Celebs witness Burbank shooting

GOOD MORNING: Where will it end? A driveby bullet shattered through glass at Burbank’s Smoke House on Thursday night, when a houseful of celebs was on hand to hear Nick Edenetti. One group there included Lynn Redgrave and husband John Clark, Brenda Vaccaro, Carol Connors and Rick Frio — who had moved from a booth to a table. They said, had they remained at the booth, they might have been seriously injured. As it was, they were spattered with some glass. The Smoke House has been a popular boite for neighboring WB workers for years. As reported , the Warner Music Group just divorced itself from the rap music biz … O.J.’s sister Shirley Baker Simpson and husband Ben wing to Baltimore this weekend to continue discussions with “Homicide” co-star Yaphet Kotto on their mutual plans to air her experiences during the trial. Kotto told me he also talked with “Homicide” exec producer Tom Fontana about possibly incorporating some court stories she learned at O.J.’s trial for the “Homicide” series. Kotto says he first met O.J. and Shirley three years ago at a “Homicide” party. Kotto renewed acquaintance with her during the trial and says he “helped” Shirley financially — in exchange for rights to her story (stories). “She is a very nice woman, but,” Kotto added, “I’m going back and forth on how much I’m going to be involved. It’s a quandary”… U2’s Bono, in town for 48 hours, met up with the “Million Dollar Hotel” movie crew scouting locations on Skid Row. Bono wrote the story, Nicolas Klein the screenplay and Wim Wenders directs. Wenders directed a couple of U2 musicvideos. Back in ’88, police broke up U2’s video shoot for “Where the Streets Have No Name”on the roof of the Million $ Hotel, causing a giant traffic jam.

“IT WAS A GREAT COMPLIMENT,” Debbie Reynolds said as Albert Brooks did a reading with her to possibly play his mom in “Mother” at Par. “I’ve known Albert since he and Carrie (Fisher) were 10 years old,” Debbie said. “And he’s a very nice man. It’s a great role and I would love to do it.” Carrie, by the way, is traveling with daughter Billie, 3, with mama writing travel articles on reaction by both … Sandy and John Carpenter’s home in the Point Reyes National Forest area was one of 40 destroyed by the forest fire last week. John bought the house when he was making “The Fog.” It was their “retreat from the world,” also the site of his “Village of the Damned.” “It’s the last anyone will see of that forest with its 200-foot-tall trees,” Sandy said. The house was in Architectural Digest. They are more saddened about the loss of the forest and its animals than their house … New Line’s Bob Shaye told the”Now and Then” preem audience at Mann’s Village that he liked “those kind of events. They’re a relatively painless way of giving to a very worthy institution — the AFI.” (They raised $100,000.) Shaye’s an AFI trustee and the evening benefited the AFI Associates. “Now and Then” is one of New Line’s so-called “niche” films — a film by women about women. Shaye hopes it will “cross over to the secondary, but equally potential audience — men!” Jean Firstenberg thanked him, Dolly Gillin and the AFI Associates and reminded that “Now and Then” director Lesli Linka Glatter is an alumna of the AFI. Glatter continues to support her alma mater and the New Line feature is her first directorial credit. Cast members on hand at the screening and party at the Armand Hammer included: Rita Wilson (with husband Tom Hanks), Christina Ricci, Thora Birch, Ashleigh Aston Moore, Bonnie Hunt, Brendan Fraser and Cloris Leachman on a five-week hiatus from “Show Boat” between Minneapolis and a nine-month stand in Vancouver.

ON-THE-SCENE REPORT from Cinecitta and the 3/4-mile-long Holland Tunnel set of “Daylight”: Sylvester Stallone, assisted by his sidekick Dan Hedaya, were wielding giant wrenches, trying to slow down nine-foot-high fans in the tunnel to permit Sly to slip through the blades to effect the start of a rescue of those trapped in the tunnel. “He had less than two seconds between (the fan’s) blades,” reported a breathless Hedaya between takes. Yes, Stallone made it. Dan now has time off until January (!), when he returns to Rome to resume his role. He’s paged to play his role of Alicia Silverstone’s lawyer-father in the TVersion of “Clueless.” She’s remaining on the bigscreen, but Dan may bicycle between the two …”Mad About You” co-creator/exec producer Danny Jacobson and his wife, assistant director Amy, welcomed son Maxwell Grant J. on Thursday at Cedars-Sinai … Cap Cities/ABC’s prez/COO Bob Iger and “GMA’s” weekend host Willow Bay were married Saturday … 1993 Emmy winner Fyvush Finkel, celebrating his 73rd birthday today working in “Picket Fences” with 1994 winner Ray Walston, 78, says, “I enjoy working with older actors”… The Casting Society of America holds its Annual Artios awards Wednesday at the Century Plaza, Betty Rea receives the Hoyt Bowers Award and Garry Marshall, the Lifetime Achievement Award … Legendary jazz trombonist Al Grey makes a rare L.A. appearance at the Jazz Bakery on Wednesday and Thursday.

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