Newman and Jack together again

GOOD MORNING: It’s Paul Newman and Jack Nicholson together again. The last time was Nov. 4, 2002 at the Kodak Theatre in the all-star cast performance of “Nick Adams” to benefit the then-planned Painted Turtle, Hole in the Wall Camp for children with chronic illnesses. Newman and Nicholson will reteam Saturday — for the opening ceremonies of the camp at Lake Hughes, 60 miles northeast of L.A. Newman and Nicholson host the event which is the sixth Hole in the Wall camp founded since 1988 by Newman. More than 50,000 children have attended. Nicholson who has visited the California site while in progress and attended the donors’ meet also narrates a magnificent DVD presentation of the camp. When I talked with him Wednesday, he said of Newman’s creation, “It’s the greatest idea that’s come out of show business.” Newman modestly notes, “What I was trying to do was acknowledge luck.” (Would that others in the biz similarly acknowledged their “luck”)… Also performing in the opening festivities are: Joshua Bell, Savion Glover, Renee Olstead, Paul Reiser, Steven Ritz-Barr, Sugar Ray and Jamiah Simone Nash… Page and Lou Adler (he also produced “Nick Adams”) are the driving force behind this camp, which cost $28 million and where no child ever pays. Founders include Detroit Pistons’ coach Larry Brown and wife Shelly, Jami Gertz and Tony Ressler, Gil Friesen, Joan and John Hotchkis, Martha and Bruce Karsh, Ann and Jerry Moss, Janet Crown Peterson and Gunnar Peterson, Sue and Richard Nasson… A seventh Hole in the Wall Camp will open in Victory Junction, N.C., which Pattie and Kyle Petty are founding in honor of son Adam. An eighth camp is also in the works in Africa and in 2005 site in the Middle East overlooking the Sea of Galilee, serving children of Jordan and Israel… Immediately after Saturday’s festivities, Newman wings to Monterey, Mexico for the Grand Prix trials and race Sunday. Adler will be readying the 30th anni “Rocky Horror Picture Show” TV celebration — and mebbe another movie.

IN ADDITION to performers Barbra Streisand, Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond and Billy Crystal at the June 7 Disney Hall fund-raiser for the John Kerry and DNC campaigns, celeb hosts, many of whom will be making intros, include: Ben Affleck, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, Laurie and Larry David, Benicio Del Toro, Robert De Niro, Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kirsten Dunst, Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller, Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres… Ilya Salkind called from Cairo where he enthusiastically reported a windup of filming there on “Alexander the Great from Macedonia” and preparations to next location in Greece. He has financing from both countries, as well as England. The film is part of a trilogy, the first stars Scottish Sam Heughan as a 17-year-old Alexander and Christopher Cazenove as Aristotle. Jeffrey Taylor produces along with Salkind and Jalal Merhi directs. Hector Groob is in Cannes selling the PG-13 planned pic… George Stevens Jr. arrives in L.A. for Wednesday’s DGA screening of his “Separate But Equal” Emmy-winning TV’er starring Sidney Poitier, Burt Lancaster and Richard Kiley as part of the 50th anni of the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. Stevens and Joseph H. Duff, former president of the L.A. NAACP, will follow in a conversation moderated by Robert Markowitz, chair of the DGA’s Movies for Television Committee. On hand will be Stevens’ mother Yvonne who will be 99 in July. To celebrate the George Stevens’ Centennial, WB Home Video is readying a package of eight of Stevens Sr.’s films and the Academy will start screening 10 of Stevens Sr.’s chef d’oeuvres Sept. 30 on successive Mondays. Also included will be Stevens, fils’ 1984 “A Filmmaker’s Journey” with newly restored film clips N.Y.’s Museum of Modern Art will follow… Michele Lee will star in a production of “Meme” at the Hollywood Bowl, Aug. 1. Playing Vera will be Jean Smart and John Schneider plays Beauregard……. Guy Green was to receive his OBE presentation from the Queen but was sidelined from making the trip. Britain’s Consul General in L.A., Peter Hunt, and wife Anne made the presentation to Green with attendees including Green’s wife Jo, Karl Malden, Yvette Mimieux, Jean Simmons and Arthur Hiller… “Bob Hope — Thanks for the Memories” exhibit at the Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building opens Saturday. The Burbank downtown Post Office honors Bob Hope May 29 along with the introduction of the WWII Memorial Stamp… Sony’s Amy Pascal will be the honoree at the Fulfillment Fund’s 11tg annual STARS gala Oct. 13 at the BevHilton… Hugh Hefner will be booksigning his “Hef’s Little Black Book” and “Playboy 50 Years: The Cartoons” at Barnes and Noble at the Grove at Fairfax and Third Tuesday… He admits he didn’t draw any of the cartoons — but wishes he had. The signing’s at 7 p.m. and, oh yes, Playmates will be on hand, or at least in attendance…Manager J.J. (Jarret Jeremy) Erlichman, son of Miko and Marty Erlichman will be Bar Mitzvah’d May 28 (as part of an adult graduating class) at the University Synagogue. It’s a big year for J.J. who welcomed his first child Mia Jan. 4… Roger Williams receives the “Champion for Youth” award for his contributions to in-school music programs Saturday at the Griffith Middle School in Pomona… Evolution Music Partners will be the exclusive reps of Denise Rich songs. Her catalog contains over 700 tunes recorded by stars including Celine Dion, Marc Anthony, Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige… Gates McFadden of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” will narrate the Los Angeles preem of Israeli children’s opera, “The Three Legged Monster” with the L.A. Youth Orch of 50 high schools at L.A’s Milken Community High School Sunday and at Colburn Hall Monday.

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