GOOD MORNING: Hillary and Bill Clinton admitted they got “a much-needed laugh” at the White House screening of “Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult.” David Zucker, accompanied by Jolie Chaim, brought the pic to show to the Clintons and 40 friends. The “president” appears in the opening scene and Zucker forewarned the president about his appearance during the CAA reception for Clinton at the agency in December. The president said he was well aware of the scene and willing to accept whatever the no-holds-barred moviemakers concocted. Zucker, a Clinton supporter (introduced by Mary Steenburgen), allows Clinton got off easier than George and Barbara Bush in “Gun II.” But the Bushes still liked it, Leslie Nielsen reported after a White House visit during the Bush tenure. Before the “Naked” White House screening, the Clintons asked Zucker why he didn’t direct this version (he did the first two — Peter Segal directed this one). He explained he was busy doing the second rewrite on “Davy Crockett.””Davy Crockett!” Hillary exclaimed. “Are you going to use the song in your movie?” She broke into singing the “Davy, Davy Crockett” theme, which no one will ever erase from memory! Hillary was joined in chorus by the president and the other White House guests — setting a proper tone (tune) for the movie that followed. Afterward, they all wanted to know if there would be another sequel. Zucker said Paramount will probably want to call it “Beating a Dead Horse.” He segued from D.C. to a charity preem in his hometown, Milwaukee, where his parents live. His mother, Charlotte, appears in all his pix — in “33 1/3” she plays a receptionist in a fertility clinic! … David Zucker, Chaim and Michelle Pfeiffer will co-produce “An Unfinished Song” at Columbia. It’s about Chilean folk singer/hero Victor Jara and his English wife, Joan — to be played by Pfeiffer. They hope to shoot some of it in Chile — but Chilean officials haven’t yet read the (controversial) script …”Naked Gun” has its L.A. preem Wednesday to benefit the Tree People. Zucker’s on the board of directors … Next moviemaker guest at the White House is Jim Sheridan, on Thursday a St. Patrick’s Day dinner for Ireland’s prime minister. A screening of “In the Name of the Father”? Hmmm.
QUICK HENRY, THE AIRBRUSH: Does that John Wayne ad for the Gap’s khaki campaign look strange? The photo, by Phil Stern, shows Duke directing a scene of “The Alamo”– with one hand outstretched, his fingers strangely holding on to — nothing. Because the original photo — which can be seen in “Phil Stern’s Hollywood” (Knopf) — shows Wayne gripping one of his five-pack-a-day Camels. I should know, we bummed ’em off each other. Wayne, of course, died of cancer and there’s a John Wayne Cancer Center at St. John’s in his memory — and support. His son Michael approved the killing of the butt in the photo. As did Stern — who is a reformed smoker. Michael tells me the Wayne research and clinical departments at St. John’s continue to operate despite the hospital’s quake damage — since patients require daily care. He also tells me they are close to discovering a device for showing Wayne’s 3-D “Hondo” on VHS. The 13th annual Jimmy Stewart celeb relay races will be held April 10 to benefit St. John’s Child Study Center. The races will be dedicated to Stewart’s late wife, Gloria. A kickoff for the relays will be held March 23 at the Bel-Air Hotel … Photographer Gene Lester, 83, celebrates the publishing of his book, “When Hollywood Was Fun!” (Birch Lane) on Oscar Day (21). Peter Laufer does the commentary … Stan Freberg shifted his local outlet (of 90 stations) from KNX to KJOI-AM.
AARON SPELLING AND WIFE CANDY were at Sotheby’s on Rodeo Dr. previewing the auction of a Harry Winston estate necklace to be sold in N.Y. April 13-14 — and expected to bring in $ $ million. More good news for Aaron, CBS picked up “Burke’s Law” for another full year. Sotheby’s holds a print auction at the BevWilshire, March 23, with an industry preview-party on the 18th … Congrats to Joe Eszterhas and Naomi Baka, who welcomed 10 lbs. 8 oz. son Joseph Jeremiah E. March 11 at Cedars-Sinai. The doctor told Joe, “Say hello to son of Bigfoot!” When Joe and Naomi set out on their romantics, he told me, “It’s either going to be a great love story, a dark comedy or human tragedy.” Now he says, “It’s certainly a great love story.” They’ll move to Marin County to be near his 17 -year-old daughter, Suzanne, and 18-year-old son, Steve (by his previous marriage). Joe delivers “Jade” to Sherry Lansing next week and says he hopes Billy Friedkin will direct. “I love what he did with ‘Blue Chips.’ ” As previously announced, Eszterhas will next complete “Gangland” for WB-bound Jon Peters, who will still do it at Columbia, and “Crusades” at Carolco for Paul Verhoeven.