GOOD MORNING: Aaron Spelling is in a state of shock over daughter Tori’s answers to October Playboy’s 20 Questions. “It certainly doesn’t sound like Tori,” said Aaron of her answers. “It’s certainly not the Tori I know.” Queries to Tori, 25, are followed by 14 pages of new nudes of Cindy Crawford. Playboy’s Robert Crane’s questions included, “Tell us something about yourself that would shock your parents.” Well, she shocked Aaron with her answer about having sex in the bathroom of a Europe-bound plane. (Luckily, her mom, Candy, hasn’t yet read Tori’s interview: She’s flying to France and Spain for her doll collection.) Tori also discusses her fantasies about three-ways, oral sex and male masturbation. Aaron said, “I’ve never heard her this vulgar.” But then, he excused her with, “I think she’s being funny — she loves to put people on” … On a tamer magazine front, In Styles’ September issue asks 16 celebs, “What’s sexy now?” The answers range from “a kitchen table” for Natasha Richardson, “dancers” for Alec Baldwin, “marriage” for Mike Myers, etc. In Style celebrates the issue Sept. 17 at Hollywood’s Quixote Studios with an auction benefiting L.A. Youth Network … Add second-generation news: Eric Douglas was birthday-gifted on his 40th by parents Anne and Kirk Douglas with a stay at the Canyon Ranch. Young Douglas just completed standup dates in Boston, Atlanta, D.C. and Dallas and moves to N.Y. to continue his acting career … At the memorial service (arranged by agent Honey Sanders) for durable comedy actor Phil Leeds, writer Bob Hilliard eulogized, “I asked Phil how he’d like to be remembered and he said, ‘As the father of Jodie Foster’s baby’!”
ADD YET ANOTHER HOWARD HUGHES biopic perking. “Howard Hughes, ‘The Magic Box’ ” is being readied by Jim Meier, 27-year-old Vancouver wunderkind who’s topper of Meier Worldwide Intermedia’s subsidiary HRH Prods. His father is John Meier. Meier, pere, was Hughes’ close associate up to the time he died — he even saw Hughes’ frozen body in the Bahamas before Hughes’ death was an-nounced. In “The Age of Secrets, the Conspiracy That Toppled Richard Nixon and the Hidden Death of Howard Hughes,” by Gerald Bellet, John Meier’s involvement with Hughes and Nixon, the CIA, FBI, etc. are chronicled. But the pic, says his son, will not be based on the book but rather on his father’s personal diaries, and “government files never made public” about Hughes. Young Meier told me that when he was a kid, he’d come home from school and see bodyguards around his house where a foreign dignitary would be visiting re Hughes affairs. The screenplay for a projected $50 million biopic is now being written. Initial financing has been arranged, says young Meier and the rest via an SEC appeal for listing on NASDAQ OTC. Jim Meier has also completed construction in British Columbia of a studio boasting the world’s largest soundstage, one of 14 controlled by the young tycoon in B.C. … Associated TV Intl., producing “The JFK Assassination Files,” re-creates the Kennedy assassination today in Dealey Plaza in Dallas. The special will air as “The Secret KGB JFK Assassination Files” on TNT in November, containing new findings, they say. Roger Moore hosts, having previously hosted “Secret KGB UFO Files” for David McKenzie’s ATI banner. Moore heads to St. Petersburg Sept. 20 to film. He returns here Oct. 11 to be honored by UNICEF at a BevHilton gala.
JOHN BERENDT, AUTHOR of the record-breaking bestseller “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” was reported in good condition Wednesday night in Savannah Memorial Hospital, where he is undergoing treatment for a heart ailment. He had recently returned from Venice, researching his next book … It’s taken over two years, but Melissa Miller’s chronicle of “30 wonderful years with George Burns” is finally out in her book “Close But No Cigar” (New Star). Miller (Mrs. Paul Berry since 1983), moved in with Burns when she was 18 and he was 71, and they lived together 30 years, she says. She still visits his (and Gracie’s) gravesites in Forest Lawn. Burns died March 9, 1996 … More monkey business for the “Planet of the Apes” 30th anni marathon, with AMC screening the five movies. Today, Roddy McDowall (“Cornelius” in four of the pix) visits the L.A. Zoo’s chimps in the Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains exhibit and presents ’em a preview screening of the AMC docu Roddy narrated, “Behind the Planet of the Apes” … Mitchell Fink starts a six-day-a-week gossip column for the N.Y. Daily News, beginning Sept. 8 … Over $350,000 was raised for the ERAS Center at Peter Morton’s Hard Rock & Casino “Hoops in Vegas” tournament. Tom Arnold not only m.c.’d the auction but also bought items — including a trip to Monte Carlo and Michael Jordan’s 1993 Chicago Bulls team jersey … Joe Pantoliano and wife Nancy welcomed daughter Isabella Grace Aug. 27 at Cedars-Sinai … Assistant director Michael Pitt, son of Berta and Lou Pitt, married Adina Tartak Aug. 29 in Puerto Rico … Manager Ed Goldstone joins grandfather ranks thanks to daughter Jennifer and her husband Martin Smith, who welcomed Keaton Patrick S. Aug. 21 … Ray Evans and Jay Livingston will participate at the National Press Club’s evening of ASCAP celebration on the 90th anni of the Club, Sept. 16. ASCAP president Marilyn Bergman hosts.