GOOD MORNING: Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield will fight again. The bout takes place Saturday in L.A. at the Grand Olympic Auditorium. Of course, the fight is a just-added scene for HBO’s “Only in America: The Don King Story.” Ironically, Holyfield will be played by fighter Everton Davis, who was one of Tyson’s sparring partners in advance of the now-famous, ear-ased Holyfield-Tyson fight in Las Vegas. The newly added scene, pulling no punches or bites, will be filmed in front of a large crowd duplicating (somewhat) Vegas. It will be an extremely costly (estimated $250,000) added day, but the film’s director John Herzfeld reports that HBO gave the OK late Tuesday for Saturday’s shoot. He added, “(HBO’s) John Matoian and Gaye Hirsch have been 100% supportive, both financially and creatively, having seen the footage to date.” … A new King scene (with Ving Rhames as King) will also be added, as the HBO moviemakers observed King yesterday reacting to the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s verdict on Tyson. “I’m sure,” noted Herzfeld, “he (King) was not too UNhappy about it!” The movie’s slated to air sometime in November.
FIRST “ER” AND NOW “Diagnosis Murder” may go the “live” route on one of its segs. As the successful CBSeries readies to start its fifth season next week, Dick Van Dyke (who stars and who is an exec producer) told me he suggested doing the live seg. “Aren’t you afraid of ‘live’?” one of the young executives asked him. “Afraid!” said Dick. “I was born on live TV!” He also starred for five years on CBS’ “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” which went off only because creator-producer Carl Reiner and the successful troupe wanted to go out on top. Van Dyke (72) would like everyone to think, “I’m basically lazy,” and that he wasn’t anxious to repeat his TV longevity. However, when you talk to him he sounds like he’s ready to do battle with the opposition ratings at full throttle. “We already have 10 scripts ready and they are the best we’ve ever had. I’d like to do a story about HMO’s and go up against the bureaucracy.” He also has an idea for a show about euthanasia. He knows about it from a family experience. “It would be nice to say something important.” His son, Barry, a regular thesp on the series, is also writing a show for the new season as he had last year. … Talking about family, Sidney Poitier’s daughter Sydney (21) will have the lead femme role opposite her dad in Showtime’s “Free of Eden.” It’s young Poitier’s first feature and Joan Boorstein, Showtime’s senior VP of creative affairs, told me, “She’s so fresh, engaging, talented, different.” Director Leon Ichaso agreed. Sydney had tried for a small role in the pic but Showtimewas so impressed, they gave her the lead. In the story, she’s a dropout, trying to make something out of her life. Poitier, pere, plays an ex-schoolteacher who left the profession when one of his favorite students was killed by a gang; he then segued into an unfulfilled life as a businessman. The pic rolls Aug. 10 in Toronto. … Here’s a perfect example of life imitating art: Marion Ross, studying to be a spokesman for Alzheimer’s disease in her native Minnesota, signed to guestar in Jaffe/Braunstein’s CBS miniseries “The Third Twin,” playing Kelly McGillis’ mother, who has, you guessed it, Alzheimer’s. Marion flies to Toronto today to film the mini, then on to Minneapolis to record the Alzheimer spots.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DUKE and Duchess of Windsor’s collection will be shown at Sotheby’s BevHills gallery Aug. 18-22. Items range from the Duchess’ Dior, Givenchy, Yves St. Laurent, Chanel, Schiaparelli gowns to the Duke’s plus fours, flat tweed caps and famed red-and-white striped beach robe (perfect for Malibu or the Hamptons). Of course, there are priceless items from which to choose in a 1,200-page, two-volume catalog. … The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, ex-wife of Prince Andrew, was celebrating her new ABC talkshow deal at Morton’s at a dinner hosted by ICM’s Nancy Josephson. Among the 17 guests was ABC’s Jamie Tarses. … Bob Mackie, who designed both the beautiful costumes (280) and the scenery for the Cleveland San Jose Ballet of “Blue Suede Shoes” at the Pavilion, admits he was a great Elvis fan when he attended Rosemead High. “And I had a pair of dark blue suede shoes,” laughs the talented designer, who next plans to costume the stage version of “Easter Parade” with Tommy Tune and Sandy Duncan starring. “And it will be a lot about clothes,” smiles Mackie who, of course, also has his own line of clothes for today’s ladies. … Barney Rosenzweig is doing (pro bono) “Hollywood Up in Smoke,” a PSA for the American Lung Assn. It’ll show how Hollywood has encouraged smoking, from Betty Boop to Demi Moore. … Eric Delabarre, Intl. Teleproduction Society best director nominee for his American Lung Assn. PSA “Stop the Cycle,” is now writing his second script for USA net’s “The Big Easy”. … Edward James Olmos is producer-director for the L.A. Intl. Latino Film Fest, Oct. 15-18, part of a month-long series of events celebrating Latino culture.