GOOD MORNING: And now comes the “Collector’s Edition” of “That’s Entertainment 3”– a double laser or cassette to stuff in your Christmas stocking. It retails for $99.98. Collectors will find previously missing Judy Garland and Jeanette MacDonald-Nelson Eddy numbers that ended up on the cutting room floors. Also, 10 outtakes of musical numbers not seen on the original “TE3 .” George Feltenstein, the force behind the rebirth of the classic footage, says the special package will also include interviews of the stars (with yours truly) at the April preem, plus a color lobby card and signed (reprint) pic of eight of the nine hosts. Also in the gift set, the movie’s soundtrack (Angel) either on CD or cassette. The theatrical release of “TE3” in 100 cities’ arthouses has been successful, with Chi holding over three weeks. But Feltenstein doesn’t believe there’ll be a “That’s Entertainment 4.” The best has certainly been resuscitated … Tom Hanks, seen in the White House thanks to computerized wizardry in “Forrest Gump,” will be with first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in person when he presents her the Brass Ring Award at the Children’s Diabetes Foundation’s Carousel of Hope fundraiser, Oct. 28 at the BevHilton. The award to Mrs. Clinton is “in recognition of her dedication to improving the country’s health care system”… TNT’s four-hour, $12 million “Andersonville” mini will “not be an anti-Southern story,” producer-screenwriter David Rintels promises. (More than 13,000 Union Army POW’s died of starvation or mistreatment in the Confederate prison, which held 32,000, Rintels reminds). He says Ted Turner is personally involved in the making, and he’s on the Board of the Friends of Andersonville. The TV’er is under the aegis of Allen Sabinson, senior VP of movies for Turner. John Frankenheimer, who recently did Attica-set “Against the Wall” and has “The Birdman of Alcatraz” in his memorable prison pic file, directs. Both Rintels and Frankenheimer wing in from the “Andersonville” Georgia location for the Emmys, Rintels for “WWII: When Lions Roared,” and Frankenheimer for “Against the Wall.” Rintels just returned from exec producing (with Ethel Winant) “My Antonia,” his wife Victoria Riskin’s first screenwriting/producing credit. They locationed in the Grand Island, Neb., home where Henry Fonda was born. Rintels worked with Fonda on “Darrow”and “Gideon’s Trumpet.”
THE DAILIES OF GLENN CLOSE and Judy Davis falling in love for scenes of “Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story,” have NBC ecstatic. “When this goes on the air, people will finally see this issue presented on a human level for the first time. But,” producer Craig Zadan added, “the network will probably get hate mail from those who say, ‘How can you condone this?’ “… Diane Lane, recently separated from husband Christopher Lambert, has set up house with infant daughter Elanor in the outskirts of London, where Lane is costarring with Sylvester Stallone in “Judge Dredd.” Lane wound “Wild Bill Hickok,” her costarrer with Jeff Bridges, a couple of weeks pre-“Dredd”… Diana Scarwid, who left the biz a couple of years ago on a self-imposed hiatus, wrapped “The Neon Bible” with Gena Rowlands and Denis Leary, segued into “The Cure” and is now shooting “The Golddiggers”… Meanwhile, Zsa Zsa Gabor, who will have taped 12 TV interviews — from Letterman, Ricki Lake and Conan O’Brien in N.Y. to L.A. on ‘E.T.,” CNN “Show Biz” and Disney’s “Judge for Yourself” to three in London next week — laments, “And I don’t even have a picture, dahlink”… Greg Mullavey left his starring role in Jim Goeghan’s play, “Light Sensitive” at the Actors’ Alley theater in N. Hollywood to join Ann-Margret and the “Sing Me the Blues, Lena” cast, directed by Lee Grant in Nashville … When Meryl Streep and “The River Wild” toppers returned to the Libby Rock, Mont., location for the press junketeers, they were shocked to find the gorgeous countryside where they filmed now forest-fired down to the river banks. A fundraising screening is being planned for L.A.
IT’S GOING TO BE WILD around here with BAFTA’s Monty Python’s 25th anni doings. The retro screens at the DGA Sept. 9-13, preceded by a bash at the British consul’s home on the 8th. And that’s followed by the first-ever live performance of Ron Nasty and the “New” Rutles at the Troubadour with guest Neil Innes. The show’s sold out, so a second’s skedded for the 9th. In honor of the above, the Sunset Marquis, h.q. for Python, offers a special menu complete with Crunchy Frogs, Anthrax Ripple, Cockroach Clusters and Spam Spam Spam … Wm. Morris agent Rob Lee and thesp/painter Malissa Feruzzi will wed Saturday in the Garden at the Lodge at Koehe, Lanai. Fifty friends from the agency and the biz are winging over to toast ’em.