GOOD MORNING: Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke will be back together in front of the cameras later this month. It’s for the DVD for the 40th anni of “Mary Poppins,” a film that received 13 Oscar nominations, including a win for Julie. Julie and Dick will be joined on the Disney DVD — and on the piano — by Richard Sherman. He, with brother Bob, wrote the “Mary Poppins” music for which they won two Oscars, one for the score, the other for “Chim Chim Cheree.” (As we all know, their other tune, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” became part of our language.) DVD will go beyond the usual celeb-interview addition to a disc: It will include Julie and Dick segueing into an animated scene especially created for the DVD. Meanwhile, the “Mary Poppins” musical is set to bow in Bristol, England, Sept. 15 en route to London, Dec.15 … Julie will also be on screen, vocally, May 21 as Cameron Diaz’ mom, Queen Lillian, in “Shrek 2.” Later this year, she stars in “Princess Diaries 2.” Meanwhile, Van Dyke has taped a reunion with Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie and Carl Reiner for the May 11 CBS “The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited.” CBS’ Ray Romano will appear as a lead-in to the reunion show … Reiner is also winding the final (of 13) segs in the animated “Father of the Pride” series from DreamWorks for NBC and then segues into the start of “Ocean’s 12″ in Chicago … Speaking about Romano, Peter Boyle was optimistic that “Everybody Loves Raymond” would return next season when I spoke to him at Spago. Meanwhile, Boyle is also enjoying his success on the large screen — scaring the kiddies again in “Scooby-Doo 2.” “I’m just lucky to be so scary ,” he laughed modestly … As usual, Wolfgang Puck was making his rounds at his BevHills eatery and frankly admitted to me he recently was a very nervous chef — as a contender in the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” competition — with a promised “surprise” final battle between Wolfgang vs. Masaharu Morimoto. “It’s a scene no Iron Chef fan will forget,” I’m forewarned.BACKSTAGE AT THE GEFFEN will toast Karl Malden on April 19 for his service to the theater on whose board he’s been a voice since its beginning. Another Oscar winner, Tom Hanks, will make the presentation to Malden. The “Backstage” show will feature appearances by Annette Bening, Jason Alexander, the Smothers Brothers, Amy Pietz, Debbie Allen, Beau Bridges, James Farentino, Sharon Lawrence, Peter Bonerz and Jim Burrows. Christine Lahti and Tommy Schlamme will cohost. And Gil Cates will preview the second theater — with a view of the house to come … A million-$ was raised at the American Jewish Committee’s toast to Joe Roth as he received the Dorothy and Sherrill C. Corwin Human Relations Award at the BevWilshire. Roth admitted it was “my friend of 20 years, Tom Sherak, who connived me into coming here tonight.” Tim Allen, who will star in Revolution Studios’ about-to-start John Grisham’s “Skipping Christmas” directed by Roth, m.c’d. And Oprah Winfrey, who starred for Roth when at Disney in “Beloved,” made the presentation following a heartwarming insight into Roth’s personality and unique, humane modus operandi. Winfrey returned to Chicago where today she’ll tape Donald Trump for a Thursday airing. Next week, her “Oprah Winfrey Presents” starts filming “Their Eyes Were Watching God” starring Halle Berry for ABC … The SRO toast to Roth included a table of Acad toppers for whom Roth had produced the 76th Oscars: Frank Pierson, Bruce Davis, Michael Seligman, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, John Pavlik, CBS’ Les Moonves. Also there, U’s Stacey Snider, Sony’s Amy Pascal, Michael Lynton, Jeff Blake, Geoff Ammer and Revolution’s Rob Moore, Todd Garner, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Terry Curtin, also JimWiatt, Skip Brittenham, Ice Cube, Armyan Bernstein. Peter Weil made the opening remarks and Rabbi Gary Greenbaum, the invocation. BOB DALY, CHAIRMAN and CEO of the L.A. Dodgers for four seasons, was on hand for Monday’s opening day game vs. the San Diego Padres – “just as I’ve been at every opening game in my life” — dating back to Brooklyn, he said. Daly still hasn’t decided on which field to tackle next, but after his lengthy top executive jobs at CBS, WB and the Dodgers, Daly (67) still maintains, “I will no longer be locked to a desk seven days a week. But I will get involved with someone” … This is the final year Tom Sherak will chair the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Southern California Chapter’s 30th annual Dinner of Champions — Sept. 14 at the Century Plaza. The dinner honoring 20th’s Tom Rothman will also be co-chaired by Roland Mesa. Teri Garr, who has M.S., will be the recipient of the Dorothy Corwin Spirit of Life Award … Neil Sedaka who wound one of his five times a year weeklong stints Sunday at the Orleans in Las Vegas, is set for a June 3 concert at Carnegie Hall. It’s a Yiddish concert to support the Folksbiene Theater and he’ll be joined by the Klezmatics at this gig well as another at the Ravinia Pavilion outside Chicago Aug. 11. Sedaka’s no stranger to Yiddish-themed tunes — his latest album is titled “Brighton Beach Memories, Neil Sedaka Sings Yiddish.” He says the songs “are part of my upbringing.” And they include: “Bei Mir Bist Du Shein,” ” “My Yiddishe Mamme,” and “Sunrise, Sunset.” Meanwhile, Clay Aiken’s version of his tune “Solitaire,” written 31 years ago, debuted at No. 4 on the Hot 100 singles chart. Sedaka, who guest-judged on “American Idol,” first recorded the song in 1972. Sedaka’s “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” was in Drew Barrymore’s “Riding in the Car With Boys” and his “Love Will Keep Us Together” is in “Starsky and Hutch” … … Nia Vardalos is interviewed in April 27’s the Advocate by thesp Alec Mapa. They became fast friends during the making of the Vardalos/Toni Collette costarrer, “Connie and Carla.”
Want Entertainment News First? Sign up for Variety Alerts and Newsletters!
- Petrol Advertising, Burbank, California
- Company Confidential, New York, New York
- Entertainment Partners, New York City, New York
- University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
- Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania