‘Dracula’ revamps scenes

GOOD MORNING: Francis Coppola’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” which started filming last Oct. 14, is back before the cameras today and tomorrow for an added scene. New addition to the cast Jay Robinson joins co-star Keanu Reeves in an opening sequence. Last month, you recall, Anthony Hopkins was brought back for a new scene plus narration. Yesterday, Anton Coppola baton’d a 100-piece orch for the “Dracula” score. The movie will now preem ahead of sked, Nov. 10, thus avoiding conflict with “Malcolm X’s” bow. “Dracula’s” preem benefits the AFI. The weekend press junket will be on Halloween, appropriately. Col has a hefty holiday sked, starting with “Hero” Sept. 21 to benefit Camp Good Times, then “A River Runs Through It” Oct. 1. And Dec. 9, “A Few Good Men”… Look for Pierre Cossette to have another show on B’way–before the end of the year and in association with Tommy Tune, who directed and choreographed their Tony-winning “Will Rogers Follies”… Joe Eszterhas and Paul Verhoeven huddled about reteaming on another movie. Joe was also here winding “Sliver.” He next completes “Layers of Skin”–not yet up for studio bidding–and “Sixth Sense,” set for Laddie and MGM. Before “Sliver” rolls, Sharon Stone and Chris Peters are off to holiday in Hawaii … And now nature’s played a trick on Showtime’s “Taking the Heat” shooting in Toronto doubling for N.Y. The story’s set on the hottest day in the Big Apple–but Toronto’s having its coldest summer and the players have to be wrapped in overcoats before shedding and being shpritzed with “perspiration” for a take. The Viacom movie was originally titled “Heat Wave.”…Producer Gary Hoffman has signed Peter O’Toole for his first sitcom, “Mr. Wonderful,” to tape in a three-camera set-up on stage in London in ’93. “Do you mind,” O’Toole asked Hoffman, “if I don’t call it a sitcom, but rather a new, one-act play each week?” The series will be made in association with Lorimar and O’Toole plays a good-natured rake, much like his “My Favorite Year” role … The busy Hoffman is also bowing on the bigscreen in partnership with Geena Davis on a comedy, “Too Many Husbands,” financed by Germany’s Cinevox. And Hoffman’s also in post-production on “Boys Will Be Girls” for the Fox network. Corey Haim stars in the movie described by Hoffman as “‘Tootsie’ in high school.”

THE SWEET SCENT OF SUCCESS segues to country. Trisha Yearwood’s signed a deal with Revlon for a new fragrance to hit the air next year. It was originally called “Nashville” but that name hit a sour note with the testers … Victor Drai sneaked his “Weekend at Bernie’s II” in Lakewood and he says it worked better than the original. So he’ll now show it to distribs … Sarah Jessica Parker, who was bewitching in “Honeymoon in Vegas,” plays a witch in her next, “Hocus Pocus” with Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy. This week Parker wrapped Col’s “Three Rivers” in Pittsburgh … The AP’s Bob Thomas and wife Pat celebrate their 45th wedding anni Saturday. Their daughter Caroline is engaged to wed Jim McGowan next June … Book praiser Irwin Zucker and wife Devra celebrate their 35th wedding anni this weekend … Triad agent (and movie producer) Jon Sheinberg and actress Susan Ursitti will wed Sept. 12. Sheinberg signed Neil Israel to the agency … Sidney Sheldon is back from Disney World, where he was given a parade with Mickey Mouse (!) on “Sidney Sheldon Day.” He’d returned from three months abroad researching his next book as his “Stars Shine Down” (Morrow) readies for publication Sept. 28. He also has two minis upcoming, Michael Viner’s production of Sidney’s “Sands of Time,” and Aaron Spelling’s version of his “Stranger in the Mirror.” And Joel Silver’s readying to bigscreen his “Doomsday Conspiracy”… Michael Bass’ production of “World of Poetry,” a convention at the SanFran Hilton over this weekend, will feature Milton Berle, Shirley Jones, Marty Ingels, Norman Fell, Gary Coleman, Fred Willard, Darren McGavin and Sybil Danning reading poems and Ted Lange and Bernie Kopell in a scene from “Othello.”

ASK MICHAEL YORK TO SHOW YOU how he scared off six would-be robbers during his (and wife Pat’s) stay in Rio filming “Discretion Assured.” York scared us off with the demonstration during the happy time at Bice where publisher Seth Baker hosted a toasting for Beverly Hills 213’s ninth birthday. While celebs talked the slowdown in show biz, blah biz by BevHills hoteliers, restaurateurs, realtors, haberdashers was the topic of their conversations. Frances Bergen showed maternal pride getting congrats on daughter Candy’s Emmy … As France returns from its August vacation, ditto the Bistro in BevHills, now again open–with a new look a la Paris bistros with flooring now revealed instead of carpeting. Freddie Kerbach has segued from the Bistro Garden to manage while the well-liked Caspar Morselli, at the Bistro since 1965, will be available for private parties … The Forever Plaids viewed their appearance on Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” with a supper party at Kate Mantilini’s after their performance at the Canon, where yesterday the phones were ringing off the hook for ducats following their vidappearance. Among Plaid groupies at Mantilini’s: Valerie Harper, Victoria Principal and Dr. Harry Glassman, Sharon Gless and Barney Rosenzweig, Esther Williams, Estelle Getty, Steve Edwards and Andrea Barber–who has seen the show 40 times.