Hopkins sinks teeth into ‘Dracula’ role

GOOD MORNING: Anthony Hopkins, who won the Oscar for his “Silence of the Lambs” portrayal of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, gets an expanded role of Dr. Van Helsing in Francis Coppola’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula.” Hopkins is here to film added footage as Coppola enlarges Hopkins’ on-camera role also to that of narrator. It was not in the movie as originally scripted. Hopkins also recorded an off-camera narration in London last week before being called back here to loop. Friday, Hopkins visits old pal Mac St. Johns, now living at the Motion Picture Country House & Hospital. And Sunday, Tony makes his second appearance as emcee at the Westwood Presbyterian Church’s P.A.T.H. (People Assisting the Homeless) fund-raiser. Tyne Daly chairs. In September, he starts Merchant/Ivory/Mike Nichols/Col’s “The Remains of the Day,” again teamed with “Howards End’s” Emma Thompson. … “The Postman,” starring Tom Hanks, “is a picture that will affect millions of people,” predicts producer Steve Tisch, who has been working on the WB movie for five to six years.”It’s a very special picture–and it’s not cheap (in the $ 30 million-$ 40 million class). It’s a movie that offers hope and faith–and it’s necessary these days,” says the very hopeful and determined Tisch. Eric Roth is scripting, and Hanks is “passionate” and highly involved in the preparation with Tisch on the movie, about the “reunification of society after an apocalypse.” Several directors want to helm–now that Ron Howard is unavailable. There are also several great femme roles, adds Tisch. “They play an important part in the refabrication of the country.” He’s also readying “Long Island,” which he describes as “a combination ‘Graduate’ and ‘Risky Business’ of the ’90s.” Laura Dern, who got an Emmy nomination for Tisch’s HBO “Afterburn,” is now reading “L.I.,” which is a coming-of-age story about her and a 22-year-old boy Right now, Tisch is readying for the Aug. 11 first (of five) CBSegs of “Freshman Dorm.” Tisch says, “CBS feels if Fox can attract audiences with (Spelling’s) ‘90210’ and ‘Melrose Place,’ so can they. And they are being very supportive of this show.” Tisch swears he has not seen either of the Spelling series. He feels that even if audiences didn’t go to college, they’ll relate to the story–which is really about kids away from home for the first time. In a coed dorm?

JACKIE BISSET, who just signed with Wm. Morris, is off to Sydney to star in the big-screen “Crime Broker” for Portman Entertainment, with Ian Barry directing. Jackie will be there until October. And Wm. Morris, which also recently signed Nancy Dowd, set a hefty deal for her untitled original comedy at Columbia, with Laura Ziskin to produce. … Eric Bogosian returned to Wm. Morris. … Molly Ringwald’s in Paris to star with Patrick Dempsey in Chrusalide/Movie Group’s “Face the Music.” … Hugh Wilson is scripting/will direct his “Guarding Tess” at Par for producer Scott Rudin. … Six-year-old Mason Gamble gambols with Walter Matthau, Chris Lloyd and Lea Thompson in “Dennis the Menace.” … “Baywatch” producer David Braff has promised series star David Hasselhoff that a ‘copter and powerboat will be on hand should David’s expectant wife, Pamela, hear the stork’s wings flapping while the show’s locationing aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line’s M.S. Southward off Mexico Sept. 21-25. … Deborah Chenoweth has taken a leave of absence from her column on Beverly Hills 213 to await the birth of son Robert Parker Chenoweth. Deborah says, “I’m doing a ‘Murphy Brown’ “–as a single, expectant working mother. No marriage (or any) plans for her with the baby’s father, Debbie’s old b.f., an Aspen attorney. … She’ll be baby-showered by Nikki Haskell and Jack Haley Jr. Aug. 14. … Jane and Rick Kellard, exec producer of ABC’s “Room for Two,” now make room for three–as son Jackson arrived July 26. They have two daughters. … Laura Roman and agent John Ufland will wed Aug. 15 at the Bel-Air Country Club. He’ll be bachelor-partied Aug. 8 at the Dunes in Vegas. … Rick Pallack is all over the tube at the Olympics–thanks to Ahmad Rashad, Bob Costas and Chick Hearn, who are wardrobed by Pallack for Barcelona.

A RECUPERATED DALE EVANS will be on hand at the Golden Boot Awards Aug. 15 at the Century Plaza to present the award to her stunt double Alice Van Springsteen–who also doubled for Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Ava Gardner, Susan Hayward and Betty Grable in their daring scenes. … Johnny Grant does the Boot welcoming intros, Pat Buttram emcees and Iron Eyes Cody gives a traditional Native American blessing. … Residents of the Motion Picture & TV Fund’s retirement community are making 100 ceramic boot centerpieces to be raffled. … A.C. Lyles will receive his Golden Boot from longtime pal Ronald Reagan via videotape, as R.R. will be busy with GOP convention doings in Houston. … Manny Harmon batons a 22 -piece orch for the GOPers at the Astrodome. It’s his eighth convention for ’em, having started with the Eisenhower candidacy. He’s also tooted for three Inaugural (GOP) Balls. … Prince Rainier, Mariapia Fanfani (wife of Italy’s former prez), Luisa and Roger Moore, and Sophia Loren and son Eduardo were among guests at “Altogether for Peace” at Loews Monte Carlo, benefiting Santo Domingans with food, medicine, clothing.