Graham rolls into another ‘Big Thing’

GOOD MORNING: Let’s have no snickering — but, after co-starring in “Boogie Nights” (which revolves around Mark Wahlberg’s big thing), Rollergirl Heather Graham next co-stars in “Bowfinger’s Big Thing” with Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy starring, from Martin’s script, directed by Frank Oz and produced by Imagine’s Brian Grazer for Universal. There is no nudity — or rollerskating — for Graham in “Bowfinger’s.” She plays a wannabe movie (not porno) star opposite aspiring pic producer Martin and action star Murphy. CAA’s Michael Davis set Graham’s deal. She’s also managed by Heather Reynolds. … Grazer and Imagine partner Ron Howard will also start U’s “Ed TV” with Ellen Degeneres now set (as previously pitched here) to co-star with Matthew McConaughey. Imagine also launches “Life” with Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence as prison lifers who age (via prosthetics) during their lengthy prison term. Ted Demme directs this one. And set for a March start by the Imagine duo is “The Gelfin” with Chris Farley and Vince Vaughn. This comedy will also boast some special visual effects. … “Diana, Princess of Wales/1961-1997/The People’s Princess” (Warner Home Video) goes into release Tuesday with 30% of the net revenues donated to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. The docu video from Britain’s ITN has not been broadcast anywhere and contains rarely seen footage of the princess. Trevor McDonald, a personal friend of Diana’s who served s the network’s official correspondent at her funeral, narrates. And, of course, the video includes Diana’s brother Charles’ memorable speech.

LIKE FATHER LIKE SON Director Gil Cates Jr. cast his dad (Gil Cates, natch) in his first feature, “Spent.” Barbara Barrie plays Cates, pere’s, wife in the indie pic that locationed Thursday in Encino. Jason London stars. … Dino de Laurentiis winged to Miami to set Sylvester Stallone for his soon-starting “A Season in Hell”. … Joan Lunden winged to Las Vegas to start rehearsals — and fittings — for her ABC “Behind the Doors” seg on Vegas showgirls. She’ll don the feathers to tape her seg Monday at Ballys to air Dec. 23. … Will Smith and Jada Pinkett will wed before year’s end. He’s now working in “Enemy of the State” and has a March start date in “Wild, Wild West” with George Clooney. … Roger Moore, spokesman for UNICEF, celebrated his 70th birthday in a private dining room at the U.N. in N.Y. where he was joined by friends including the Bahamas’ Ambassador to Japan, plus Sidney Poitier, David Niven Jr., Joan Collins and Shakira (Mrs. Michael) Caine Jeff Valdez, comedian/producer of the Latino Laugh Festival, marries Ana Ramirez, special assistant to the President on Latin American and Caribbean affairs, Nov. 22 in Belize. Guests include Alix and Budd Friedman at whose Improv Valdez works out regularly. Drew Carey and cast members worked out for the third Thursday in a row at the Improv. … Pat (Mrs. Michael) York, is back from Russia where she exhibited her photographic works, “Masked, Uncovered and Unmasked” at the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg. She next shows in Paris. … Clint Eastwood’s love for jazz and jazz musicians is evident in yet another (subtle) way in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”: the role of Mr. Glover, who walks an invisible dog on a leash in a Savannah park for 20 years, is played by Jazz Hall of Fame inductee (Nov. 21) sax star James Moody. … And jazz legend Lionel Hampton, at 89 (!) still widening his career, is working with writer Jim Maher on a jazz-based film script about the dramatic — and sometimes chaotic — lives of several famed femme African American singers.

ONCE AGAIN, EDIE AND LEW WASSERMAN’S community generosity is noted: Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the Wasserman Foundation Chair in Clinical Electrophysiology will be dedicated in honor of Dr. Rex Kennamer, doctor to many in the industry. Chairholder is C. Thomas Peter, M.D. … Two brothers, two coasts, one mission — to make a difference: Jonathan Tisch is honored Wednesday in N.Y.by the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, and Nov. 22 in L.A., Steve Tisch is honored at the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America’s Breath of Life gala. … Sunday, Gregory Peck hosts a dinner toasting the L.A. Public Library’s 125th anni gala for all the writers being honored and the hosts who will donate 77 individual fundraising dinners at their homes, the next night, Monday The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards, dined 14 L.A. pals at his longtime favorite, Musso & Frank’s on Hollywood Blv. … The “Bent” Nov. 24 preem hosted by MGM at the Acad will benefit AIDS Project/L.A. … Co-stars Clive Owen and director Sean Mathias wing in from London for the event and writer Martin Sherman arrives from N.Y. where his play “Madhouse in Goa” is in rehearsals. … Tommy Sands, back after many years in Hawaii, kicks off his new career Saturday in Escondido, Sunday at the Alex in Glendale and Nov. 23 in Riverside with the Nelson Riddle Orch conducted by son Chris Riddle.

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