GOOD MORNING: Stanley Kubrick doesn’t plan any long absences from the screen in the future, post “Eyes Wide Shut” with “Artificial Intelligence.” Unlike “Eyes,” with a cast of Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Harvey Keitel, “A.I.” will be a Kubrick vehicle as opposed to a star vehicle, and he anticipates a quick start. … Largo’s “Reasonable Doubt,” a courtroom thriller starring Melanie Griffith and Chazz Palminteri, was originally set in Washington, D.C. but moved to L.A. so new mom and bride Griffith could avoid the cold in D.C. and also be nearer for visits to Antonio Banderas locationing in Mexico on “The Mask of Zorro.” Randall Kleiser directs and Adam Kline produces with Doug Curtis as line producer in the 40-day “Reasonable” sked. … “Roseanne” has seven segs to tape before calling it a day and “resting.” John Goodman will appear in three. Any special gimmicks for a finale? “I’ll have the child of an alien,” she kidded. Or did she? … Pierce Brosnan and best friend Keely Shaye-Smith welcomed son Dylan Thomas Brosnan Monday. You ask ’em the question. … James Earl Jones is playing his first sitcom guestint, he said, as a blind man in “Frasier.” It’s pretty far out but then again Jones can play anything. … Jean Stapleton says the finale in “Michael” in which she and John Travolta dance off into the ? was an added scene for which she was called back from “The Entertainer.” “I had great trepidations” about dancing with Travolta, she admitted. “But he was super — a natural actor and a very strong lead.” Stapleton also complimented Travolta for letting “all the adulation roll away.”
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE MILLION-$ scenery and costumes from Bette Midler’s tour now completed and taped (at the MGM Grand) for HBO to air Saturday? She plans to auction them off for her Manhattan Restoration Project to clean up NYC. She kiddingly says all the diseases were taken up ahead of her by celebs all except “Mad Cow Disease — for which I was poster girl.” Midler, riding high with “The First Wives Club” and the SRO tour that finale’d with the HBO special, (directed by Marty Callner) notes, “I’m always being reborn. But where did I go? You take a minute off in this business and you’re dead and have to climb out of the ruts. It’s all a crap shoot.” Meanwhile, she and her “Wives” co-stars are reveling in the first million-$ check they received from Par for their percentage. As for all the talk of reteaming the trio on countless projects, it’s all in development hell. Meanwhile, Midler’s Universal “That Old Feeling” directed by Carl Reiner has a good feeling from sneaks. And she has “My Fair Larry,” “It’s All In The Cards” and “Welcome to the Family” on her new deal with the Bubble Factory with partner Bonnie Bruckheimer. … Tim Allen surprised guestar Anne Francis (on his Valentine’s Day seg) telling her he’s a longtime fan from her pic, “Forbidden Planet” (1956) which he watches regularly — he’s also built a theater in his house which resembles the interiors of the “Planet” — in which Francis played the daughter of Walter Pidgeon. Leslie Nielsen also co-starred. Allen told me he also bought a replica of Robby the Robot from the “Planet”! In the “Home Improvement” seg, Francis plays a cocktail lounge singer and warbles, appropriately, “My Funny Valentine” for the show in which she says she dated (and ?) Tim’s father when Tim was in high school. … Julia Louis-Dreyfuss is expecting a baby but there’ll be reference to it in the remaining segs of “Seinfeld” which winds taping in March. This is her second child during the show’s successful run. And Jason Alexander has also become a papa twice while “Seinfeld-ing.” Nancy Becker Kennedy, wheelchaired comedian/actress, showcases tonight at the Laugh Factory.
PRESIDENT CLINTON’S ELECTION “is a sign of moral weakness,” will be the theme of Jerry Falwell’s guestint Thursday on Chuck Grodin’s CNBC’er. Grodin says he may shoot footage of the homeless parked outside the White House for the inaugural night show. Grodin, who says “there couldn’t be a better time for an issue show,” is totally eschewing acting roles for his talker. Turning down any/all acting roles? “Yes even though my agent says, ‘You’re hot now.’ I asked him why. ‘Because you don’t do movies,’ he answered. Grodin was tempted, however, when Sidney Lumet called to offer him the role of the devil in an upcoming film. Grodin says he was also offered a talkshow by another (cable) net. “But they also wanted a three-year commitment for three movies. When I worked for the studio (that owns the cabler) I never got an offer for a picture deal!” Stevie Wonder and sister Renee birthday’d their mother, Lula Mae Hardway at the Moonlight Tango Cafe. At about 11:20 Stevie made his way to the piano and dedicated a song, “My Mother’s Eyes” to his mom. He said he’d written it many years ago as a small boy for his first album which was never released. I’m reminded another “My Mother’s Eyes” tune, sung by Georgie Jessel in the movie “Lucky Boy’ (1929) was an enormous hit — words written by L. Wolfe Gilbert, music by Abel Baer. And it’s a real tearjerker! Stevie Wonder also sang “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” to his mom and also played the harmonica for her. Whatta night at the Moonlight Tango Cafe. … Briant Wells, son of Frank and Luanne W. stars in a play, “Sh*tty Day,” he co-wrote with Timothy Groff, bowing Thursday at the Hudson theater in Hollywood. Briant will also be seen in Touchstone’s “Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion” starring Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow.