GOOD MORNING: Movies have married into the Internet. I visited the “Very Brady Sequel” set at Paramount, where the very square “Bradys” of 1969 are anything but square off-camera. Because of the intense allegiance of fans — as proved by the incredible (and unexpected) reaction to the first feature — the filmmakers went to the Internet to query the orthodox “Brady” viewers. Among info they sought was the fans’ favorite segs from the TV’er, which aired 1969-74 , plus specific scenes in those segs. Now they’ve been incorporated into the second feature. F’rinstance, the day I visited, they were reliving the “house of cards” scene, which you (if you’re a “Brady” camp follower) will see authentically reproduced. Of course, back in the days of the series, no one knew from computers, but now every member of the cast, plus director Arlene Sanford, producer Alan Ladd Jr. and show creator Sherwood Schwartz are computer-capable. On the stage, young Christine Taylor (Marcia Brady) and Jennifer Elise Cox (Jan Brady) greeted Tim Matheson with a full rundown on the four films he’s completed in the past year, as well as his entire filmography — they had gotten it from their computer as soon as they learned he was joining the movie. Matheson plays the believed-to-be-dead Roy Brady, who supposedly lived through a near-death experience in Africa. The Paramount stage on which the movie was filming, on the Gower side of the lot, formerly was part of RKO; Matheson recalled he debuted on that stage in 1961 in “Window on Main Street” with Robert Young and Constance Moore! … The initial “Brady” pic passed the $50 million mark. The sequel, which adds a Hawaiian location, will come in for $13 million. In anticipation of the pic’s July release, trailers are ready, said Alan Ladd Jr. — a hands-on producer, whether it’s on the lot or locations for “Phantom” or “Braveheart.” His “Wings of Eagles,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a German World War II POW commander, will be another big-budgeter like “Braveheart”… Shelley Long, who again stars as Carol Brady opposite Gary Cole as Mike Brady, was getting congrats for her guestint with “Frasier” in her original “Cheers” role — but there won’t be a return, she assures. However, Long would be interested in another series of her own — if it’s as good as “Cheers,” natch.“NOT A MOMENT TOO SOON,” Julie Andrews says of her recent (two weeks ago) gall bladder surgery. She returns to “Victor/Victoria” on Saturday and resumes eight shows a week. “I didn’t realize I was feeling so bad,” she admits. “I had a bad back — but it wasn’t the bad back at all — (it was the gall bladder). It was good that I was in such terrifically good shape. And I’m all keyed up to return.” She thanks the entire company during her absence — particularly her standby, Anne Runolfsson. Andrews continues to do “across the board” albums (Philips) of B’way, the next, songs with the lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner (and his composers). She’s also completing another children’s book. It’s titled “Babe” (HarperCollins). “But I guess I’ll have to change that now,” she laughs. “It’s about a cat!”… Michael Caine teams with Sidney Poitier again, joining him in Showtime’s “Mandela.” They previously co-starred in “The Wilby Conspiracy” in 1975. That too was South African-set but in those days had to be shot in Kenya. Now they film in South Africa with Poitier in the title role and Caine as Frederik Willem De Klerk. Caine just wound another “heavy” role with Bruce Willis in Fox/Searchlight’s “Blood & Wine” in Florida … Tori Spelling shifts from ICM to CAA … Although he swore he wouldn’t do it again — Wolfgang Puck will indeed copter from the board of governors’ Oscar Ball (which he feeds) at the Music Center to Spago, where Miramax will hold its Oscar bash — 200 for dinner, 700 post awards with a tent covering part of the parking lot. Miramax will make it lavish, caviar and Dom Perignon. Wolfie says it may be his last hurrah at the Sunset Strip site before heading south to Beverly Hills, “So I want it to be very exciting.” IT’S TOO HOT TO COOL DOWN — the Tom Selleck-Courteney Cox coupling on “Friends.” He was skedded for one, then three guestints, four and next week a fifth and — ? This weekend, Selleck’s saluted at the Santa Barbara fest and shows his Showtime “Ruby Jean and Joe” MOW … Once again celeb models turned out for sweet charity. This time $40,000-plus was raised Wednesday noon at the ERAS Center’s 14th Best of Beverly Hills fashion show at the BevHilton. Janet Leigh hosted, Gloria Franks chaired, with these runway stars wearing BevHills’ best threads: Kim Delany, Tea Leoni, Christine Elise, J.C. McKenzie, Jean Smart, Kristin Bauer, France Nuyen, Ali Landry (Miss USA, ’96) Anne Jeffreys — and KNBC’s generous weatherman Fritz Coleman and “Chicago Hope’s” Thomas Gibson … This weekend, Bob Stack’s saluted with the J.F. Kennedy National Award at the St. Patrick’s Day parade and gala in Holyoke, Mass. Previous winners include Maureen O’Hara and Pat O’Brien … Mel Torme guests — as himself — in a “Sliders” seg.
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