Tuesday of the Clinton administration’s AIDS task force, the Jan. 27 “Heaven Can Wait” AIDS Project L.A. benefit at the U-Amphi is an even more timely event, notes Steve Tisch, board chair of APLA and producer of the show with Dana Miller. Hillary Clinton and Jeffrey Katzenberg receive the 1994 APLA Commitment to Life honors. “The First Lady’s presence will make a very strong message that she is prioritizing AIDS,” Tisch said. David Geffen co-chairs. The show honors artists/celebrities lost to AIDS with each one introduced by a celebrity — like Doris Day for Rock Hudson. And at one point in the evening, Tisch told me, “The audience will be asked to say the name of someone they lost — it will be almost liberating. It is a very special point in the concert/tribute. In spite of the great show of entertainment planned, Dana and I want the evening to focus on HIV and AIDS.” Last year, $ 4 million was raised and it’s hoped to equal this year.

ALTHOUGH FRED ASTAIRE FOOTAGE is featured prominently in the current version of “That’s Entertainment III,” MGM has yet to “negotiate a fair deal,” says Robyn Astaire. “I didn’t OK it.” Ann Miller filmed the hostint for this seg — as well as a seg on Red Skelton to be used should negotiations for Fred’s fancy footage fail … Ann Miller presents the L.A. Art Fair’s Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award to Andrew Lloyd Webber tonight at the Convention Center … Tuesday night at the Shubert gala preview of Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard,” Barbara and Marvin Davis’ Night to Fight Diabetes raised more than $ 1.5 million for local, national and international diabetes centers. The Davises assembled more than 100 stars and showbiz “angels” and “platinum” sponsors for the evening. It segued from the Shubert across the street to the Century Plaza Hotel ballroom, decor’d in Gloria Swanson-like glamour from the Billy Wilder movie — including the 1931 Rolls Phantom I Marlborough Town Car parked beneath a replica of the famous Paramount gates. Details tomorrow. Peter Duchin’s orch played for guests who were asked to wear “glamorous Hollywood attire”‘ — not black tie — for the Tuesday evening … Robert Blake tells me he wants to visit John Gotti (in jail on a lifetime sentence) before starting his four-hour CBS mini. “Sure I’m nervous,” says Blake. “I thought a long time before agreeing to do it, because I understand he still runs the Gambino family from inside. But I want him to know I’m just an actor hitting my marks. Afterwards, if he doesn’t like my work — then he can kick my ass. Before I did Hoffa (‘Blood Feud’) in 1988, I got some ‘funny’ phone calls but I told the ‘right’ people that if I didn’t do it, someone else would do it — and that’s my plan with Gotti. Sure I’m a little bit afraid.” He said Jeff Sagansky allowed him to work on the script to be delivered Friday … Last night at N.Y.’s Tribeca restaurant, Jonathan Tisch was surprised on his 40th with a birthday bash that included a reel of “The 40 Faces of Jonathan Tisch” with gag quips from Dr. Ruth, Wilt Chamberlain, John Tesh, Steve Guttenberg, Tom Bosley, Harvey Fierstein, Bob Costas, etc. Jonathan’s dad, Preston Robert Tisch, delivered yet another “face.”

FIRST MAN TO MAKE LEAR’S COVER is Anthony Hopkins, on the December issue … Chuck Binder’s clients Sharon Stone and Darryl Hannah cover December’s Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, respectively … The Film Information Council’s Award for best-marketed motion picture of the year will be named for Charles Powell and will be awarded Feb. 2 at Ma Maison …”Gettysburg” director-writer Ron Maxwell and Laura Johnson are engaged to wed … Mark Silverman, Disney exec in charge of strategic planning, and Victoria Golden were married Nov. 27 at the Century City Marriott and are honeymooning in St. Thomas … David Sheehan gets Julia Roberts, Sharon Stone, Michelle Pfeiffer, Meg Ryan and Janet Jackson to reveal some very personal stories about their on- and offscreen lives on his primetime NBC spec, “Hollywood’s Leading Ladies,” Dec. 4, 10 p.m.

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