Par to pay tribute to ‘Godfather’

GOOD MORNING: Hot on the heels of 20th Fox’s hot 20th anni package of its three “Star Wars,” Par is planning a 25th anni celebration for “The Godfather.” As of now, it’s just the first of the trio of pics that will preem March 20 at the Castro in SanFran (which is Francis Coppola country). However, Par is planning a video package of all three, which will be digitally enhanced by current technological perfection. As with the “Star Wars” preem, the original “Godfather’ cast is (hopefully) being assembled for the big doings. Yes, the studio is “in touch” with Marlon. … Six figures for a one-day job: that’s what Lauren Bacall will receive as host Feb. 7 for the opening of Las Vegas Rio Casino’s all-new Masquerade Village. “It was an offer I couldn’t say no to,” she admits. Bacall hasn’t spent much time in Vegas since “the years Dean Martin used to deal to me at the Sands blackjack tables — and I would draw at 17 and win!” She recalls that she was last in Vegas as one of the hosts of Bob Stivers’ CBS “Circus of the Stars.” Boy, is she in for a surprise to see the new Las Vegas! The Rio’s $200 million entertainment complex includes a “Masquerade Show in the Sky”: a 12-minute flotilla from “drop zones” in the ceiling of the Village. Bacall will appear in a 5 ayem TV tie-up with Eastern zone morning shows. Five ayem? “They’re paying me a lot of money,” she repeated. She wings from there to Paris for the preem of her French-language feature “Le Jour et la Nuit.” During her recent visit here to receive the Palm Springs Film Fest Lifetime Achievement Award and the Golden Globe supporting actress award for “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” Bacall said she had dinner with Barbra Streisand and Jim Brolin at the Streisand ranch in Malibu. … Harrison Ford had dinner with Ivan Reitman at Drai’s, where they talked “Six Days and Seven Nights,” to film in the Caribbean this summer for Caravan at Disney. Among those talked to co-star in the romantic comedy is Juliette Binoche of “The English Patient.” The script is being “punched up” by Babaloo Mandel and Lowell Ganz. Ford’s just winding up “Air Force One” — yes, the title’s rights have been obtained — for mucho moola. Ford will first be seen (finally) in “The Devil’s Own,” which will have a devil of a time overcoming the bad publicity about it, including Brad Pitt’s comments in his Newsweek interview. Harrison Ford had nothing to do with the bad-mouthing. … Also dining at Drai’s were the Marvin Davises and Sumner Redstones, Lew Rudin and Danny Welkes, Jerry Seinfeld and Shoshana Lonstein, the Denzel Washingtons, Rod Stewart. Drai’s was jumpin’.

HIGHLIGHTING BLACK HISTORY MONTH, “Mandela and DeKlerk” airs Feb. 16 on Showtime and “Miss Evers’ Boys” bows Feb. 22 on HBO. Joe Sargent directed both; he heads to N.Y. and D.C. for screenings at Lincoln and Kennedy Centers next week (Feb. 4 and 12, respectively). No pun intended, but a black comedy is on the back burner at HBO for Sargent: “The Pentagon Wars,” about over-runs in the military. Sargent also continues to search for a fourth holocaust story to film. Having made “Never Forget” (about efforts to deny the holocaust, director Sargent (r.n. Giuseppe Sorgente) says he is “determined to make sure the public never forgets. One ‘Schindler’s List’ is not enough.” … Assisting Brandon Tartikoff in all phases of his H. Beale banner’s TV production and development is Kim Fleary, who has been VP of programming at ABC. “She is a lifesaver for me,” says Brandon. He’s been flooded with baseball caps from well-wishing pals after he forewarned he’d need to wear one as he undergoes hair-razing chemotherapy.

ANNETTE BENING AND WARREN BEATTY welcomed daughter Isabel Ira Ashley B. Jan. 11. She joins sister Kathlyn (4) and brother Ben (2) in the Beatty bunch. … I caught up with young (14-year-old) Anna Paquin, here to promote USA Network’s “Member of the Wedding,” for the first time since introducing her at the Oscars in 1994 when she won for “The Piano.” She was now heading home to New Zealand to read the scripts of the many new offers for her versatile capabilities — as evident last year in the amazing and charming “Fly Away Home.” She didn’t plan on returning for the Oscars, but — ? Universal’s Amphitheater, which unveiled a huge screen to successfully preem Eddie Murphy as “The Nutty Professor” to an audience of 3,000, will repeat with its Feb. 5 preem of “Dante’s Peak.” Pic stars Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton, with the visual effects, courtesy of Jim Cameron’s Digital Domain, to be displayed on the giant screen. … Russell Means receives the Wesley Emerson Award, Sunday at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana from Emerson College Alumni Chapter of So. Cal. It’s bestowed on persons who have made an important difference in people’s lives through communication. Means is the first Native American to receive the award. … Norm Crosby m.c.’s the Venice Family (Free) Clinic’s Silver Circle Ball Feb. 9 at the Crystal Room of the BevHills Hotel honoring James Woods. … Robert Clary, who had an SRO stand at the Jazz Bakery last month, returns tonight through Saturday. … Alexis Gershwin (niece of George and Ira and daughter of their sister Frances) concerts with an all-Gershwin show at the Friars Feb. 5 with “Gershwin Sings Gershwin: The Next Generation.” … KNX Radio’s Tom Hatten is b’casting from home for the next six weeks as he nurses a fractured ankle. … Alain Giraud (formerly of Citrus) has joined Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel as chef-director for a new oceanside restaurant. The new eatery coincides with an overall $2.3 million renovation of the hotel, which will include a new spa. … Dodo and Stan Meyer celebrated their 50th wedding anni with their children at the Bel-Air hotel. … Alicia and Red Buttons celebrated their 33rd wedding anni with their children. … Wendy Brokaw joins the staff of “Extra” as special projects producer. … Liza Minnelli takes off for a Paris vacation when she winds her “Victor/Victoria” stand Sunday. Julie Andrews returns to the show Tuesday.

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