Hepburn’s last ‘Gardens’ needs coin to bloom

GOOD MORNING: Audrey Hepburn’s “Gardens of the World,” which won the Emmy for outstanding individual achievement in informational programming, is not her last work. There are two remaining half-hour shows — but $ 200,000 is needed to bring Audrey’s made-with-love last work to the screen, says exec producer Janis Blackschleger, who created the PBShow with producer Stu Crowner. Robert Wolders, Audrey’s longtime companion, also told me Audrey turned down other offers to do the “Gardens” while continuing her tireless UNICEF work. Wolders now lives in Rochester, N.Y., claiming it was “too emotional” to return to Switzerland where he and Hepburn lived. He says the making of “Gardens of the World” was “the happiest moments of Audrey’s life.” He has planted the “Audrey Hepburn Rose” in his N.Y. garden. The Emmy-winning show has just been sold to the BBC, Australia and Hong Kong TV and a soundtrack CD is also upcoming. So there’s hope the final two shows with Hepburn will see the light of day — or screens, that is … And talking money, Macaulay Culkin, who gets $ 8.5 million for MGM’s “Getting Even With Dad,” is still just a “real kid,” at least that’s what “Dad” director Howie Deutch says. “I’ve worked with other children — and they’re just focused on their career, but Mac’s focused on being a kid (of 13). There’s nothing false about him, he delivers the real thing.” Deutch adds that Mac’s father, Kit, has been “very helpful” on this pic … Ted Danson is Mac’s movie father and has a complete new look — including a ponytail — playing an ex-con. Deutch claims Danson and Culkin are “like father and son.” Yes, Whoopi Goldberg did visit on the location in SanFran, which was third choice for the movie. Chi was the original choice but Deutch thought the city’s overexposed in movies, and Philly lost out because of the city’s tax. SanFran’s been completely cooperative, permitting shooting on 91 sites including cable cars and BART.

IT’S BEEN OVER 30 YEARS since the B’way bow of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” but it’s coming back in grand style next year as a Jujamcyn production with Jerry Zaks directing and Nathan Lane slated to play the lead originated by Zero Mostel. Lane played the lead in the revival of “Guys and Dolls” on B’way and is now playing Sid Caesar in Neil Simon’s B’way-bound “Laughter on the 23rd Floor.””Forum” was written by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove with music and lyrics by Steven Sondheim. It was revived once before with Phil Silvers and Larry Blyden starring and has never been off stage somewhere. It was originally considered bawdy — but now “Forum” even plays in high school productions …”Barney” mania continues to spread: The American version of “Barney”– all 48 segs — has been sold to Australia’s Channel 9, bowing April in Oz and New Zealand … Harry Connick Jr. stars in a Christmas Eve CBSpec to be exec produced by Pierre Cossette, produced by Anne Marie Wilkins and John Cossette with Dwight Hemion directing and Buz Kohan scripting. The show tapes on four L.A. locations … As if new bride Julia Roberts weren’t busy enough, she’s now paged to star with Al Pacino in a new look at the lives of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Julia’d play Mary Reilly, the chambermaid who is only noted in the original book … Richard and Robert Sherman, who have musicked more than two dozen Disney movies, are now coming out with a musical book, “Inkas,” about a prehistoric bird, for Price/Stern/Sloan … Robert Wagner and Jill St. John have joined the star infomercial ranks to tout the Lean Solution diet system by fitness guru Joe Weider for Advantage Life Products’ chief Mike Ackerman.

DETECTIVE RICK JACKSON OF THE LAPD says a $ 20,000 reward is being offered for information on the July 31 murder of 25-year-old Chrysalis A&R exec Brett Cantor (Daily Variety, Aug. 3). The Cantor family and the label have come up with the reward. Chrysalis president Tom Sturges says young Cantor was a “really good kid with many friends”– 500 showed up for his funeral. All leads so far have been exhausted and any info should be phoned in to (213) 485-2504 … Not in the script: MGM’s “My Summer Story” location site in Wilmington, N.C., was the site Thursday for the wedding of script supervisor Sandra Marley and editor Stan Cole. Director Bob Clark gave away the bride and cast members Kieran and Chris Culkin were ring bearers … AIMS Media PR coordinator Sandy Fisher and Rick Kelleher, owner of Studio Trailer Services, will wed Oct. 3 at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana … Nest Entertainment exec VP Matt Mazer, a sponsor of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Fest, conducts Yom Kippur services for attendees up there. He volunteered services since there’s no rabbi up in those parts.

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