GOOD MORNING: No residual here — today 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment releases its video, “Shirley Temple — Sing & Dance Along,” with clips of Temple’s 60- to 65-year-old movie musical masterpiece numbers. And today, Fox also releases the video of its year-old cartoon epic, “Anastasia.” … Fox Home Entertainment is also readying full videos– colorized — of Shirley Temple classic pix, including “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm,” “Heidi” and “The Little Princess.” Sales of videos of other Shirley Temple toe-tapping features have been “phenomenal” in the U.S. and English-speaking countries –as well as in France. Temple continues to keep mum, so far, about her feelings on non-payments. … “The reaction has been unbelievable — like I was suddenly discovered,” says Stanley Donen following his acceptance speech (performance) on receiving his honorary Oscar March 23. So — Donen has decided to take his act on the road. “No, I’m not going to strut,” he allowed, but the interest has prompted him to take Gregory Peck’s advice, and that of others, and he’s agreed to create a one-man show of his reminiscences during his 58-year career. He’ll be aided by films clips of his work with Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman and Peck. Movies include “On the Town,” “It’s Always Fair Weather,” “Anchors Aweigh,” “Royal Wedding,” “Indiscreet,” “Two for the Road,”, “Charade,” “Arabesque,” etc. The show is being presented by Irvin Arthur. Donen is also working on directing a movie. Monday night, he and longtime friend Peter Stone dined in N.Y. Stone is now enjoying huge success as author of the books on B’way’s “Titanic” and “1776.” And readying revivals of “Annie Get Your Gun” to star Bernadette Peters, “Finian’s Rainbow” and a new musical, “Curtains” with Kander and Ebb. The last-mentioned is an examination of the process of putting a show on stage — with a murder mystery thrown in. He says it’s a full company show. “When you have a star you’re in hostage to him (her),” admits Stone. Of his last nine hits, he reminds, “Only one had a star.” And he also asks us to look at B’way today: “Rent,” “The Lion King,” ‘Ragtime,” “Bring In ‘Da Noise”– “No one knows any (star) name in ’em.” He allows, however, that “Annie Get Your Gun” must have a star (Peters). He promises that his (new) book for that tuner will give Indians “dignity.”
VIC DAMONE, WHO MARRIED RENA ROWEN in Philadelphia last month, is in Houston where daughter Daniella (Woodard) welcomed son Rocky (named for Vic’s dad). Damone, who will be 70 on June 12, will be toasted by Westwood One Radio with “Vic Damone Day,” having his showbiz pals call in during the day when his music will be played on 180 stations. … Talia Balsam and John Slattery are engaged to wed. She’s the daughter of Joyce Van Patten and Martin Balsam and was formerly wed to George Clooney. Slattery just wound a lead in the pilot “Maggie Day” for Viacom-Paramount. … Loretta Young and Gant Gaither dined Sunday with Rose and Bill Narva at Palm Springs’ glamorous Givenchy Hotel and Spa recently bought by Merv Griffin. Jason Robards and wife Lois wound a two-week stay there. Gene Autry and wife Jackie have moved out of their home on the grounds of the hotel, which he had owned for years before Rose Narva bought it and transformed it into a showplace. New owner Griffin has not yet decided on the future of three, untouched acres at the rear of the property. You can bet it will be something different. His newly created Coconut Club at the BevHilton is an SRO weekend hit and CNN was on hand readying a business report on Griffin’s acumen. … Gant Gaither’s readying his “Zoophisticates Collection” of his sculptures and paintings at N.Y.’s National Arts Club May 14, with a percentage of proceeds going to the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. Prince Albert of Monaco will be on hand for the event.
REGIS PHILBIN FLIPPED INTO L.A. over the weekend to film a commercial for Washington Mutual. On another fast flip, Philbin weekended in L.A. for a round of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” airing later this week. … Liz Smith’s gala “Evening of Readings and Dinner Dance,” Monday at the Vivian Beaumont, will boast these authors reading from their works: Frank McCourt, Mary Higgins Clark, Gore Vidal, James McBride, the Rev. Peter Gomes, etc. Tina Brown and Harry Evans will be toasted. … Paul Newman’s Hole-in-the Wall Gang benefits from the May 7 Esquire mag “Brothers” celeb photo auction party at Manhattan’s Milk Studios. Esquire editor David Granger and Harvey and Bob Weinstein cohost. … Nancy Reagan will be on hand May 5 in D.C. when the Ronald Reagan Building and Intl. Trade Center opens with a gala followed a concert by Mstislav Rostropovich. Nancy was dining the other night at L’Orangerie along with Merv Griffin, Anne and Kirk Douglas and Betsy Bloomingdale. … A memorial service will be held for Marvin Worth at noon, Friday, May 8, at the Directors Guild. Film clips of some of his works will be shown.