GOOD MORNING: There was a special Bob Dylan concert Thursday. It was not on the tour, although he was joined by regular band members Larry Campbell, Tony Garnier, George Recile and Charlie Sexton. The “concert” was for Dylan’s final scene in “Masked and Anonymous,” which was filming on Stage 6 of Ray-Art Studios in Canoga Park. Among the songs he played/recorded for the film — the traditional “Dixie.” But he also played “If You See Her, Say Hello,” “I’ll Remember You,” “Dirt Road Blues” and some new songs yet to be recorded — on both electric and acoustic guitars. The all-star film is being shot with 24-frame digital cameras by Larry Charles, making his feature bow following dozens of TV successes (including two Emmys for “Seinfeld”). He says the footage looks fabulous. Many of the cast, although not working Thursday, returned to the set to catch the filming of the Dylan concert. They included Ed Harris, Val Kilmer, Steven Bauer and Jessica Lange … In the story, set sometime in the future, John Goodman plays Uncle Sweetheart, the manager of Dylan’s character Jack Fate. Goodman described the manager as “a combination Don King and Colonel Tom Parker.” Goodman drove out from New Orleans to play the role. “I’m still pinching myself that I’m in this movie with him.” Besides Dylan’s obvious musical talent — “He’s always singing between takes — and he’s very funny” — Goodman allows, he took the role “as a labor of love.” The same could be said for the rest of the cast, as producer Nigel Sinclair told me the film is budgeted “below $10 million and above $5 (million).” And the cast is paid “on an appropriate working formula to share proceeds” — plus Dylan’s share with his Destiny Prods. Sinclair, who produces with Jeff Rosen for Spitfire Prods., says they were able to assemble the cast because of director Charles’ relationship with Dylan. The six major players are Dylan, Goodman, Lange, Luke Wilson, Jeff Bridges, Penelope Cruz … The supporting players: Harris, Kilmer, Angela Bassett, Giovanni Ribisi, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Dern, Christian Slater, Chris Penn, Cheech Marin and Bauer … In addition to the finale concert, Dylan and his music are heard throughout the film’s story. With no release deal made, they hope to launch it next year at Sundance.
WHILE THE FATE OF THE 9/11-THEMED Emmy-nominated shows won’t be known until after the first anni of the tragic day — the Emmys air Sept. 22 on NBC — all webs and newsmedia will be airing special events for the one-year remembrance. Don Mischer returned Thursday from N.Y., where he is setting up offices to work with the city on events Gotham is putting on in and around Manhattan as well as in the other boroughs. Coincidentally, Mischer got word Thursday his “Opening Ceremonies Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Games” received eight Emmy nominations, tying with John Frankenheimer’s “Path to War” on HBO … I spoke with Bob Barker Thursday on his return from D.C., where he underwent a second prostate “procedure.” Barker (78) said he no longer requires any medication, “there is no malignancy and I’m really very healthy.” He was accompanied on this trek by his “steady lady friend,” Nancy Burnet of Riverside. He starts the 31st year of “The Price Is Right” Aug. 15 and reports CBS is talking about specials in addition to his annual 180 shows. He was asked to return as host of the Miss Universe Show last year, but decided against the time it would have required — and the trek to Puerto Rico. He has four years to go on his current “Price” contract, and as for the future, he laughed, “I don’t make any long-range predictions.”
“BREAK A LEG” — DON’T WISH IT to Charlene Tilton as she bows tonight at the Hudson Theater in Tony Jerris’ play “Tell Veronica.” Tilton broke her foot Saturday and will forgo a cast while onstage starring in the play that she co-produces with Jerris. And it’s a physical role, she tells me, requiring her to bound up stairs. She plays a talkshow hostess whom she describes as “a combination of Oprah, Rosie, Jenny, Sally.” Her daughter, Cheri Lee, and Lin Shaye co-star … This weekend marks the 17th annual “Betty Boop Festival” — at the Heavenly Choice Plaza in Montebello. Director Dick Fleischer will be on hand — his dad, Max F., created Betty and over the years, BB has spawned more than 300 licenses. The latest is a Betty Boop-likeness Monopoly game. The regular Monopoly money’s supplanted with “Betty Bucks” and other game parts are ditto Boop’s. Fleischer tells me a new Betty Boop is in the works — Baby Boop, which portrays Betty as a baby. The new cartoon series from Mainframe is being readied with a computerized Betty as a singer who travels the globe with her band … Austin Powers also hits the game market at month’s end with “Austin Powers Backgammon” as well as “Austin Powers Pictionary” and Trivia … Ann Miller appears with a 3-D (yup!) version of the George Sidney-directed “Kiss Me, Kate” (1953) at the Castro Theater in SanFran for an AIDS benefit July 26. She was discovered dancing next door at the Bal Tabarin “when I was 13. I lied that I was 18! Lucille Ball and Benny Rubin spotted me and recommended me to RKO, where I was signed to a contract.” Miller was featured in their “New Faces of 1937.” She continues to work — as in “Mulholland Drive.” But octogenarian Miller says she recently turned down a role. “They wanted me to play a hooker!”