Evans, seeking change, puts house on market

GOOD MORNING:“I’m changing my way of life — to a good way,” Bob Evans said, when I asked howcum he’d put his Beverly Hills home up for sale. The house, tennis court, swimming pool, projection room/theater, the scene for 27 years of Hollywood history, is offered at $ 5.9 million. A few years back, during Evans’ trying times, he sold the house and pal Jack Nicholson bought it back for him. Evans repaid him and told me he’d never again sell the house. So why now? Does he need the money? “No,” he insists; “Sliver” is making money and he’s got “The Kid Stays in the Picture” book advance from Hyperion. He’s prepping three announced Paramount pix — and is renegotiating his contract. So why the decision to sell the house and seek “a new way of life”? “After 27 years here, I have no privacy,” Evans says. “Everyone knows where I live, my phone number.” He’d like to move into a penthouse in L.A. and have a getaway home in Montecito. Evans corrected himself: “It’s not a ‘new’ life I’m looking for, but a ‘continued’ life.” He’s hidden few secrets about his past life in the BevHills home in the book and the current (July 25) New York mag also bares Evans, on hands and knees, kissing nude model Christy Scott, reclining on the lawn. Evans says he’s not bothered by the front-covered “Hollywood Bad Boy,” or the unflattering picture — nor by what some may think. “They’re just jealous. Back in 1969,” he reminded, “Life magazine printed a story on me covering 18 pages including one of me doing business in this house in my pajamas, and captioned, ‘Why should he have it?’ ”

“THIS YEAR’S EMMY SHOW will be a little different,” promises Don Mischer, who exec produces again with director Lou Horvitz. “Last year the other networks boycotted the Emmys,” recalls Mischer, “but now ABC has graciously returned the Emmys to the wheel and so this year, we’ll have full network cooperation. They counterprogrammed us last year” (with some hefty movies). There will be 27 awards presented on the air — thus leaving only 30 minutes for show — unless there’s a Board of Governors’ Award (there wasn’t last year). The Sept. 11 Emmys will “look back respectfully — and humorously — at the past year and the industry.” Mischer is pleased with the nominees, says they’re “a classy representation — a lot of good people and good product”… The Oscars’ Gil Cates was pleased with the Emmys — the Acad show got nine nominations … And Michael Caine, nominated for his role of Stalin in NBC’s “WWII: When Lions Roared,” notes the dictator role has been an Emmy favorite — Robert Duvall earlier was nominated for his HBO portrayal. Caine’s “Bullet to Beijing” starts a week late, Aug. 15, in St. Petersburg. He plays Harry Palmer for the fourth time. Jason Connery plays his sidekick … Lotsa hugs on the “Picket Fences” set Thursday before filming started — for nominees Tom Skerritt, Kathy Baker, Fyvush Finkel, Ray Walston and Leigh Taylor-Young … Paul Reubens returns to acting at the Stella Adler theater July 26-27 in “Mercy” by Stephen Emerey. Vivian Matalon directs. Reubens, who hasn’t acted since 1991, is looking great and told me last month he’s developing several projects — no, they’re not aimed at the “Pee-wee Herman” children’s market … Jeannie Brewer (Mrs. Rocky Lang), who was associate medical director of USC’s AIDS clinic, sold her first novel, “A Crack in Forever,” to Simon & Schuster. Part of the movie deal (bidding is fierce) involves Rocky as producer. He’s now developing “The Titanic,” a CBS four-hour mini, and “White Squall” at UA.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER KICKS OFF opening ceremonies Saturday for the L.A. Inner-City Games at USC’s Bovard Hall. He’s exec commissioner. More than 120,000 kids compete over 10 days. Arnold and wife Maria Shriver present Hope awards to founder Danny Hernandez, Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover for their inspiration to youth. Schwarzenegger personally secured $pon$orship from more than a dozen showbiz firms … As the Grammys have moved East, so does Pierre Cossette shift his next Super Bowl bash from L.A.’s Chasen’s to B’way’s Sardi’s, Jan. 29. Pierre will be back there also prepping his next B’way musical, “The Hank Williams Story”… Stanley Ralph Ross birthday’s himself (Saturday) with the purchase of Hampton’s on Highland and plans to convert it into a “writer-friendly” eatery — pre-post theater … Christopher Junger Witt, son of Ann and Paul W., marries Christine Narciso, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Alfredo P. Narciso Jr. Aug. 13 in Brazil … Gary Nardino is recuping after a five-hour procedure at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura. He’ll return to the office in a few weeks … Christian Slater’s mom, Mary Jo Slater, former head of MGM TV casting, returns to the studio Monday as a casting consultant.

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