GOOD MORNING: “I am starting my life over again,” said David Carradine from a cemetery scene on the “Kung Fu” set in Toronto. He’s certainly lived many lives, per the 647-page autobiography, “Endless Highway,” of which he wrote every word, warts and all. “There’s no dirt in it, except about me — I’m not defaming anyone except myself.” He says Barbara Hershey, with whom he had a seven-year relationship, “is probably terrified — but she needn’t be. I treat her as a goddess.” Carradine, who will be 59 on Dec. 8, says, “I would have been dead of alcohol abuse; I couldn’t have gotten here today without AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). I am now on top of the world and I am taking control of my life”– and that means personal and professional. On the latter front, he has signed again with former agent David Wardlow. And as a new member of the SAG board, Carradine tells me, “I hope to make a few changes. I want to wake up people (in the Guild); there are a lot of them who are not working actors and don’t know the problems.” He says, “There’s a clique within a clique.” Carradine winds his fourth season on “Kung Fu” Jan. 23, after which he’ll decide on bigscreen offers. He’s proud of daughter Calista, a semiregular in the series, starting her musical career –“an inch away from a recording deal”… The classic 1947 “Body and Soul” boxing pic directed by Robert Rossen and starring John Garfield is getting a remake. Producer David Krieff sez he’s cast Ray (Boom Boom) Mancini, the former lightweght champ, to play the fighter. Eric Snyder’s script sets the new version in Las Vegas, which seems to be the new ring capital. Krieff is co-producing “Love Boat: The Movie,” with David Permut producing, Aaron Spelling exec. It sets sail in February with Steve Miner directing. Permut’s also in post with the Whoopi Goldberg starrer “Eddie” for Hollywood Pictures.
WHAT — OR RATHER WHO –“Makes Sammy Run?” Ben Stiller. He’ll direct the WB pic based on Budd Shulberg’s classic book, which was TV’d but never bigscreened. Stiller says he hopes to bring the 1939 story to life in its period with the help of his background in a showbiz family (Jerry S. and mom Anne Meara). He says the movie’s producer, Gene Kirkwood (himself very much a Sammy Glick), has told Ben his own stories to add to the color of the script, which Stiller will adapt from Shulberg’s two drafts … A change of costume for Patrick Swayze in Largo’s “Helldorado,” to be directed by Peter Yates, who is en route to Vancouver to talk to Tom Arnold to co-star; the action comedy is set in Brazilian jungles (Mexico will do fine, thank you). Yates has segued from UTA to WMA and Mike Simpson … The “Letterman” show loves L.A. — not only because of the ratings, but, as producer Bob Morton notes, “It’s nice to have friends like Tom Hanks or Demi Moore or Bruce Willis say they’ll drop by. It’s not that easy to get people to jump 3,000 miles.” But when Letterman and company return to N.Y. next week, their World Wide Pants banner will pilot “Emmett and Earl,” which went into turnaround at CBS and is now at HBO. Robert Joy and Mark Wison co-star …”Thank you, David Geffen.” That’s Jerry Weintraub speaking. He sez when Geffen left WB, “he gave me ‘Soldier,’ which he (Geffen) had been developing. The last thing he gave me was ‘Oh, God!’ ” That “gift” became three pix starring George Burns at WB. Paul Anderson directs (the first?) “Soldier”… Frank Worth is readying his “Laugh Loud, Live Longer” CD as a tribute to George Burns’ longevity … Max Von Sydow is back in Hollywood this weekend after winding the five-hour “Confession” mini in Stockholm, directed by Liv Ullmann from Ingmar Bergman’s script. Von Sydow talks pic offers here before heading back. He’s president of the Monte Carlo TV Film Fest in February … Hector Elizondo joins Saturday’s “Comic Relief IV.” And is talking to play Bette Midler’s husband and Sarah Jessica Parker’s b.f. in “First Wives’ Club”– while commuting to Chi and “Chicago Hope” until March … With all the comics in town for “Relief,” many are also expected tonight at the Comedy Store, when Paul Rodriguez hosts the all-star tribute to Richard Pryor — who will perform a short set at the party … Mac Davis goes comic, joining Joe Pesci and Danny Glover in “Gone Fishin’.”
STING RECORDED “MOONLIGHT” by Alan and Marilyn Bergman and John Williams as the end title for “Sabrina”… Ray Evans, Jay Livingston, Hal David, Corky Hale and Mike Stoller will entertain at the Jewish Home for the Aging Sunday … Lainie Kazan, at the Cinegrill tonight for two weeks, is promoting her first album ( “Body and Soul”) since 1979. She’s also recurring on “The Nanny” and “Courthouse”… Madonna’s video photographer Melody McDaniel is lensing 79 -year-old Hadda Brooks’ “Time Was When” CD for Virgin. Brooks sings to Jack Nicholson in “The Crossing Guard,” her first pic since “The Bad and the Beautiful” in 1952 … Sorry to learn that vet comedian Slappy White died of a heart attack in Atlantic City Tuesday.