Acad hosts Holocaust pic, speakers

GOOD MORNING: There’ll be some very special guests at the Academy screening of Disney’s “Miracle at Midnight” Tuesday — in recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Day. One is Dr. Ebba Lund, coming in from Copenhagen for the evening. She chartered the first fleet of Danish fishing boats that carried Jewish families to safety in Sweden. The other is George Hubner and wife Edith. They are the parents of Jordan (Mrs. John) Davis. John is an exec producer of the telepic, which tells the story of the Holocaust rescue of Danish Jewry. And John tells me he became interested in doing this film because of the stories his father-in-law told him of his family’s involvement in hiding Jews in the attic of their Danish home during this horrendous period. (Davis’ wife Jordan converted to Judaism when she married him) Disney airs the film May 17 during sweeps on “The Wonderful World of Disney.” It stars Sam Waterston and Mia Farrow. … The April 21 Acad screening is being shown by the Committee for Celebrating Righteous Deeds and Human Decency and Temple Shalom for the Arts. The committee was formed last year after the Yom Kippur service appearance at the Temple by Cristoph Melli, the security guard at the Bank of Switzerland who rescued critical Holocaust-era bank documents. The “Miracle” event and screening is co-chaired by Rabbi David Baron, Barbara and Jon Avnet, Sandra and Jack Rapke and Ellen Meyer. In advance of the Tuesday screening, the Hubners, Davises, Dr. Lund, Rabbi Baron and other Danish survivors of the Holocaust will meet at a luncheon Further, Disney is sending out 1,700 cassettes of the telepic to schools and educators and other rabbis to help teach the lesson of heroism.

“SEINFELD’S” GEORGE COSTANZA — Jason Alexander, who earlier told us he’ll never be George again — is busier than ever, being — Jason Alexander. At his Angel Ark Prods. office at Universal, he is first readying to co-produce and star in “Officer Bob” with MasterMind Films. It’s a comedy and he expects to start filming in late summer. He will then direct, but not act in, “Cherry Pink” with Jean Doumanian producing. He says it’s a light-hearted coming-of-age story of teenagers in 1955. He has two TV movies in development to produce for Universal as well. And a telepic based on an event in the life of Rachel Chagal with Hearst Prods.-CBS. Down the line, his long-time ambition is to return to B’way in a musicalized “Marty”. … Space is hot! With “Lost in Space” and HBO’s “From the Earth to the Moon” reaching new heights, and NASA celebrating its 40th anni this year, and the 30th anni of the first moon landing next year, comes yet another tangent to the out-of-this-world saga: To honor America’s real space travelers and to educate today’s youth about their accomplishments, Bandai America, Saban Entertainment’s toy licensee for the “Power Rangers in Space,” is creating a special line of action figures called “Heroes of Space.” The line will portray real superheros, former astronauts of America’s space program. And Saban will produce PSAs featuring the astronauts to be shown on the Fox Kids Network. The association of former NASA astronauts with Saban and Bandai is made through Universal Spaceworks LLC, repping the former astronauts. So far, 18 astronauts have agreed to their likenesses and the first assortment of “Heroes in Space” includes moonwalker Charles (Pete) Conrad, Apollo XII, Charles Duke, Apollo XVI, and Alan Bean, Apollo XII. The action figure likenesses will be in major markets in September. The men will share in royalties — and contribute to an educational foundation as well.

PLAY BALL! Jay Leno will toss out the first ball May 1 at Chi’s Wrigley Field when the Cubs play the St. Louis Cardinals. Leno will also lead the singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th inning stretch — as a tribute to the late Cubs’ announcer Harry Caray. Leno will be in Chi for a week (May 4-8) of shows at the Rosemont theater. … Milton Berle and wife Lorna were among those at the Cinegrill Tuesday (April 14) to cheer Lisa Carroll — Berle wrote some timely lyrics for her rendition of “Hello Dolly”. … When Ray Anthony and his band play from the BevHilton’s Coconut Club this weekend, KGIL also inaugurates remotes from the ballroom. You can bet Merv Griffin will appear on those remotes — like in the days of Freddy Martin at the Cocoanut Grove. … Dan Aykroyd and wife Donna Dixon welcomed their third daughter, Stella Irene Augustus A., April 5. … And CAA’s Glenn Bickel and his wife Georgia welcomed their third son, Peter Andrew B., March 27 at Cedars-Sinai. … Larry Thompson and his story dept. exec Kelly LeBlanc will marry in late Fall. … Ireland’s Minister of Arts & Culture Sile De Valera, in Hollywood for the first time, was intro’d to local filmmakers involved in Irish production at Jimmy’s Wednesday by Morgan O’Sullivan and his World 2000 Entertainment partner Tom Palmieri. The duo are involved in the Ireland production of the 50 segs of “Mystic Knights” for the Fox net and Saban and the Halmi-Henson “Animal Farm.”

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