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Spielberg knows what ‘Rosebud’ means

GOOD MORNING: Steven Spielberg must have been pleased to learn that “Rosebud,” one of the four sleds from Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane,” sold for $233,500 at the Christie auction — Spielberg owns one of the other three. Can you picture what memorabilia from Spielberg’s pix will someday sell for? He wound principal photography on “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” on the Universal lot under budget ($60-70 million) and six days under sked, and now finales with three days on Kauai later this week. The movie had filled as many as five stages at Universal. Several stages will remain occupied by flora and fauna, including the T-Rex, to be photo’d for publicity shoots — and commercials, Burger King among them. Special effects have been under way during production and will continue until late March to wind in time for a memorable Memorial Day bow. Richard Attenborough wound his role last Friday. Was he asked to return for a third “J.P.”? Not yet, noted Attenborough … Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves are now being paged to team in “The Object of My Affection,” which is moving from Par to 20th. Nicholas Hytner (“The Crucible”) will direct “Affection” for producer Larry Mark. Wendy Wasserstein scripted from the book by Stephen McCauley. In the romantic comedy-drama, the leading lady rents a room to a gay man and falls in love with him … Richard Gere is off to India to meet again with the Dalai Lama. Gere wound the untitled “Jackal” movie this week and is next skedded to be in front of the cameras again in March for MGM’s “Red Corner.”

FROM “MOTHER”-ING ALBERT BROOKS, and now Kevin Kline in “In and Out,” Debbie Reynolds will next play mom to John Goodman in “Roseanne” next month. Goodman returns to the series tonight and will be seen in the following three segs, plus a few more later in the season as “Roseanne” readies the wrap of the series after nine successful years. The cast helped Glenn Quinn (Roseanne son-in-law Mark on the show) open his bar, Goldfingers, last week in Hollywood (Yucca-Wilcox neighborhood). Reynolds admitted to me, “This is a very interesting time in my life — I’ve never been so busy.” And she’s also in the process of selling her Las Vegas hotel to a resort company — but retaining her casino, theater and museum. Part of the sale would include Reynolds as spokeswoman for a line of beauty care products as well. Connie Stevens, you recall, has a multimillion-$ beauty care line. That would give the ladies something else in common — besides Eddie Fisher … Joely Fisher (Connie and Eddie F.’s daughter) and her “Jitters” costar Brian Wimmer wind their pairing in the Lifetime movie and are off to wed New Year’s Eve — Joely to Chris Duddy here in Hollywood, Wimmer to Liza Utter in Sundance … Rip Taylor, a longtime regular at Debbie Reynolds’ theater, guests on “Brotherly Love” — in a dual role … Erika Eleniak stars in Aaron Spelling’s new one-hour Fox series, “Brentwood” … Tim Truman, Emmy-nominated for his theme on Spelling’s “Central Park West,” will also tune the theme for Spelling’s new “Sunset Beach” … Patrick Williams, who arranged Frank Sinatra’s “Duets” album, has completed the score for the Bubble Factory’s “That Old Feeling,” starring Bette Midler … “Uncle Sam,” the movie that is, got a midnight standing ovation at the Olympia, Wash. fest.

AFTER THE “EVITA” PREEM, Antonio Banderas and David Foster started talking an album — Foster produced Madonna’s last album (not “Evita”) … Paige O’Hara, the voice of Belle in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” makes her Vegas bow Dec. 21 at the Flamingo as special guest star for the Radio City Spectacular starring the Rockettes … Shecky Greene receives Nevada’s Lifetime Achievement Award tonight at Caesars Palace with a host of fellow comics on hand — or on tape — to toast (roast) the honoree … Web site veteran (over 2-1/2 years) Rodney Dangerfield launches his “Meet Wally Sparks” Wallygrams this week and continues with daily Webbed gags from the pic — and his nitery act — until “Sparks” flies Jan. 31 via Trimark. Rodney’s first web joke: “Siskel and Ebert gave the picture one finger up!” Despite this, Dangerfield’s readying another pic, “Serenade Cafe” … Roger Ebert winged into L.A. to plug his book, “R.E.’s Book of Films,” as well as his cable show at the Western Show, plus the Disney TV’er “Siskel and Ebert,” which got a three-year renewal … The Company, at 612 S. La Brea, teamed with Planet Hope, founded by Kelly and Sharon Stone, to put together a Christmas tree lot and boutique, with proceeds from sales and from a chic silent auction going to homeless families. On Dec. 22, Planet Hope and its celeb friends will donate hundreds of gifts to children in homeless shelters … B’casters from all of L.A.’s newsrooms joined hosts Vin Scully, Ed McMahon, Mario Machado and yours truly to tape segs for the “Eyes of Christmas” fundraiser to fight retinitis pigmentosa, airing during Channel 13’s Dec. 22 broadcast of “Chariots of Fire,” which airs with TheatreVision explanatory narration by Scully. Also participating are Jim Murray, Norm Crosby, and Santa Claus, natch.

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