GOOD MORNING: “President Clinton is in good spirits,” Clintons’ longtime close friend Harry Thomason reported to me from the White House. Thomason just testified — a very brief session — before the Starr-ship troopers and remains in D.C. with wife Linda Bloodworth-Thomason to be with the Clintons through Monday’s grand jury jousting. Wednesday night at the White House, the Thomasons and the President played their favorite word game, “Boggle” and their card game, “Hearts.” (Hillary had not yet returned home from her Wisconsin speech date, but she’s back now.) In keeping with their report of the White House’s “good spirits,” Linda added she is obtaining the film rights to all these goings-on “for a sci-fi movie.” It’s a joke, folks. But Harry, you recall, told us some time ago that he would eventually write a book about all of this. I asked about recurring rumors that the Clintons are househunting in L.A., where they have many friends and much support. “They do love Southern California,” the Thomasons agreed, but as for house-hunting, it was news to them. When I checked with several of the very top (most expensive) Westside realtors they all said, “We’d know about it if they were (looking here). And they aren’t.” Stay tuned — for Monday.
AN ORAL (YOU SHOULD PARDON the expression) history of the Emmys will be comedically treated in the 50th awards program, Sept. 13. Jon Lovitz will be hosting that historical (hysterical?) seg and a preview sample includes a look at the first five years of Emmy awards categories. F’rinstance, this 1953 category: “Most outstanding male performer seen only in Los Angeles — except for occasional guest shot appearances.” How’s that again? (Frank C. Baxter was the winner.) And in 1957: “Best continuing performance in a series by a comedian, singer, host, dancer, MC, announcer, narrator, panelist, or any person who essentially plays himself”! The winner: Jack Benny, with a priceless acceptance speech. Mary Tyler Moore’s important contributions to the history of TV series will also be among the tributes. Emmycast producer Don Mischer reports response from national TV newsmen and TV historians to “TV Milestones” has been impressive; their list, starting from No. 10, ranging down to the (last-announced) No. 1, will be highlighted through the four-hour show. And please remember the Emmys start at 4 p.m. — and they’re at the Shrine this year, so do not head to Pasadena or you’ll miss the first hour, in which you may be a nomi-nee! With the Emmy’s move to downtown L.A., TV Guide has also moved its post-Emmy Moet & Chandon party to Cicada … Stanley Kramer’s International Films is now being run by wife Karen (Sharpe), who has made a deal with the Russian NTV Profit banner for productions. Karen says she is also in charge of the Kramer Library Group and “producing new entities.” She just returned from the Memphis Film Festival, where she was toasted for her own work — 80 TV shows and 12 pix. Stanley Kramer, who recently made an appearance at the Acad in tribute to Sidney Poitier, received a call from Marlon Brando, who made his film bow in Kramer’s “The Men,” also followed in “The Wild One.”
IT’S HIS “ROCKY” FILM. That’s how Sage Stallone, Sly’s 22-year-old son, describes his first feature “Vic,” made under his Moonblood Pictures banner. It’s about “What really happens when a star hits 60 — people forget you.” Obviously, it’s not about his dad (who is 52). Sage says he planned his first film to be an actioner, but claims Sly advised him, “Write something with heart.” He did, and it’s “Vic.” Sly told him he thought “it was fabulous,” reports Sage. “But then he said ‘Make something with people your own age — a horror film like ‘Scream.’ ” Sage told him, “I ripped my insides out to make this film (still shooting); I’ve got to make this film.” Young Stallone added to me, “I respect my father and I’m fond of him. I think he’s a fine human being. ‘Rocky’ is a part of history. But,” he also added, “my mother (Sasha) is my real hero. I’ve learned from her and she’s given me all the confidence.”
ADD SECOND GENERATION: Today in the Newman Scoring Stage at 20th, Alfred Newman’s son David Newman’s classical composition, “1001 Nights,” is being conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen with the 100-piece L.A. Philharmonic. It accompanies a mixed-media film designed by Yoshitaka Amano, lensed at Hyperion Studios. The L.A. Phil a few months ago had accompanied the film in concert as the first of the Philharmonic’s series of “Filmharmonic” film and music commissions; now the score will be wedded to the film, which will be released theatrically as a short subject and eventually on video … And combining art of the palette and art of the palate: The L.A. County Museum of Art’s “Art of the Palate” is held Sept. 24-25 with celeb-studded (artists and performers) tables among gourmet diners in museum benefactors’ homes. It’s a rare combinations of many talents. For info and tix call (323) 857-6l82. Last year’s Art of the Palate raised funds for CD-ROM audio gallery guides for the museum … Gene Norman is guest of honor tonight at the Intl. Assn. of Jazz Record Collectors Inc. conclave at the Crowne Plaza in Redondo Beach toasting his 50-year career in music.