‘Love Boat’ afloat in bigscreen waters

GOOD MORNING: The “Love Boat” will sail again — this time out to the high seas and the big screen via New Line domestically and Spelling foreign. Aaron Spelling welcomed aboard producer David Permut, who successfully brought “Dragnet” to the big screen in 1987 with a cast including Dan Aykroyd, Tom Hanks and Christopher Plummer. “Ever since then,” sez Permut, “everyone’s tried to get me to bring to the big screen every TV show imaginable.” And in the wake of such TV-to-film projects as “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “Addams Family Values,” it seems like the time or tide was right for the “Love Boat” to up anchor theatrically. And this time with an all-comedy cast. Permut promises it will be “The National Lampoon Meets the Love Boat.” Star names like John Candy, Rodney Dangerfield, Sandra Bernhard and diet/exercise guru Susan Powter are among those being piped aboard. “It could be ‘The Mad (4) World’ of the ’90s,” says Permut … As the new year got under way Monday, Michael Ovitz gave CAA’s company an inspirational speech at 9:30 ayem in the agency’s theater. He urged all to make this year an even more successful one in all fields … Joe Kanter, chairman of the Bank of Florida, one-time suitor for MGM and prez of the Kanter company, which produced “Ironweed,” has formed Kanter-Baum Literary Development Co. with Fern Baum. The latter, daughter of agent Martin Baum, says they are “going away from the mainstream” and even taking unsolicited material. Further they will send a college mail-out to find new material. “We’re letting writers know we’re here,” she told me … Michael Viner was fired upon while taping material for “Nightline” in Serbia during the Christmas holiday season. He’s back in N.Y. after seven days over there, where he also filed material for Jack Anderson’s column … From Paris, a happy Line Renaud reports to us she was greeted on New Year’s Day with word she has been upped from chevalier to officier of the Legiond’Honneur. The presentation will be made later this year to Renaud, who has led the French fight to find a cure for AIDS.

THIS WEEKEND’S TOLL in the showbiz community was unparalleled. Among those we mourn, Irving Lazar, who had almost completed his book, “Swifty” (Simon & Schuster). Annette Tapert will finalize from his notes and conversations. Those who have read it say it is nothing short of great — with much humor plus Lazar’s razor-sharp comments … Among friends who were with Lazar up to the last, Annabelle and David Begelman and Barbara Lazaroff and Wolfgang Puck. While many ask, Wolfie says this is hardly the time to talk about who will now host the famous Lazar Oscar party at Spago … Abbey Greshler’s funeral service last Sunday (his 83rd birthday) found his many friends telling funny stories about Greshler’s inimitable deals for his clients — and for himself. On her first date with Abbey, his widow Vi (they were wed 53 years) recalled he introduced her to Lazar. And ironically, both men died the same day. Longtime Greshler client Jack Klugman recalled how Abbey got him a room in Monaco during — the Grand Prix. Tony Randall, another Greshler client, was unable to attend, because of his B’way stand, but had flown out a week ago to be with the then-failing Greshler. Another longtime buddy, Edgar Scherick, spoke as did Herman Rush, John Astin, Gary Pudney, Jay Bernstein, Budd Moss, Ricky Layne, etc. … I had spoken with Cesar Romero only last week and the always-healthy Romero was mad as hell because he was feeling lousy. And friend Anne Jeffries had spoken to “Butch” earlier Saturday, the day he died, urging him to get well — his Christmas present was still waiting for him under the Christmas tree … Services will be held Wednesday at Forest Lawn for Vera Gordon, twice president of SHARE. She was once tagged N.Y.’s most beautiful showgirl … And Monday producer Harvey Matofsky died of a heart attack in Las Vegas.

WEDDING BELLS rang at Edie and Lew Wasserman’s home Sunday for Eve Foreman and Michael Williams-Jones. While only the families of the bride and groom were present for the ceremony, a large industry group of friends attended the cocktail reception. Universal, Paramount, MGM and UA toppers were there — Jones , prexy/CEO of United Intl. Pictures, represents ’em abroad. Eve’s many friends in the biz date back to her marriage to the late Carl Foreman. Williams-Jones and Eve now plan to commute between BevHills and London homes. Mace Neufeld, there with wife Helen, said this was the first time they had been at the Wassermans’ home when he wasn’t asked to make a pledge! … Sidney Sheinberg, getting congrats on “Schindler’s List” (he initiated the project), admitted he wished they had opened the picture wider — f’rinstance there were only two houses in Chicago. It expands Friday.

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