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GOOD MORNING: Here comes another TV series to the big screen. Keith Barish, who brought back “The Fugitive” (a Barish/Kopelson production) via WB’s big screen, is now bringing “The Invaders” back to earth via Mario Kassar’s Carolco. The 1967-68 ABC series starred Roy Thinnes and Kent Smith. The movie will be a big budgeter with stars to match. Who? Well, Barish is president of Planet Hollywood. He, partner Robert Earl and their well-known actor-participants will hold their first Planet Hollywood Oscar party this year. Site to be set. And this weekend, they open a P.H. eatery in Aspen with the preem to benefit Lynda Guber and Carole Isenberg’s Education First organization …”Dennis the Menace,” which made its successful leap to the big screen last year with a $ 115 million worldwide gross (16th in the list of top grossers), is being readied by WB for a sequel. John Hughes is scripting and will again produce with exec producer Ernie Chambers. Nick Castle directed the first “Menace”… A spring start’s planned for WB’s James Dean biopic. Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp are the leading candidates — scheduling may be the deciding factor. Israel Horovitz is fine-tuning his script for director Michael Mann and producer Marvin Worth … First the bad news: The Bistro shuttered after the New Year’s Eve bash. A court case comes up in March to decide a lease battle for the classy, 30-year-old Canon Drive eatery. Christopher Niklas anticipates being able to reopen with a “completely new” boite. Meanwhile both the BevHills and Valley Bistro Gardens continue strong and a gourmet takeout will be a feature both in the Valley and in the Century City shopping center … And Morton’s serves its last meal Saturday at its present Melrose site — but opens a new eatery across the streeet Jan.18, with a lunch menu added Jan. 24.

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BARBRA STREISAND OGLED the tapes of her two Las Vegas concerts and was –“absolutely pleased.” She viewed it with director Dwight Hemion, who agreed “we could do so much better” (technically). But Streisand, also talking to writers Alan and Marilyn Bergman, was “happy” with these first two shows. And everyone now is confident she’ll want to tour, if only limited — as she told me New Year’s Eve. And that she will tape appropriately for TV, probably in Madison Square Garden. And further, a live concert album will also result. Sony was on hand in Las Vegas as well last weekend … Hemion next heads to England to direct an Andrew Lloyd Webber special for producer David Frost. It may be taped at Webber’s vast estate … The newlywed billionaire Bill Gates (Microsoft) whisked his bride from Lanai to Fiji’s private island paradise, the Wakaya Club, where they’ll bask until Saturday … Writer Deborah Chenoweth will wed Michael Hiatt Feb. 20 in Aspen. The groom’s the son of Lita Warner (Mrs. Morton) Heller and grandson of Sam Warner … Cori and Gregory Cascante welcomed son Samuel Frederic C. Dec. 30. Papa heads August Entertainment and mom’s head of marketing and distribution … It’s that time of year: Mr. Blackwell announces his (34th) worst-dressed list next Tuesday. And Robert Altman adds Blackwell to his “Pret-a-Porter” cast list. Blackwell will soon have his own dress line on the Home Shopping Network as well … Merle Ginsberg, West Coast editor of W and WWD, is upped to the new post of entertainment editor. She relocates to Fairchild HQ in N.Y.

FOR THE FIRST TIME since his almost fatal ski accident last week, Tony Danza was able to take a few steps Tuesday — aided by a brace. He remains in the intensive care unit at the U. of Utah Hospital. He’s not paralyzed, is able to speak and is expected to be hospitalized for another week-10 days. Danza is still suffering bruised ribs, liver, spleen and back … K Callan of “Lois and Clark” fractured an ankle while — speed-walking in Balboa Park. She’s in a cast for a month but won’t miss any tapings … Jack Carter is roasted today by Milton Berle and the “Town Criers” (get it? Criers-Friars?) at the Biltmore — it’s all for a scene in “Burke’s Law” starring Gene Barry … David Levy and his twin brother, Dr. Charles Lee, celebrated their birthday at Chasen’s … Virginia and Peter Yates returned from holidaying in England and he resumes editing “Roommates” here … And John Veitch holiday’d here with family and returns to England filming of “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” He had nothing but the highest praise for Robert De Niro, who, he says, gets up at two ayem for five hours of makeup, works all day, then faces an hour to recupe his own face –“and never complains for a moment,” said Veitch … Lucie Arnaz arrives here this weekend to perform in the AIDS Project L.A. benefit. She signed to play the Desert Inn Feb. 8-13 with the Smothers Brothers and she’s promoting her new album on the Concord Jazz label.

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