GOOD MORNING: It’ll take movie magic to create a basketball-playing Magic Johnson in the four-hour ABC bio mini. But producer Robert Halmi tells me he’s already tested the digital composite insertion utilized in “Jurassic Park,””In the Line of Fire” and in “Rising Sun,” where heads and bodies were easily shifted on screen wherever needed. Halmi says if he can’t get an actor-basketballer to play Johnson, he’ll use Magic’s magical basketball playing body with an actor’s head inserted atop Johnson’s torso! Halmi said he’s already told Magic about the possibility. Meanwhile, the producer has set Ivana Trump to play a cameo as herself in CBS’ MOW, “Ivana — For Love Alone,” with an actress to play the lead character Katrinka. Michael Lindsay-Hogg directs. Halmi has 29 projects perking and is just back from finding “an island never before seen on screen” in New Guinea for his “Robinson Crusoe.” Now he’s looking for an actor to play Crusoe. And talking about “looking”– he says director John Erman and he are down to three femmes to play “Scarlett.” That’s no problem — it’s finding a Rhett Butler to follow Clark Gable, they admit. “The Clark Gable kind of character has almost disappeared from movies today,” Halmi laments … Chad Everett has received thousands of votes to play the role in fan polls and he’s happy to remind Halmi, “Rhett is exactly my age (57). And anyone who gets that role is lucky.” Chad’s back from playing a three-star general in Wilshire Court’s “Official Denial” in Australia for USA Cable … Good timing: Premiere mag’s 13th special issue is devoted to “Women in Hollywood.” Quotes from their round table of femmes include Sherry Lansing’s: “I can only tell you that I never got a job sleeping with anyone. Quite honestly, I think I’ve been accused of sleeping with every man I’ve ever worked with. Every single man: married, single, gay whatever.” And Meg Ryan: “Honestly I am irritated that the only power in movies that goes to women is sexual power. In life, that’s the only power that men can easily give to women. Society has yet to define female power.”
POWER PFFFT AT PARAMOUNT Wednesday ayem when construction crews cut a main line on the giant building complex at Melrose and Van Ness. KCAL was about to go on the air “live” from the lot at 10 ayem. They quick-shifted outside to an emergency generator truck on a parking lot where Steve Edwards, Cyndy Garvey and guest Robin Leach carried on. Leach, accustomed to glamour sites, noted, “This is the first time I’ve shot on a parking lot!”… Par’s new building will bow a 520-seat theater Oct. 15 … It’s the “hat trick” for producing freres Peter and Marc Samuelson and their New Era Prods. They’re halfway through principal photography in London on “Tom and Viv” with Willem Dafoe and Miranda Richardson and they’re shooting “Vicars” also in London for Channel Four and have now started here with “Playmaker,” starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Rubin for Orion. Peter Samuelson bought this script when he saw two people in Century City with a cardboard sign, “Need money for film.”… Peter is also president of the Starlight Foundation and its Capital Campaign sister charity the Starbright Pavilion, whose chairman is Steven Spielberg. The campaign will announce next month the donation of a site for the Pavilion. The foundation serves 75,000 children … Richard Anderson, back from Africa, next starts “The Glass Shield” with Treat Williams and Elliott Gould while also prepping with Michael Sloan in “The Return of the $ 6 Million Man & Bionic Woman” for CBS with Lee Majors and Lindsay Wagner. Anderson also signed for a ninth year with the Kiplinger Washington Letter … Robert Moloney, who wrote the pilots for “Burnett” and “Harts of the West” (which he also produces), is now talking a multipilot pact with CBS … Betty White has signed to guestar in (at least) six segs on the new Bob Newhart show in a completely new character.
JON LOVITZ AS “MARTY”? Billy Crystal, who has a multi-pic pact at Castle Rock , would like to star Lovitz in the remake of the movie that won Ernest Borgnine an Oscar in 1955 … Typecasting: Audrey and Jane Meadows guest in a seg of –“Sisters”… Guns ‘N Roses birthday-partied member Gilby at the Hollywood Athletic Club’s private room with a concert for 250 … Good sport Janet Leigh, listed in Ed Margulies-Stephen Rebello’s “Bad Movies We Love” for “Jet Pilot,” was among those at the authors’ Brentano Century City book bash … Cover girl: Phyllis Diller drapes over the hood of a red convertible for the Christmas issue of — The Auto Club News. And she’s clad in a short Santa Claus outfit to further excite you … Following the departure of the busy Rosie O’Donnell, comedian Bobby Collins is the new host of VH-1’s “The Best of Stand-Up Spotlight”… Beverly (Mrs. Howard) Hinderstein is recuping at Cedars-Sinai following surgery. The Hindersteins host the Sept. 30 special performance of “Catskills on B’way” at the Wilshire to benefit the Sherry Hinderstein Nussbaum USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center … Heal the Bay benefits from tonight’s bow of the Spectrum Club with hosts including Warren Littlefield.