GOOD MORNING: Steven Bochco’s first novel, “Hollywood,” has been bought by Random House for “a very substantial” fee, agent Mort Janklow confirms, following the book’s pursuit by all the top pubs. Bochco’s “driven, narrative style” reminds Janklow of Sidney Sheldon, his client of 25 years. The “Hollywood” story is told through the mouth of an agent with wonderful roles “for women of a certain age,” Janklow adds. By the way, the title’s tentative . . . Sheldon’s next (“and his best,” Janklow adds), “Are You Afraid of the Dark,” is due out (from Morrow) next year . . . “My Man Godfrey” has been optioned for B’way — as a musical — by East of Doheny’s Kelly Gonda, among the producers of “Flower Drum Song” in L.A. and “The Full Monty” in London. “My Man Godfrey” was the hilarious 1936 film starring the priceless duo of William Powell and Carole Lombard, directed by Gregory LaCava from a script by Morrie Ryskind and the book’s author, Eric Hatch. It boasted one of the greatest assemblages of characters ever to grace the screen: Eugene Pallette, Alan Mowbray, Mischa Auer and Franklin Pangborn plus ladies Gail Patrick and Alice Brady. The 1957 film starred the inimitable David Niven and the delicious June Allyson. Henry Koster directed the latter outing. Can you wait to see these roles revived! . . . Director Arthur Allan Seidelman has assembled this cast for a “Mack and Mabel” concert March 31 at Lincoln Center: Jerry Herman, Douglas Sills, Karen Ziemba, Leslie Uggams, Harvey Fierstein, Gary Beach, the Rockettes, Donna McKechnie, Sutton Foster, Jason Graae, with bash to follow at Tavern on the Green.
I GUESS ALL IS FORGIVEN between the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the U.S. Postal Service. Back on May 2, 2000, I broke the story that 4,000 Oscar ballots — four-fifths of the voting total — were lost in the mail, forcing a new batch to be sent out prompting the Acad to extend the voting deadline by two days. And 20 years previously the ballots were also “lost” and the post office agreed to send new ones out by special delivery. Well, like I said, all must be forgiven as the post office and the Acad team Feb. 25 as the final ballots will be mailed out — with a ceremony at the Academy where the envelope going to each branch member will bear one of the (12) new stamps honoring the filmmaking industry. The Acad’s John Pavlik tells me it’s no problem to have the Acad branch members’ ballot envelopes ready for its respective branch-honoring stamp. P.S.: The Acad’s voting “members at large” will be stamped randomly. This event, a first, natch, will also be open to the public to get their licks in.
LYNN REDGRAVE’S EX, John Clark, has married again, to Miyuki Tsunoda. She winged here from Japan after their meeting on the Internet. Clark (“60 years in showbiz”) and Tsunoda (36) were married in Las Vegas . . . Ted Turner will be in D.C. Monday for the preem of Ted Turner Pictures’ “Gods and Generals.” Ron Maxwell, who directed, produced and wrote, is working on the script of the final pic in the Civil War trilogy, “The Last Full Measure.” Bob Dylan’s closing-titles song, “Crossing Over the Green Mountain,” is out on Sony. Dylan, in period costume and aboard a white horse, also filmed a video. . . . Minnie Driver, who plays “a total tramp” in her “Will & Grace” guestint tonight, will head to Berlin with “Owning Mahowny” in which she’s the sweet, suffering girlfriend of Philip Seymour Hoffman. “Mahowny” bowed at Sundance. And she’s setting a date for a limited run on London’s West End in David Mamet’s “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” after which she’ll ready her own NBC series for ’04 . . . Betty Garrett back-to-backed guestints in “Boston Public” and “Becker” . . . “A Night of Comedy” at the BevHills Hotel honored Gloria and Mike Franks and Estelle and Carl Reiner for two decades-plus of celeb tennis-golf fundraisers to the Kayne-Eras Center. The “comedy” was furnished by Fritz Coleman, John Byner, Jay Johnson, Sid Caesar, Wendy Liebman (she should have a series!) and Red Buttons, the songs by Jody Berry, Stan Daniels and Dale Kristien.
HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY to Fabian, who continues to tour with the Legends of Pop (Bobby Vee, Tommy Roe, Brian Hyland and the Cliftons) as well as the Golden Boys (Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell) . . . Ace publicist Julian Myers, who will be 85 on Feb. 22, won the Chinatown New Year’s 10K for males 75-99 — and will run in the L.A. Marathon March 2 . . . Madame Wu greeted guests at her namesake restaurant, Madame Wu’s Asian Bistro in the Grove, to celebrate the Year of the Sheep . . . And the Peninsula’s Ali Kasiksi greeted guests as they arrived at the Verandah Room laden with every variety of Chinese cuisine. Kasiksi also was introducing the hotel’s new “ambassador,” Frank Bowling, formerly with the Hotel Bel-Air . . . Among guests, Jimmy Murphy, who bows his Jimmy’s Tavern in West L.A. in April on the site of Primi. Son Sean joins dad in the new eatery . . . Bernard Erpicum, formerly of Spago on Sunset, has joined (Silvio) De Mori’s in the Rodeo Collection in BevHills. Guests there recently included Salma Hayek and Edward Norton . . . Brad Pitt and Guy Ritchie at Mastro’s obliged paparazzi who waited for ’em at the front door . . . Matteo’s Jackie Jordan, who brought in bigscreens for their successful Super Bowl party, is now planning to ditto for Oscar night . . . Connie Stevens hosted a party at Sofi’s (Greek eatery) for pal Lainie Kazan. Her “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” co-star Michael Constantine was among those on hand . . . Nia Vardalos tells me she can’t get over the change in her life — now she’s busy shooting the CBS series — while also pre-recording songs for Universal’s “Connie and Carla,” which she also wrote, stars and exec produces.