GOOD MORNING: On the heels of the heart-of-Beverly Hills mugging of Barbara Sinatra, her son Robert Marx, and George & Jolene Schlatter (revealed here June 26), comes word from George that he plans producing a how-to hour on “Secrets of Surviving” — how to live defensively. The quartet were robbed and attacked in broad daylight in the plushest of neighborhoods, near the Marvin Davises, Jerry Weintraubs, Lew Wassermans. From that experience, plus tales of other celeb encounters, Schlatter is compiling a do’s and don’t’s, not just for celebs, but for the average guy. And, Charlton Heston, take note: Schlatter forewarns, “A gun is the most dangerous thing you can have!” In addition to advice on avoiding or coping with muggings, Schlatter plans to include descriptions of 100 scams that lead to victimization. Simple advice like giving your child a code word so he/she cannot be picked up (abducted) by a stranger at school. And separating your house and car keys when giving your car to valets, who will have access to home address via the car registration slip in the glove compartment. Schlatter is also reviving a miniseries, “Fury,” which he had once offered to the nets, but “No one would touch it then.” It’s a series of (true) stories on how to handle rape, from campus to casting couch … Sinatra, Marx and the Schlatters have not gotten over last week’s trauma — nor have others who have had similar experiences.AFTER SAYING HE WOULDN’T (couldn’t ?), Bruce Willis showed Monday for the “Armageddon” preem at the Kennedy Space Center. Disney built a 550-seat theater for the screening, with tented party and concert at Saturn 5, where Willis joined his costars. He walked down the celeb red carpet past 45 camera crews, not stopping for interviews (and the obvious questions). But the ceremony for Willis to appear and receive his star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, July 1, has been postponed … Roy O. Disney receives his posthumous star in front of the El Capitan July 23, the day of publication of Bob Thomas’ “Building a Company: The Creation of an Entertainment Empire” (Hyperion). Disney’s son, Roy E. Disney, vice chairman of the board of Disney, will be on hand — and will p.a. with Thomas and the book. The same day, Tom Hanks is skedded to place his handprints in the forecourt of Mann’s Chinese, across the street from the Disney doings. One of these events will have to be changed. P.S. Hanks’ handprint ceremony coincides with Par/DreamWorks’ “Saving Private Ryan” opening … And talking about Stars on the Walk of Fame, David O. Selznick’s son Daniel asks howcum DOS doesn’t have his star on the boulevard. He wasn’t on the list of the original 1,558 who were inducted (gratis) in 1960. And no one has since made an application for his star. Insertion of a “Star” now costs $10,000 … On the proud side of celebrity news: Michael Douglas will be appointed a “Messenger of Peace” for the United Nations by Secretary General Kofi Annan at the U.N. building in N.Y., July 30. Last Saturday, Douglas addressed a conference presided over by Annan at the Vienna Intl. Centre of the U.N. on the continuing threat of nuclear proliferation. Also on hand, President Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former president of Ireland and now U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson; Noble Laureate Wole Soyinka of Nigeria and Elea Bonner, widow of Andrei Sakharov. While in Vienna, Victor Klima, Chancellor of Austria, requested a private meeting with Douglas regarding handgun control after viewing the Public Service Announcement Michael did for Cease Fire, the handgun control organization founded by Jann Wenner, on which Michael serves as a board member. Please note this, too, Charlton. SYLVESTER STALLONE AND HIS WIFE Jennifer Flavin welcomed daughter Sistine Rose Monday. They have another daughter, Sophia Rose, who’ll be 2 in August … Elmer Bernstein receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Flanders Film Fest Oct. 6-17. Robert Wise is president of this year’s jury. Bernstein is now conducting his score of “Deep End of the Ocean” and next conducts the orch for Neil Diamond’s album of movie music. The versatile Bernstein then segues to write a concerto for guitar and orch for Christopher Parkening … Susan Blu, who voice-directed Phil Hartman in one of his last jobs, “Buster & Chauncey’s Silent Night” animated movie for Col-TriStar Home Video, has nothing but the highest praise for him: They had worked together for many years doing commercials. Hartman plays an Austrian mouse in the 19th century. Blu has also voice-directed the animated “Godzilla,” “Men in Black,” “Invasion America” and “Jumanji” … Arnold Schwarzenegger sold his Schatzi eatery to Charley Temmel … It’s only July but the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are warming up with their 36th USO Tour by cheering service members in Bahrain, Dubai and Germany … Howie Mandel segued from the end of the first week of his talk’er to the Laugh Factory last Friday to do an impromptu 25-minute act. When Bob Saget appeared to also entertain, Mandel set him as a future guest.
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