GOOD MORNING and let the games begin: Hollywood is again represented by producer Carl Borack, who captains the U.S. Olympic fencing team. This is his fourth Olympic outing. He was an Olympic fencer in Munich 1972, and served in Seoul (’88), Barcelona (’92) and Atlanta (’96). As a competitor, he achieved enormous success in all three “weapons”: foil, epee and saber. He’s now working on a docu on the sport of fencing chronicling 100 years of swordplay from venues of stage, screen, TV, opera, Samurai — as well as competition. The fencing competish starts today in Sydney … Olympic organizers have nixed a moment of silence during the closing ceremonies to honor the Israeli athletes and coaches who were killed in Munich. And a plaque outside the Olympic Stadium honoring the 11 athletes was also in doubt. Meanwhile, Israeli TV, just before the start of the games, is airing the Oscar-winning film, “One Day in September,” about the massacre … Meanwhile, WB’s “Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport” opens today in five cities domestically. In his review, Daily Variety’s Emanuel Levy noted it is “Heartbreaking yet truly inspirational.” It is the story of 10,000 Jewish children’s hegira from Nazi Europe to Great Britain during WWII. Most never saw their parents again as they were massacred in concentration camps. Mark Jonathan Harris wrote-directed and Deborah Oppenheimer, whose mother was one of the “Kinder,” produced. She tells me WB’s Gerald Levin and Barry Meyer have given their full blessing and assistance to seeing this project’s completion and exhibition. Meyer was at the L.A. preem, Levin in N.Y. She says Prince Charles will head the London preem at the Odeon Leicester Square, Nov. 8, on the eve of the anniversary of the Nov. 9, 1938 Kristallnacht. Oppenheimer’s (late) mother was a child sent from Chemnitz, Germany, in 1939 on the eve of her 11th birthday as part of the Kindertransport. She told Oppenheimer, she “cried herself to sleep for two years” … Meanwhile, Ron Frank’s docu “The Eternal Road: Encounter With The Past,” covering the return of escaped Jewish citizens from Chemnitz to the anniversary concert here this year of Kurt Well’s opera, “The Eternal Road,” conducted by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra’s John Mauceri. “The Eternal Road” airs on PBS on Oct. 5, but a screening that was set for the German Information Center on Sept. 25 was canceled and it will instead be shown at the Center for Jewish History in N.Y., reports producer Frank … And the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Moriah Film Division preems its new documentary, “In Search of Peace, Part One, 1948-1967” in Jerusalem, Oct. 15. The film is narrated by Michael Douglas, Ed Asner, Michael York and Anne Bancroft as the voice of Golda Meir. It is produced by Rabbi Marvin Hier and Richard Trank (who also directs) and written by Sir Martin Gilbert.
STARS’ CONTRIBUTIONS TO THURSDAY night’s celeb-heavy RCMH concert plus seating arrangements were reportedly among items in the computers stolen from the Democratic National Committee offices in N.Y. Thursday. Other info included phone numbers … The Museum of TV & Radio’s West Coast VP and director Steve Brill departs today after a three-year stand in which he moderated 70 seminars and programs that saw the museum blossom. He claims he never intended to stay longer and is returning to the business end of show business from which he came. He says he leaves “with the warmest of feelings” … Monday (Sept. 18) at the museum Theo Bikel talks on “Don’t Kill the Arts With Kindness.” The outspoken Bikel says “the arts have to be bold — even if sometimes offensive.” He adds, “agencies who give grants too often become ‘safe.’ The arts are not about being ‘safe.'” Bikel speaks at the museum under the auspices of the BevHills Community Millennium Forum Series. Oct. 24, in Detroit, Bikel starts another “Fiddler On The Roof” tour — this one, a 37-week stint … Walter C. Miller is off to Nashville for a 50-day stay: first to exec produce the Country Music Awards Oct. 4 live, followed by the 75th anni of Grand Ole Opry, taping Oct. 25 and 29, to air Thanksgiving, both on CBS. Miller, who produced and directed the Latin Grammy awards, complimented all the participants on this first-time out awards show saying “It went without any attitude from anyone.”
“I’VE COME TO UNDERSTAND life is for the living and I understand a lot more about life and living,” William Shatner told me on his return from a lengthy trip to Israel. Shatner’s wife Noreen died Aug. 9, 1999 and he is establishing the Noreen Shatner Friendly House to rehab young people. He is also involved with the Hollywood Charity Horse Show and Saturday night he receives the Distinguished Achievement award at the BevWilshire from the Covenant House, another organization to which he devotes his time and talents. As for work, he’ll star in Ralph Winters’ “Shot or Be Shot” comedy feature and is prepping his own pic, “Groom Lake,” about UFOs. And oh yes, he’ll return to shooting commercials for Price Line — as soon as the strike ends … Doris Roberts receives the Poseidon School’s “Beautiful People Award,” for her work and support of Children Affected by AIDS Foundation Sunday at the Universal Sheraton … And the Media Access Award this year goes to Anthony Edwards, John Wells, Victoria Ann Lewis, Janis Hirsch, April Webster and Bob Preston, Oct. 12 at Universal Studios. The awards promote accurate portrayals and employment of people with disabilities.