Real-life verdict hurts Dove pic

GOOD MORNING: “The Verdict: Justice in America,” Dove’s feature docu about the O.J. case, is “gonna be hurt,” Dove’s Michael Viner admitted from London, where he, too, got the word about the jury’s unexpectedly quick decision. The Dove movie’s cast includes five ex-O.J. jurors who already taped their verdict, but it will be aired at a later date. “We won’t rush it (the movie) out now,” said Viner –“maybe in a couple of weeks.” And he, of course, will have to shoot added scenes. Viner’s off to new battlefields, Zagreb, to shoot a docu on the trials and tribulations, death and destruction there … All TV camera crews were SOS’d from other assignments to cover today’s court’ing. Among showbiz events KO’d was a major Disneyland “cavalcade” celebrating the 40th anni of “The Mickey Mouse Club.” Among those who were to appear was Annette Funicello. I spoke to her moments after the event was canceled because of the O.J. verdict. She reminded me, “O.J. was in my last picture, ‘Back to the Beach’ in 1987.” She had learned of the verdict announcement from her rancher husband, Glen Holt. “He was a policeman for 15 years,” Annette told me, “and he said, when a jury reaches a verdict quickly, it is usually a ‘guilty’ one.” Funicello told me she had decided not to participate in the Disneyland gala, at the last minute, because “I’m not hearing so good.” Although suffering from multiple sclerosis, she sounded fine over the phone — perhaps a little halting, but very up. “With this MS,” she said, “many people are zapped of their energy. But that’s not my problem. I’ve got too much energy! Thank God I feel good. I just want other people with MS to keep a smile because they’re so close to finding a cure!” Funicello was on the Vancouver location of her TV biopic, “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes.” And she is so pleased with it, she’ll do p.a.’s. The CBS telepic airs on her birthday (53), Oct. 22 … Madlyn Rhue, who also has MS, is 60 today. “Don’t you think I can finally play somebody’s mother or grandmother?” Rhue asked. Although she is wheelchaired, Madlyn has no speech problems and is ready and willing to work. Need any references? Just ask Angela Lansbury, who cast her in two “Murder, She Wrote” segs — and has another show upcoming for the able Rhue. Happy birthday.

CONFLICTING ANSWERS FROM CBS about re-skedding (?) the airing of “Godfather III.” As you recall, the movie is not exactly complimentary to the Vatican. It was skedded to air next Sunday — coincidentally, during the Pope’s visit to the U.S. One source said “Godfather” was taken off the sked to help establish hourlong dramatic series such as “Central Park West,” “American Gothic, ” “Courthouse” and “New York News.” But another at the net admitted, “The Pope’s visit was one of a number of reasons it was taken off the schedule.” There was no new airdate as of our deadline … Michael Ovitz is in France (visiting EuroDisney?) before starting in Burbank next week … Richard Attenborough arrives here Sunday to meet with producer Dimitri Villard on “In Love and War.” It’s the story by Villard’s father, Henry (95), who was a pal of Ernest Hemingway’s. The story’s about the WWI love affair between Hemingway and Red Cross nurse Agnes Von Kovrowsky. Chris O’Donnell stars as the young Hemingway in the New Line feature with script by Alan Scott … Warren Beatty and Garry Shandling, Warren’s agent in “Love Affair,” caught comedian Wayne Fedderman at the Improv … Bruce Willis and Demi Moore birthday’d his mom, Marlene, at the BevHills Planet Hollywood Monday night. Willis takes time off from “Gundown” to receive the Heart of Hollywood Award from the Screen Smart Set of the MPTV Fund, Oct. 18 at the BevWilshire auction/fashion show. Willis’ mom is president and a longtime member of the volunteer support group for the MPTVF. At the event, to be m.c.’d by Budd Friedman, Francis Lederer receives the Mary Pickford Achievement Award. Lederer, who will be 96 Nov. 6, is still teaching acting.

THE SHOW-MUST-GO-ON DEPT.: Barbara Eden broke a toe on a darkened stage in rehearsal for “Nite Club Confidential” at the Long Beach Civic but she didn’t want to bow out despite the show’s staircase requirements … Pals on hand for Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna’s “The Bermuda Triangle” at the Tiffany included Angela Lansbury, Bill Macy and Adrienne Barbeau, Estelle Getty, Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, Carl and Estelle Reiner, Sid Caesar, Red Buttons, Sharon Gless and Barney Rosenzweig, and a very pregnant Marilu Henner and husband Rob Liberman … Burt Young and daughter Ann Moria co-star In “A View From the Bridge” at the Lee Strasberg theater Thursday … Dorothy Lamour serves as “special adviser” to “Swinging on a Star,” the new Broadway musical toasting the work of Oscar-winning lyricist Johnny Burke — who collaborated on “Road” pictures with Jimmy Van Heusen. Writer-director Michael Leeds wants her to provide authenticity to “Swinging”… Bob Newhart makes an appearance with the Dallas Symphony, a twist on “Peter and the Wolf” called “Peter and the Commissar.”

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