GOOD MORNING: Leonard Nimoy, who has starred in, written, co-produced or directed each of the six “Star Trek” movies (plus the original series, of course), sadly tells me he will not be involved in the next “Trek”– in any capacity. Howcum? “Creative differences,” he said, adding, “The story just doesn’t work for me.” Nimoy’s working enough these days: He’s winding post on the Patricia Arquette/Joey Gordon-Levitt starrer “Holy Matrimony” at Interscope for March release by Disney. And finalizing a deal for a comic book with Big Comics plus development as a CD-ROM. He wrote it (untitled) four years ago with Isaac Asimov and it predates “Jurassic Park.” It deals with the first earth contact with alien descendants of dinosaurs who departed the earth when they were threatened by the ecology! Also, Nimoy and Paul Birnbaum are getting ready to start their six-hour mini for Viacom, “Deadly Games”; Nimoy exec produces and directs the pilot. And — Nimoy will be on stage for the first time in 15 years, May 1 at the Circle-in-the-Square in N.Y. at a benefit for the theater and the Yiva Institute for the preservation of Jewish history and culture (literature and the arts). Nimoy will be doing anecdotes in Yiddish and English, reminiscing about the work he did with Maurice Schwartz, founder of the Yiddish Art Theater in L.A. in the ’50s. Last time Nimoy was on stage was in the title role of “Sherlock Holmes” in the Royal Shakespeare Co.’s national tour.
WHATTA SURPRISE FOR ME when Katharine Hepburn called to wish me “Happy Birthday” Thursday. And what a surprise earlier in the day for the gateman at Sony Studios when Hepburn arrived there — for a reminiscing look-see at her alma mater, MGM. She was driven there on a tour of the city by John Dayton, her “This Can’t Be Love” (CBS) producer … Yes, the gateman let her drive on the lot and she was amazed to see the transformation of the studio and the main street and — the giant poster of herself, Spencer Tracy and Sidney Poitier from (Columbia’s) “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” for which she won one of her Oscars. I had visited with Hepburn, Tracy and Poitier on Stanley Kramer’s set when they were shooting on the old Columbia lot on Gower Street. Hepburn loved the “Dinner” painting and she also dug the two buildings on the lot named for her –“Katharine Hepburn East” and “Katharine Hepburn West” She was also driven to the Culver Studios, which she knew as the David O. Selznick Studios — in days when she knew DOS. Then, she went home to the mansion rented for her by Warren Beatty during her stay here for WB’s “Love Affair”– she went swimming in the afternoon. Incidentally, Hepburn’s TV’er (co-starring Anthony Quinn) “This Can’t Be Love” can’t be screened at the DGA on Valentine’s Day as hoped — the theater’s rented by ASCAP for a Sammy Cahn tribute. A new date will be set for “‘Love.” Last night, Hepburn dined with Dayton, Jim Prideaux (who has written three movies for her), author Scott Berg and her costumer Noel Taylor. Today, Hepburn returns to her home in freezing N.Y. … Prideaux, by the way, makes his debut in cabaret, Jan. 21-22 at the Gardenia. It’s his first public singing appearance — he’s doing it to benefit Equity Fights AIDS … The decision is “imminent” on Barbra Streisand’s plans to tour/TV her concert, which bowed at the MGM Grand. I have gotten calls from almost everywhere in the U.S. — and Canada — asking when she’s coming to their cities. Availabilities are now being studied for the tour possibilities. An answer could come this weekend … The Virginia Clinton Kelley Breast Cancer Research & Education Fund at the Arkansas Cancer Research Center is established with a $ 200,000 gift from Streisand. You recall, the president’s late mom attended the Streisand concerts in Vegas and at that time no one could have guessed that the warm, outgoing, vivacious Mrs. Kelley was so ill.
AN ENTIRELY NEW ENTRANCE to the BevHilton, including a longer walk for Golden Globe attendees, is being prepped for the night of Jan. 22. But, we’re told, golf carts will be available for those unable to make the longer trek to the hotel entrance … Angie Dickinson makes her Mistress of Ceremonies bow at the Scopus dinner honoring Larry King Jan. 29 at the MervHilton. The dinner’s given by the American Friends of Hebrew University … Add John Frankenheimer to the impressive participants at the DGA TV Violence Symposium Tuesday. Frankenheimer, no stranger to bigscreen violent movies, recently directed HBO’s “Against the Wall,” set in Attica prison. It airs in March … Tom Selleck joins the impressive list of celebs who’ll guest-read stories for kids on KCET’S award-winning family series “Storytime,” which hopes to encourage more parents to read to their children.