Murdoch passes on Jerusalem sports

GOOD MORNING: Rupert Murdoch was offered a chance to buy the Jerusalem soccer and basketball teams. Mayor Ehud Olmert, at breakfast in the BevHills Hotel’s Polo Lounge, told me he presented the deal to Murdoch, who has a Jerusalem-based high tech company for access to Sky. But Murdoch, who knows Olmert well, passed, telling the mayor this sports deal was “peanuts.” Howcum the mayor’s involved in this sports negotiations? “When you’re mayor of Jerusalem,” he smiled, “you’re involved in everything. Like when a movie’s to be made here, the mayor is part of the production team as well.” Olmert is no stranger to moviemakers. Oscar winner Arthur Cohn, a close friend, was a hefty supporter of his first mayoral campaign. Olmert admitted Cohn’s strategy helped him defeat longtime (seven terms) Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek by a 25% margin! Olmert’s now in his second term, expiring in 2003 when, he told me, he plans to run for prime minister. … The energetic, 53-year-old mayor — he had just run his daily eight miles before our breakfast — had flown to L.A. Tuesday to attend the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s dinner honoring Gary Winnick at the BevWilshire. After breakfast, Olmert met with Kirk Douglas to invite him to Jerusalem. The mayor will welcome Cohn at the June 13 Jerusalem preem of his Oscar-winning feature docu, “One Day in September.” Cohn was in L.A. to meet writers for another film project with director Walter Salles (“Central Station”) Winnick has donated the lead gift of $40 million toward the $120 million Jerusalem world center for peace and tolerance, to be designed by Frank Gehry. It will include a theater, museum and international conference and be called the Winnick Institute Jerusalem, a project of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. … Rabbi Marvin Hier made the presentation to Winnick, who he said “is committed to leaving a legacy to work for in the world for mankind.” Gehry said, “I view the new complex as an opportunity to create a lasting monument to the principles of world peace and tolerance and to the power of the human spirit to achieve these lofty goals.”

“100 YEARS — 100 LAUGHS” — and 25-year-old Drew Barrymore. The young thesp hosts the third AFI CBS special (airing June 13). She taped her four segs Tuesday, after work on “Charlie’s Angels,” at San Pedro’s Warner Theater, a movie palace built in 1931. Barrymore amazed the AFI experts with her movie-mirth savvy. Billy Wilder taped his seg for the show with exec producer Gary Smith. … Jonathan Winters records his first album in 30 years Sunday at 8 p.m. at the Improv on Melrose — for the Internet’s Gary Owens is straight man to Winters. The Laugh Web site is the creation of Marshall Berle (Phil’s son and Miltie’s nephew) and Bob Kohn ( to download comedy disks in — whatever device you have. Marshall set these comics to record: Bill Dana, George Carlin, Norm Crosby, Rich Little, Phyllis Diller, Shelly Berman and, of course, Uncle Miltie. … Talking about Berle, a campaign’s afoot to (finally) get him named a Kennedy Center Honoree. He’s worked, excuse it, starred, in every phase of showbiz In June, A&E’s “Biography” preems a new bio every day for a month. Subjects range from Candice Bergen to Hulk Hogan, Prince William to Peter the Great, plus a two-hour special on Sam Phillips, the father of Memphis’ Sun Studios.

ONLY THE TIP OF THE INTERNET: “Quantum Project,” the first (?) Internet-financed feature, made for the Internet and preeming Friday at 12:01 a.m. EST ($3.95), is only one of three versions of the pic. Stephen Simon, who produced with Barnet Bain (Metafilmics), tells me there are two more completely different versions upcoming. New Wave Entertainment is handling the creative marketing and created the digital visual effects for the pic., which financed the project, hosts a bash tonight to celebrate at Hollywood’s Miauhaus. Oscar-winner Eugenio Zanetti, who directed “Quantum,” is also celebrated today with an exhibit starting at the Acad: “Eugenio Zanetti: Film Dreams and Haunting Visions.” Looks like his dreams and visions go on — and on.

ANGIE DICKINSON WAS ASKED to take over for Lauren Bacall, joining Rosemary Harris in Noel Coward’s “Waiting in the Wings” when Bacall departs next month, but Angie just completed “Pay It Forward” with Kevin Spacey, Haley Joel Osment and Helen Hunt and B’way rehearsals’ sked was too tight. However, she will be able to accept request to return to B’way in “The Vagina Monologues” with Phylicia Rashad from June 27 to July 9. Dickinson’s last appearance on B’way: “The Perfect Set-Up” in 1962 with Gene Barry and Jan Sterling. … Abby Mann, who wrote the TV and feature versions of “Judgment At Nuremberg” (for which he won the Oscar), is now writing a play version for Tony Randall’s National Actors Theater with John Tillinger to direct. Mann says George W. Bush won’t like it but he is also writing “White Lies” about corruption in the Texas legal system. It’s for Showtime and tells the true story of Clarence Bradley, saved five days before his execution. Mann points out there are 118 on death row in Texas. Mann, who has been taking “a vacation” from writing since “The McMartin Case,” is also readying, with director Arthur Hiller, an AMC feature about the “Unfriendly 10.” Real names will be used in this one as well. Welcome back, Abby.

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