Clintons trek to China

GOOD MORNING: President Clinton will be joined by daughter Chelsea and her grandmother, Dorothy Rodham (78), on the trip to China this week. The global coverage of the Presidential trek is of such import, TV Guide is sending a rep to China for the first time: she’s Mary Murphy … “It’s my moral obligation,” said Jerry Lewis, who will use his own voice in the “Nutty Professor” animated series that he’ll make with Cinar. Lewis said he’s exercising his “ancillary rights” to do the cartoon series himself; the 532 segs will be sold in 179 countries. Meanwhile, U is readying to start the live-action sequel to “Nutty Professor,” again starring Eddie Murphy. Lewis breezed into L.A. from his home in Las Vegas for multiple studio talks following his smash trek to Australia; he’ll return in February for 20 dates in Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne. At Universal and New Line, Lewis is talking a remake of his “Cinderfella”; at Paramount, he’s talking “The Family Jewels” redo; at Disney, “The Errand Boy,” and at MGM, “The Bell Boy” with Gary and Gregg Foster. “It took Hollywood 35 years to discover me,” Jerry noted of this rebirth. Since Jim Carrey is often noted as this era’s Jerry Lewis, I asked Jerry if he thinks Carrey would be right for one of his remakes? “No,” Lewis answered, “It wouldn’t be right for him (Carrey) or for me. I’d like to see someone younger.” But Lewis added, “I think Jim Carrey is brilliant.” Lewis had devilishly played “Damn Yankees” on stage for three years but wound his role in the London stand, saying it was time to move on to other things. Like? “Watching my daughter (Danielle, 5) go to school,” said the obviously young (72) Jerry Lewis.

TWO REASONS FOR BILL MECHANIC to celebrate the past weekend: $31 million and $800,000. The larger figure is for “The X-Files,” of course. And the other is the record-breaking money raised at the 25th annual Vision Awards at the BevHilton, which Mechanic chaired. As for 20th’s feature version of the “X-Files” TV’er, Mechanic said he’s confident its fans will see the pic again and again, easily putting the pic (which cost $63 million) into profit. Repeat biz by fans of “Titanic,” of course, helped make that pic the boxoffice granddaddy movie — it’s now at the $1.8 billion mark, and still No. 1 in Japan after 26 weeks! Mechanic said everything’s been worked out with Jim Cameron’s pact and he will direct one film for 20th, and produce others. “Titanic” has been recorded for TheatreVisions by Angie Dickinson so that blind can “see” the movie. As for the Vision Awards raising funds for Helen Harris’ Retinitis Pigmentosa Intl., these other “visionaries” of the biz were on hand to be honored: Paul Haggar, Dr. Joseph Rizzo, Lawrence Bender, Arthur Hiller, Robert Wise, Edward James Olmos, Marlee Matlin, Matt Damon, Arnon Milchan (presented by Samuel Jackson), Dayna Flanagan, Pat Mitchell, Carole Black, Suzanne DePasse, Eloise and John Paul Dujoria (who launched the auction for the Harry Winston-diamond-studded Ray Ban sunglasses with $10,000). Mike Myers and I emceed. And the entertainment included Brian McKnight, Kenny G (dedicating his playing to Helen Harris) and Mona Golabek.

IT TAKES TOO LONG to get features made, admits Aaron Spelling so he isn’t interested in making ’em — right now. Besides, where would he find the time? He not only has nine hours on the air this Fall, but four pilots were picked up. And, he notes, his “Seventh Heaven” on the WB Sundays at 7 and repeated at 8 Mondays, will sometimes get another airing that night as well! And while the new “Love Boat” has set sail, the original is re-sold again and again. Features are being made (but not by him) of his original series “Fantasy Island,” “Charlie’s Angels” and “The Mod Squad” … It’s wedding bells today at Kauai’s Hyatt Regency for Monica Mancini and her musical director Gregg Field. (He was Sinatra’s drummer.) She returns for a July 12 date at the Cinegrill, followed by a two-week (July 21-Aug. 1) stand at the Algonquin and an appearance with CincyPops conductor Erich Kunzel at the Chi Symph, July 26 (a quick weekender during the NY engagement). Monica’s show is titled “Fathers & Daughters,” singing some of Hank’s best-loved tunes — “Moon River,” of course, among ’em … Blair Underwood and wife Desiree expect their second child, a girl, in Nov. They have a 15-month-old son. Underwood produced-stars in the short film “Sister, I’m Sorry.” He also stars in the Tim Reid-directed “Asunder” … Celeste Holm, on hiatus from CBS’ “Promised Land,” is honored today at N.Y.’s National Arts Club. She chairs Arts Horizons, bringing music and art to 500,000 school kids in the N.Y./N.J./Conn. area … William Baldwin has been elected prez of the Creative Coalition, an organization of members from the arts and entertainment community dedicated to education and advocacy on issues of public importance … Barbara Mandrell, who announced several months ago that she was headed off the singing road to devote her time to acting, stars in NBC’s “Cliffhanger,” shooting in Toronto.

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