Geffen, Tisch ready with coin for AIDS docu

GOOD MORNING: David Geffen and Steve Tisch team to exec produce and put up “seed money” to launch an AIDS-themed feature-length docu version of Andreas R. Vaucher’s book “Muses From Chaos and Ash” (Grove Press). The acclaimed collection of interviews reveals the feelings, reflections of AIDS-afflicted artists, some of whom have died since the book’s publication … Geffen and Tisch are funding the filming of the first two subjects, documaker Marlon Riggs and poet Tory Dent. The producers want the film to go out theatrically and/or TV’d — whatever venues get the maximum audience. Author Vaucher will write, direct and produce with Marlo Bendau … The film will feature six key artists from dance, music, theater, literature, film and the visual arts who are living with AIDS, and it will chronicle their heroic and inspiring passage through anger, activism, spirituality and freedom … Tisch is chairman of the board of AIDS Project-L.A. and Geffen is a member of the board of governors of APLA — and a philanthropist in the AIDS community. And Tisch grew up in a family known for giving back generously to the community. “I want to continue so my children will do so also,” Steve says. His mother, Joan, is on the board of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Tisch said: “We can’t play music, we can’t hang beautiful paintings and we can’t watch films that can never be created because of all the artists we’ve lost to the epidemic. We have to get the message out that our losses are devastating and will continue to be until this disease is conquered”… Filmmaker Marlon Riggs (“Tongues Untied”), an initial interviewee, said: “Even though I was acutely aware of being potentially face-to-face with death, I didn’t feel like I was dying. I felt that finally I knew what it was to live, to really call forth all that is in you and demand the highest of yourself, the noblest and the truest, and to offer that as a gift to yourself as well as to others.”

FIRST SNEAK OF “GETTYSBURG,” Turner Pictures’ cabler-gone-theatrical, was held Sunday p.m. (with an intermission) at the UA Scottsdale (Ariz.) Pavilion. A second showing’s coming up later this week in Charleston, S.C. … Daryl Hannah and John F. Kennedy Jr., spotted at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica last week, are taking off on an island vacation (honeymoon?) … Michael Jackson took the Regent Beverly Wilshire’s Presidential Suite in the Wilshire Wing and crossed over with Elizabeth Taylor to the hotel’s Beverly Wing Presidential Suite to meet and be photographed with Nelson Mandela … And Arsenio Hall was flattered that Mandela viewed his (Hall-produced) “Bopha!” at Par. Mandela praised performances of Danny Glover and Alfre Woodard and director Morgan Freeman. Arsenio had wanted to meet Mandela for years and was proud the South African leader saw/supported his movie … Bleachers for 20,000 Chicago fans are being built for Sunday’s bow of their Planet Hollywood. Bruce Willis and his group will play for the outdoor audience — and celeb attendees including Willis’ partners Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Keith Barish and Robert Earl. And winging in are: Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, Luke Perry, Jim Belushi, Marky Mark, Patrick Swayze, Christian Slater, Oliver Stone, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Muhammad Ali, Danny Glover, Woody Harrelson, Hammer, Roseanne and Tom Arnold, Johnny Depp and — ?… Stallone just returned from a Euro promo tour for “Cliffhanger,” and was welcomed back on the “Demolition Man” set on his birthday. Friday, Wesley Snipes took time out to p.a. his “Rising Sun” in N.Y.

A FIFTH MARRIAGE FOR EDDIE FISHER is coming up Wednesday when he weds Betty Linn in La Jolla. … Today is Milton Berle’s 85th birthday. He started in movies at age 5 in “Tillie’s Punctured Romance”– and is working in N.Y. today. Happy birthday, Mr. Television … Zsa Zsa Gabor’s in Vegas to pitch her sweatcassette –“for women over 30” (30!) at the VSDA. “I’m a sportswoman,” she insists, “tennis, horseback riding, fencing, ice hockey. But indoor sports are my favorite!” She just returned from TV appearance$ in Madrid, London, Cologne and Hamburg”… And sister Eva’s in their hometown, Budapest, for a seg of Robin Leach’s “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” She was special guest Saturday at the Royal Hungarian Horse Show and Budapest City Opera. The homecoming was an emotional experience for Eva … Patricia McQueeney, Coco and Frank Viault partied million-copy-seller author Kate Coscarelli on publication of her hit-reviewed suspense thriller “Heir Apparent” (St. Martin’s) with movie/TV leads for several femmes. John Gavin led the toasts with showbiz and society friends at McQueeney’s story-book home, where Coscarelli revealed she’s already at work on her seventh novel, “Rag Doll”… A terrif read for industryites who can use a laugh about the “good old days” is Richard Fleischer’s “Just Tell Me When to Cry” (Carroll & Graf), with Fleischer’s personal stories about Howard Hughes, Darryl Zanuck, Harry Cohn, Kirk Douglas, Bob Mitchum, John Wayne, Rex Harrison, Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles, Walt Disney and Dick’s father Max Fleischer and stories about the “unfriendly” days in Hollywood. A must-read.

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