GOOD MORNING: While the world readies to converge on Hong Kong, one of its leading citizens, Lord Run Run Shaw, whizzed over to Las Vegas, where he married his long-time right-hand lady, Mona Long. The newlyweds came to L.A. for two days, visited with longtime (40 years) friends Lew and Edie Wasserman, toured Universal Hollywood — and then off to Disneyland, before heading home to Hong Kong. Shaw owns TVB, Hong Kong’s first commercial TV station, plus cable and immense real estate holdings in Hong Kong as well as in China itself. … Thursday night, Madame Sylvia Wu winged to Hong Kong; her family, too, has owned mucho property there and in China. … Pat and Michael York depart Tuesday for the handover festivities, where Michael will m.c. a Pacific Rim Forum in a symbolic transfer by the British York to a Chinese actor. … With the start of “Gods and Monsters” set for late July, Lynn Redgrave is able to accept the offer from Nora Ephron to star in the latter’s “The Hairy Bird,” directed and screenplayed by Sarah Kernochan. “It’s very sexy,” sez Redgrave, who wings up to Toronto to start the Alliance feature Monday. … Conductor-composer-musician-actor Ian Whitcomb did not get the role of the conductor aboard the movie “Titanic” — he auditioned twice, but allows “I am too old.” While the movie is still in drydock, Whitcomb is releasing his (Rhino) CD, “Titanic.” It’s a continuous farewell concert aboard the Royal Mail Steamer, with the real music played aboard the ship as it went down, with all its musicians playing to keep the passengers from rioting. Songs include “Glow Worm,” “Oh, You Beautiful Doll,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Shine on Harvest Moon,” and the true song they were playing as the ship sank, “Songe d’Automne.” Whitcomb claims Cameron’s movie will not have the correct music in it: “Nearer My God to Thee” was not played as the swan song as is shown (and heard) in the movie, he sez. He claims he did not create the CD “to cash in on the movie but to re-create the beautiful Edwardian music” which was popular in that era. Whitcomb has researched this to the nth degree; he has written 12 books on music and is a rock as well as ragtime performer. He’ll concert with his White Star orch, re-creating the Titanic band Oct. 12 at the Huntington Library — where he did all this research.
INFIDELITY IN AMERICA: that’s the subject of “Your Cheating Heart,” a Lifetime project for which Swoozie Kurtz is signed to host. And she allows, “I’ve been on both ends.” There are no celebs in this cable special, she says, “just regular folks. And it’s very moving, very sad. It’s now gotten to the point where people feel left out if they’re not cheating. People must learn to start loving each other. You think you’re shockproof about how marriage has changed over the past decade or so, and then you realize that ‘fidelity’ should be listed in the dictionary as an archaic word. People think “safe sex” today means not paying for the motel with your credit card.” The show airs July 6. Swoosie is no stranger to Lifetime, for which she starred in the dramatic “Little Girls in Pretty Boxes,” about the heartache and heartbreak of kids who train for Olympic gymnastics. After 127 segs of “Sisters,” Kurtz segued to play the mother of Brooke Shields in “Suddenly Susan.” And she’s also bicycled to the bigscreen in “Liar, Liar” and “Citizen Ruth.” She’s developing a series of her own with WB while busy with the above ventures and awaiting CBS’ air date for “Harvey,” co-starred with Leslie Nielsen. She admits, “I love having too many things to do.”
IT’S NO SECRET THAT Isaac Tagret would like to have hotels acoompanying his House of Blues; one is planned in Tokyo and now talks are in the air about the Sunset Strip HofB buying the Hyatt on Sunset On Tuesday, Planet Hollywood will be the site of the fifth anni celebration of the Assn. of Celebrity Personal Assistants. Of course, they have also invited their celeb bosses to attend; but they know better than anyone that celebs plans and work calls make for last-second explanations — by ACPA members! P.S. The group will preem its “ACPA Best of the Best Service Directory,” which was two years in the making. … A memorial service is planned for Richard Jaeckel Monday, 10 a.m. in the Louis B. Mayer Theater at the MPTV Fund campus. … David Leisure and makeup artist Patty Bunch were married June 14. … Rob Lee, partner at Elephant Entertainment, and wife Malissa Freuzzi welcomed daughter Natasha Hunt L. at Cedars-Sinai June 5. … Producer Kent McCray and his wife, casting director Susan McCray, both receive honorary doctorates from Columbia College-Hollywood at the June 29 commencement at Sportsmen’s Lodge. … Anthony Kennedy Shriver and his Best Buddies Intl. raised $180,000 at heir fifth “Art from the Heart” fundraiser at the home of Colleen and Bradley Bell (“Bold and the Beautiful”).