GOOD MORNING: Full payment is yet to come to crew and staff who worked on the “Jackson Family Honors” Feb. 22 NBC-TV special, which was pre-taped at the MGM Grand by Jackson Communications Inc. in association with Trans World International Inc. On the plus side, the Permanent Charities Committee netted $ 100,000 from its advance sale of packages to the Grand/Jackson event and will make a distribution to charities including St. John’s Hospital and Northridge Medical Center on April 30 … Nick Nolte laughed, “I don’t have a very ‘safe’ career” as he winds “I Love Trouble” this week, segues into playing “Jefferson in Paris,” while his “Blue Chips” and “I’ll Do Anything” are on current screens. “But I never took the money as a condition of what I do,” he adds. For “Jefferson” he’ll have extensive makeup but adds, “I have no idea how I’ll look. And we’re still debating over the wigs.” Tights or britches? He’s been doing research with historians at the U. of Virginia and Monticello. “But it’s difficult to flesh out the emotional Jefferson. I have a professor friend working with me.” Meanwhile, Charles Shyer and Nancy Meyers face a June 29 opening for “I Love Trouble” and have been editing while shooting the film, which co-stars Julia Roberts, who wound her role a week ago to start “Pret-a-Porter” in Paris for Robert Altman. “Trouble” was quake’d out of a set for five days. Asked about the romantic relationship between Roberts and Nolte as competing reporters in “Trouble,” Shyer said, “They’re like Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.” Nolte says he was inspired for his role by Ben Hecht’s Chicago days.
AT THE WHITE HOUSE TONIGHT, the Clintons will dinner-host makers of “Abraham, ” then screen the four-hour TNT show, which airs next month. On hand will be the title role’r, Richard Harris, director Joe Sargent, producers Jerry Rafshoon and Lorenzo Minolo and religious leaders including Billy Graham. The Pope’s already had a screening … About “that kiss” given winner Roseanne Arnold at the People’s Choice Awards by Carol Burnett — it was the idea of Carol’s kid sister Chrissie! Carol and Roseanne had not met before –“What a way to meet!” laughed Burnett. She’s now readying two specials for CBS, one a retrospective of nine of her specials — memorable musical moments including those with Julie Andrews, Dolly Parton and Placido Domingo. And another, “Carol and Her Men”– who are known for other talents … Kirk Douglas was truly surprised by the ad his four sons took out in Thursday’s Daily Variety in advance of Kirk’s acceptance of the NATO ShoWest Lifetime Achievement Award in Vegas. Douglas pere says he and Michael are still looking to do a movie together –“It must be something exciting. And obviously should be a father-son relationship.” Kirk’s getting great reviews for his latest outing in “Greedy”… In the eight hours Suzanne Somers spent on stage at the Sahara for Home Shopping Channels 1 and 2, she sold more than 60,000 packages of her jewelry, generating $ 25,000-plus a minute! Ray Manzella is responsible for the event — and putting Somers and the net together. Next for Manzella is client Fred Hayman’s bow from his exclusive Rodeo Drive shoppe — on a Home Shopping telecast — April 16-17 … Producer Ron Shedlo, here for confabs on his “Carrington” feature starring Emma Thompson and Jonathan Pryce, stopped in Bermuda en route, visited with friend Patrice Wymore Flynn — who is readying her line of Flynn’s Jams and Jellies from fruit grown on her 2,000-acre ranch down there.
CHARLES MANSON? Who would touch the subject, the Writers & Artists Agency wondered when they started to represent David Miles’ “Manson in the Desert.” Then came Diane Sawyer’s piece on ABC Wednesday night — and Thursday, the agency was fielding offers for the script … HBO’s Attica-set “Against the Wall” got sprung with a preem at the DGA where director John Frankenheimer, thesps Kyle MacLachlan, Samuel L. Jackson, Harry Dean Stanton, Clarence Williams III, Frederic Forrest, Anne Heche and HBO’s Robert Cooper were getting congrats on the significant pic. Frankenheimer took off for Mexico and his next HBO’er, “Chico,” starring Raul Julia as Chico Mendez, the murdered head of Brazil’s rubber tappers union. Frankenheimer sez, “HBO is like the early days of TV, giving you the freedom to pursue character-driven stories of epic proportions”… Neile Adams (McQueen Toffel) bows her cabaret show at the Gardenia tonight and Saturday … New Line Cinema and the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel team to screen-preem the family comedy “Monkey Trouble” at the Cineplex Odeon B’way theater Saturday ayem for John Muir Grammar School. The hotel adopted the economically disadvantaged school two years ago.