Blake ready to turn back the clock

GOOD MORNING: “Everyone wants to look as young as Macaulay Culkin. There’s no room anymore for craggy faces like Steve McQueen or Bogie or Lee Marvin, so I’m gonna get my face circumcised,” sez Robert Blake. He admits to 60 and sez he has a date with well-known plastic surgeon Frank Kamer for the facial surgery. So, we should see a “new” Blake when he shows up in September at the Emmys, for which he’s nominated for his lead performance in CBS’ “Judgment Day: The John List Story.” Blake, never at a loss for an opinion, defends the quality of network dramas and claims the reason cable shows outpointed the nets in telepic nominations is “because their (cable) shows are run so many times. I’m pleased I sneaked in among them (nominations)”… There were plenty of side glances and careful head-turnings at Morton’s Monday night. Former Paramount topper Brandon Tartikoff and wife Lilly arrived to join the Terry Semels and Joel Silver while nearby current Par chief Sherry Lansing was dining with Tina Sinatra … And deposed MGM boss Alan Ladd Jr. and wife Cindra, with Beth Armstrong and husband John Fiedler, were seated near CAA’s Anna Perez, there with manager Dolores Robinson … And at another table, another player in the studio game, David Kirkpatrick, dined with Suzanne de Passe … Lilly Tartikoff’s name is on Paramount stationery with Sherry Lansing’s. They are teamed as chairs with Ron Perelman on the Permanent Charities Committee’s “An Evening at the Net” Monday, launching the Volvo/L.A. tennis tourney at UCLA’s tennis center and benefiting the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program. Warren Beatty’s PCC chair and Chris Evert and Garry Shandling host, Celine Dion sings. Dustin Hoffman will be one of the celeb doubles players with Andre Agassi (will you-know-who be there?) … Lilly T. has also been busy (faxing from her New Orleans home) plans for the Revlon/UCLA Dec.6 nighttime gala co-chaired with Jane Semel and next year’s 5K Revlon Run for Women for the same UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program. The Tartikoffs return Aug. 7 to New Orleans, where daughter Calla continues her progress toward recovery.

“YOU’RE SITTING HERE in a room with everyone who loves you — and who has made money off you — and will continue to make money off you,” quipped Garry Marshall as he m.c.’d festivities at the party ICM’s Elaine Goldsmith gave newlyweds Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett at Tuttobene, also Monday p.m. Good wishes and gags continued from guests, who included Roberts’ “Pelican Brief” co-star Denzel Washington, who also had a couple of days off their movie in D.C. … Also there, Nick Nolte, who next co-stars with Roberts in “I Love Trouble,” and Harold Becker, who’ll direct, and Joe Roth, who produces. Also there, the Jeff Bergs, Michael Black and the Bob Altmans. Julia toasted her agent, Goldsmith … Garry Marshall — readying Anne (Rice) Rampling’s “Exit to Eden” for Dana Delany, Rosie O’Donnell, Dan Aykroyd and Paul Mercurio (“Strictly Ballroom”) — says his Savoy movie, “an examination of the sexual mores and confusion of the ’90s,” will be “my most interesting endeavor — and it will be beautiful”… Wesley Snipes wound his role in “Demolition Man” Monday — he was to have completed the end of May. Sylvester Stallone’s due to wind at week’s end … Robert Evans has gotten several extensions from Simon & Schuster on his autobiog, “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” but has a Friday deadline to meet.

THE “BARNEY” BANDWAGON rolls on. Sheryl Leach and Beth Ryan met with Par, the only studio they’d missed on previous trips here, to talk the friendly dino’s feature, for which they now have a treatment. The dino’s duo is also here for the PBS press tour, and they met CBS, ABC and NBC exex for next year’s network spec. “Barney” will appear at a benefit concert at the N.Y. Paramount during the Grammy festivities next year. Thursday, “he” appears at the N.Y. press preview of his EMI record (first revealed here). Kids ages 4-8 will wear “press” hats and “interview””Barney”… Davis Gaines, who played his 900th performance as “The Phantom of the Opera” last Saturday — finale’s Aug. 29 — today appears in final audition for “Sunset Boulevard’s” Joe Gillis role opposite Glenn Close for director Trevor Nunn. Patrick Cassidy also sings for Nunn (and Andrew Lloyd Webber?) today at the Methodist Church audition … Bob Wagner’s in San Antonio co-starring in the “Heaven & Hell: North & South III” ABC mini, playing a heavy, Cooper Main. Wagner winds Aug. 13 and starts the first of four “Hart to Harts” for NBC, reteaming with Stefanie Powers and Lionel Stander on the web’s wheel … Carol Burnett tapes her CBS pilot, “Burnett,” Friday. She plays twins in a soap scripted by Bob Moloney … Add Brillstein/Grey’s new pilot “Kid’n Play” for the Fox network … Frankie Laine, today bidding farewell to Nan Grey, his wife of 43 years, told me her two favorite songs were “That’s My Desire” and “Blue Moon.” He sang the latter to her “when we were dancing on our first date.”

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