Wallace eyes 5 more years

GOOD MORNING: Mike Wallace has no intention of quitting — or even slowing down. He’s 75 and says he’s signed up with CBS “until I’m 80.” And it doesn’t just mean “60 Minutes”– but whatever and wherever there’s controversy, wherever wrong needs writing, Wallace is off and running. He’s been in broadcasting 44 years and is soon off to Mexico, then up to Vermont for a lengthy interview with Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn as the latter plans to return to Russia. It’s another coup for Wallace. And he’s as excited as a cub reporter getting his first scoop. Howcum Wallace has no plans to retire — to take it easier? “I don’t know what the dickens I would do. I like it here.” Sure , he has plenty of offers for books. He says, “Yeah — but I’d have to write ’em. THAT’s hard work”… Sharon Stone talked the Marilyn Monroe role in “The Immortals” with producer Dino DeLaurentiis, director Bruce Beresford and her manager Chuck Binder between takes with Gene Hackman on location with her current movie “The Quick and the Dead” in Tucson. “The Immortals” for MGM/UA would follow her immediate, next movie, “The Specialist” with Sylvester Stallone … Among the cameos in Steven Spielberg and Amblin’s “Little Rascals”: Daryl Hannah as Mrs. Crabtree, John Candy as Spanky’s dad and — Whoopi Goldberg as Buckwheat’s mom. Penelope Spheeris directs … Confirming my Feb. 11 story of a three-month tour for Barbra Streisand, Marty Erlichman and a sound technician are now in London on the first stop of checking out potential, suitable sites for her concerts. Among other cities to be checked: Paris, N.Y., D.C., Chi, Dallas, Toronto, San Fran — and more — and not necessarily in that order of importance … Barbara Walters’ Oscar night (March 21) special (precedes Oscar in the east, follows here) will feature interviews with Steven Spielberg, Meg Ryan and Elton John. She next heads to Germany with ace observer Henry Kissinger. Walters and friends Liz Smith, Cynthia McFadden and Suzanne Goodson birthday’d Helen Gurley Brown at Le Cirque. And they also well-wished McFadden as she departed Court TV for ABC. Walters hopes Cynthia will do some “20/20″s.

JACK NICHOLSON IS ON THE COVER and is uncovered in April’s Vanity Fair … His daughter Jennifer (28) is seen on the Laemmle screens this weekend as “Inevitable Grace” finally bows after a year and a half’s wait. She plays Maxwell Caulfield’s wife in the psycho-erotic thriller. Alex Canawati directs the movie whose cast includes Tippi Hedren, Victoria Sellers and Jaid (Ildiko) Barrymore. Jennifer Nicholson is now awaiting the release of Rebecca Broussard’s movie “The Blue Champagne,” also completed a couple of years ago and a$ $ i$ ted by Jack, says Jennifer. She’s seriously studying acting: “This is what I want to do,” she admits. And she’ll appear in a one-woman play, “Pagoda Hangout” written by her mother, Sandra Knight, who is married to screenwriter John Stevenson. They’ve teamed on a feature script, “King City” in which Jennifer would appear. Kat Shay directs … Regis Philbin, who interviewed all the exercise video queens on his TV’er, now makes the rounds appearing with –“Regis Philbin — My Personal Workout.” He’s feeling great following this regimen prescribed after his two heart procedures … And Billy Friedkin underwent angioplasty last week and is on the road again with “Blue Chips,” Monday in Frankfort, tonight in Bloomington, Ind., where he shot the movie. Of course Mrs. Friedkin accompanied — she’s Sherry Lansing, you know.

“MAYBE SOMEBODY LOST on ‘The Price Is Right.’ ” Bob Barker tried to joke Monday afternoon after police exploded a pipe bomb in neighbor Deputy D.A. Richard Size’s driveway — but closer to Barker’s house. “My first reaction was, ‘Did they put it in the right driveway?’ It’s very disquieting,” he admitted, having learned another neighbor reported that someone earlier inquired if Barker’s dogs were vicious … Janet Jackson insists on opening the “Jackson Family Honors” show Saturday singing her Oscar-nominated song “Again.” Michael performs with the family in the finale. Newly added hosts are Quincy Jones and Louis Gossett Jr. And — I hear Latoya now wants to show up. Stay tuned … Kadeem Hardison, who segued from TV to the bigscreen for “Renaissance Man” and “The Night Before Christmas,” is now wanted by Dawn Steel for “The Power of No.” Hardison signed with Nevin Dolcefino of Innovative Artists and personal manager Dolores Robinson … Before leaving for delegate duties at the Olympics, Dawn Steel and husband Charles Roven dined at Morton’s with Jane Fonda and Ted Turner … Nancy Davis’ second “Race to Erase MS” at Aspen raised $ 1,566,500. Following a live auction and performances by Peabo Bryson, Kenny G and Tamia Washington, an anonymous bidder pledged $ 10,000 if Gloria Estefan would sing — she did “Anything for You” backed by David Foster … As part of the celebration of his 50th year as a jazz musician, R. Billy Taylor will be the focal point of a June 30 Carnegie Hall jazz concert, part of George Wein’s JVC Jazz Fest … As a result of the Knack’s “My Sharona” being featured in a “Reality Bites,” Doug Fieger says the Knack will reunite for several gigs — may even tour again. Fieger, meanwhile, has completed a solo album with co-producer Don Was, “Small Wonder.”

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