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Paramount’s sending off Lansing in V.I.P. style

GOOD MORNING: Sherry Lansing is moving close to her alma mater, 20thCentury-Fox. She’s departing the Paramount lot March 1 and into an office in the Fox Plaza Building where Marvin Davis held forth. Before leaving Paramount, where she’s held reign for 12 years, the studio will give her a sendoff Feb. 16 starting with ceremonies marking her hand and footprints in the forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theater. That night, 2,000 Paramount employees (no outsiders) will party the well-loved Lansing when the Studio Theater will be named for her. Sherry says “I feel wonderful to be leaving the studio in such good shape.” She intends to devote her energies to the stem cell initiative, the Jimmy Carter Center, posts on the University of California Regents, the University of Chicago, the Red Cross and the Rand Corp., among other activities. “It’s time for a new chapter,” she says. She also plans to accompany husband Billy Friedkin on his treks to Tel Aviv, Turin and wherever he’ll direct operas (he’s now prepping one in Munich) … But she also says she’ll stay around Paramount “as long as Brad Grey wants — he is a good friend” … Meanwhile, Bernie Brillstein and Grey had a quiet dinner at the Polo Lounge of the BevHills hotel. Grey pointed to a booth, saying to Bernie, “That’s where you hired me — 20 years ago.” Although Brillstein already had a 20-year-old successful management company, he said of Grey, “I saw a winner with heart.” While the successor to Grey in the Brillstein-Grey company is not yet established, Bernie assures he will not return to the partnership. They split everything equally. Bernie will simply(!) continue managing his 15 clients. One of ’em, f’rinstance, is Lorne Michaels, a client of 32 years, who has a pact at Grey’s new site, Paramount, where he’s prepping the films “Hot Rods” and “Mall Cops.” It will be interesting to see how the new relationship between the new studio topper and his former partner makes for successful production. “Confusing, isn’t it,” mused Brillstein. “And I’m going to miss him (Grey) — for the laughter.”

HE’LL ALWAYS BE the top of my list,” says Kate Winslet of Leonardo DiCaprio with whom she costarred in “Titanic.” She is at the Santa Barbara Film Festival tonight to receive her honors whereas Leo was the recipient Sunday night. “We could have both gone completely wrong after ‘Titanic,'” she says. They are on the phone to each other regularly. … Winslet has received her fourth Oscar nomination (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) and she allows, “I know I’ve been there before, but this time it feels more exciting than ever. It’s the best (recognition) I’ve ever been given.” She’s also nominated for an SAG award. “It’s hard to believe — and I’m only 29.” She says working with Jim Carrey “was an eye-opening experience in my profession. The experience was fantastic. The whole experience changed me a lot. I had no idea how many walls of fear I had to climb to accomplish that role. I had to tear them down.” She is also on screen in “Finding Neverland” which has seven Oscar nominations and a SAG nod for the cast. Nine months after welcoming her son, she did a four-week stint in “Romance and Cigarettes” for John Turturro with Susan Sarandon, Christopher Walken, James Gandolfini, etc. She says the project took four years to get made. “And it was not easy, running from the set to breast feed the baby.” She next stars in a new version of the 1945 Oscar-winning “All the King’s Men” to film in Louisiana. In the pic, she has an unrequited love affair with Jude Law. The film costars Sean Penn. Kate says director Steven Zaillian has forbidden her from seeing the original pic. “But I plan to do so — right after I finish,” she laughed.

IN DAVOS, Switzerland, the “World Economic Forum: Taking Responsibility for Tough Choices” wound Saturday with events including a dinner co-hosted by Sandy Climan (“The Aviator”), and Michael J. Wolf with a combination showbiz-media group that included Bill Berkman, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, Chris Tucker, David Stern, Norman Perlstein, James Murdoch, the BBC’s Mark Thompson, Variety‘s Charlie Koones, well as a hefty group of world political leaders — plus Angelina Jolie, and award-winners Richard Gere and Lionel Richie … The Museum of Television and Radio’s toast to “Happy Days’ 30th Anni Reunion” (airs Thursday on ABC), brought out the original cast and creators who delighted in reminiscing in grand style at the BevHills h.q. They recalled the off-camera camaraderie — like the weekend softball games — and a visit to service sites including Japan where they beat a Marine softball team — twice. They recalled how great it was working on the Paramount lot where one day Ron Howard and Henry Winkler watched Francis Ford Coppola direct a scene with Robert De Niro in “The Godfather.” “Happy Days” were indeed a part of television’s happy days … Vet Hollywood press agent Chuck Panama celebrates his 80th (active) birthday today. Congrats … Colleen Camp partied “Sideways'” director-cowriter Alexander Payne at her home with guests including the pic’s cowriter Jim Taylor, producer Michael London and stars, Oscar nominees Virginia Madsen, Thomas Haden Church and Sandra Oh (Payne’s wife). Other guests included Meg Ryan, Tim Robbins, Penny Marshall, Jason Patric, Reese Witherspoon, producer/casting director Bonnie Timmermann with Jason Statham, one of the stars of Timmermann’s “London,” which started filming Monday … Fred Travelena receives his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Thursday in front of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel … Rip Torn just wrote a check to the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance — which is how he likes to celebrate when he’s on a roll. Ira Sach’s “Forty Shades of Blue,” in which Torn stars, won a Sundance prize, and “The Sisters,” in which he also costars, opens the Tribeca fest. He’s now in Miami costarring in “Retirements” with Peter Falk, Ossie Davis and George Segal and he follows with “Funny Peculiar”. Nothing peculiar about his reason to celebrate.

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