Flynts print rebuttal to Steinem

GOOD MORNING: Larry Flynt’s daughter Theresa and son Larry Jr., execs in his publishing company, fire back in an ad here Friday at Gloria Steinem and those Acad voters the Flynts feel Steinem influenced in her full page ad in these same pages. Steinem’s ad, which berated the makers of “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” ran when the Oscar nominating ballots were mailed out to voters. Now, Flynt’s children admonish Steinem — and Acad voters — for not nominating “Flynt,” its screenplay or actress (Courtney Love), although giving nods to Woody Harrelson and director Milos Forman. The young Flynts told me Steinem will also picket the movie at the Oscars, Monday night. That’s to be seen. Meanwhile, Theresa Flynt said all the principals of the movie “have remained a family.” And while she said business in the Flynt publishing world has increased since “Flynt” opened, the pic’s box office has been grossly disappointing to the filmmakers. … Go west, young “Annie”: Joanna Pacitti, the 12-year-old moppet who was fired from the B’way production of “Annie” two weeks before its bow, is in Hollywood listening to offers — and doing the talkshows here — accompanied by her mother, manager Patti Claffy and her attorney, Joe Claffy. He says a lawsuit (which was expected), will now be filed — initially against Macy’s department stores which conducted the “Search for Broadway’s New Annie” of which she was the winner. Among Pacitti’s talks was one for the “Turquoise” feature and the “Family Secrets” comedy series for producer Al Burton and the Family Channel. Burton, veteran producer of “Diff’rent Strokes,” “Charles in Charge,” “The Facts of Life,” etc. said Joanna’s “a spunky little girl — like ‘Annie’ should be.”

THE JOKE AROUND THE “TITANIC” set in Rosarito Beach: “Hey Jim (Cameron), can we have July 1 off so we can see the movie?” which is skedded to open July 2. Jokes aside, the epic may be completing principal photography this weekend. Young Danny Nucci, playing Leonardo DiCaprio’s best pal and cabin mate (in third class) on board gets back in time for the opening of “That Old Feeling” and DiCaprio in time to start “The Man in the Iron Mask.” Seriously, young Nucci, (“Eraser” and “The Rock” costar) says the making of the movie has been “an amazing experience. And no acting was necessary in the scenes in which the ship sinks — it was real!” He also credits Cameron’s talents in the personal stories — such as tender moments between lovers DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. … Oscar nominated stars were out in force at Armani on Rodeo Drive Wednesday. I met up with a beautiful Brenda Blethyn, bubbling over after her fitting for a beautiful gown and her “partner,” Michael Mayhew, for his tuxedo. She still couldn’t believe all the movie magic following her “Secrets & Lies” nomination. She zooms back to London next week to start “Girls’ Night” with Judy Wilson. Blethyn describes it as a “buddy” movie in which the two, after suffering tragedies in London, wind up in — Las Vegas. And following Blethyn into (separate) Armani fitting rooms were Jodie Foster, James Woods and his mother (whom he’ll escort), fellow supporting actor nominee Cuba Gooding Jr., Gregory Hines, and the m.c., himself, Billy Crystal. I continued through BevHills, next down Canon Drive, where I saw the “Spago” sign was now up on the former Bistro Garden site. And a block away, the scaffolding was being readied to be taken down on the front of the former Bistro — now to be Chasen’s. Scott McKay, Maude Chasen’s grandson, is exec vice president, Grady Sanders is chairman of the new Chasen’s. A mid-April opening is also planned, and young McKay said he hoped both Chasen’s and Spago could open simultaneously with a block party. (Sorry, Scott, Spago declined). … The old Chasen’s site remains busy with special parties — like Saturday’s bar mitzvah party (cooked by Wolfgang Puck) for Margaret and Howard Weitzman’s son, Armen, following the religious ceremony at the Skirball Center And also upcoming at the Beverly Blvd. Chasen’s site is a location for DreamWorks’ “Mouse Hunt.”

OSCAR WINNER TOM HANKS (“Forrest Gump”) directs Oscar winner Cliff Robertson (“Charly”) in the initial seg of Hank’s new anthology “From the Earth to the Moon” shooting in Orlando. Robertson wings to Florida after flying his glider over the High Sierras in an attempt at the high altitude “wave” soaring record for the National Geographic. Cliff will be in five segs of the series in which he’ll play a newspaperman. … Dan Sefton, back from research meetings in the Philippines with Imelda Marcos on his script, “Imelda,” for producer Martin B. Cohen, ran into George Hamilton and asked who should play him in the movie. “Warren Beatty,” replied Hamilton. … Pam (Mrs. Ed) McMahon’s designed gowns have been featured in the Neiman-Marcus windows and she next goes to N.Y. to open her showroom. Ed says, “I’ll be her schmatte schlepper”. … Emmy-winner Fyvush Finkel and wife Trudi celebrate their 50th wedding anni repeating their vows March 29 in N.Y. with children, grandchildren and great grandchildren toasting. … Lori De Waal, after 18 years as VP of the Garrett Co. has started her own praisery banner — as Don Garrett is retiring.

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