GOOD MORNING: “I feel like I’m too young for this,” admits Michael Douglas, the honoree of tonight’s American Cinematheque Moving Picture Ball at the Century Plaza. Douglas further laughingly notes he hasn’t worked in more than a year — since he wound “Falling Down.” He claims he hasn’t found a script “that would make me sit up straight.” And he’s been reading a lot of them this summer in Spain with wife Diandra and son Cameron. His company, however, has four scripts coming in for possible development at Columbia. His banner’s also involved in interactive movies — and has been planning ’em for five years … Wife Diandra, meanwhile, is prepping a country music documentary series for her Wild Wolf banner … All the Douglas men will be on hand. Kirk, a Cinematheque honoree in 1989 at a weekend retrospective, is among those on the program. He’s completed his latest novel, “Last Tango From Brooklyn,” and Michael’s read the galleys, says it’s another Douglas, pere, chef d’oeuvre … Michael has no intention of following in his father’s literary footsteps … In order to be on hand for Bob Altman’s “Short Cuts” bow at the N.Y. Film Fest, Oct. 1, co-star Bruce Davison takes a seaplane, plus two other connecting flights from his Mayne Island, Canada, location of 20th’s “Yellow Dog.” Davison, who was Oscar-nominated for “Longtime Companion” and is soon to be seen in “Six Degrees of Separation” and ABC’s “Desperate Justice,” says “Yellow Dog” is his most physical role, requiring him to chop trees, split rails and drive a tugboat. He reports the movie company’s moving into an area where there’s a war between loggers and environmentalists.
TED TURNER MEANS BUSINESS — show business that is. He took a break from following his Atlanta Braves Tuesday to meet here with the motion picture departments of both William Morris and CAA to let ’em know he wants a lot of product in the future … Arnold Rifkin, worldwide head of the Morris office’s motion picture division, is leading the agency’s first retreatin years Oct. 8-10 at La Quinta. W.M. film reps wing in from London and N.Y. to join the L.A. office … Morris office’s Norman Brokaw was on hand for literary client Ivana Trump’s party upstairs at the Nightclub at Tatou hosted by Nikki Haskell and boite owner Mark Fleischman Monday, on publication of Ivana’s second book, “Free to Love” (Pocket Books). Her first book, “For Love Alone,” will be CBS MOW’d by Robert Halmi Prods. starting Oct. 26 in Montreal. Ivana told me she’s writing another novel, “On My Own.” She’s also busy selling her line of clothes for the upper class working girl on Home Shopping Network … Among those on hand at Tatou, Dodi Fayed who said he’s now readying “Peter Pan” for a ’94 start with an unknown. And he’s launching “The Reach,” with Burt Reynolds via Paul Aaron’s Elsboy Entertainment. And for the traveler yearning for U.S. deli during European trips, Fayed is cooking up branches of the San Fernando Valley’s Jerry’s Famous Deli for both Harrods in London and in Paris so you’ll no longer have to shlep over pastrami sandwiches … Jacqueline Bisset, among those at Ivana’s bash, will be toasted at the Breckenridge, Colo., fest this weekend with an opening night screening of her new pic, “Crime Broker,” filmed in Australia … Phyllis Diller, also there, is off for her 16th tour Down Under — some kind of record … One of the industry’s prestigious, longstanding law firms, Gang, Tyre, Ramer and Brown, is moving from its Hollywood stand of more than 40 years to a building they’ve bought on Rodeo Drive in BevHills.
REACTION WAS SO HEFTY to the William Wellman tribute at the San Sebastian fest, son Bill Jr. reports Madrid, Lisbon and Paris are talking tributes as well. Wellman, who directed 76 movies, has yet to get recognition for his body of work from Hollywood. His son’s talking with Michael Wayne and Miramax about a revival, a la “El Cid,” of the 1954 Wellman-directed John Wayne starrer “The High and the Mighty”… Francesca Hilton and Joseph Piche will wed this weekend in Vegas — at the Hilton, natch. Francesca just wound a role in Philippe Mora’s “Pterodactyl Woman From Beverly Hills.””It was a wedding present from Mora,” she laughs … A memorial service will be held for well-liked producer Jere Henshaw at 10 ayem Oct. 9 at the Church of the Good Shepherd in BevHills. The family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers … Robert Loggia heads to Texas to play a bad guy in “Bad Girls” to be directed by Jonathan Kaplan, “whom I’ve known since he was an 8-year-old,” remembers Loggia. Also in the pic is Bob’s son-in-law James Legros — as a good guy. Loggia then joins Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte in “I Love Trouble,” playing a newspaper editor. He’s a grad of the U. of Missouri’s journalism school.