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Marshall’s a good sport

GOOD MORNING: Combining good citizenship with good picture makers — with apologies to WB’s slogan during WWII — producer Frank Marshall, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee for four years, launches the Olympic Street Festival (May 17-19) at Universal CityWalk. And he and wife Kathleen Kennedy will be at the Olympics — full time. Marshall produced the Olympic torch ceremony launcher here two weeks ago, and has produced image films for the Games and U.S. athletes. He’s a UCLA track team alumnus (mile in “the low 4:20s”). Marshall hosts an invitation-only fundraising dinner May 16 that will help start the Cities in Schools program, aimed at keeping kids in school. A Sports Academy will be initiated at Birmingham High in Van Nuys with state-of-the-art training facilities. Olympians on hand will include, Rafer Johnson, Mark Spitz, Cathy Rigby, Bob Seagram, Dr. Sammie Lee, Barbara Ferrell, etc. CityWalk will be transformed into an Olympic Village Showcase for the event. Marshall admits the Olympics are “very emotional” for him — as they were for David Wolper who helped make the 1984 L.A. Olympics a hit. This year, Wolper carried the torch for a stretch near Napa … Meanwhile, Marshall and Kennedy have multi-movie projects in their first-look deal at Disney, where they’ll produce and direct — together and separately. “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” directed by John Boorman, and “A Map of the World,” with Annette Bening, will be produced by both Marshalls. He’ll direct “Mr. 3000,” the original by Eric Champnella and Keith Mitchell, which Ron Shelton’s final-scripting at the same time he’s in post on “Tin Cup” which Shelton also directed …”People are constantly writing about how the movie business has changed,” Brian Grazer told the USCinema-TV graduates (and undergrads) Friday at the Shrine. “The technology and hardware have advanced greatly, but movies haven’t changed at all. Movies are about storytelling. Movies are still about people and made by people.” Grazer wound “The Chamber” and ‘Ransom” on Friday, then winged to Cannes for Saturday’s screening/party for “Fear.”

MEL GIBSON, SCARRED (makeup magic, of course) from his final “Ransom” fight with Gary Sinise, took time between takes on Madison Ave.’s 76th Street to talk with writer Saul Turteltaub, who will write a romantic actioner Gibson wants to direct next year. Dean LoPata and Gibson loved Turteltaub’s script of “Rosanna’s Grave,” which is Italy-set (the small town of Sermnetta), and they decided Turteltaub was the man to write Gibson’s next outing as a director — in Italy. Turteltaub takes a break from consultant duties on the new Bill Cosby series, and wings to Rome to begin research for the Gibson feature … Bob Tur, the ‘copter pilot who video-captured Riverside sheriffs unmercifully beating undocumented aliens, was set by friend-producer Evzen Kolar for the latter’s Largo feature “City of Industry.” Tur, in his powerful American Eurocopter 350 B-2, 54 stories up alongside an L.A. building, lenses Harvey Keitel holding up actor Harold Backus at gunpoint. Tur also covered the Reginald Denny beating and the O.J. Simpson freeway ride. “City of Industry” is a film noir directed by John Irvin from Ken Solarz’s script. And Thomas Burstyn is d.p. … An excited Ian Ziering phoned from Ft. Lauderdale, where he had just flown with the Blue Angels. “It was the most unbelieveable experience I’ve ever had,” Ziering said. “I almost blacked out — but the instructions they gave me before taking off got me back!” The plane achieved mach 71/2, said Ziering. He is on hiatus from “Beverly Hills 90210,” and when back on terra firma will launch his low-budget, (already indie-financed) movie banner, the Dabble Inn, with manager Cyd LeVin.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Pauly Shore (28) and his dad, comedian Sammy S., are out on tour again — busing from Milwaukee to Cincy, Houston, etc., “like Elvis used to do,” said pere Shore. “Sure there are parties after each show. Pauly gets the girls — I get their mothers!” Pauly pilots “Mommy and Me” at Fox, but Sammy didn’t even ask to read for the role of his father. “That wouldn’t be right,” he said. … Nancy Davis’ “Race to Erase MS” will be held June 1, with daytime sports spectaculars at UCLA followed by a nightime gala at the Century Plaza, with an enormous list of sports and showbiz stars. Davis will create a giant auction, as she also does for mom Barbara’s Carousel Ball. Natalie Cole launches the all-day benefit, singing the Star Spangled Banner. Meanwhile, Nancy’s son Jason (11) continues his showbiz career on Roseanne’s “Saturday Night Special”– he’s on again this week. … Robert Guillaume performs today at the Griffith Observatory, where Dr. Jane Goodall will be honored as woman of the year by the Muses of the California Museum Foundation — which supports the Calif. Museum of Science and Industry — and Friends of the Observatory. John Carpenter and wife Sandy King set a long list of stars to come out by day at Griffith for the event. Daniel Baldwin and Isabella Hofmann intro Goodall.

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