‘Brawler’ officially down for the count

GOOD MORNING: With the principals of “Broadway Brawler” off to their own (not-so-neutral) corners, the lawyers and the money men step into the ring. Lead actor Bruce Willis’ banner was partnered with Cinergi (and producer Joe Feury) in the production, which was to have been distributed by Disney. With Disney reportedly readying a two-pic pact with Willis (the first being talked is “Armageddon”), the Mouse Factory is said to be helping Willis pick up the owed piece$($14 million) of “Brawler,” to keep everybody happy. Willis is said to be willing to pay the owed money through Disney, which will deduct the amount from his paydays on the two future films. Does this include the money owed the Feurys? Feury says he and director Lee Grant are owed “over a million dollars. And we’ve been told to deal with Bruce. I hope he stands up like a mensch.” However, I talked with the attorney for co-star Maura Tierney, Marshall Grossman, who reveals that he is dealing for payment with Cinergi attorney Norm Oberstein. Grossman says, “We have reached an agreement in principle and have put the matter to rest, and now she can go on to other things” — namely “Primary Colors.” Oberstein noted, “Everybody who has contracts is being handled in the normal course.” Willis told co-star Daniel Baldwin, “It just didn’t work out.” (The blow-by-blow description of the pic’s KO was punched out exclusively here March 4-7, when we predicted the decision would be “The winner and still champion — the lawyers.”) Wednesday, Grant and Feury received dailies of the final day’s shooting (Feb. 28). “That was the day it happened: when he (Willis) didn’t show up,” lamented Grant. She and husband Feury now have the total 20 days’ work and she says, “I’d love to edit it together.” On Wednesday, Joe sent a letter to the Wilmington (Del.) Journal, addressed “to the City of Wilmington,” thanking ’em all for their hospitality and cooperation. “The opportunity of doing a picture in my home town,” said Feury, “was a dream come true. The way it ended was a nightmare. After 20 days of shooting, we knew that we were making a wonderful film, but Bruce wasn’t happy. So, the production was closed down. The wreckage that was left after two years of our work is so shocking that as I write to you, the full impact of it still hasn’t hit.” The Feurys next do a Lifetime docu on breast cancer.

RIP TORN WON A $475,000 JUDGMENT in his defamation of character suit vs. Dennis Hopper. Torn’s attorney Bob Chapman sez Rip gets $300,000 for loss of income and $175,000 for emotional distress damages. The suit was based on Hopper’s (well-known-enough-by-now) remarks about Torn on “The Tonight Show” on May 31, 1994. Torn, on hiatus from “The Larry Sanders Show,” is back on B’way with Shirley Knight in “Young Man From Atlanta” by Horton Foote, opening officially on the 27th at the Longacre. … “NYPD Blue’s” Kim Delaney bows this week on the first of a three-year (reportedly seven-figure) deal as print and TV spokeswoman for Revlon Ultima II’s Wonderwear makeup. Melissa Prophet made Delaney’s deal, her first commercial. … The Museum of TV & Radio preems “The Rat Pack Recaptured” April 10 in N.Y. and on the 17th at the BevHills Museum. The only complete film of the Pack in performance stars Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. Dean Martin — and Johnny Carson. (He subbed that night for Joey Bishop, who was suffering from an injured back.) The 1965 performance in St. Louis benefited the Dismass House, a halfway house for ex-convicts. Producer Paul Brownstein tracked down the tape, and he and the Dismass house ‘”donated” it to the Museum when Sinatra made it clear he didn’t want it seen commercially. Now you can see it at the Museum every day post-preem for three months. Brownstein, who owns more than 4,000 hours of classic celeb-laden TV shows, is now talking to backers for a cable TV channel devoted strictly to classic material. Some of the names: Judy Garland, the Smothers Brothers, Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor, Carol Channing, Cher, etc., etc.

TWO-TIME OSCAR WINNER Chuck Jones receives a special tribute from the World Animation Celebration on Oscar night (March 24) at Q’s Nightclub in Pasadena, where the Oscar telecast will be bigscreened, launching the weeklong Animation Celebration. … Oscar nominee Perry Wolff, whose “An Essay on Matisse” is up for docu short subject, has just obtained rights for a docu on the Sistine Chapel’s restoration. … Ben Burtt, also nominated (with Susanne Simpson) for docu short for his “Special Effects” (narrated by John Lithgow), is now working on the prequel of the “Star Wars” trilogy. … Three-time Oscar winning tunesmiths Jay Livingston and Ray Evans (“Buttons And Bows,” “Que Sera, Sera” and “Mona Lisa”) will entertain at the American Heart Assn. “Hollywood Salutes the Academy” party Oscar night at the Hollywood Roosevelt. … Tony Martin gets the Pacific Pioneer salute March 21 at the Sportsmen’s Lodge. Of course Cyd Charisse will be among those on the dais. … Henny Youngman celebrates his 91st birthday Sunday in N.Y. He’ll be here April 5 for the bar mitzvah of his grandson, James, son of film editor Gary Y. and his attorney wife, Barbara.

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