GOOD MORNING: Jeffrey Katzenberg winged to Las Vegas on Saturday to show Roy Horn and Siegfried Fischbacher the first seg of DreamWorks/NBC’s “Father of the Pride” to air in Sept. They watched the computer-animated show with the duo’s longtime manager, producer and friend Bernie Yuman, also exec producer of “Pride,” in the S&R’s Jungle Palace. Horn, who is now talking “non stop” (per Yuman) told Katzenberg, “This exceeds my expectations.” Horn continues working in rehab and therapy as his physical being also continues to improve daily, says Yuman. “He is looking terrific.” Katzenberg and Yuman confirm that the duo will make on-air appearances to promote the series prior to its fall debut. Another DreamWorks product, the bigscreen feature “Shrek,” is no stranger to Siegfried and Roy’s pride of lions and tigers — the movie is on screen, hanging from the ceiling in their Jungle Palace compound where they can watch “Shrek” to their hearts’ content … In the “Father of the Pride” series, Horn is voiced by Dave Herman, Siegfried by Julian Holloway with the lion roles voiced by Carl Reiner, John Goodman, Cheryl Hines, Danielle Harris and Jon O’Hurley. Reiner and Goodman have reported to me that the shows are hilarious. Goodman is about to start his live-action half-hour series, “Center of the Universe” with Ed Asner playing his father and Olympia Dukakis his mother. And Reiner is in “The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited” special plus the bigscreen “Ocean’s 12.”
THERE WAS NO FIVE-SECOND delay when Janet Jackson “flashed a boob” as Condoleezza Rice to Darrell Hammond’s Dick Cheney on “Saturday Night Live.” Exec producer Lorne Michaels also laughingly reported that nothing in the biting comic commentary was challenged by the web’s Jeff Zucker, who was on hand. As for Jackson’s ridicule of Rice, Michaels says, “she did everything we wanted without any fuss.” The show takes a two-week break following this tough-to-follow seg. Upcoming guest hosts include Lindsay Lohan of “Freaky Friday” and the season closer hosted by the Olsens, Mary Kate and Ashley. Michaels follows with concentration on the bigscreen with his pacts with John Goldwyn and Tina Fey for Par where his “Mean Girls” preems April 19 … “Beach Blanket Babylon,” San Fran’s legit prescription for what ails anyone, celebrates its 30th anni with a series of shows at the Club Fugazi, June 4-7, each benefiting a Bay Area arts org: the American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Symphony. Each will receive $100,000. And Michael Tilson Thomas, music director of the symphony, will be performing as well (June 5) onstage at Club Fugazi. Each of the performances will include custom songs for each of the benefiting organizations as was done on the 20th and 25th annis. As the political arena will be red hot by June, you can bet “Beach Blanket Babylon” will outdo itself in comically carving candidates … Nick Clooney, George’s dad, is running (Demo) for Congress from the 4th District in Kentucky. George, who has held two fundraisers for his father, took exception to an item in the Cincinnati Enquirer in which Clooney fils, says, “the GOP’s 4th district head, Marcus Carey, noted that because of me, my father and I will ‘go down with my ship’ a reference to a film I made called ‘The Perfect Storm’.” George suggested “for future insults, let me see if I can help. It should go something like this: ‘Batman’ and his father are gonna be taught ‘The Facts of Life’ about Kentucky politics. ‘The Peacemaker’ and his old man have been campaigning ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ to prove that a deficit that’s ‘Out Of Sight’ can hurt your paycheck. ‘O Brother’ — next they’ll tell us that it would be ‘Intolerable Cruelty’ to send patients away if they can’t afford services in ‘ER’.”
SCHOLARSHIPS IN ROD STEIGER’S NAME will be presented to two UCLA students May 2 at James Bridges Theater by Dale Rosenbloom, who produced two “Shiloh” movies that starred Steiger. And he’ll also produce a third “Shiloh,” which be will dedicated to Steiger. Joan Benedict Steiger will join colleagues in speaking about Rod in a memorial following a screening of “The Pawnbroker” … The Motion Picture and Television Screen Smart Set holds its fashion show/luncheon April 14 at the Beverly Wilshire. Jayne Meadows will commentate the fashion show of Kitty B’s spring collection with models including Beverly Garland, Constance Towers Gavin, Anne Jeffreys, Patricia Kelly, Rosemarie Sack and Janice Williams. The event’s chaired by Mary Carlisle and Alix Friedman. Marlena Willis, Bruce’s mom, is president of the group which benefits the Motion Picture and Television Fund … Along with the “Queer As Folk” cast, Liza Minnelli will attend Wednesday’s bash at the Regent on Melrose for the Showtime series’ fourth season preem. The L.A. preem follows dittoes in Miami, N,Y. Chicago, Atlanta and SanFran where 100 recently married same sex couples attended and where Showtime’s prexy Bob Greenblatt received an award for pioneering efforts in TV programming.
WHEN A PARTY STARTS with caviar canapes and winds with chocolate souffles, you know the site is L’Orangerie. That’s where guests were greeted with mint juleps to get in the mood for the toasting of Linda Bruckheimer’s novel, “The Southern Belles of Honeysuckle Way.” Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg hosted — on the eve of his departure for Las Vegas. Jeffrey K. and Jerry B. are longtime friends dating back to their joint days at Disney where Jerry currently has “King Arthur” and “National Treasure” at Touchstone. When I asked Jerry if he was going to produce the pic version of his wife’s book, he smiled and joked, “What — and ruin our marriage!” … One-of-a-kind photos by (the late) Frank Worth will be on exhibit — and sale — Saturday in Palm Springs’ Desert Fashion Plaza as “Frank Worth Exposing Hollywood.” Ticket proceeds benefit the Palm Springs Walk of Stars, A Partnership for a Drug Free America and the Palm Springs High School Scholarship Program. The story of Frank Worth is a movie in itself — I knew him well, dating back to his days as L.A. Dodgers fotog while also being a Glamorville lenser. He was (way) down on his luck and after his death, his trove of priceless pix were discovered and since marketed for charities — and profit.