GOOD MORNING: Bruce Willis viewed dailies of daughter Rumer (7) in “Striptease” scenes with her mom (Mrs. Willis), but Bruce has not yet seen Demi’s solo (striptease) scenes. Producer Mike Lobell says Willis demurred, waiting for the finished product, on which director Andrew Bergman is rushing to wind post-production for Sony’s late May release. Of Moore’s performance, Lobell tells me, “She is fabulous — no movie star has ever done what she’s done in this movie. She has tremendous courage.” He also praises the performances of Burt Reynolds as the corrupt congressman, Armand Assante as the good cop and Robert Patrick as the bad ex-husband Lobell met with Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley in further talks for ’em to team on Castle Rock’s “Animal Attraction,” about a London zoo press agent (Grant) and a femme D.C. zoo curator who plan to pair their respective pandas for progeny and — ? Bergman’s also working on his play “Working Title,” which bows March 9 at the American Jewish Theater for a month’s look-see. He says it’s about a “third-rate screenwriter’s” play about the Holocaust. “It’s funny — and touching.” And not to worry about anything in bad taste about the Holocaust. “Trust me,” Bergman says. “My grandparents were killed” in the camps. David Chandler plays the screenwriter; Max Mayer directs.
CONNIE STEVENS and daughter Joely Fisher happily announced to me Joely (28) is engaged to marry cinematographer Christopher Duddy (34) this winter. Joely’s sister, Tricia Leigh, will be maid of honor. It will be a (large) “traditional wedding,” Connie enthused, “with a lot of Italian relatives coming out from the East.” Joely is completing four more segs of ABC’s “Ellen” this season. Tricia just starred as Heidi Fleiss in CBS’ “The Good Doctor: The Paul Fleiss Story” and is getting many offers George C. Scott bowed out of his Wednesday matinee preview performance in “Inherit the Wind” at the Royale for Tony Randall’s National Actors theater, and Randall subbed. Scott went on Wednesday night. He’s been working despite a severe flu siege in which he’s dropped 25 pounds! Advance ticket sales for the play, in which Charles Durning co-stars, have already exceeded $1 million. Scott stays through April 15. He’s been offered the lead in “Hidden Memories,” feature to film in Ireland for producer-writer-director Robert Paget Charlton Heston presents Walter Mirisch with the David O. Selznick Lifetime Achievement Award Monday at the Producers Guild BevWilshire cocktail party. Mirisch, a former president, recalled a couple of gala Guild award dinners, one hailing Walt Disney, in which foreign embassies assembled children in native costumes to parade and salute Disney. For another, Bob Hope was toasted by men in service bases around the world — including some aboard an SAC plane, phoning in their wishes “live””Victor/Victoria” producer Tony Adams, after visiting Julie Andrews in the hospital Thursday afternoon, assures me she’s making marvelous recovery after emergency gallbladder surgery and will be back in the show in about a week. “She sends much love to everyone and feels badly about letting everyone down.” (!) Shari Belafonte suffered a broken foot in a fall (from a tree) in South Africa — but she’ll be on hand for Saturday’s symposium at CBS Studio Center to train actors on how to protect themselves from con artists and rip-off specialists; it’s sponsored by Actors for Actors — regarded as the entertainment industry’s Better Business Bureau — working closely with SAG and AFTRA.
MUSICIAN WOODY ALLEN and and his five-piece jazz band are getting cheers like those reserved for rock stars on their European tour. He’s played Madrid, Barcelona, Geneva and Vienna; upcoming are Rome, Milan, Bologna, Frankfurt, Naples, Venice and London, where they’ll play the Royal Festival Hall, and Paris , at the Olympia, winding March 18. Jean Doumanian, producer of Allen’s recently wound “Everyone Says I Love You,” is along chronicling the musical tour on film. Meanwhile they haven’t decided on a distributor for the “Love You” feature — their last two, “Mighty Aphrodite” and “Bullets Over B’way” were successful with Miramax. A third time? AFM’ers, add this non-listed pic to your screening sked (AMC March 4, 1 p.m.): Brian de Palma’s classic 1976 “Obsession,” starring Cliff Robertson, Genevieve Bujold and John Lithgow. It’s still virgin viewing in many territories, reports the Blum Group’s George Litto and Harry Blum, who produced the pic, reviewed by Daily Variety as a “class picture” Mel Gibson, with a night off shooting “Ransom” in N.Y., dined Wednesday with Sydney Pollack at Coco Pazzo Phyllis Diller makes a rare L.A. appearance tonight, when she headlines the American Heart Assn.’s Heart Ball at the BevWilshire Jimmy Webb and pals will cheer his sons Christiaan and Justin and their band, Mercy Beat, at Johnny Depp’s Viper Room Saturday.