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Lawyers get into the ‘Broadway’ brawl

GOOD MORNING: Round three on Bruce Willis’ “Broadway Brawler”: “Show me the money!” or, “The winner and still champion — the lawyers.” Cinergi’s leagles are telling the movie’s principals they are being held to their contracts and expected to report to work. When? With which director? Meanwhile, the thesps’ attorneys and agents are responding in kind, saying they expect their clients to be fully paid and that they have received no notification of a date to return to work on a film that remained sans director. Dennis Dugan who had winged to Wilmington for one short day to take over directing reins from Lee Grant, only to be told to return to L.A., can fully expect CAA to pursue his payment: a million bucks. Maura Tierney’s Gersh Agency rep, Raelle Koota, said her client expects to be fully paid but would remain in L.A. working on “NewsRadio” until called back for a bona fide work startup. UTA’s Allison Band, representing Daniel Baldwin, also confirmed they expect the actor to receive full payment. She said she was unsuccessful in getting Cinergi to return calls. Baldwin told me about Grant, “I love working with her.” And he looked forward to two very good scenes with Bruce Willis. “This thing took us all off-guard.” He was told his role was going to be expanded in a new version. … ICM’s Jim Wiatt, repping Grant and her husband-producer Joseph Feury, is expecting their full payment — plus? The agency’s attorneys are readying papers. Meanwhile, Cinergi was awaiting Andy Vajna’s return Wednesday p.m. from “Evita” in Budapest to face the “Brawlers.” His legal department returned none of my calls either. “WARTS AND ALL,” A DOCU FEATURE on the 50th anni of the state of Israel, will be produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center of L.A.’s Moriah Films Division. The Center’s production company was chosen by the State of Israel to produce the official docu, which will be shown around the world, preeming in Israel May 14, 1998. Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Center was the one who promised the film would show all sides ofthe state’s progress. And hopes top stars will participate. It will be written and directed by Mark Jonathan Harris, who ditto’d Moriah’s “Long Way Home,” which bowed at Sundance to top reviews. “Home,” produced by Hier and Richard Trank, was just picked up for worldwide distribution by 7th Arts Releasing. Trank said they were approached by several distributors but went with 7th Arts because “of their reputation and willingness to give our film a proper theatrical release” On Wednesday, Hier also received a letter of confirmation that the Bergier Commission of Switzerland will investigate the possibility that leading Nazis held Swiss bank accounts based on the list sent to the government by the Wiesenthal Center. Swiss ambassador Thomas G. Borer, on behalf of Swiss President Arnold Koller, wrote to Hier. It went on to say that the Center’s detailed list of 334 leaders of the Third Reich, which included Nazi industrialists, bankers, leaders of the SS and leaders of the concentration camps, would be part of the investigation. … Nobel Peace Prize winner, democracy activist Jose Ramos-Horte, who spoke at the BevHilton Wednesday, noted he was looking forward to meeting Oliver Stone tonight at the dinner being given Horte at the home of Stanley Sheinbaum. Stone told me he was flattered, but had not yet met him and there was no pic perking.

GENDER-BENDING GETS the full treatment as Raquel Welch is set to take over the lead in “Victor/Victoria” when Julie Andrews departs. Welch bows June 3 for a six-month stand. Welch saw the show two weeks ago, met with Julie and Blake Edwards and Tony Adams for three hours and won them over with her “sense of comedy.” Raquel told me “there’s a big smile on my face; I’m very excited about doing it. And looking forward to working with Blake (Edwards), who is so great with women: Julie, Bo Derek, Claudia Cardinale, etc. And to work with Michael Nouri and Tony Roberts.” Welch had a nitery act, and played “Woman of the Year” on B’way, taking over after Lauren Bacall in 1983 . She admits she is very flattered to follow Julie Andrews, “who is so great. And I can’t wait to get back to singing and dancing.” As for looking like a man, Welch laughs, “I’ll just have to put my assets under wraps and then later blossom out.” She’ll be seen in a wild comedy on screen this summer, “Chairman of the Board,” starring with — Carrot Top. … Anicka Rodman, posing in the all together, except for a strategically placed basketball, rides astride a bike (a la Dennis) on the cover of her book, “Worse Than He Says He Is — Or White Girls Don’t Bounce, My Walk on the Wild Side With Dennis Rodman” (Dove). … Christopher Darden sees “beyond reasonable doubt” repeated again today as he visits the set of Showtime’s “12 Angry Men,” in which Jack Lemmon convinces this jury to acquit an accused killer because of reasonable doubt. … Carol Connors is recuping from a fall at home, fracturing her left ankle, which required three pins-surgery at Cedars-Sinai. … Ruda Dauphin is here for fest doings at Deauville, Sept. 5-15 and Cognac, April 3-6. Roland Joffe’s jury prez of the latter.

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