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Jerry Weintraub takes “Ocean’s 13” out for its first public screening Thursday, Feb. 1, in Phoenix. The company had still been shooting in Las Vegas earlier this week. The film opens June 8 and Weintraub happily claims it’s the best of the series.

His “Nancy Drew” film has its premiere the following week, June 15. Jerry has no film starting plans — at this moment.

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Sidney Sheldon had hoped to make it to his 90th birthday, Feb. 11, when a dinner party was in the talking stage. He agreed — only if the evening was to be a fun roast.

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Page Cavanaugh, whose loving pianistics have charmed music lovers for a lifetime, was toasted on his 85th birthday with a BevHills Hotel party where guests were also invited to urge the Hollywood Walk of Fame Committee to OK a star for him.

Fellow musicians on hand applauding Cavanaugh included: Corky Hale and Mike Stoller, Ray Evans (celebrating his 92nd), Nancy Sinatra Sr. and Jr. who had recorded recently with Cavanaugh,  Donald Kahn, Steve Tyrell, Helen Grayco.

And later in the Polo Lounge, Tony Cobb delighted us with his clever noteworthy vocal improvisations weaving guests’ names into lyrics and music.

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Engelbert Humperdinck shot wraparounds for Hallmark Channel Presents From The Heart: “The Best Ever  Hallmark Cards Commercials,” live on Hallmark Channel, Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 4. Barbara Niven cohosts.

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Shelley Berman guestarred again this Tuesday on “Boston Legal” as Judge Sanders. Berman dons his hairpiece for this off bet judge while he appears au naturel as Larry David’s father in “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Berman’s new-found popularity has cost him several standup stints in Vegas at Harrah’s Improv and Lake Tahoe. But he’s not complaining — “Thank God I finally got old enough to get some work.”

Next month he starts teaching an eight-week, Sundays course on improvisation at the Improv Olympic. “That’s how I started — as an improvisationalist,” Berman  reminds. And that’s what you do on Larry  David’s show. However, not on David Kelley’s ” Boston Legal” where one story-line may be righteous civic indignation — and the rest of the show — whacky. Like this week’s costume office party with James Spader made up as a Candice Bergen look-alike — too close for comfort.

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Update on Tony Curtis: he’s now in a Henderson rehab having recouped from pneumonia but not as yet able to walk.

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