Gallen hard at work with ‘America,’ ‘Zoolander,’ ‘Teen’

GOOD MORNING: From the dramatic “America: A Tribute To Heroes” on the small screen to comedies “Zoolander” and “Not Another Teen Movie” on the big screen. That’s what’s filling Joel Gallen’s days. Well, the first two projects are completed and now he’s in the process of shooting some extra “funnier scenes to an already funny ‘Teen’ movie, his first feature directorial stint. It bows Dec. 14 from Columbia … Meanwhile, “Zoolander,” of which Gallen’s an exec producer, screened Monday at Par. The pic’s produced, written by and stars Ben Stiller. But Gallen says it all started from some of the VH1 Fashion Award shorts he made in 1996-’97. “And I said to Ben, ‘let’s make it into a movie’!” Gallen, of course, says he’ll still keep a hand in TV and will be involved in the DVD version of the all-star “Tribute To Heroes.” Reflecting back on that unique show of support from the community, he smiles, “not one of the celebrities asked, ‘will I be on camera’?” And, he laughs, “there were no gift baskets for anyone.” Gallen says the Muhammad Ali appearance was “the most powerful” moment of the show.” He did it without a script; “we said, ‘say what you feel.'” He did — with his heart and soul … A “Zoolander ” screening at Par was held for cast members. The N.Y. preem was canceled. Security was high on the lot as at all studios — metal detectors, open car trunks, etc. — and the showing that was to start at 7:30 didn’t get under way until 8:30, Gallen said. Among those on hand: co-stars Ben Stiller, his dad Jerry and mom Anne Meara, Milla Jovovich, cameos David Duchovny, Winona Ryder, Jon Voight, Billy Zane. Ben Stiller said of the film, “Hopefully, for people ready to laugh, this movie will be a good diversion for them.”

BILL COSBY JOINS JERRY SEINFELD’S “Stand Up for New York” Oct. 8 Fireman’s and Policeman’s Widow and Children’s Fund and Twin Towers Fund. Will Farrell, George Wallace and Colin Quinn will appear at the Carnegie Hall show. Prices range from $100 to $2,500. Seinfeld canceled his date in Jacksonville, Fla., and shifted it to Jan. 12. He played Charlotte, N.C., Saturday and this weekend in Montreal. He’s completed his docu — for theatrical release — on his year off screen following his HBO “I’m Telling You For the Last Time” … Peter Fonda, now on his ranch in Montana, told me the tale of learning about the WTC attack as he was about to board a flight home from Rome. “I thought it was an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie as I watched the TV screen in the airport!” All flights were, of course, grounded. And now Fonda makes a return to Hollywood — Nov. 25 as the grand marshall of this year’s Hollywood Christmas Parade. It’s the first time in the parade for this member of one of Hollywood’s first families. “And this couldn’t be a better time,” he told me, “to be a part of Hollywood and my family ” He plans to wear the Stars and Stripes shirt he wore in “Easy Rider.” “I think it’s a good time to be playing Captain America.” He returns to the screen in a comedy, “Stamp And Deliver,” about the postal training system … Michael Douglas and wife Catherine Zeta-Jones celebrated their mutual birthday Tuesday at home with son Dylan in N.Y. after his guestints on fellow birthday’er Barbara Walters and with Regis. The usual joint birthday celebration with these other pals will wait a year: Christopher Reeve, Heather Locklear, Ron Meyer, Will Smith. Douglas, whose “Don’t Say a Word” nail-biter bows Friday, is now talking a “Golden Pond”-ish pic with father Kirk and son Cameron.

IN JERUSALEM FOR YOM KIPPUR, the Wiesenthal Center’s Rabbi Marvin Hier reports “I have never experienced such a desolate scene. In the Hilton there is not a single guest and the King David Hotel is equally empty” … At tonight’s L.A. Temple Shalom for the Arts services, Rabbi David Baron introduced Bill Bingham whose father Hiram Bngham IV, an American Diplomat in France during the Holocaust, heroically rescued artist Marc Chagall and others from Marseilles to the U.S. Bingham, fils, reads a letter from Chagall to his late father at tonight’s services. … At Lawrence Bender’s fundraiser Monday for Ground Zero Relief Fund for those “in dire need in N.Y.,” Bender, Vin Diesel and John Herzfeld, along with Sylvester Stallone, announced that the Entertainment Industry Foundation would match funds raised that night — $1.5 million … Among those on hand: Warren Beatty, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ed Norton, Ben Affleck, Jimmy Woods, Quentin Tarantino, Ellen DeGeneres, Samuel L. Jackson. Sheryl Crow ended the evening singing “God Bless America” and “America the Beautiful” … CBS has set Nov. 11 to air the “I Love Lucy 59th Anniversary” special. It’s Veterans’ Day — once known as Armistice Day … Dan Tana’s West Hollywood eatery celebrates its 37th birthday Oct. 1. It remains one of the favorites with Hollywood’s taste-conscious. One of the best places for steaks in the U.S … .Eric Douglas will play Jamie Masada’s Laugh Factory in West Hollywood Oct. 1-7. He recently played N.Y.’s Comic Strip where those applauding included brother Michael and Catherine Zeta-Jones … Anne Jeffreys receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Pioneer B’caster Friday at the Sportsmen’s Lodge. The dais includes Hal Kanter, Ann Miller, June Haver, Ann Rutherford. The ever-beautiful Jeffreys will star in “Mame” at the Orleans in Las Vegas, Dec. 21-Jan. 13.

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