GOOD MORNING: Today is George Dubya’s Hollywood Day. And the White House is the setting for his participation in two productions. First he’ll be on camera to do the intros to two two-hour shows for the History Channel’s “Teddy Roosevelt — An American Lion.” It will be taped in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. The show will air Jan. 20-21. Craig Hafner produces, David deVries directs for the Greystone television banner. The president will note: “Roosevelt transformed the presidency into a modern, progressive institution. He wanted a national government that would be responsive to the needs of all its citizens, and he anticipated America’s emergence as a world power.” Richard Dreyfuss is the voice of Roosevelt … Also at the White House today and meeting with the prez is Lionel Chetwynd, to discuss Dubya’s input into the Showtime movie “D.C.-9/11.” Producer Chetwynd and director Dan Petrie will cast an actor to play the prez in the unique film, which deals with everyone in a sitting administration. Chetwynd winged to D.C. via a stop in Montreal where, he says, security forces “zapped” his suitcase so heavily they “fried” all the material in the computer he was carrying. It contained all the info about the “D.C.-9/11” movie he was bringing to the White House.
ROMAN POLANSKI GOT WORD about Wednesday’s snafu’d screening of his “The Pianist” at the Loews Cineplex Century Plaza from his longtime friend Jack Nicholson, who, with Lara Flynn Doyle, was among those who had to depart the theater when the sound system broke down. But Nicholson also told pal Polanski (in Europe) that he caught up with the film when their fellow Paramount pal Robert Evans screened it at his home the next night. Jack told Roman he thought the film was “marvelous,” as did Adam Sandler, who was also at Evans’. Sandler and Nicholson team in the just-wound comedy “Anger Management.” “The Pianist,” which has been enjoying success in Poland, France, Germany and Spain, preems tonight in N.Y. at Loews Lincoln Square (with a well-checked sound system) and a party following at the Central Park Boat House — which will be well-heated, Focus’ David Linde assures me … While New Line has submitted the Nicholson starrer “About Schmidt” in the category of “drama,” Jack still insists to me that the film is “a comedy. To me, every scene is a comedy,” he says. “It’s a dark comedy — but it is meant to be humorous.”
THERE WASN’T A DRY EYE in the house at the Shoah Foundation’s third annual Ambassadors for Humanity dinner, at Universal Studios, when two high school students and a Holocaust survivor told what the Shoah Foundation has meant to them. Honorees were founding board members Gerald Breslauer, Bruce Ramer and Mickey Rutman. Steven Spielberg, who has led the cause for tolerance via the Shoah Foundation, noted of the honorees, “I have known these gentlemen for 33 years. A lot has changed in that time, from TV antennas on rooftops to a world going wireless, from pool halls to videogames, from personal assistants to personal computers, from Velcro to Viagra — we live in a world that is constantly changing. But Jerry, Mickey and Bruce have stayed my friends all that time — and that’s never changed and never will.” Oscar winner Hans Zimmer headed the entertainment and Ben Kingsley hosted the event that raised a million dollars … Producer Jake Eberts hosts Wednesday’s screening of “Prisoner of Paradise” at the Museum of Tolerance. On hand will be Silvia Grohs Martin, who appeared in the Jewish Theater in Amsterdam with (Jewish actor-director-writer) Kurt Gerron, the subject of “Prisoner of Paradise.” Gerron was forced to make movies about Nazi concentration camps. … “Freedom of the Press During Wartime” is the theme of the Creative Coalition’s Forum tonight at the Freedom Forum in Arlington, Va., with Daniel Stern moderating a pane including Harry Shearer, Tucker Carlson, Margaret Carlson, Bill O’Reilly and Ken Paulson. The Caucus for Television Producers, Writers & Directors holds its reunion and 28th birthday Wednesday at the BevHills Hotel’s Rodeo Room, with former chairman Jerry Leider as M.C. and speakers including Norman Lear, Chuck Fries, Roger Gimbel, Leonard Stern, George Eckstein and Aaron Ruben … Jeff Zucker, NBC Entertainment president, posted the winning bid of $10,000 — for a walk-on part on “Friends” (NBC, natch) at the Help Group’s annual Spirit of Hope Teddy Bear Ball at the BevWilshire Sunday night. Zucker and wife Caryn were honored for their outstanding commitment to helping children with special needs. Rob Lowe hosted the night, which raised $600,000. Jean Smart and Dennis Farina guested as Santa and Mrs. Claus. ‘Tis the season.