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GOOD MORNING: Does the upcoming communicopia of 500-channel’d fiber-optic home movie reception scare theater owners? Not AMC CEO and chairman Stan Durwood , here from his Kansas City H.Q. to be toasted by NATO this noon at the Universal Sheraton. AMC has 1,627 screens and “we’re taking it global,” he told me, “adding 300 screens a year.” The chain’s celebrating its 30th anni of going multiplex. The original 1963 twinplex in K.C. is now a 12-plex, he noted. Asked whether people won’t now prefer to stay home and watch movies, he warns, “It won’t be free. They’ll pay $ 24.95 a month for the service plus the phone bill. It will be cheaper to lie in bed! But if you want to get out of your small apartment and your small screen and see a big picture with big sound, then we’ve got you. I think we’re on the right track”… Robert Redford, out of bed and directing again, is setting Martin Scorsese to act for him in “The Quiz Show” and also winding deals with Paul Newman and Chris O’Donnell for the Disney movie … Edie Wasserman is recuping at Cedars-Sinai following hip surgery. No flowers please — a funny card will be fine — but she’d, of course, prefer you to make a contribution to the Motion Picture & TV Fund … Michelle Phillips is glad to be home after a two-week hospital stay for ulcer treatment. Phillips says she’s now A-OK … But Huntz Hall sadly told me his wife, Lee, is critical following major surgery at Cedars … Brandon Tartikoff delivers the commencement address at USC’s School of Cinema-Television at the Shrine Friday, 2 p.m. Frank Price makes the intro … Judy Arnold and Corky Hale sold their current Cosmopolitan cover story, “Sex, Lies and Sudden Death in Santa Barbara,” to Marcy Gross-Annabelle Weston Prods. for a two-hour MOW. It makes Amy Fisher look like a nun, they say. Hale, husband Mike Stoller, his partner Jerry Lieber and Hal David perform at D.C.’s Tuesday concert for Congressional members who voted for the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992.

PRESIDENT CLINTON DID NOT ATTEND the D.C. preem of WB’s “Dave,” but he did see it privately at Camp David. Producers Lauren Shuler-Donner and Ivan Reitman told me Clinton loved it — and the White House staff was “touched” by “Dave.” The movie’s great sets of the White House, duplicated magnificently by J. Michael Riva, have already been rented to three major productions (including “In the Line of Fire”), with offers coming in regularly from big and small screen producers … On hand at the preem here at the National in Westwood were the pic’s stars Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver (and her dad Pat), Charles Grodin, Frank Langella (commuting from the Music Center), plus some of the cameo stars, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Oliver Stone, screenwriter Gary Ross and Jason Reitman. Also there: Geena Davis, who next stars for Shuler-Donner in “Love in the Attic.” Everyone left the theater in an exuberant mood and it was agreed at the party following at the Armand Hammer Museum that “Dave” will be a big hit. Along Came Mary cooked up clever confections to fit the movie’s theme and setting. And the night was a hit for the Westside Children’s Center, which received $ 250,000 — enough to get a permanent home … More than $ 300,000 was raised for the Center Theatre Group’s youth theater project night at the Century Plaza, where Ava (Mrs. Chuck) Fries was awarded their Guardian Angels Award. Chuck F. headed the auction, which raised $ 135,000. Marvin Hamlisch entertained … Fred MacMurray’s family donated $ 1 million to Friends of Childhelp USA for the new Fred MacMurray Family Activity Center in Beaumont. June Haver MacMurray has been a longtime hard worker for the org. The presentation will be made May 14 at the BevHilton, where Johnny Mathis and Don Fedderson will also receive awards for their work for Childhelp. Mathis and Norm Crosby will perform.

THE COSTUME DESIGNERS GUILD celebrates its 40th anni with a 1994 datebook (always filled with frameable art) and they’re seeking to reproduce historical sketches by classic movie designers. They need to borrow drawings by those masters (Adrian, Irene, Orry-Kelly, Edith Head, Walter Plunkett, Charles LeMaire , Helen Rose, Bill Travilla, etc.). Please call the guild … Edie Adams, a member of the guild who has an extensive collection of famous designer wardrobe, provided 30 of her costumes for her role in “Tales of the City,” in which she plays a former lady-of-the-night turned faith healer … Michael Jeter (“Evening Shade”), Tony winner for “Grand Hotel,” plays his first TV musical, as Mr. Goldstone in “Gypsy”… Flossie and Bill Wellman Jr. are celebrating their 32nd wedding anni. He’s readying a docu on his late, great director father, lovable “Wild Bill” Wellman … Friends are saddened to learn of the death of Robert De Niro’s father, artist Robert Sr. … Seymour Heller’s signed $ 100,000 “Star Search” winner Tom Burns … Cindy Landon opens the Malibu estate for the first time since Michael’s death, July 1, 1991, for the Free Arts Clinic fashion show-luncheon May 13. Shadoe Stevens m.c.’s. Michael appeared in a fundraising video that’s still in use for the clinic.

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