New Planet Hollywood inaugurated in D.C.

GOOD MORNING FROM WASHINGTON where, Sunday night, with the White House, Washington monument, Jefferson and Lincoln monuments brightly lit, klieg lights pierced the skies and four blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue were closed to traffic. Bleachers were set up in the middle of the avenue as more than 2,000 fans greeted — not visiting international dignitaries — but the arrival of stars for the opening of the Capitol’s Planet Hollywood branch. D.C. joined the ranks of other usually blase metropolitan cities in showing its adulation for showbiz celebs … The 250-seat eatery is on the site of the former Washington Evening Star and covers two floors. As at other locales, the restaurant is decorated with memorabilia from dozens of movies, and video screens show non-stop previews of upcoming movies — a terrif plug for all studios. Also shown are clips from movie classix, especially those involving the restaurants’ partners … An enormous screen dominates one wall while monitors are spread throughout … Many movie props are artistically encased on walls above the tables, while items such as clothing are in exhibits protected like pieces of art. They range from a Jimmy Cagney costume from “Yankee Doodle Dandy” to Fred Astaire’s hat from “Top Hat,” to Yul Brynner’s costume from “The King and I” and a Charlton Heston costume from “Ben Hur.” Props include Jodie Foster’s gun from “The Silence of the Lambs,” Luke Perry’s surfboard from “90210,” Tom Cruise’s baseball bat from “A Few Good Men.” There are also artifacts from movies shot in D.C., such as “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,””A Few Good Men,””Funny Girl” and “Tootsie.” Also walls of handprints from stars including: Mel Gibson, Clint Eastwood, Wesley Snipes, Diana Ross, Paul Newman, Sigourney Weaver and the four principals … Producer Keith Barish (“The Fugitive”) told me he’s planning another bigscreen feature based on yet another hit ’60s TV series while he also has, in development, “Desert Rose.”… The Hollywood contingent in D.C. for the Planet Hollywood opening also spent Saturday night on a Capitol monument tour and then Sunday, before readying for the preem festivities, were treated to a VIP tour of the White House. The tour was delayed as President Clinton was holding a press conference on the Russian crisis … The opening-night crowd included cabinet members, senators, D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly, sports celebs, studio reps, agents, etc. … Although Maria Shriver Schwarzenegger, a recent mom, could not attend, six members of the Shriver family were on hand. And husband Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Planet Hollywood partner, was absent for the first time from one of the unique eatery’s openings, but his partners assured the crowd of enthusiastic fans that they’ll be able to see plenty of him for the next four weeks starting Thursday, when “True Lies” locations in D.C. … Sylvester Stallone arrived from Louisville, Ky., and the “Demolition Man” publicity stunt stop … Bruce Willis again entertained the fans in the stands by bringing his Red Devils band onto the outdoor arrival stand after the indoor festivities had gotten under way earlier in the evening.

TONIGHT’S NATIONAL THEATER preem of “Gettysburg” will boast the attendance of Supreme Court judges (Blackmun and Kennedy) and cabinet members (Cisneros and Pena), top military officials and White House big-wigs, plus California congressmen Anthony Beilenson, Howard Berman, Ronald Dellums, Robert Dornan, Tom Lantos, Robert Matsui and Henry Waxman. And, of course, Jane Fonda and Ted Turner and New Line’s Bob Shaye. Plus Ken Burns — who has a cameo in the movie …”Gettysburg” writer/director Ron Maxwell is honored by the Civil War Round Table of N.Y. Oct. 13 for his accurate battle depiction … Also tonight in D.C. , at the Navy’s 218th birthday fete at the Kennedy Center, Marion Ross narrates a tribute of Navy highlights. It will be recorded and sent to the fleets. Ross returns to chair the Actors’ Fund food drive Oct. 11 at the Scottish Rite Temple … Daniel Baldwin wound his “Homicide: Life on the Street” NBC midseason series filming in Baltimore with the seg guestarring Robin Williams. Baldwin next starts the bigscreen “Premonition” with Jennifer Beals … A once-in-a-lifetime quartet of Amy Grant, Vanessa Williams, Melissa Etheridge and Kathy Mattea, plus Herbie Hancock, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tears for Fears, Brian McNight, John Mellencamp and Boys II Men headlined City of Hope’s tribute to Alain Levy, Polygram prez/CEO, Thursday at Beverly Park Estates. And $ 3.7 million was raised for City of Hope … David Paymer wound “Quiz Show” and next starts “City Slickers II” in Moab, Utah. He says “Quiz Show” director Robert Redford “knows the actor’s secret handshake.” Paymer played the gameshow’s producer, Dan Enright, Jack Barry’s played by Chris McDonald and, Paymer says, “We’re like dead ringers for them.” In “City Slickers II” Paymer is Billy Crystal’s pal — and Jon Lovitz is Billy’s brother. In “Mr. Saturday Night,” Paymer played Crystal’s (Oscar-nominated) brother, you recall, and he was on the cattle drive in the original “Slickers.”