Brody eyeing musical plan, ‘SNL’ gig

GOOD MORNING: Roman Polanski asked Adrien Brody to join him at the May 6 Moscow preem of “The Pianist” but Adrien told me he had to decline Roman’s invite because he’s already booked — to host “Saturday Night Live” on the 10th. Brody plans to play the piano on “SNL” — but don’t look for Chopin. He has other ideas and will discuss ’em with Lorne Michaels. He hopes to also have a musical future, “but I want it to be about the music and not about me — I want to be taken seriously.” The young Brody (he celebrated his 30th birthday April 14) is still recuperating from the excitement of the Oscars. He has film offers but admitted he’s looking for a contemporary story with a romantic interest . . . And no, he hasn’t as yet tried the phone number he obtained from Nicole Kidman at the post-Oscar party … “SNL’s” Lorne Michaels said Saturday night’s show received no flak fan mail on the Dixie Chicks’ appearance on which they sang two anti-war songs. The show was a repeat, having aired originally for Valentine’s Day and before the Chicks made their now famous anti-Bush statement in London . . . Tonight, Michaels tapes the Tracy Morgan pilot for NBC/Carsey-Werner. In the domestic sitcom, Morgan plays — “someone similar to “‘SNL’s’ Tracy Morgan.” Surprise.

LISA MARIE, MOVE OVER, your mom Priscilla is perking on all fronts. Not only is she a producer of DreamWorks’ upcoming feature remake of “The Party,” but she is readying a B’way production based on her life as an Army brat teenager, growing up in Weisbaden, Germany — one scene in a bordello! In those days, Pvt. Elvis Presley courted her by sending her 45 rpm’s of his love songs. “But it’s not ‘The Elvis Presley’ story,” she insisted. Rather, it’s hers. The B’way’er is tentatively titled “Young Love” and she will team with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. She is also readying a speaking tour and a line of jewelry. We listened to all her ambitious plans at Betty and Fred Hayman’s intimate dinner at Spago where Priscilla also told me she was proud of the way her daughter has handled herself in the press promoting her hit CD. “I am glad she didn’t do it when she was younger,” Priscilla told me of her 35-year-old daughter. “She’s now done it so well” . . . Disney’s California Adventure will be bubbling over, you should pardon the expression, with soap stars (60) returning to the park for the Second Annual ABC Super Soap Weekends, May 31 and June 7. Among those attending, Brian Presley and Erin Hershey Presley. They got engaged last year in front of the Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Castle . . . Cal State University Northridge (CSUN) names its college of education after Michael D. Eisner in ceremonies attended by Jane and Michael, on Thursday. The Eisner Foundation has donated $7 million to CSUN, the largest donation ever received by the University . . . I was sorry to learn from Nancy Moonves that she has decided to go ahead and divorce Leslie Moonves, CBS’ newly upped chairman and CEO. They have been married 23 years and have three children.

MOVIE LEGENDS: RONALD NEAME, who celebrates his 92nd birthday Wednesday, will be honored by the Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood Fri-Sat-Sunday with screenings of six of his films, first “The Poseidon Adventure” which preemed at that theater 32 years ago. It cost $5 million and grossed more than $200 million . . . And Dick Fleischer will be honored as a CinemaScope Pioneer May 4 at Kodak in Rochester, N.Y., on the 50th anni of the intro of Cinemascope and Disney’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” “Leagues” gets a DVD release May 20 and gala screening at the El Capitan . . . Legend Jane Russell is the honoree at the Operation Children’s 20th anni fundraiser April 29 at the BevWilshire. She is a lifetime member of Operation Children. Another beautiful screen legend, Rhonda Fleming, will make the presentation . . . Jamie Lee Curtis will be honored with the Teen Line’s Humanitarian Award, April 30 at the Wyndham Bel Age. The theme this year is “Adolescents and Alcohol.” She’ll discuss her own past difficulties . . . Larry Gelbart receives the Shining Spirit Award from the SHARE Ladies at this year’s “Boomtown” party, May 17 at the Santa Monica Civic . . . Bobby Short completed his tests at Cedars-Sinai and is OK. He winged back to N.Y. where on May 6 he starts his 35th consecutive year at the Hotel Carlyle . . . Everybody loves — Doris Roberts. Her book, “Are You Hungry, Dear?” broke the record at L.A’s Skylight Books book-signing party and was a sellout at her appearance at New York’s Barnes & Noble . . . “The Producers” starring Jason Alexander and Martin Short bowed this week at San Fran’s Orpheum, heads down to the start of its Pantages L.A. opening May 29 with the costars inked to Jan. 4. Meanwhile, Short’s “Jiminy Glick” feature has a summer release while the DVD of the first year’s vidshows bows May 7. He’s been busy . . . The pilots are flying all over the place: John Larroquette filmed his “Happy Family” sitcom with Christine Baranski for NBC Monday night in L.A. . . . And Down Under, Rob Lowe’s filming his Stephen King mini, “Salem’s Lot” for TNT, having just wound his NBC pilot, “Lyon’s Den.”

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