GOOD MORNING: Who was outfoxed, after all? Sunday night, Robert Greenwald’s feature docu “Outfoxed” was nixed commercial time on ABC’s airing of “Boston Legal.” Late Monday, Greenwald told me the publicity given “Outfoxed” and ABC nixing references to the Fox News network has already resulted in thousands of orders of the DVD ($9.95). “While the good news is that people found our Web site,” Greenwald said, “it is troubling that the network turned down an ad that was unfit in any way to air.” Greenwald’s now working on a docu that deals with “the challenges people have in trying to make a living today.” … The guestarring thesp in the second yarn on Sunday’s “Boston Legal” show featured Carl Reiner in a sensaysh performance as a senior seeking the legal OK to be frozen –before ALS takes away his normal life. Carl, thank you, is in excellent health — he’ll be 83, Sunday. This Saturday, he accepts for Sid Caesar as the latter is honored with the Genesis Awards’ first comedy category at the BevHilton. Meanwhile, his creation with Mel Broos, the 2000 Year Old Man, is revived in “The 2000 Year Old Man Goes to School” book for chidren with jokes from their old platters included on a CD within the book for Harper Collins. And Simon & Schuster will publish Reiner’s novel “NNNNN” … And talking comedians: Red Buttons, who guested on “ER” 10 years ago with four segs, is back — this time filming on the same WB Stage 11 where he says he filmed his Oscar-winning role in ‘Sayonara” in 1957.
STEVEN SPIELBERG WOUND principal phgotography on “War of the Worlds” a day late as Tom Cruise was flu-felled. Spielberg’s on a tight sked for the film’s release June 29. But he gets a night off to be honored March 24 with a Stellar Evening by the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation for his “vision, leadership and commitment to seriously ill children and their families.” Creative Intelligence and Swarovski donated tens of thousands of crystals for the invitations, tribute book and tables at the BevHilton … Garry Marshall phoned with double good news: son Scott Marshall’s pic “Lucky 13” goes into the Tribeca fest and Scott and wife Elissa welcomed son Ethan Garry Marshall March 7 … Garry’s workshopping the musical’d “Happy Days” for backers this week at the Falcom Theater. Paramount owns the legit rights as well as the stage plans for “White Christmas.” Garry’s also readying to direct the opera “The Grand Duchess” for L.A. Opera, saying, “It’s never too late to learn a new job.” … Add second generation directors: Miguel Ferrer makes his directing debut on Saturday’s “Crossing Jordan,” in which he costars. The seg, “It Happened One Night,” costars Ken Howard, making his series return. Ferrer, who says he has directed “a ton of plays” and appeared in films for 25 years, says “I’ve now stolen from some great directors” — like Spielberg, Billy Friedkin and Tony Scott. “Everyone asks me if it’s difficult directing yourself — I’ve done it many times. You’re doing it much of the time on TV, even if you’re not the director” … Dina Merrill receives the American Academy of Dramatic Arts Lifetime Achievement award April 17 at the Hotel Pierre. The Acad was her first dramatic school. … Vin Di Bona receives the Big Heart Award from the Westside Children’s Center May 5. Ava Ostern (Mrs. Chuck) Fries chairs the event honoring daughter Cari Markman who died Jan. 4, 2004 … The Professional Dancers Society Gypsy Awards Sunday at the BevHilton honored Jane Powell and Dom Deluise and included a filmed tribute to Rita Hayworth and Janet Leigh in a show produced by Alan Johnson, Miriam Nelson and Lee Hale. PDS Chair Joni Berry and Mitzi Gaynor hosted.
FROM BROADWAY to Swaziland: Bill Haber, one of the producers of “Monty Python’s Spamalot” — bowing Thursday at the Shubert with a party for 2,000 at Roseland — has a May 14 date in Swaziland for Save the Children’s World Wide Alliance of the 41 country sites. Bob Daly is the newly set chairman of the U..S. division, taking over from Tom Murphy … Haber’s latest Save the Children newsletter, which covers his trip to Indonesia, tells the heart-breaking story of the tsunami disaster … Sofia Coppola already has a date following directing “Marie Antoinette” in Versailles: On June 23, she will receive the 2005 Joe DiMaggio Award at the Waldorf-Astoria. The award’s given jointly by Xaverian and Loyola High Schools and raises money for financially needy students. Dr. Rock G. Positano, chairman of the award, confirms to me that Sofia will arrive two days before the event from the French fim location. She is the first woman honored. List of previous recipients includes Paul Simon, Regis Philbin, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Luciano Pavarotti and Rudy Giuliani. … Add international moves: the visiting chefs of the Ciragan Palace Hotel in Kampiski, Istanbul, and the Peninsula Hotel BevHills’ exec chef Sean Hardy teamed to present culinary magic of Turkey in a weeklong festival at the Peninsula. Ali Kasikci and wife Donanne hosted one of the nights for local leaders. … Nancy Reagan will be honored May 11 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington in her first visit to D.C. since the funeral of her husband. All proceeds from the dinner benefit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library … Funeral guests at services for Al Toffel March 11 at Pierce Brothers in Westwod included Anne and Kirk Douglas — who later hosted a reception. Kirk also delivered one of the eulogies … The late Herb Ritts and Mario Testino will be honored at the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Saturday. Anjelica Huston hosts the evening’s ceremony with Cameron Diaz and Vogue’s Anna Wintour presenting to Testino and Patrick Swayze presenting to Ritts’ mother Shirley.