GOOD MORNING: Faye Resnick, author of “Nicole Brown Simpson: The Private Diary of a Life Interrupted” (Dove), is making a deal with Paramount TV to appear across the board with pieces on “Hard Copy,” “Entertainment Tonight” and Maury Povich during Feb. sweeps. While the Simpson defense tried to serve Resnick to be a witness (to discredit Nicole), the prosecution spent days going over legal papers she made for her book … Meanwhile, Dove is also readying publication of “The Private Diary of Lyle Menendez,” (as told by Menendez to Nora Novelli) in May, a month ahead of his re-trial. And Menendez, like O.J., will have an audio tape of his book, the tape also by Dove … And from the sensational to the sublime, Dove audio is completing its recordings with stars, the latest Michael Douglas, for their tape of the Hole In the Wall Gang Camp’s book of poems by terminally ill kids, “I Will Sing Life” (Little, Brown). All proceeds go to Paul Newman’s Teddy Bear Fund … Juliet Mills is also Dove-recording Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre”… The soaps are being washed out by the gavel to gavel TV coverage of the O.J. trial. Even though soap stars continue to tape their shows, their airings are on hold. “And the fans are very annoyed,””Days of Our Lives”‘ “Vivian Alamain” (Louise Sorel) tells me. Today, she tapes the delivery of her son — the result of her theft of her ex-lover’s sperm and his lover’s egg (!). The birth scene was to have aired Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. But now, Sorel tells me she doesn’t know when her birth scene will air. Meanwhile, she’s happy to be rid of the pregnant prop she’s been wearing for nine months for the show! Feb. 17, Sorel hosts the Soap Opera Awards — she’s also nominated for best scene stealer. She won last year as best villainess.
“EVEN THOUGH MY FILM WASN’T THERE (Sundance), its presence was!” says “Open Season” director, writer, star and its fund-raiser Robert Wuhl. He claims his pic was turned down by the Sundance committee. He says he’s not miffed, he only wants to show his pic with a regular, paying popcorn-eating theater audience. He got that audience at the Palm Springs fest and Daily Variety reviewer Emanuel Levy said Wuhl “makes an impressively assured directorial debut.” Also, “theatrical prospects are excellent for a comedy that is broad and commercial enough to go beyond its primary target audience of young, hip urban viewers.” Despite the turndown, Wuhl popped in on Sundance and reports, “They apologized — saying, ‘Occasionally we miss.’ ” Wuhl met a couple of days earlier with Redford at the N.Y. Film Crix Awards presentation and then, at Sundance. Wuhl says he was “treated very nicely” and was welcomed at parties by Harvey Weinstein, Samuel Goldwyn Jr., and Fox’s Searchlight. He’ll have a screening for all potential distribs — and popcorn-eating fans, Feb. 8 at the AMC in Burbank. He says, “If this movie doesn’t show a profit for its investors, no one should invest in movies ever again!” How much did he (himself) and his investors put in the pic? “More than ‘El Mariachi’ ($ 7,000) and less than ‘Waterworld’ ($ 150+ million).” Everyone participates — including, of course composer Marvin Hamlisch who conducts a 30-piece big swing band in a grand finale. Next, Wuhl directs and stars in a six-seg HBO mini, “Arliss,” about “a Larry Sanders of the sports world.” Michael Tollin and David Picker produce. What about financing his next movie? Well, Wuhl heads to the Super Bowl with Wayne Huizenga. But he says they’re just pals … Sharon Gless is recouped. She and Barney Rosenzweig wind their two-month Miami (Fisher Island) vacation, return here to prep an April start of the third “Cagney & Lacey” MOW. The second, “C&L — Together Again” airs on CBS in May.
GEORGE BURNS IS GOING BACK to work Feb. 14, recording “Easy Money,” one of the tunes in the upcoming B’way musical “The Life” with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Ira Gasman. As I described here Jan. 5, an all-star cast records the album (BMG) in advance of the show’s bow with a B’way cast … Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi who teamed as new “Blues Bros.” at Tuesday night’s Artists Rights Foundation fundraiser at the House of Blues, are talking to team on screen as a couple of Elvis Presley Las Vegas imitators in UA’s “Idiots”… Sorry to report that Doug McClure’s cancer has recurred and he is resting at home …”Miss Saigon” has an $ 11 million advance for its nine-month stay at the Ahmanson. Rain didn’t dampen the ardor of a long list of celebs who were on hand at the improved theater for the official bow Wednesday, and they continued on to a party at the Westin Bonaventure ballroom decked to look like Vietnam — with cuisine to match. Jennifer Paz, who co-stars as Kim, was surrounded by 50 joyous family members.