GOOD MORNING: It is poignant and coincidental that a dinner honoring Jeffrey Katzenberg is targeted to raise funds for a new Children’s Wing of the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance. The existing Museum can be appreciated by 12-year-olds and upwards; the Museum’s addition is aimed at children of kindergarten and first grades. Yes, the same ages of those targeted and shot by Buford Furrow last week. The Wiesenthal Center was the initial target of Furrow when he arrived from Tacoma; second was the University of Judaism, and third the Skirball Center. The little children of the Valley’s Jewish Community Center came into Furrow’s gunsights after he had stopped to get gas. But that was OK by Furrow, who said “I did it as a wake-up call to America to go out and kill Jews.” The dinner honoring Katzenberg is to be held Nov. 9, on the 61st anniversary of Kristallnacht, the night on which at least 7,500 Jewish stores in Germany were crushed, their windows smashed, and 30,000 Jews were rounded up and sent to prison camps — soon millions to be murdered in death camps. Katzenberg will be honored at its National Tribute Dinner with its highest honor, the Simon Wiesenthal Center Humanitarian Award. Co-chairs of the evening so far include Edgar Bronfman Jr., Jonathan Dolgen, Terry Semel, Peter Chernin, David Geffen, Sid Sheinberg, Bob Daly, Ron Meyer and Steven Spielberg. Spielberg, on receiving his medal for humanitarian accomplishments at the Smithsonian Institution, had also noted, “Unless we can get the guns off the streets, the violence will continue.” With the delay of the Tom Cruise-starrer “Minority Report,” Spielberg, wife Kate Capshaw and their seven children flew off to Europe for a vacation, with plan to return in time for the school session after Labor Day. Before departing, Spielberg met with John Williams on the music for the 17-minute film for the Millennium New Year’s Eve show to be narrated by President Clinton. And with “Minority” moved back, “Memoirs of a Geisha” moves forward — the cast already signed and production long in preparation, and set to be filmed mainly in L.A. for Columbia.
CONGRATS to Lisa (Bonder) and Kirk Kerkorian, who were married Friday. They have a 15-month-old daughter Kera. Kirk also has two daughters from his previous marriage, and Lisa, a son from hers … Jill Eikenberry and husband Michael Tucker, who teamed on “L.A. Law,” will again play a married couple — this time struggling with the effects of breast cancer. They team on the second seg of Pax TV’s series “Chicken Soup For the Soul,” airing Aug. 31. They star in the dramatized version of “No Less a Starfish,” an entry from the book series (over 30 million copies) by authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. Eikenberry and Tucker experienced cancer first hand: She’s a breast cancer survivor. She also coproduced and hosted “Destiny to Live,” a one-hour NBC docu on the emotional aspects of breast cancer … Marilyn McCoo and Bill Davis Jr., wed 30 years, guest today on “The Jamie Foxx Show.” They play Fancy’s (Garcelle Beauvais’) parents. Last week, the Davises played themselves in the “TWINsel Tales” pilot for Castle Rock for Fox … Shades of Fort Roach: back in the ’40s, during WWII, the entertainment industry was drafted (as was everyone else, natch) to create educational and informational films of instruction, health and morale-building. Some of the top stars and creative and production talents converted their talents for the visuals needed by the Armed Forces. Tomorrow, a new marriage between USC’s Entertainment Technology Center and the Army will be announced. Very advanced systems will be created — along with showbiz savvy input — to train all Army functions with heavy cost and time-saving via high-tech advanced digital devices. Those involved may include Apple, Sony, Disney, Viacom.
SHOWTIME SHUT DOWN production on “By Dawn’s Early Light” on the first day of filming outside Vancouver when the telepic’s star Richard Crenna suffered a severe shoulder injury in a fall going over a fence. He is undergoing surgery in Aspen — where his son previously had the same surgery after a skiing accident. Director Arthur Allan Seidelman told me they will be down about two months. Seidelman says, “Showtime has been marvelous and assured us they will restart, with the same cast.” I spoke with David Carradine, who costars (along with Stella Stevens and Chris Olivero) and he said the film is great and should not be KO’d. He adds that Crenna’s role could be his “True Grit.” Director Seidelman was to have wound filming in time to start directing “The Boys From Syracuse” on the Freud stage at UCLA, Sept. 13. He’ll have plenty of time to prepare it and complete editing of his feature, “Walking Across Egypt” while awaiting the restart of the Crenna TV’er … Don’t get worried about the “For Lease” sign out front of the Directors Guild building on Sunset. It’s for some available office space on the first floor. The wonderful theater of the DGA will be the site Thursday for the screening of HBO’s “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,” directed by DGA First VP Martha Coolidge. DGA’s former building, vacated 10 years ago, is still for rent/sale.