Jackson loses early court battle

GOOD MORNING: While Michael Jackson, in Budapest with Lisa Marie Presley-Jackson, was winning public sentiment with his offer to aid a 4-year-old youngster in need of a liver transplant, he was dealt a setback in L.A. court Tuesday. He had earlier made a motion, a demurrer, saying that producer Gary Smith had no basis to recover any damages from the cancellation of the Atlantic City taping of “The Jackson Family Honors.” Jackson’s motion was dismissed, and Smith pursues his $1.7 million claim vs. Michael plus his family.Gary got word of his initial legal win in the suit en route to Israel for confabs on his participation in the TV concept for next year’s giant “Jerusalem 3000” celebration. Smith’s no stranger to TV extravaganzas — having produced the 200th anni of the Statue of Liberty and presidential conventions and inaugurals. But “Jerusalem 3000”– that, indeed, is something extra-special … Michael Jackson, meanwhile, is en route home via London as his $3.5 million musicvideo is skedded to wind Friday in Budapest, where the temperature hit 105 degrees. The crew has sometimes worked around the clock on the Bedford Falls production, directed by Rupert Wainwright and line produced by Rupert Maconick. One of the scenes involves hundreds of “soldiers” in a foundry where metal is poured to form a “500-foot-tall” statue of — Michael Jackson. And with today’s spectacular special effects, the troops will be expanded in numbers, reaching a zillion. The “troops,” by the way, were originally to be from the Hungarian army , but they were called to other duties and the film company imported the marching men from London. The Jackson “History” musicvideo (for Sony) will eventually be seen in 90-, 60-, 30- and 15-second versions for viewing either as previews in theaters or on TV. Director Wainwright is next to helm a feature, “The Sadness of Sex,” about a 12-inch-tall girl.

A REMINDER OF JIM CARREY’S early display of genius was Monday’s Showtime repeat airing of Carrey’s four-year-old, half-hour standup performance in Toronto. Producers (and Carrey’s managers) Eric Gold and Jim Miller permitted Showtime to re-air it as thanks to Showtime’s early airing when the comparatively unknown (to movie audiences) Carrey’s “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” opened and he needed all the exposure he could get. “They did it as a favor to us,” says Gold. “Now we are doing it as a favor to them. Then, we’ll sit on it — possibly releasing it as a homevideo down the road.” And talking homevideos, the “Ace Ventura” tape passed 4.5 million copies just as ‘Mask” opened. And when Carrey’s next movie, “Dumb and Dumber,” opens, the video of “Mask” will go on sale, followed by the “D&D” tape when his “Forever Batman” bows, and so on to “Ace Ventura II” and “Mask II,” which will also tie in with the respective earlier pix’ videos. All this is tied in to Carrey’s salaries, ranging from $5 million to $7 million per pic — plus percentages — from the first dollar. Carrey and company are definitely building a record-breaking dyna$ty. Gold and Miller are blueprinting another one with the youngest Wayanses, Shawn and Marlon. They make their feature career bows in their parody pic, “Don’t Be a Menace in South Central While Drinking Your Juice in a Hood,” as their WB net series, “Brother to Brother,” begins Jan. 11, described as a combination “Odd Couple” and “Honeymooners.”

ROBIN WILLIAMS DIDN’T LET DOWN pal Whoopi Goldberg as he launched the benefit preem of “Corinna, Corinna” at Mann’s Theater, where he auctioneered a Mercedes, complete with accent to match the car’s birthplace! Whoopi urged producer Steve Tisch in the audience to up the bidding — since his “Forrest Gump” was raking in big B.O. bucks. And Liza Minnelli, also in the audience, helped raise the bidding. But Haim Saban won out, with a $ 65,000 bid that helped the entire evening raise over $ 260,000 for the Westside Children’s Center … Paula Poundstone launched the night’s activities, which finale’d with a “down-home,”‘ 50s-menu’d supper party at the Armand Hammer Museum, where Whoopi and director-writer-producer JessieNelson had an emotional reunion … Celebs including Madonna, Robert Duvall, Sharon Stone, Mel Torme, Ricardo Montalban, Jerry Vale and Yvette Mimieux are among those who’ve hurried to catch “Forever Tango: The Eternal Dance” at the Wilshire — before it closes Sunday, heading to SanFran. And Jimmy Doolittle plans to continue it to B’way … Clint Black filmed and directed two videos in the past week for his “One Emotion” (RCA) album. The first was filmed in Nashville, the second in Paradise Cove, with guests including Dick Clark, David Hasselhoff, George Kennedy, Joey, Matt and Andrew Lawrence, Jay Leno, Howie Mandel, Eddie the dog from “Frasier,” and of course, Lisa Hartman Black.

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