GOOD MORNING: Three nominees for president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to be voted on Tuesday will be: Donn Cambern, president of the editors’ union; Arthur Hiller, ex-president of the DGA; and Arthur Hamilton, an AMPAS VP — plus? … In addition to those movie lot renovations earlier reported here, the Sony lot’s new look will provide an “aesthetically attractive campus-like setting for SPE employees and a magnet for top creative talent in the business.” The Main Street, which I described during a visit last month, will include names on the storefronts based on Columbia and TriStar movies. F’rinstance, a high-fashion store’s named ‘Cover Girl.” The Cary Grant Theater will be renovated behind an authentic period neon street marquee. The entire area with its mini-parks, period street lights, benches and potted landscapes will be off-limits to vehicles. It’s planned as a pedestrian zone within the studio — which will also boast Sony’s state-of-the-art high-definition center … At WB, a new 500-plus-seat studio theater will be named for Steve Ross. There will also be a movie museum on the WB lot, whose rich history can easily fill a Hollywood museum … Carol Burnett, who taped her CBS pilot last Friday, heads over to Burt Reynolds’ “Evening Shade” Tuesday to guestar in the first seg of his new season … Anna Maria Horsford follows five years on “Amen” with CBS’ “Tall Hopes” this season with George Wallace … Quincy Jones and Nastassja Kinski are apart. He’s in Europe. She’s here with their baby … Harry Thomason financed former staffer Steven Roth (no relation to the producer of “Last Action Hero”) to produce a 76 -minute feature, “Vacation Survivors.” The cost: $ 10,000. That’s right, $ 10, 000, not million. The comedy was filmed in two days, May 22 and 23, after much pre-production planning, and was shot with a cast of Brendan McKane, Sharon Noble and Dominic Noble. It previews Wednesday. This too is showbiz.HARRISON FORD WAS WORRIED at the preem of WB’s”The Fugitive” that repeated applause during the credits would detract from the movie. Not to worry. I hadn’t heard so much repeated applause during a film in a long time — both for Ford’s dramatic moments and for extraordinary action scenes. This is one of those movies you have to see again … Ford was mobbed at the post-screening party at the Armand Hammer Museum. In addition to showbiz types, exex, fellow performers, etc., around him, Ford was complimented by a lady familiar with “The Fugitive”– David Janssen’s mom, Berniece. Harrison had never known David, but he did him and the creators of the series proud. It was easy to see how Ford injured his knee (which required recent surgery) in one of the many chase scenes. Also receiving congrats were director Andrew Davis and producer Arnold Kopelson, cast members Sela Ward, Andrew Katsulas and Joe Pantoliano … WB’s happy Bob Daly (there with Carole Bayer Sager) was also congratting Dick Donner and Lauren Shuler Donner and told ’em “Free Willy” was doing better by the day. They were pleased the movie was also causing improvements in animal amusement parks … After heading the “60 Minutes” L.A. bureau for four years (and 15 years in the N.Y. office), producer Grace Diekhaus has left to open her own company. She’s now consulting Disney’s new syndie’d newsmag show, “The Crusaders,” which bows Sept. 5. It boasts 16 young “crusader/reporters” who present/solve problems. John Butte is exec producer … Meredith MacRae, who has been involved with 15 “Hard Copy” segs, has recorded two hot copies for Dove Audio: Alexandra Penney’s “How to Make Love to a Man Safely” (Crown) and Deborah Laake’s “Secret Ceremonies” (Morrow), a Mormon woman’s intimate diary of marriage and divorce that resulted in her expulsion from the church … Sue Cameron’s “Honey Dust” (Warner) has been picked up in six countries. And she’s writing a second novel — this one’s not a roman a clef, but about a femme, “Alan Dershowitz-like” lawyer. THE ENTIRE YOUNG WAYANS WORLD — Keenen Ivory, Damon, Kim, Shawn and Marlon — participate in Don Cornelius’ first annual Soul Train Comedy Awards, taping Tuesday at the Santa Monica Civic, syndie’d by Tribune, airing Aug. 16 (KTLA, here) … Matt Robinson is appointed VP A&R at Capitol Records. Proud mama is Dolores R. … Robert Guillaume’s in Denver guestarring in Dick Van Dyke’s CBSeries “Diagnosis for Murder,” playing a priest who’s a heavy … Rosie O’Donnell’s hosting with Regis Tuesday, Tony Danza Wednesday, as Kathie Lee Gifford’s watching at home on maternity leave … Oleta Adams concerted for friends at the DGA in celebration of her “Evolution” album. “This is not an audition,” she laughed, “I already got this job.” Sandy Gallin and Mercury Records hosted. Guests included Wesley Snipes, who just wound “Demolition Man” and is on vacation until October … ICM signed director Trevor Nunn, here auditioning with producing partner Greg Smith for the L.A. company of “Sunset Boulevard”… John Schuck (“Annie,” etc.) is talking the Max Mayerling role.
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