GOOD MORNING: King Abdullah II of Jordan wanted to meet Steven Spielberg and indeed he did — on Monday on the set of “Catch Me If You Can,” the DreamWorks feature starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. Spielberg continues to compile footage for “Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation,” which has already taped 51,000 individual Holocaust survivors’ testimonies. His goal is to take it worldwide for educational purposes … At Jack Valenti’s Peninsula Hotel lunch for the king with industry leaders including Jeffrey Katzenberg, the royal visitor expressed interest in “Shrek,” so Tuesday Jeffrey Katzenberg and Ann Daly, head of their animation department, toured the king at DreamWorks’ Glendale campus, where 1,000 are working on many animated projects. He was shown eight minutes of “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron,” the Old West feature due in theaters on Memorial Day. It is narrated by Matt Damon and features voices of James Cromwell, Daniel Studi and Bryan Adams. It’s directed by Kelly Asbury and Lorna Cook, with score by Oscar-winning Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King”) and songs by Adams. Both 2-D and 3-D were shown the royal visitor, who remained at DreamWorks an hour and a half. Jack Valenti, who hosted Monday’s lunch, winged back to D.C. for important “face-to-face” meetings with solons on upcoming copyright legislation. And Valenti returns to L.A. today … Jordan’s monarch also was hosted by Merv Adelson at a BevWilshire hotel lunch with guests here including Scott Sassa, Barry Meyer, Don Johnson, Quincy Jones and Bud Yorkin.
HE’S BETWEEN PICTURES so Patrick Stewart laughingly says “they” can’t stop him — from revving up at Willow Run in preparation for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 12-14. The active Stewart just wound “Star Trek: Nemesis” (his fourth “Star Trek” feature) and doesn’t start “X-Men II” until summer. He also has under his belt Robert Halmi’s “King of Texas,” which airs June 2 on TNT. Stewart also co-exec produced. And, of course, he started the year with his SRO one-man stand on B’way’s Marriott Marquis in “A Christmas Carol.” But dearest to his heart is Amnesty Intl. and Children Uniting Nations. He heads a hefty group of showbiz celebs (including “The Lord of the Rings” helmer Peter Jackson) at their Oscar fundraiser at Ago. It’s not a one-niter for Stewart: He’s been associated with Amnesty Intl. for many years and is an executive director of their leadership council and meets with them annually. He is involved in a human rights scholarship program: He presents funding for 15-20 students annually to work on human rights globally — Africa, Asia, the Balkans, Ireland, Australia — and the U.S. “They work in sometimes difficult situations (with care) and with enormous courage,” he adds … Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation and Norby Walters 11th annual Night of 100 Stars Gala Oscar party at the BevHills Hotel has now passed the 150-star mark. Future Media Prods. foots the tab … And Entertainment Weekly mag’s annual Oscar viewing party will be again held at Elaine’s in Gotham. This year these special drinks will be served: A Beautiful Mind Eraser, Gosford Grey Goose Gin Fizz and Lord of the Rums punch … The Sloan Summit “to promote accurate and engaging portrayals of science and technology in the media,” takes off today through Friday with venues including the Sunset Hyatt, WB Studios and the Museum of TV & Radio.
JOHN GOODMAN SEZ HE’S “scared to death” as he rehearses to duet with Randy Newman on the latter’s nominated tune, “If I Didn’t Have You” from “Monsters, Inc.” Goodman winged out from his New Orleans home for the unique gig … ‘Tis the season: The Jeffrey Foundation celebrated its 30th anniversary with a 1930s Salute to Hollywood at the BevWilshire. After vintage Harold Lloyd footage was shown, an award to him was accepted by Suzanne Lloyd, his granddaughter. A.C. Lyles, with a record 73 years of service to Paramount, received the Pioneer Award. He regaled all with stories of the superstars of the Marathon Street lot. Kevin Sorbo, spokesman for A World Fit for Kids, received the Jeffrey Award. Tribute also was paid to Sybil Brand. The community leader and widow of 20th-Fox famed publicity director Harry Brand is 102. Peter Mark Richman m.c’d and Julie Sheppard, as Judy Garland, and sensaysh singer Robbi Britt entertained. Event raised $75,000 … And at the BevHilton, the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce & Civic Assn. honored three of its citizens at its Ball 2002. Honoree Fred Hayman, who more than anyone has made Rodeo Drive a world-famous street, was praised by Merv Griffin in an introduction that bio’d Hayman’s achievements — and contributions to the city. Hayman noted, “There is no place like Beverly Hills in the world.” And he’s helped make it so. Wolfgang Puck, another honoree, received his praises from longtime friend Joe Smith. Puck has also become a celebrity, but he admitted his ambition was to have success in Beverly Hills. Did he ever! He said, “It’s wonderful to see so many friends here tonight — Spago must be empty.” The third recipient, intro’d by Shecky Greene, was Sidney Sheldon, winner of an Emmy, Tony and Oscar. (He’s also in the Guinness Book of Records for his books.) He received the Will Rogers Memorial Award. Jann Carl, “Entertainment Tonight” anchor, femceed and Al Jardine’s Good Vibrations Band may still have the Intl. Ballroom vibrating.