Scorsese has Martin biopic in works

GOOD MORNING: The Dean Martin biopic being readied for WB by director Martin Scorsese and his “GoodFellas” and “Casino” screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi will hopefully star Tom Hanks as Dean, John Travolta as Frank Sinatra, Hugh Grant as Peter Lawford, Adam Sandler as Joey Bishop and Jim Carrey as Jerry Lewis. There will be roles also for Sam Giancana, John Kennedy, Shirley MacLaine and Jack Entratter, boss of the Sands where the Rat Pack played (and filmed “Ocean’s 11”). “But the movie will be mostly about how Dean Martin grew up as Dino Crocetti, from Steubenville, Ohio, and died as Dino Crocetti,” said Pileggi. “Marty is not going to make a superficial biography, you can be sure.” He has interviewed most of the principals in Martin’s life, and hopes to include Lewis in that list. After all, Scorsese directed him in “The King of Comedy” … “I don’t know anyone in the world that I’d like to see play me more than Kramer,” laughed Merv Griffin about the takeoff on his talkshow by “Kramer” (Michael Richards) on Thursday night’s “Seinfeld.” Griffin continued, “Looking at Kramer, for me, is like looking in the mirror!” Seinfeld had requested Merv’s theme plus vintage cassettes from the Griffin show. They could have also asked for segs in which Seinfeld had appeared, reminded Griffin. “A lot of people take credit for discovering me on TV,” Seinfeld told Merv, but Griffin gave him his start — “and I had him on for 30 more appearances, ” added Merv. Early this year when they crossed paths in the BevHilton hotel, Merv said to Jerry, “You know, you should have taken that gameshow-host job I offered you!”

THE NEXT MARCH on Washington will be electronic. The date is Dec. 1, World AIDS Day. It is being orchestrated by AIDS Action in D.C., which just received a $1.4 million gift from the David Geffen Foundation for a h.q. building, repping the 2,400 AIDS service organizations. Exec director David Zingale said the (registered) lobby group will conduct the electronic march via the web, rather than by a walk The theme this year is “Children Living in a World With HIV/AIDS” … Black Entertainment TV exec VP Sheila Johnson says its live “Teen Summit” shows will highlight the problems of teen sex, which crosses all color lines. “Don’t kid yourself teen pregnancy is no joke.” She says the problems are themed in three upcoming specials: Nov. 15, “The Ugly Side of Sex” (sexually transmitted diseases); Feb. 28, “Promiscuity — Laying it on the Line,” live from Austin, Texas, where she says there’s a high rate of teen pregnancy; May 23, in Orlando, “Teen Pregnancy: The Untold Truth.” Johnson adds that major advertisers that in the past have shied away from such fare are supporting these BET programs. They include: Coca-Cola, The Gap, Jive Records and FUBU (LL Cool J’s clothing line) … Don King hasn’t been invited to tonight’s L.A. preem of HBO’s “Don King: Only in America,” but director John Herzfeld told me he’d like King to see it — even though he objected to the way he was scripted. But Herzfeld and King will be ringside Saturday at the heavyweight bout between Michael Moorer and Evander Holyfield at the Mirage. Herzfeld last attended the memorable (?) and short Holyfield-Tyson bout at the MGM, which is re-created in the HBO pic with thesps Clifford Couser and Everton Davis as Tyson and Holyfield. (Ving Rhames plays King.) Lou Rawls, who plays Harold Logan in the vidpic, was the opening act for Don King’s first club in Cleveland. Lloyd Price, Logan’s composing partner (“Personality”), is played by Vondie Curtis Hall. The vidpic also preems in N.Y. Monday.

THE N.Y. FRIARS CLUB chose the Sylvia & Danny Kaye Theater to honor Sid Caesar Monday. This is no roast: it’s a “Friars Frolics” dedicated to Caesar, with Freddie Roman headlining. A long list of performers includes another legend — Henny Youngman — and Robert Klein, Senor Wences, Stewie Stone, Pat Cooper, Sal Richards, etc. It is, of course, a sellout … Herb Ross receives the Career Achievement Award at the Bob Fosse Award presentations Sunday at the Hollywood Palace. Cirque du Soleil choreographer Debra Brown receives the Fosse Innovator Award. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Inner City Games’ new dance program is one of the event’s recipients … The multi-talented Gordon Parks receives the Producers Guild of America’s Oscar Micheaux Award Wednesday at Duets in Westwood … Cory Lerios and Pamela Phillips Oland wrote “You’re the Flame” (and Clerios performed it) for visiting Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on his visit at the St. Francis in SanFran … Singers Jack Wagner (“Melrose Place”) and Vonda Shepard (“Ally McBeal”) perform at the Troubadour on Veterans Day, Tuesday, for the Haven, a Veterans’ Homeless Center in Westwood … Warner Home Video’s publicity chief Gail Becker and husband John Miller welcomed son Joshua M. Oct. 20. And Warner Home Video’s pub manager Ronnee Sass and musician-thesp Evan Diner were married Sept. 21.

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