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New ASCAP prexy tackles technology

GOOD MORNING: “To increase members’ check$ , that’s what we’re about — a more efficient society,” ASCAP’s new president Marilyn Bergman told me after she took on the mantle worn by Morton Gould for eight years. He stays on as president emeritus, she said, “but now he can finally return to composing and conducting.” Gould is 80, she reminded. Bergman emphasized ASCAP will utilize the newest technologies to log and check performances in all the new venues in which music is used. The org will also be highly involved in legislation, the Performance Rights Bill, pertaining to all the new technologies. She recently returned from D.C. on that mission. Marilyn and husband Alan B. are three-time Oscar winners; they have two Grammys and a pair of Emmys in addition to other honors. And Alan is vice president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Thus, they’re a presidential and vice presidential industry couple … They also wrote Barbra Streisand’s new concert, which bowed at the MGM Grand, and they will do “a little alteration” as Streisand segues into the real world. “After all, it was Vegas — and New Year’s Eve,” reminds Marilyn. She expects Marvin Hamlisch will again be the musical director for the three-month tour — and although no sites are signed, she expects L.A., Washington and N.Y. to be “obvious”… Whoopi Goldberg started work at 5 ayem one day recently, filming Herb Ross’ “Boys on the Side,” wound at 7 p.m., then met with Oscar producer Gil Cates, and they worked till midnight on the Acad show. She taped promos and an electronic press kit and posed for a TV Guide cover in Armani cutaway tails. Armani’s also designing a dress (dresses?) for her to wear on the show. Cates said, “Whoopi did two days’ work in four hours — she’s amazing.” Goldberg, as an Oscar winner and past nominee, agreed with Cates that the show must be well-paced. Her opening monologue will be timely — totally different from the musical medleys of Billy Crystal.

FORGET ABOUT STAR NAMES for the lead in “Evita.” Oliver Stone and Hollywood Pictures have now decided to world-search for a new, unknown Evita — and they’re open to a Latin actress-singer who may/may not speak English. But she must have “star quality”… Sumner Redstone gets a look at Par’s upcoming product in the reel now being completed — which will be shown at NATO as well. Barry London says the footage from “Beverly Hills Cop III” and “Clear and Present Danger” is spectacular. And the reel about Harrison Ford is spectacularly unreal — his six pix for Par have grossed $ 1,600,000,000 — that’s a billion-six. London has known Redstone since 1977, when he (London) tried to get an extra $ 36 from one of Sumner’s houses for a pic screening in — Saginaw, Mich.! London was among the Paramount family attending the hoopla for “Blue Chips” at the DGA theater. Of course Sherry Lansing was there with her husband, director Billy Friedkin … And Sherry was confident she wouldn’t be on “the unemployment line.” Also there, Cindra and Alan Ladd Jr. Friedkin will direct his “Jericho Equation” in Berlin … Ladd recalled when he ran 20th, Redstone was one of only two exhibs who encouraged the making of “Star Wars”! …”Blue Chips” star Nick Nolte came over to the screening party from shooting “I Love Trouble” and lingered long at the DGA, where he received congrats not only for his convincing portrayal of the bombastic basketball coach but also for his tender moments in “I’ll Do Anything.” And he’s looking forward to his role as Thomas Jefferson — has already tested makeup. Nolte has never been hotter … At the “Chips” screening, Martin Landau said he never had a better time than in his recent role for Tim Burton in “Ed Wood”– as Bela Lugosi.

CHARLTON HESTON PARTED THE RED SEA but now submerges in waters of the year 2019 — as he plays a genetic experimenter in “seaQuest DSV.” A special ship’s being built for Heston’s aquatic cameo … Oscar nominee Laurence Fishburne makes his bow on “David Letterman” Wednesday, in a coveted spot following the women’s figure skating Olympix. Fishburne has his own coveted spot — in two years, he’s won a Tony, an Emmy and the Oscar nomination this year for “What’s Love Got to Do With It”… Rhonda Fleming, with financial support of husband Ted Mann, founded the Resource Center for Women With Cancer and hosts her first “Insights Into Cancer” lecture series at UCLA tonight with guest speaker Dr. Susan Love … Carol Moseley-Braun (D-Ill.) was lunched at Patina by Debbie Allen, Dolores Robinson, Cynthia Arnold, Dale Cochran, Jacqueline Avant, Anna Perez and Suzanne de Passe — to get acquainted and to talk about raising $ for her campaign deficit … Ron Perelman and Patricia Duff Medavoy, Warren Beatty and Annette Bening at Morton’s.

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