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‘Tomatoes’ sequel looking for green

GOOD MORNING: Some sequel–and some don’t. “Fried Green Tomatoes” is back in the frying pan. It’s “in the beginning of financing stages” for a $ 15 million followup feature, says Electric Shadow Prods.’ Shannon Silverman, who produced the film (with Electric Shadow Prods. partners Sara Duvall, Anne Marie Gillen and Yuriko Matsubara). Norman Lear’s Act III Communications, Avnet/Kerner and Universal are deciding who puts up the development dough, etc. Of course they’re hoping to reteam Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson. But Fanny Flagg, reached at her home in Magnolia Springs, Ala., told us she would first have to write two other novels for Random House and a script, “Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man,” for Scott Rudin. So when would she write another “Tomato” (please note the spelling, Dan Quayle)? Well, it took five years for the first one to get fried into a feature. … With “Pet Sematary II” readying for release, we asked director Mary Lambert what about “III”? “Only if Paramount wants to do it on Mars–with no pets. Dealing with animals is so frustrating. I’ve never had any pets. I’d rather have a child–eventually they (children) do get toilet-trained.” Lambert’s a new mother–son Jordan DuVivier Gary arrived eight weeks ago. “He’s the best thing I ever did,” she smiles. Her next film, coincidentally, is “Mine, ” for New Line–about a newborn baby who is stolen. “It’s a thriller–not in the horror genre,” says Lambert, who promises “Pet Sematary II” is definitely scary. “It’s aimed straight for those who want a good scare. I enjoy making horror movies–they don’t have to be subtle or pull any punches” And her husband, producer-director Jerome Gary, returns to the genre of ecdysiast-themed pix with “Table Dancer.” … While the London papers were searching for Mick Jagger since he split with Jerry Hall, Jagger showed up here Saturday p.m. at the Columbia Bar & Grill with two beautiful backup singers–and watched amateur vocalists on a monitor of the new Karaoke machine installed in the eatery. … And while the tabs tell of the Deidre Hall-Steve Sohmer imminent baby via a surrogate mother, Hall is in front of NBC cameras in “Woman on a Ledge” playing a woman so desperate to conceive she’s suicidal. The show opens with her–on a ledge readying to jump.

THE HOLLYWOOD WOMEN’S Political Committee $1,000-a-ducat Democandidate fundraiser at Ted Fields’ Sept. 16 now also boasts Bill Clinton attending, plus Annette Bening and Warren Beatty, Nichols & May performing and Geena Davis pitching the welcoming speech. … Aaron Spelling had to vacate his offices in the Wilshire Courtyard–to make room for his locationing “Malibu 2000” troupe. So where did Spelling go? To his house in–Malibu. And we hello’d him dining with Frank Mancuso at Wolfgang Puck’s Granita in Malibu, Saturday night. Just social? Mancuso recently also lunched with Lew Wasserman. Also just social, he says. Also at Granita, the Johnny Carsons, Irwin Winklers, Peter Yateses, Alan Bergmans and Gary Goldbergs, Carole Bayer Sager and Bob Daly. … Sunday night at the 20th anni of Mitzi Shore’s Comedy Store, Richard Pryor surprised all by going on stage (to a standing ovation) telling his fight with multiple sclerosis as only he could–getting laughs out of his condition. He arrived with his physical therapist, also L.B. and Peter Bogdanovich. Although frail, Pryor was brilliant and, as Bogdanovich described him, “gallant and courageous.” Pryor told me, “I was just touching the water to find out if they like me.” He got a second standing ovation when he left the stage. That’s the answer, Richard. … “This Is Orson Welles” by Welles and Bogdanovich–interviews taped 24 years ago in eight cities around the world–hits the bookstalls by Harper/Collins in October–and the tapes with Welles’ voice will also be audio’d by the publisher.

IT WAS A BUSY SUMMER SUNDAY: In the afternoon, the American Cancer Society held its California Spirit VIII on a knoll in the North Beverly Park gated community where $25 million homes are rising. Nine of the town’s top eateries contributed their chefs and chef d’oeuvres. The event was spearheaded by Wolfgang Puck and the benefit (rained out last month) grossed $90,000. Sherry Lansing was host committee chair with event co-chairs Pati Miller-Gianne and Kelly Brown. Joe Marino and his orch musicked for the happy crowd. … And later, at 2 Rodeo Drive, Tiffany’s was the setting of the kickoff for the Society of Singers’ Oct. 23 BevHilton “Ella Lifetime Achievement Award” to Tony Martin. He was there with beautiful wife Cyd Charisse. This group was welcomed by SOS prez Ginny Mancini (there with Hank), and other musick’ers Della Russell Koenig, Jack Jones, Jerry Vale, Michael Feinstein, plus Carol Burnett, Ann Miller, Tom Bosley , etc. Ella (Fitzgerald) couldn’t make it–but will be at the Oct. 23 event, we’re assured. John Patterson of Tiffany’s hosted–Tiffany designed the crystal award. … Agent Johnny Maschio suffered a stroke and is recuping at St. John’s where we spoke with him. … AIDS watch: AIDS Project LA needs volunteers to phone APLA’s 3,500 clients occasionally. A phone conversation means much to them. … Youth AIDS Foundation needs emergency funding. It offers peer counseling for teens with HIV/AIDS.

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