GOOD MORNING: Barbra Streisand makes the final decision today as to where and when she’ll play — a three-month tour … A giant, 175-foot-long, $ 500,000 stage is now being set up in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the site of Streisand’s New Year’s Eve Day “break-in” dates — for the Feb. 19 “Jackson Family Honors.” The stage is created by Ray Klausen, who designed eight Academy Award sets. In addition to the Jacksons (including Michael), choreographer Michael Peters (who did many Michael musicvideos) will have 20 youngsters terping on the stage to open the show, also a 175-voice choir, 25 other performers and a 25-piece orch. Eight hundred rooms have been booked for show participants and those who bought show-hotel accommodation packages. The show, honoring Elizabeth Taylor and Berry Gordy, benefits the Permanent Charities Committee of the Entertainment Industries Earthquake Relief Fund … Sidney Sheinberg breakfasted Thursday at the Four Seasons here with Ted Turner and Scott Sassa. Sure they’re talking more Universal-Turner associations in the future — beyond “The Flintstones”… The American Embassy in Vienna is sponsoring a private screening of “Schindler’s List,” Sunday. When the pic was screened in London, members of the royal family attended, ditto in Japan and ditto at every foreign unspooling … Walter Cronkite hosts Tuesday’s Oracle Information Highway demo at CBS TV City. The original event had been skedded for Jan. 18 — but was quake’d off L.A.’s highways. The demo will be satellited to N.Y., D.C. and Tokyo … Dodi Fayed’s Allied Stars Inc. and Joy Prods. will produce “Jimi” for TriStar with Daniel Rivera, Wayne Reece and Fayed producing, Rivera directing. They note “Jimi” is not the Jimi Hendrix story but “a historical fantasy inspired by Jimi Hendrix.” Separately, Oscar nominee Laurence Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do With It”) is preparing to produce-star in a Hendrix biopic.
A FIGHT FOR AN R RATING: that’s what “Delta of Venus” director Zalman King promises of the pic version of Anais Nin’s erotic, pre-WWII book now filming in Prague (doubling for Paris). King, who gave us “9 1/2 Weeks” and “Wild Orchid” I & II, sez, “It’s the sexiest movie I have ever had the license to do. It will be in beautiful taste but it will be like pulling teeth or fingernails to get that R.” New Line’s Bob Shaye arrives in Prague Saturday to judge for himself. The movie co-stars “Picket Fences’ ” Costas Mandylor and Audie England of the “Red Shoes Diaries,” which King owns, produces and scripts — he shoots 12 more in Paris post “Venus.” The feature is scripted by Zalman’s wife “and partner” Patricia Louisiana Knop and Elisa Rothstein and produced by Evzen Kolar … David Rintels, who just left Prague where he locationed the city as Moscow and Yalta sites for his NBC “WWII: They Were Giants,” is next preparing “My Antonia, ” Willa Cather’s classic. Rintels hopes to reunite Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. The script’s a first, by Vicki Riskin, David’s wife, who co-produced “WWII” with him. She’s the daughter of Robert Riskin, who scripted “It Happened One Night,” “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town,” “Lost Horizon,” etc. Ethel Winant, also of “They Were Giants,” exec produces “My Antonia” with Rintels … Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless reteamed on a radio drama taping in Chi. This week, Daly guested “as a sad little whore” in a “Columbo” seg with Peter Falk. And Thursday p.m., she stepped in to help — and hosted the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Bachelor Auction taping at the BevWilshire … And Tyne will also help the “Achy-Breaky — Dreams to Reality Foundation” benefit at Par Feb. 26. The events give her a chance to show off pix of her first grandchild, Hanah, born to her daughter Alisabeth and her husband Eleas Kostis. Georg Stanford Brown is the proud grandpa.
TAMMY WYNETTE WINGS out to guest next week in “Evening Shade.” Burt Reynolds gets a happy note March 5 when the Southern Calif. Alumni Assn. of his alma mater, Florida State U., toasts him at the Marriott with a Distinguished Achievement Award … Howard W. Koch heads home today from Good Samaritan following hip replacement surgery. His recovery was no doubt hastened by a hilarious visit by Walter Matthau who had the hospital in stitches. Although allowed to go home, Koch faces a month on crutches … A Garth Brooks fan sent him his “In Pieces” CD — in pieces, claiming the disc was the only thing busted in his Valley quake’d house. Garth was here to musicvideo his “Standing Outside the Fire” and “Red Strokes.” He also celebrated his birthday at Trader Vic’s — where a fan literally fainted when Garth came over to her table. Luckily she didn’t also see Jack Nicholson, Annette Bening and Warren Beatty at another table … Variety Club kicks off its Gold Heart Festival this weekend at U CityWalk to raise money for neglected and abused children.