Costas makes pitch for ‘Durham’ team

GOOD MORNING: HBO’s Bob Costas sez he will try to unite Baseball Hall of Fame president Dale Petroskey with “Bull Durham” co-stars Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon and Robert Wuhl and director-writer Ron Shelton on his third season opener of his talker “On The Record” May 2. Petroskey KO’d the planned 15th anni celebration of “Durham,” claiming remarks Robbins and Sarandon made against the Iraq war “helps undermine the U.S. position, which ultimately could put our troops in even more danger.” Costas says he’s talked to Petroskey “several times and he knows he made a mistake, claiming, ‘I got carried away’.” And now, Costas will try to get Petroskey to make those statements on the air. For his second show, May 9, Costas’ guests will include Michael Moore and Michael Douglas and on May 16 Jerry Seinfeld… I spoke with new parents Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones Tuesday as they were kvelling over Sunday’s arrival of baby girl, Carys Zeta Douglas. Catherine was able to leave the hospital one hour after the baby’s arrival. “I’m a peasant,” Catherine laughed. She noted that the baby “has a cleft in her chin — a feminine one, of course.” Catherine also explained the baby’s name “Carys” is from the Welsh “Cariad” meaning “to love.” P.S. the Douglases knew their second baby was to be a girl but told no one — especially grandpa Kirk. “One vodka and he’d spill the beans,” Michael laughed. The duo will take a break from all work until late fall when they co-star in “Monkeyface.” But Michael will take time to head his MPTFund golf tourney, Michael Douglas and Friends, at Caesars’ Cascata course in Vegas. It will air on ABC July 20, same day as the British Open winds and airs on that web … The Museum of Television and Radio joins the stars’ charity sports world with its first celebrity Charity Golf Classic at the Riviera Golf Club June 9 benefiting the museum’s education programs … And the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s Golden Boot Awards, Aug. 9 at the BevHilton, will honor Tommy Lee Jones. This year also marks the 100th anni of the Hollywood Western.

“DON’T BRING A CHECK BOOK, bring your brains,” were Marlo Thomas’ instructions to the industry toppers attending the 40th anniversary gala for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Saturday. Marlo’s in Memphis making final arrangements for the event whose daytime fund-raising seminars and tour of the hospital will be hosted by Barry Diller and Ann Moore, chair-CEO of Time Inc., plus industry toppers Michael Eisner, Terry Semel, Meg Whitman, Fred Smith, etc. The nightime Shower of Stars will be hosted by Marlo, brother Tony and sister Terri with a David Foster-produced show including Robin Williams, Marc Anthony and Josh Groban, hosted by Phil Donahue. Marlo reminds, “St. Jude was born in Hollywood — it’s true. Abe Lastfogel and all of my dad Danny’s friends (Sinatra, Hope, Sammy Davis Jr., Milton Berle, even Elvis), helped raise the $6 million it cost to build the hospital in 1962. Today our annual budget is over $300 (!) million — because we pay for everything. No child is ever turned away because of a family’s inability to pay. That was my dad’s promise and we’ve kept it for 40 years.” The industry leaders on hand this weekend will brainstorm how to keep it going. Marlo returns to showbiz Tuesday in “The Exonerated” at the Bleeker Street Theater followed by “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” for ABC for Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

THE STAGE AT THE GEFFEN will boast an all-star cast Monday for the second annual “Backstage at The Geffen” invitation-only fundraiser with Rita Wilson and David Hyde Pierce as co-chairs appearing and sharing the honors with honorary co-chairs Annette Bening and Jason Alexander. There will be appearances by Beau Bridges, Sharon Lawrence, Dana Delany, Peter Bonerz, Debbie Allen dancers, Nancy Travis, Rhea Perlman, Michele Lee, John C. Reilly, Sally Field — and many more. Gil Cates m.c.’s and Bruce Vilanch is writing material for the event … The Actors’ Fund benefits from this afternoon’s Shakespeare’s birthday celebration with readings of the Bard’s works by Lynn Redgrave and Daniel Davis at the Lillian Booth Actors’ Home in Englewood, N.J. … Al Pacino segued from his “Salome” Barrymore stage to Circo to join the preem partygoers following the MGM screening room showing of Miramax’s “People I Know” in which Pacino plays the Bobby Zarem-inspired press agent. Of course Bobby was on hand to receive Pacino’s thank you before an audience that included director Dan Algrant and screenwriter Jon Robin Baitz, Harvey Weinstein, producers Leslie Urdang and Michael Nozik, young star Joe Duer, Diane von Furstenberg and husband Barry Diller, Rick Nicita, Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, Cornelia and Marty Bregman, Christopher and Georgianne Walken. Ryan O’Neal, who co-stars, plays the in-trouble movie star-client of flack Pacino’s character. Daily Variety’s reviewer David Rooney noted “the clear parallels between the fictional characters and their real-life counterparts add to the caustic edge.” Anyone we know? You bet.

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