GOOD MORNING: Di and Dodi, the Princess and the Producer, first met at the reception following London’s Royal Command Performance of “Hook” in ’91. Dodi Fayed, who’s due back in L.A. on Wednesday, is no stranger to British or American filmmaking: he was an exec producer of the Steven Spielberg-directed pic starring Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams and Julia Roberts. He also was an exec on “Chariots of Fire” in 1981 and in ’94 said his Allied Stars Inc. would produce “Jimi,” a historical fantasy “inspired by Jimi Hendrix.” Aside from “Hook,” Fayed also had obtained film rights to the classic “Peter Pan,” and two years after “Hook” opened, he told me of his plans to do “Pan” in 1994. (As did Michael Jackson!). He no longer has offices here, but he’s had them here in the past, including at Sony. Among those in Hollywood Fayed dated was Tawny Kitaen, whom he winged to visit on the New Zealand location of “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”. … ABC-TV ordered a one-hour “Tribute to Aaron Spelling,” who put that web back in the biz. Dick Clark Prods. is producing the Spelling special to be taped on the former Johnny Carson stage at NBC, to accommodate the number of stars anticipated. Those who got first breaks on Spelling shows include John Travolta, Kim Basinger, Michele Pfeiffer, Richard Gere, George Clooney, Helen Hunt, Billy Crystal, Michael J. Fox, Sharon Stone, Julia Roberts, etc. And Spelling’s guestar roster ranges from Presidents Reagan and Ford to Elizabeth Taylor, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Natalie Wood and Bob Wagner. Al Schwartz and Barry Adelman produce, Louis J. Horvitz directs.
THERE MAY BE SOME CHANGES made in the already-changed life (lives) of “Victor/Victoria.” It (he/she) is skedded to hit the road with Julie Andrews starring in Houston (Aug. 25) and Seattle in Oct. dates. … The next Elmore Leonard novel to make it to the bigscreen is “La Brava”: Leonard’s longtime friend Walter Mirisch will exec produce for Universal. It’s the story of an ex-secret serviceman-turned photo-journalist. Mirisch is also busy exec producing the vidversion (one two-hour and six one-hours) of his “Magnificent Seven” for MGM-TV and CBS via Trilogy TV. John Sturges directed the original feature (1960). … Newlyweds Ian Ziering and Nikki Schieler are partied tonight at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy mansion. The bride is Playboy’s August covergirl and September Playmate. “Beverly Hills 90210’s” Ziering admits, “It’s every boy’s dream to marry a Playboy cover girl! But,” he adds, “she’s more beautiful inside.” Neither of the newlyweds has met Hefner before. In the upcoming “90210” season, Ziering gets involved with a single mother. But marriage is not in the offing for his TV character, Steve Sanders. Ziering’s multi-faceted career includes his starring role in “What Is Art?” the legit comedy at the Court Theater; it runs Thursday-Sundays (six performances), for which he gets some small sked change in the series. “Art,” by William S. Leavengood, is Ziering’s first comedic outing, but he’s no stranger to the stage: his roles range from B’way’s “I Remember Mama” to “Peter Pan” on the road (as John Darling, at the age of 14). He says the current comedic outing is a preview of what he hopes to do when (if ever?) ” 90210″ winds: he wants to do a sitcom. … The recently-de-crowned “Miss Canada” Danielle House (who is moving to L.A.) was a Spago duo with Rick Pallack. … At Eclipse, Les Moonves partied Nancy Tellem, CBS’ newly appointed exec VP of business affairs, with a dinner party for 100.
THE 20TH ANNI OF ELVIS’ death, Aug. 16, will be duly noted at Memphis’ Coliseum with a concert including many of those who worked with/for Presley. One of ’em, Sammy Shore, opened for Presley from 1969-1974, on the road as well as in Las Vegas. Now Shore plays the Riviera with son Pauly, Aug. 31. … The cast in the 30th anni reading of “Boys in the Band” at the Hudson includes Chad Allen, Michael Jeter, Mitchell Anderson, Michael Kearns, Greg Louganis, Michel Ralph, Steve Tyler and Bruce Vilanch, benefiting the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund to get viable gay people elected. Openly gay congressman Barney Frank attends. … “Who do you suppose could ever narrate the wacky and controversial life story of Jerry Lewis?” asks Marty Ingels — so he did the Audio Literature version of Shawn Levy’s “King of Comedy” Lewis bio. … Billy Friedkin gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday as his “12 Angry Men” airs Sunday on Showtime. MGM-TV sponsors his $7,500 star. Live Entertainment picks up the tab for Patrick Swayze’s star Monday as “Dirty Dancing” gets a 10th-anni re-release. And MGM sponsors Cicely Tyson’s star on the 21st as their “Hoodlum” bow. … For the first time, an American cameraman is shooting a French film for a French director in France. The d.p. is Steven Poster who phones from Paris to report he’s lensing Jean-Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon and Vanessa Pardis in director Patrice Leconte’s “Une Chance Sur Deux” (Even Money), a comedy-adventure about fighting the Russian Mafia.