GOOD MORNING: I have never heard Jack Lemmon as enthusiastic about anything he’s done as when he talks about “Glengarry Glen Ross,” the New Line movie version of David Mamet’s play co-starring Lemmon, Al Pacino, Alan Arkin, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Jonathan Pryce and Kevin Spacey. So I wasn’t surprised when Lemmon told me he and Mamet have agreed to partner on another film. It’s Mamet’s 1977 one-act play “A Life in the Theater.” Last year, F. Murray Abraham and Anthony Fusco starred in the revival. “It’s a nice, quiet little movie,” sez Lemmon. “No sex, no violence–it just takes place between an older and a younger actor in a dressing room, backstage in the theater. Can that man write! We’re definitely going to do it.” Lemmon, as you recall, has been paged by Blake Edwards to star on B’way with Julie Andrews in the musicalized “Victor/Victoria, ” but he says, “That’s a ways to go.” And now Lemmon’s also been asked by producer Noel Pearson to star in the Tony-winning “Dancing at Lughnasa” in its 12-week stand in L.A. “It’s one of the great scripts,” says Lemmon, “but I’d hate to see a non-Irishman in it.” Although he admits being able to carry off the Irish carbon in “Juno and the Paycock,””I’m still thinking about it.” Pearson also is trying to land Liza Minnelli for the legit musical “Kicks,” about a would-be Rockette. Pearson, you recall, is teamed with Gregory Peck in the latter’s Atticus Prods. banner’s version of Ingmar Bergman’s “Wild Strawberries,” Americanized into “Dr. Demott.” … All Lemmon’s projects await his return from the Deauville and Venice fest accolades for “Glengarry,” plus a toasting in N.Y. for the Actors Fund Sept. 14, then here on the 15th to receive the Population Environment Award. Word must be out on “Glengarry”–Lemmon and the film also have been invited to fests in Edinburgh, China, Cologne and Chile. “I’ve just come back from buying a whole batch of dress shirts,” said Lemmon yesterday.
A COP PULLED OVER Charlton Heston, driving in his Corvette, Wednesday. “What did I do wrong?” asked the thesp. “You didn’t do anything wrong,” said the cop–“I just wanted to thank you.” You recall Heston’s dramatic reading last week at the WB annual meet to protest their release of Ice-T’s “Cop Killer.” … Bob Wachs and Andrew Dice Clay settled their management suit, to manager Wachs’ satisfaction, he sez, sans divulging numbers. … And Michael Viner sez he won the arbitration vs. director Steven Stern, gaining creative control of the Dove feature “Change of Heart.” Thus the movie goes back for final shoots with new director Claudio Guzman. … Hattie Winston, who plays the outspoken housekeeper Gloria Davis on ABC’s “Homefront,” says the “Take My Hand” seg, which was to have been the second aired but was shelved, will be seen next Tuesday. She claims the web thought it was “too emotional for a new show. And people would have thought it was that kind of a show.” A WWII vet, en route home to the household where Davis (Winston) works, is killed. Winston, a singer as well, delivers a spiritual farewell to the lad. It was the only time she sang in the first season–“But I’m told I’ll sing more,” she smiled. The new season will also have some controversial stories, she’s told. Winston’s presenting, along with James Stovall and the “Once on This Island” cast, an AIDS benefit, “On the Road for a Cure,” Aug. 3 at the Westwood Playhouse. The legit company devotes one night at each city on the tour to benefit the Actors’ Fund’s AIDS Initiative. … The cable industry’s first AIDS action event, “Cable Positive,” raised $10,000 for AmFAR at Wednesday’s meet at Columbia Pictures’ lot, where PSAs starring Elizabeth Taylor were previewed, plus a screening of Col’s “Single White Female.” … The primary beneficiary of the “Magic Weekend,” Aug. 15-16 at the Forum, will be the Ariel Project for the Prevention of HIV Transmission From Mother to Infant– named after Elizabeth and Paul Michael Glaser’s daughter who died of AIDS. It’s a joint venture between the Magic Johnson and Pediatric AIDS foundations. Elizabeth tells me her appearance at the Democonvention (not a dry eye in the house) has resulted in a “huge, generous reaction.” A Sept. 26 Children’s Concert is now planned for the U Amphi. … The deal’s complete for Julia Roberts to star in “The Pelican Brief” for Alan Pakula at WB.
NOTHING–BUT NOTHING is going to interfere with Rod Steiger being on hand with wife Paula for their Feb. ’93 stork arrival. (Steiger is skedded for a September start of “The Magician.”) Rod (67) and Paula (33) got word from the medic yesterday that all’s well. … Pia Zadora’s 7-year-old daughter, Kady, who has appeared with momma in her nitery act, will join Pia in the musical legiter “Too Short to Be a Rockette” when it bows at the Spreckels theater in San Diego July 30. The Smith/Hemion production also celebrates the Spreckels’ 80th anni. … Jane March (“The Lover”) signed with InterTalent. … NBC guest relations had to turn away requests for the SRO “Tonight Show” tonight as Howard Stern guests with Jay Leno. … The L.A. Times’ Al Martinez, toasted by fellow scribes and celebs at the Hunan Cafe on publication of his “Dancing Under the Moon” (St. Martin’s Press), will also be on hand tomorrow at Dutton’s. Westside Vince Waldron is writing “When Television Came of Age: The Definitive History of the Dick Van Dyke Show” for Hyperion.