‘Justice’ star fights to keep film violent

GOOD MORNING: Congrats DGA nominees: I hate to tell this to “Extreme Justice” director Mark Lester and producer Frank Sacks, but their star, Scott Glenn, does not, repeat NOT, want the NC-17 rating removed from the movie. Meanwhile, Sacks and Lester leave Thursday for N.Y. to appeal it. Glenn, at his home in Ketchum, Idaho (he was snowbound a couple of days), told me, “This movie is specifically about violence and abuse of power–violence is not extraneous to the film.” He and Lou Diamond Phillips play members of the LAPD’s Special Investigation Section. I asked Glenn for an example of the kind of violence that may have gotten the movie’s NC-17 rating. “There’s one scene in which I shoot down an unarmed 17-year-old boy.” But Glenn admits he hasn’t seen the cut version. However. he claims, “Taking the violence out of this movie is cutting the heart out of it. The cardinal subject of the film is violence”…”Scent of a Woman” producer-director Martin Brest was busy yesterday supervising the video release of his movie “for my grandchildren.” He says the film, which won three Golden Globes, one for Bo Goldman’s screenplay, will indeed be submitted for Oscar writing recognition in the category of “screenplay based on material previously produced or published.””Even though,” Brest adds, “there’s little resemblance to it (the Italian).” The “Scent” credits read, ‘suggested by a character from the film ‘Profumo Di Donna’ written by Ruggero Maccari and Dino Risi based on the novel ‘Il Buio E Il Miele’ by Giovanna Arpino.” Meanwhile, Brest takes a breather from directing to produce “Teddy” with Billy Weber directing (“Josh and Sam”) and “Holiday City” with Matty Rich reining … Vaclav Havel spends his final day as president of Czechoslovakia by taping a “Conversations With”–Maximilian Schell. On the second day of the taping session, Havel will be out of power–and on the third day he will be back in–as president of the newly split Czech Republic! Schell segues to Switzerland to star in the “Justice” feature. He’s completed the script of “The Divorce Power”–to co-star with his wife, Natasha Andreichenko..

“IT’S LIKE GENERAL SCHWARZKOPF PLANNED IT,” said ICM’s Guy McElwaine as the agency is skedded to close its Beverly Blvd. offices at noon Friday, open their new Wilshire Blvd. BevHills h.q. Monday at 7 ayem–with everyone retaining his/her same direct-dial number … Richard Dean Anderson notes, “Be careful of what you ask for–you may get it!” Anderson departs tomorrow for six months in Europe shooting two two-hour back-to-back “MacGyver” ABC telefilms. He produces and stars. He negotiated this pact with Par calling for him to wear both hats on future productions of the series, which wound a year ago after seven successful seasons on ABC. Anderson and partner Michael Greenberg’s Gekko Film Corp. will next produce “Tombstone Law” for NBC. Anderson is Wyatt Earp. “The irony of ironies,” he says, “is that the day we were talking the deal to NBC, word came that Kevin Costner planned a Wyatt Earp project as well”… The affable Richard Crenna next plays the father against whom the Florida youngster filed a “divorce” plea. The CBS MOW, titled “A Place to Be,” co-stars Linda Kelsey as the boy’s mother (Crenna’s character’s wife). And Rhea Perlman, winding her “Cheers” duties this season, plays the attorney in the case … Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and Rob Reiner were at Spago, where we (again) asked Crystal about m.c.ing the Oscars. He’s upped his answer now to “Maybe”… Also there, Susan and Bob Burns, in from Hong Kong, dinner guests of Marcia Israel. With Israel was James Curley, headmaster of the Wilshire Academy–who also plays the president of the U.S. protected by Secret Serviceman Clint Eastwood in “In the Line of Fire.” Eastwood and Curley are superimposed on mass scenes shot during the Clinton campaign, thanks to modern technology. Also in this group, the Charles Fawcetts, in from London and their “Models One.”

THE RICHARD PRYOR THEATER is the new name for Mitzi Shore’s Hollywood Playhouse. Eddie Griffin opens Feb. 4 with his one-man show … Showbiz attorney Jeffrey Berkowitz has opened his own offices in BevHills … Montel Williams, at NBC N.Y. to tape an interview with an affiliate, was invited by the Peacock’s employees (doubling as real estaters?) to tour the soon-to-be vacated David Letterman studio. They pointed out its great features. Including Dave’s phone pal Meg? … With Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble skedded to wed Feb. 7 on ABC’s “I Yabba-Dabba Do!” two-hour spec, we thought you’d like to know they’ve registered for their stoneware at Bullrocks. Ouch … Tom Selleck, who leaves for Tokyo openings of “Mr. Baseball” this week, celebrated his birthday early at Trader Vic’s with wife Jilly, his parents, and the BevHilton’s Cathy Carpenter. Also there, Sharon Stone and Chris Peters … Sara Gilbert was surprise birthday’d on her 18th by mom Barbara at Ava’s. In addition to family, on hand were Soleil Moon Frye, Paul Reubens, Jenny Lewis, Jay Ferguson, etc. … Ceil Kasha and Joanna Greenberg’s annual “thank you” party at Le Dome for the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund for Pediatric AIDS brought out Kelly LeBrock, Red and Alicia Buttons, Charlene Tilton, Wanda and Al Ruddy.

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