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Kennedy Center honorees to be announced

GOOD MORNING: Kirk Douglas and Aretha Franklin are two of this year’s five Kennedy Center honorees. They’ll all be announced today for the 16th annual D.C. gala. Warren Christopher hosts the State Dept. dinner Dec. 3, and the Clintons host a White House reception on the 4th prior to that evening’s show at the Kennedy Center. George Stevens Jr. and Don Mischer produce …”Pancho Villa” rides again. This time Edward James Olmos stars, with Bob Young directing for producer Richard Maynard from a script by newsman Pete Hamill. Coincidentally, the classic 1934 “Viva Villa” starring Wallace Beery was scripted by another reporter, Ben Hecht. Yes, there was another “Pancho Villa” version, in 1972 with Telly Savalas in the title role. Olmos tells me he hopes they will be able to film in Mexico. He is recently back from observing (sadly) the election in Chiapas, and suspecting much “fraud.” He plans to return to help those “who continue to suffer indignities.” Over the Labor Day weekend, Olmos also attended the National Convention of Farm Workers Union in Fresno, calls it “the backbone of Mexican-American culture in the U.S.” Much-honored for his community services , L.A.-born Olmos will next be seen as the tragic Wilson Pinero in HBO’s “The Burning Season.” Pinero started the rubber tappers’ union in Brazil — and was assassinated for alerting authorities to the Amazon jungle’s destruction. Olmos joins “Season’s” stars Raul Julia, Sonia Braga, Esai Morales, Tony Plana, plus the filmmakers including David Puttnam, John Frankenheimer and Ron Hutchinson and HBO topper Michael Fuchs at Monday’s preem at the Bruin and Armand Hammer Museum merrymaking …”Panama Deception’s” Oscar-winning producer-director Barbara Trent attended Panama President Dr. Ernesco Perez Balladeres’ inauguration as his special guest. Trent’s pic is still awaiting national airing in the U.S. … Kathryn Erbe cameos in Abel Ferrara’s “The Addiction” as a vampire victim — Erbe having just starred in Barbet Schroeder’s “Kiss of Death,” in which she says she’s “a pillar of hope.” In the dark Schroeder pic, Nicolas Cage kills victims with his bare hands. Erbe originally read for the Helen Hunt role in the pic and she sez Schroeder “had to fight 20th” for her to get the other role. Now, Erbe and husband Terry Kinney are collaborating on directing “A Clockwork Orange” at the Steppenwolf theater.

KATHARINE HEPBURN STARTS NBC’S “One Christmas” Oct. 9 in Wilmington, N.C., and is joined by this cast: Henry Winkler, Julie Harris, Swoosie Kurtz and T.J. Lowther (8) as the young Truman Capote. The youngster starred with Kevin Costner and Clint Eastwood in “A Perfect World.” Tony Bill directs for exec producer John Dayton, producers John Davis and Merrill Karpf …”I wouldn’t have come back,” Lynda Carter told me about her return to TV on the syndie’d Cannell “Hawkeye” series, based on the 1755-set James Fenimore Cooper story. “I didn’t want to do a cops and robbers show in L.A. But I love this part — and I know this character!” She’s working six months of the year in Vancouver, with Lee Horsley in the title role. Previously, Carter spent quiet time with her family following attorney husband Robert Altman’s lengthy, successful court clearance in D.C. “He’s now the hero,” she says happily. And Altman commutes to visit her and the children in Canada. “It all fell into place,” Carter admits … Vancouver is bustling with more productions than ever. On the British Columbia production sheet of the Directors Guild of Canada, I counted 10 features in production or in preparation, four vidpix and 10 series … Julie Andrews and Blake Edwards returned to L.A., having completed shooting (Francesco Scavullo) the ads for “Victor, Victoria” in N.Y. Willa Kim’s doing the lavish costumes and Robin Wagner the scenery for the musical to start rehearsals mid-Nov. in N.Y. for a late March B’way bow at the Marquis … Milton Berle signed with Lenhoff/Robinson Agency — and they promptly signed him to deliver his unmistakable voice on the animated “The Critic” series.

ROBERT EVANS WOULD LIKE MICKEY ROURKE to play the heavy vs. “The Phantom’s” Billy Zane, if his sked can be worked out … Emmy night charity parties include one at Checca to benefit the L.A. Youth Network … Steve Martin joins the Monty Python toastees at Thursday’s UK/LA-BAFTA bash at the British Consul’s house … Temple Shalom for the Arts unveiled its new rainbow ark, by architect Gary Gilberon, at the Wilshire theater on the eve of the high holidays, Sept. 5. SAG prez Barry Gordon and Perrye Anker are cantors at Rabbi David Baron’s congregation … Tuesday night’s NBC “MetLife Presents the Second Apollo Hall of Fame” concert raised $168,000 for the Apollo Theatre Foundation.

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