Groups protest Farrakhan’s visit to Arsenio

GOOD MORNING: Arsenio Hall gets the real message about hate monger Louis Farrakhan via the latter’s own words quoted in a joint letter to Hall from the Anti-Defamation League, Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights and the Gay & Lesbian Community Services Center. It will appear here in an ad tomorrow, a day before Farrakhan’s skedded appearance on Hall’s show. It deals with Farrakhan and whites, Farrakhan and Jews, Farrakhan and Christians, and Farrakhan and homosexuals. Hollywood’s creative community would do well to read it, as well as Farrakhan’s words about agents and others “sucking from us” in this week’s Time magazine before Friday. Meanwhile, Arsenio says he wants to use his show not only for entertainment “but also as a vehicle to open dialogue for peace and harmony in America.” Aw c’mon, there must be some other way to try to get ratings … The California College Republicans plan a protest in front of Paramount at noon today, berating Hall for “giving Farrakhan a forum for his hatred.” It’s been a long time since I was in college — and I never was a Republican — but I would like to join them!

FIRST, IT WAS BARNEY who created a mob scene at Universal, then Monday’s crush caused by the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers — with a record-setting crowd. And now, of course, everybody wants to get into the “Power” pack. Haim Saban admits, “It’s a crazy phenomenon — it’s on the Beatles’ level.” And everybody’s talking a movie deal with him (them). They include Universal, WB, Col, Fox, MGM, New Line, Paramount — and they’re very “substantial offers,” he sez. But, Saban admits, “I have a certain allegiance to Fox — because of the TV series — and a relationship with Rupert.” The series is picked up for next season. So far they’ve repeated segs seven times. Ten new ones were shot for February sweeps and 10 for May plus “an ‘X’ number of shows for the fall with the six principals”… The “voice” of CNBC is Moses — Charlton Heston, that is. He taped all the net’s IDs as well as intros to its primetime programming … We haven’t heard the last of comments about Martin Lawrence’s tasteless, unfunny opening demeaning women on last week’s “Saturday Night Live”– it caused a record number of NBC bleepings. Lorne Michaels winged to St. Bart’s to breathe some fresh air … Candy Spelling gets the cover and 10 (color) pages in the slick OK! magazine of Great Britain in which she gives her first in-depth interview — plus pix of the Spelling home.Candy next covers Allure … The Del Coronado’s Larry Lawrence is sworn in as Ambassador to Switzerland, wife Shelia Davis L. as Special U.S. Representative to the IUCN, the World Conservation Union, Monday at the State Dept. A celebratory dinner follows that evening at their D.C. home …”The Fugitive’s” Joe Pantoliano and model Nancy Sheppard were married Feb. 18 in L.A. with comedian-ordained minister Charles Rocket performing the ceremony. Joe will next be seen in John Hughes’ “Baby’s Day Out”– an omen?

MIKE MEDAVOY IS the Future of Hollywood guest speaker tonight at the St. James’s Club … Sean Penn signed Hadda Brooks (77) to make a screen return (after 42 years) in his “The Crossing Guard,” in which she warbles at Nicky Blair’s to Jack Nicholson … Celeb plastic surgeon Dr. Eugene Worton opened new offices in an appropriate building — it houses the SAG … Bob Enders is writing the screenplay based on Thomas Wolfe’s 1937 (his last?) short story, “The Child by Tiger.” Enders, who teaches at USCinema, has also teamed with his UCLA grad student Marie Carter on the script of “What Became of Love” with the title tune written by Estelle Enders — with lyrics (his last?) by Sammy Cahn … Tsai Chin, who plays Auntie Lindo in “The Joy Luck Club,” guests in Steven Bochco’s new series, “The Byrds of Paradise,” playing a Japanese-American teacher. Chin also learned that her autobio, “Daughter of Shanghai,” will be going into a new U.S. printing by St. Martin’s Press … The Improv’s Budd Friedman, Mark Lonow and the Agency for the Performing Arts are celebrating their latest find, Andrea Walker, “the blond with an attitude,” who has a CBSeries sitcom deal … Celebs who wish to join Thursday’s taping to benefit Rebuild L.A., earthquake assistance and the Empower the Child org to fight child abuse should call (818) 774-1886 … Ann Miller wings in from Sedona Sunday to present Ginger Rogers’ Gypsy Award from the Professional Dancers Society at the Century Plaza. Sez Annie: “Ginger gave me my first speaking part in ‘Stage Door’ when I was 14. It was my big break.” Donald O’Connor makes the presentation to the Nicholas freres … Baker/Winokur/Ryder senior VP Tom Estey and BWR staffer Toni Bianco will marry Oct. 29 in Newport, R.I.

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