GOOD MORNING FROM WASHINGTON: It’s hard to believe the fans here are no different from those in the smallest town in America. They were seated in bleachers on Pennsylvania Avenue, blocked off by the Planet Hollywoodians for the opening of their latest eatery here. They stayed late into Sunday night as Bruce Willis stripped down from a fashionable tailored suit and tie to shorts and T-shirt as he led his Red Devils in a concert that certainly could have been heard as far away as the White House by the Clinton fans. Roseanne Arnold joined Willis onstage to hysterical screams in the once-staid street, and Jim Belushi enlarged the concert in the cool D.C. night … Inside was bedlam as the politicos tried to mingle with the Hollywood stars … Eunice Shriver, there with members of her family — sans Maria — was enjoying the film clips on one of the giant screens at Planet Hollywood. She was particularly amused by extensive singing clips by Whoopi Goldberg and her “Sister Act” co-stars … In one corner of the upstairs dining area, Larry King taped next Saturday’s show. Celebrities took time between hamburgers to talk with him … Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes had arrived from a giant demolition in Louisville … Penny Marshall, Marky Mark and Lori Petty arrived ensemble from Marshall’s “Renaissance Man” location … Demi Moore, expectant, wore a chic suit complete with gloves, a far cry from the exposure she’s given the fans in the past … Among others on hand, Corbin Bernsen up from the Baltimore location of “Major League 2,” Danny Glover, Mike Myers, Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, Steven Seagal, Patrick Swayze. Also there: Mark Canton, Lou Pitt, John Burnham, Jake Bloom and Cindy Crawford. Thomas L. Williams, president and chief operating officer of Universal Studios Florida, told me that a Planet Hollywood is planned down there — and who knows? Maybe it’ll be in the middle of “Jurassic Park,” which is being plotted for 550 acres.
“BIG SCREEN — SMALL SCREEN — no one cares anymore,” said Ed Begley Jr. “The only thing that matters is good scripts.” Begley bounces from features to TV and now another series, “Winnetka Road.” In the NBC/Aaron Spelling Prods. show, Begley plays “a successful character who is emotionally bankrupt. I leave my wife for an aerobics instructor.” Before returning to the small screen, he wound these features: “Greedy” and “Renaissance Man”… The new Beverly Hills Press Club is launched Wednesday at its headquarters in the BevHilton … Newscasters from KCBS, KNBC, KTLA, KABC, KCAL, KTTV and KCOP sit down together Oct. 20 at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel to compete with showbiz celebs and civilians at the fourth annual Loews Monopoly Power Breakfast. “Murphy Brown’s” Joe Regalbuto emcees the event, which benefits the beach area’s Meals on Wheels … Jonathan Tisch leads the annual Power Monopoly game for New York bigwigs at the Regency Hotel Oct. 16. These are always hysterically funny ways to start a day — and to make the day for Meals on Wheels recipients … Steve Allen was honored by the N.Y. High School Alumni reunion Saturday at Beverly Hills High. Alums Jon Voight and Lou Gossett Jr. co-chaired — the sellout … Red Buttons, an alumnus of the Catskills, sent the “Catskills on Broadway” quartet here at the Wilshire Theater garlands — of bagel-ettes from the Carnegie Deli … Jackie Mason’s readying his “Politically Incorrect” return one-man show … Jeff Bridges wound “Blown Away” in Boston and returns here to ready the Oct. 16 preview of his first photo show, “Losing the Light — Photographs From the Set,” at the Gallery of Contemporary Photography in Santa Monica. He started taking set pix on “King Kong” in ’76.
ANOTHER FAMILY WEDDING coming up for Gil Cates: His son David Cates, a clinical psychologist, marries fellow shrink Christine Vavak Dec. 4 in Lincoln, Neb. … Maximilian Schell, directing the Family Channel’s “Candles in the Dark” in Estonia, reports the Russian political unrest caused no ripples there. He’s added to the cast wife Natalya Andreichenko, one of Russia’s top stars, and Alyssa Milano … Budd Friedman and Mark Lonow will open Improv Comedy Clubs in London, Amsterdam and Paris. Their “An Evening at the Improv” has been renewed for 52 hour shows on A&E … Michael B. Druxman sold his screenplay “The Cheyenne Warrior” to Roger Corman’s banner … Longtime writer/publicist Dan Jenkins, TV Guide’s original Hollywood bureau chief, now retired, has left L.A. to settle permanently in Louisville, Ky. … And A.C.E. Career Achievement Award winner Rudi Fehr left for Budapest to edit “Living on Borrowed Time” for director Istvan Poor.