Horvitz ready to yank long ‘thank-you’s

GOOD MORNING: What happens if Russell Crowe wins the Oscar or SAG award and decides to reprise the poetry reading from which he was edited on the BAFTAs? Let’s start with the Oscars: Louis J. Horvitz found Daily Variety’s story about Crowe and the BBC’s cut-off of his acceptance speech pinned to his office door. Horvitz, who is about to direct his sixth Oscar TV’er — having won two Emmys for ’em — says if he has to cut off Crowe, there’s no way the thesp will catch up with him to insult and threaten him as he did British TV producer Malcolm Gerrie. “I will already be in my car driving home safely.” Seriously, Horvitz reminded he gives acceptors a 45-second flashing warning — then the one-minute prolonged flash before going to music. “I’m poised to make the cut-off. But it’s up to the producer (this year Laura Ziskin). But I tell the producers, ‘I’ll take the heat’.” Ziskin laughingly said, “That’s why we pay him the big bucks.” But Laura noted she has her own “secret” ways of keeping the acceptances within reason … Jeff Margolis, readying the SAG awards, also reminded participants that “everyone has a job to do — to satisfy the winner, the audience and — the network.” And when asked what he might do should Crowe go beyond the above time restraints, he said, he, too, is not concerned about a confrontation with Crowe. “I may be in the parking lot” by the time Crowe exits … On the other hand, Gil Cates, who has produced 10 Oscar shows, told me, “In a way he (Crowe) is right. People want to hear those remarks from the winners. That’s why they’re watching. I let Al Pacino talk for two minutes when he won — people want to hear from the winners.” Of course, he didn’t justify Crowe’s method of expressing his displeasure. No one could.

SHOWBIZ DEVELOPS MORE DEJA VU: The 1969-1972 hit CBSeries, “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” returns to the air with one-hour shows starting April 2 on CMT. Paul Brownstein who recently licensed Doris Day and Dick Van Dyke shows for cable well as DVDs, ditto’d for Campbell with whom he met last week at the latter’s concert at Cerritos. Yup. Glen, 66, still packs ’em in — now with family members joining. Hosting the newly edited Campbell shows is country star Keith Urban who, while growing up in Australia, was influenced by Campbell’s music. And, Campbell says, “I am delighted that CMT will show off the great star talents again.” They include Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Minnie Pearl and Mel Tillis on the initial show. Upcoming are appearances by Stevie Wonder, Liza Minnelli, Kenny Rogers, Leslie Uggams, Ray Charles, Cher, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Diamond. No wonder the show was called “The Goodtime Hour” … Rudy Giuliani is the recipient of the 2002 Joe DiMaggio Award to be given June 19 at the N.Y. Sheraton. Henry Kissinger makes the presentation and Dr. Rock Positano, chairman of the Joe DiMaggio Award, presents DiMaggio’s Yankee No. 5 jersey worn by DiMaggio in the 1951 World Series to Giuliani … Wayne Gretzky and director Arthur Hiller will be inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto May 28. Both Los Angelenos, they are former residents of Edmonton … Director Ken Annakin has been chosen as a recipient of the Disney Legends award — “to individuals whose body of work has made a significant impact on Disney over the years.” Annakin and his family have been invited to participate in the awards and the grand opening of the Walt Disney Studios at the Disneyland Paris Resort in France on May 15. Annakin is, of course noted for these Disney pix: “Robin Hood and His Merrie Men,” “The Sword and the Rose,” “Third Man On The Mountain” and, of course, “Swiss Family Robinson.” Annakin is now packaging “Yours Truly Amelia,” based on facts he has collected on what happened to Amelia Earhart. He’s written the script and would either co-direct or co-produce. Last year, Annakin wrote the book, “So You Wanna be a Director.”

SHOWBIZ AND POLITICOS: President George W. and Vice President Cheney were on hand for the taping of ABC’s “An American Celebration” at Ford’s Theater. Tom Daschle was a shill in David Copperfield’s act in which he made a duck disappear. Daschle would probably like him to make an elephant or two disappear! … Senators Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Gordon Smith (R-Oregon) and the Human Rights Campaign co-host tonight’s D.C. preem of HBO’s “The Laramie Project.” The timing’s good as Congress is considering the passage of landmark anti-hate crime legislation. The film is the adaptation of the off-B’way play telling Laramie’s forced re-examination of the 1998 hate-crime murder of Matthew Shepard. On Wednesday, the pic preems in Laramie, Wyo. … Megan Mullally, co-star of “Will And Grace,” heads the cast of the Geffen Playhouse’s “He Hunts,” George Feydeau’s “Monsier Chasse!” play translated and adapted by Philip Littell. The play runs April 9-May 19 … The Fulfillment Fund’s 3rd annual “Back to School Night” will be held Friday at the Jim Henson Studios with hosts LL Cool J., Eliza Dushku, Daisy Fuentes, Orlando Jones, Ryan Phillipe, Jaime Presley, Sean William Scott, Marley Shelton, Tori Spelling and Gabrielle Union. Proceeds to the Fulfillment Fund’s Pathways project.

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