‘Rider’ goes down ‘Easy’ in Prague

GOOD MORNING: “It was one of the greatest thrills of my life — 150 bikers following me down the main street of Prague!” That was Dennis Hopper talking, back from the showing of his “Easy Rider,” 26 years after it was banned in Czechoslovakia. He reports, “Over 1,000 turned out to cheer at the premiere.” Also attending, Czech president Vaclav Havel, no stranger to movies and screenwriting. “The people there were wonderful, friendly, outgoing, so happy to be free,” added Hopper, who also had a showing there of his photographic works that included pix of our civil rights movement, the march to Selma, Ala., etc. Hopper and friend Victoria Duffy winged to Prague from Venice’s Mardi Gras with friend Count Giovanni Volpi with whom Hopper houseguested New Year’s. Volpi had appointed Hopper Venice Film Fest president three years ago … Now, Hopper heads to “Acts of Love” in Dallas with Amy Irving, directed by Bruno Baretto. Hopper plays the love interest. His hair has just started to grow back from his “heavy” role in “Waterworld,” so he’ll be wigged. “I was worried whether it (the hair) would come back,” he admits. He has three days of looping on U’s epic “Waterworld” before starting “Love” but he has no calls for more filming. Hopper will not be directing “James Dean,” although he met with Leonardo DiCaprio. The latter’s now in Africa on “Total Eclipse.” WB talks “Dean” directing to Marc Rocco, who reined “Murder in the First,” also with young thesps Kevin Bacon and Christian Slater.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 10 YEARS, former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau has been visiting Hollywood. Monday night, Canadian Consul General Dennis Browne and his wife Norma plus Dan Black and Jeff Berkowitz, founding partners of the law firm of Heenan Blaikie in BevHills, hosted a private dinner party for Trudeau at the consul’s mansion in Hancock Park. Trudeau is of counsel of the law firm based in Montreal — and they are officed in other hot Hollywood filming sites: Toronto and Vancouver. The firm is heftily involved with Hollywood pic financing and co-producing up there. The still-dashing Trudeau said he was sorry Barbra Streisand wasn’t in town — but noted he had spoken to her on the phone last week. You recall they were an item a few years back. Guests Monday included CAA’s David Tenzer, Viacom’s Michael Yudin, WB’s Robert Fisher, Christian Morio, president of Banque Nationale de Paris, L.A., Showtime’s Jeff Silberman, Sony’s Sandra Stern — and Kate Mulgrew. She is off to the White House today where First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton recognizes the “Star Trek: Voyager” skipper’s role in increasing awareness of women in science and mathematics. Mulgrew’s part of a women’s Leadership Briefing and gala reception for Women in Science and Technology at the Kennedy Center on Thursday. It’s in celebration of the new PBSeries featuring women scientists, “Discovering Women.” Dinner conversation with Trudeau of course segued to O.J. and it was acknowledged the case couldn’t ever become a circus in Canadian courts. It wasn’t all business here for Trudeau — Sunday p.m. he was at the Palm restaurant’s Comic Relief Celebrity Waiter Benefit for the Homeless. Among those who stopped by Trudeau’s table to say hello and pay respects, Mayor Richard Riordan, Richard Lewis and Kristin Davis of “Melrose Place.”

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, L.A. cares. Viewer response was so unprecedented to the March 5 KCET airing of its own production, “Things That Aren’t Here Anymore,” hosted by Ralph Story and Stephanie Edwards, they’ll re-air March 11 and March 18. Viewers can become re-acquainted with Beverly Park, Bullock’s Wilshire, Angel’s Flight, Schwab’s, etc. And, as the days dwindle down to a precious few, the City of Hope holds its Last Great Hollywood Party — Part XV at — Chasen’s, March 12. The black tie gala is sponsored by the City of Hope’s Diamond Circle. Maude Chasen, a longtime friend of the City of Hope, was honored in 1988 as their “Woman of the Year”… And Monday, when Chasen’s is usually dark, WB took over the eatery for its post-Bruin theater “Outbreak” preem party … Dyan Cannon and Lee Iacocca duo’d at Drai’s … Betty and Walter Scharf celebrated their 68th wedding anni at Dan Tana’s. Also at Tana’s, this formidable femme foursome: Shelley Winters, Diane Ladd, Lainie Kazan and Connie Stevens … Elaine’s will be the site for the N.Y. Oscar party hosted by Entertainment Weekly … Here, Women in Film fete Oscar at the House of Blues with a Mardi Gras-style bash … And at the Roxbury, ECO (Earth Communications Office) holds its party with the China Club Pro Jam Band and Herbie Hancock and Tia Carrere … The Safe Place — for pediatric AIDS — benefits from Thursday’s reception at Emporio Armani on Thursday. Cathy Lee Crosby’s honored …”Days of Our Lives’ ” Thaao Penghlis returned from Australia where he buried his mom and dad, who died within two days of each other … William Schallert joined the production of Steve Martin’s “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” at the Westwood Playhouse on Tuesday.

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