Gingrich task force takes on H’w’d

GOOD MORNING: The Republicans are coming to Hollywood — and one of ’em, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, is already here. He’s in town for today’s $1,000-a-plate (for his congressional campaign) luncheon by a local pro-Israel group, thanking him for his stand on U.S.-Israel relationships. It’s followed by a brief reception, also at the Peninsula Hotel, for the county Republican party. On Sept. 9, Gingrich’s Congressional Entertainment Task Force, with head Sonny Bono (R-Palm Springs) and eight other GOP congressmen, arrive for a meeting with industry toppers at the BevHills Council Chambers. I reached Bono Thursday at his office in D.C. Sonny admits he’s no stranger to the three areas — movies, TV and records — currently under fire from Sen. Bob Dole and other conservative candidates. “No one wants to approach the problems with restrictions,” an affable Bono said. “There has been a lot of publicity lately on placing the blame on the industry. We’d rather say there is a problem with content — and let’s see how we can solve it. We want to address ‘content.'” I asked Bono why the arriving committee is made up solely of Republicans? “Those are the ones with the most strained relations with the industry,” he said. “But we’re not coming out with any preconceived notions; we want to contribute to the issue of content. This will be good to improve communications. I don’t think the government and the industry have been very tight. Newt appointed me to head this committee to do something about it.” Bono said many reps from the biz will attend — he named Michael Fuchs and Peter Chernin as the first two set. I reminded him that Jack Valenti spoke last night here in L.A. at the World Affairs Council about problems the industry recognizes and tries to correct internally — sans government interference and regulation — and that Valenti, on behalf of the industry, has long been discussing these problems with government. Bono said he too has been talking with Valenti. “I’m hoping we’ll get a letter from Bob Dole to bring with the task force,” Bono added. And, he’s convinced the meeting will “not be dull”… Bono — among those who voted to cut the budget for the NEA — will be back in showbiz next week. He appears in the Buena Vista feature “First Kid,” locationing near Washington. “I play a politician, of course,” he said. His scene is with Sinbad, who plays a Secret Service agent assigned to guard Brock Pierce (14), the son of the First Family as portrayed by James Naughton and Lisa Eichhorn. The movie, produced by Roger Birnbaum, is directed by David Mickey Evans. No need for Congressman Bono to worry about content of this one: it is aiming for a G.

SO, MICHAEL JACKSON’S going to show himself recording new lyrics — replacing the anti-Semitic ones of “HIStory’s” “They Don’t Care About Us”– on ABC’s July 28 Jackson special? When does this new version get shipped? The day after the publicity of the special? And will the original album then be yanked from the racks? No one would answer … Emmy show producer Don Mischer says he’s “real happy” with the nominations, saying they reflect “quality as well as some class.” He reminds that TV (even more than theatrical movies) “affords fine roles to fine actresses”… Doug Cramer, who lensed his four-hour “Zoya” all over Europe and his two-hour “Mixed Blessings” in Vancouver, next shoots “The Ring” in Budapest, Zurich and Montreal — all Danielle Steel’s works for CBS. Cramer set Charles Bronson for the web’s “The Brewery,” to film in Toronto. The producer’s now feature-filming Hugh Bush’s “Sleeping Together” in N.Y. and says, “This is one movie that can never play on TV”… Robert Halmi breezed through town between Ireland-Canada telepic locations to meet with Les Moonves to re-establish relations with the web where “the people with whom I had bad experiences are now gone.” New projects discussed include “Guys & Dolls” with a cast of youngsters now starring in web sitcoms. Halmi sez his best pal in L.A. is Bill Haber. “If he ever leaves CAA, we’ll form our own company — Haber, Halmi and Hallmark — Ha-Ha-Ha Entertainment.” Sorry about that.

HARD TO BELIEVE, but Mary Tyler Moore had to be bleeped on the “f” word she used talking to David Letterman Thursday night about her upcoming role as a salty tabloid editor. Well, Mary can always use it generously guesting on “The Larry Sanders Show”… The City of Hope celebrated its 82nd anni and Norm Crosby was toasted on his 12th year as National Ambassador of Goodwill. Florence Henderson was also an awardee as the City of Hope’s two-year national fundraising topped the $69 million mark … Candy Spelling is saluted Saturday at the Biltmore by the Centro de Ninos — to whom Spelling donated profits from sales of her Fantasy Dolls … The home of William Morris’ Rob Lee and wife Malissa is the setting for Saturday’s engagement party for Jordan Kerner and Nicola O’Shea, who will marry Oct. 7 in Marine on St. Croiz, Minn., where they’re also building a home.

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