GOOD MORNING: Judy Garland’s family is now completely cast for “Me And My Shadows,” the three-hour ABC miniseries based on Lorna Luft’s book, now filming in Toronto. As earlier announced here, Judy Davis is portraying Judy, Marsha Mason plays her mother, Ethel Gumm, Sid Luft is played by Victor Garber, who was Daddy Warbucks in last year’s “Annie,” Vincente Minnelli is played by Hugh Laurie, who was Geena Davis’ husband and “Stuart Little’s” adopted father, and Lorna Luft is played by Allison Pitt. A young Judy (up to age 18) is played by Tammy Blanchard (and there will be another youngster playing Judy at aged 3). Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who received 13 Emmy nominations for both their miniseries of “The Beach Boys” and “Annie,” are producing “Me And My Shadows” in Toronto where they are simultaneously producing “What Makes A Family” in that city for Lifetime-ColTriStar TV, Barwood and Whoopi Goldberg’s banner. (She co-stars with Brooke Shields). “Me And My Shadows” is an Alliance-Atlantis production with Ed Gernon and Lorna Luft also producing. Maggie Greenwald directs “Family,” and Robert Ackerman helms “Shadows.” Since I had previously told you about Sid Luft’s displeasure with the book, I asked Zadan and Meron about his treatment in the mini. “With responsibility,” they answered, along with their portrayal of Judy. “We know a lot of eyes will be on it,” they acknowledge, “and we will not disappoint anyone.” Yes, Garland’s singing voice will emanate from Judy Davis, and the dozen songs will include “The Trolley Song,” “The Man Who Got Away,” and concert excerpts from Carnegie Hall and The Palace.
WHO WON’T BE AT THE GOP Convention in Philly — Jerry Weintraub, that’s who. The longtime friend of George Bush and George W., is hospitalized at N.Y. Presbyterian hospital after undergoing surgery (by orthopedic specialist Dr. Lew Biglian) for three fractures in his left shoulder plus a broken rib — all suffered in a bike accident in Kennebunkport, Maine, where Weintraub was riding with his grandson and a friend — on separate bikes — when Jerry toppled over the handlebars. Jerry will be hospitalized beyond the convention. Only two weeks ago, he underwent surgery on his right knee. His wife Jane is a delegate and is attending the convention … Bo Derek will be at the convention podium, Thursday (8 p.m. EDT) and will intro Abel Maldenado, Calif. State Assemblyman (R.) from San Luis Obispo … Ray Caldiero, vice president of Northwest Airlines, leads the task force to recruit celebrities for the Bush campaign … A proposed Demo convention “Chairman’s Amendment for violence in the media” urges the entertainment industry to “exercise more restraint, strictly enforcing movie ratings, taking a look at violence in its own advertising and determining whether the rating system is allowing too many children to see too much violence and cruelty.” As you might imagine, Jack Valenti is strongly urging the Demo politicos to leave the policing of the biz to the biz and not to make it an election issue … In November — after the election — the History Channel will air a special on the history of the White House. Director Noah Morowitz tells me he’s interviewed all former living Presidents (with the exception of Ronald Reagan) on what the White House meant to each of them. Interestingly, they all spoke about the Lincoln bedroom! There’s a chance Hillary will also take him on a tour — it’s been 40 years since Jackie Kennedy opened the doors to TV cameras.
DON’T EXPECT TIGER WOODS to show up before the three-member SAG trial board Aug. 18 — he’ll be in the middle of the PGA championships in Valhalla, Kentucky — he’s defending champ, ya know … It’s a sellout for Richard Chamberlain in Gary Socol’s four-character play, “The Shadow Of Greatness,” at the Berkshire Theater Festival. The play closes Aug.12 and Chamberlain has left his Fall sked open in hopes it will be picked up for N.Y. He calls it “The best part I’ve ever had — except for Hamlet.” Socol returns next week to L.A. for his producing duties on E’s “Celebrity Profiles” and “Mysteries and Scandals” … If you want to see a Francis Coppola-directed workshop production of a rock’n roll musical comedy “Gidget” — it’s at the Orange County High School of the Arts, Aug. 3-6 … Mort Janklow is not only Sidney Sheldon’s literary agent, but is so enthused about Sheldon’s upcoming “The Sky Is Falling” (Morrow) he’s also repping it for movie or miniseries sale. It’s about an anchorwoman on the trail of a killer … Katie Couric and Tom Werner seen dining in N.Y … Drew Barrymore and Tom Greene celebrating his birthday at Elaine’s, Sunday … Contents magazine is devoting its Fall issue to the new Hollywood — all fields, in front of/behind the cameras … The third annual “Hoops In Vegas,” Aug. 19-20 at the Hard Rock Hotel, honors Les Moonves, Pres./CEO at CBS TV. A pro-basketball all-star game hosted by NBA stars Antawn Jamison and Tracy McGrady will be held on the 20th, with a gala, celeb-packed dinner on the 19th. Proceeds from an action-packed weekend go to the Kayne-ERAS Center. Stephen Shapiro, Peter Morton and Steve Tisch created the event … Walt Disney President Robert Iger is the honoree for the Fulfillment Fund’s Sixth Annual “Stars of Tomorrow” event, Oct. 6 at the BevHilton. Megan and Peter Chernin chair the event with Jane and Michael Eisner heading the Honorary Committee. The event highlights gifted young performers from the L.A. area. Last year’s event honoring Edgar Bronfman Jr. raised $2.5 million.