O.J. tapes book, interviews from jail

GOOD MORNING: The script for O.J. to go “live” in opening remarks to the jury was created at Sunday night’s meeting among Simpson and his attorneys. But it was O.J.’s idea. Just as it was his idea to tape “live” from jail two chapters for his upcoming Time Warner audiocassette version of his “I Want to Tell You” Little, Brown & Co. book. How did interviewer — and now defense witness — Larry Schiller get a tape recorder into his many interviews with O.J. for the book? Attorney Robert Kardashian received the OK to bring the tape recorder into the walls. But in the past few days, Schiller has only been able to be in contact with O.J. by phone … Heidi Fleiss, who also had a day in court Monday, has ambitions of also being an author and has signed with personal manager Lee Wolfberg for exclusive representation, including publishing, commercials and entertainment … And now, for additional showbiz news: Jeff Bridges will star in “White Squall” for director Ridley Scott at Disney. The action-adventure pic shoots in North Carolina, the Caribbean and Malta. Mimi Polk produces the ’60 s-set tale of a skipper (Bridges) who takes pampered boys to sea to study. It’s described as “a combination of ‘Lord of the Flies’ and ‘Dead Poets Society.’ ” There are many good roles for young male thesps — plus someone to play Bridges’ wife, the only femme on board … Acad president Arthur Hiller returns from N.Y. meets to prep a May start directing New Regency/WB’s “Carpool” comedy scripted by Don Rhymer. The Gersh Agency set the deal for both. WB wants the pic for Christmas … It was the producers’ turn, Monday. Over 30 of ’em were photo’d by Firooz Zahedi at Raleigh Studios for Vanity Fair’s April issue, a tribute to movies. Actor-director-producer Danny DeVito entertained the group, which also included: Ray Stark, Joel Silver, Brian Grazer, Arnon Milchan, Arnold Kopelson, Lauren Shuler-Donner, Bonnie Bruckheimer, Mace Neufeld, Bob Rehme, Lili and Richard Zanuck, David Brown, Stanley Jaffe, Ed Pressman, Mario Kassar, Art Linson, Jerry Bruckheimer, Don Simpson, Robert Chartoff, Roger Corman, Dino DiLaurentiis, Denise DiNovi, Robert Evans, Steve Tisch, Wendy Finerman, Gale Anne Hurd, Larry Gordon, Lynda Obst, Steve Reuther, Lawrence Bender, Michael Shamberg, etc.

“HOW ARE YOU-ALL?” The Southern drawl of the caller from Atlanta was perfect. But it was the inimitable Peter Ustinov, who is there to receive, from former President Jimmy Carter, UNICEF’s International Survivor award, in recognition of his 27 years as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Says Ustinov of Carter, “He’s the only one who’s used the presidency as a stepping stone for the ex-presidency”… Ustinov recently interviewed Rabin, Arafat and Peres for Norwegian TV — it was shown on the BBC. He heads home to England to meet with Queen Elizabeth in his capacity as Chancellor of Durham U. Channel 4 bought his Vatican series to air next month. Disney TV airs his Bray Studios, Ireland-filmed “The Old Curiosity Shop” in March. And while in Atlanta, Ustinov meets with Ted Turner. And what a choice global addition Ustinov would make for the Turner cable operation … Celebrating the 10th anni of “We Are the World,” WB’s store at Caesars in Las Vegas today unveils a limited edition animated cel of Quincy Jones conducting Looney Tunes characters — it benefits USA for Africa … In the same mail bag: Gil Cates’ announcement that the Oscars’ theme will be “Comedy and the Movies”– and the L.A. County Museum of Art’s announcement of their program, “The Comic Mind: Silents to the Present,” with films from Chaplin to Woody … Rick Moranis joins Tom Arnold in WB’s “Big Bully.” Steve Miner directs … Chazz Palminteri, now co-starring in Par’s “Jade,” next joins Nick Nolte in “Mulholland Falls” for the Zanucks at MGM/UA. The pic was formerly called “The Hats,” for LAPD’s tall, ’50s cops who wore hats … Hot young screenwriter Steve Barancik, whose first script was “The Last Seduction,” will write the remake of Louis Malle’s classic 1957 thriller “Elevator to the Gallows,” resetting the Paris-based mystery in contemporary L.A. for producers Vincent Malle, Louis’ younger brother, and Neil Koenigsberg.

ISABELLE ADJANI JOINS Sharon Stone in Morgan Creek’s “Diabolique,” directed by Jeremiah Chechik, produced by Marvin Worth … Gregory Peck signed with CAA … Cathy Lee Crosby is the new spokeswoman for Coors Light and the fictional Coors Light Channel, CLC — which also happens to be her nickname … On hand at the BevWilshire to toast Whoopi Goldberg as she received the Sheba Medical Center’s Humanitarian Award: Quincy Jones and Nastassja Kinski, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, Arnon Milchan, Fabio, Timothy Dalton and, of course, Whoopi’s husband Lyle Trachtenberg.

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