GOOD MORNING: Jim Carrey was wearing a neck brace when he returned to work Wednesday on “Man on the Moon.” However, he and wrestler Jerry Lawler were “kept apart,” said Carrey’s manager, Eric Gold. Lawler had Carrey into an (unscripted) headlock Tuesday in a scene which was reminiscent of Kaufman’s real life alter ego, Tony Clifton. When Carrey was taken to the emergency room, the principals of the Kaufman pic, including producer George Shapiro (who had been Kaufman’s co-manager) felt like they were re-living Kaufman’s life. “And it was very scary,” admitted Gold. Carrey had difficulty talking — but was better Wednesday in the fight arena’s dressing room scenes with Courtney Love. Ironically, the cameras had stopped when Carrey and Lawler had gotten into the last brawl but Carrey kept going. “Jim was very much in an Andy mode,” said Gold. It’s now up to director Milos Forman to decide how to cut/use the scene. They were to look at rushes Wednesday night. As for reports (elsewhere) that Carrey is so involved in his role(s) that he has two trailers, one for Kaufman, the other for Clifton, I am informed Carrey has but one — for himself — as Kaufman — the other was probably the makeup trailer which he was seen entering — probably to be made up as Tony Clifton.
THIS IS ONLY THE BUG-GINING, FOLKS: Disney is pulling out all the stops for the “A Bug’s Life” launching. Nov. 14, the preem will unspool at the El Capitan with the neighboring Colonnade transformed into a “bug house” where everything will be to scale — in other words, guests will see everything from a bug’s perspective at the theater-preem party … As the days dwindle to a precious few — in the National League wild card race — you can find Jerry Seinfeld wearing his Mets’ cap cheering ’em on before he starts his next American Express commercial. Seinfeld still is a confirmed New Yorker, believing it’s the funniest city with the funniest people from which to gather material for his return to standup … Sign of the Times: the L.A. Times’ exec film editor, Anne Hurley, is leaving to start Amazon.com’s video, DVD and film online store out of Seattle. They’ll handle pics like their books, plus editorial content, reviews, etc. … Jimmy Smits welcomed Hillary Clinton at the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts “Noche de Gala” in Washington with, “I am deeply humbled that despite all the issues you and the President have had to face that you have come to stand with us tonight and have been there as we develop solutions to the enormous problem of Hispanic under-representation in the media and entertainment industry. I can assure you, Mrs. Clinton, the Hispanic community will not walk away from you and the President when you most need us.” The First Lady received a standing ovation. Smits, Esai Morales and Sonja Braga hosted … ACLU legal director Mark Rosenbaum taped a seg of David E. Kelley’s “The Practice.” His appearance was recommended by Loyola Law prof. Karl Manheim, brother of Emmy-winning actress Camryn Manheim — who won an Emmy for her co-starring role in “The Practice” … Screenwriter Mike Werb (“Mask,” “Face/Off”) a grad of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and TV’s Master program in screenwriting, is featured guest at the Dean’s (Robert Rosen’s) Orientation for students, Monday, Sept. 28, in the Freud Playhouse of Macgowan Hall.
VITAL STATISTICS: Mary Frann died Wednesday morning at her BevHills home. She was 55. Among her best-known roles, Frann was Bob Newhart’s wife, Joanna Louden, in “Newhart” for eight years. She also appeared in countless other TV shows, films and stage plays … And Sally Cobb, former owner of the Brown Derby (where the Cobb salad originated) and widow of Bob Cobb, died Tuesday of cancer at St. John’s hospital. She was a top fashion model, known as “the Figure.” In L.A. she was known for her philanthropic works and was a founding member of the Exceptional Children’s Foundation. Services will be held at 9:30 ayem Saturday, at the Church of the Recessional at Forest Lawn, Glendale … And friends were also saddened to learn the Line Renaud’s mother, Simone, well-known to friends in Hollywood as well as in France, has undergone major surgery in Paris … On the happier side of the news, E! Entertainment TV’s VP of special projects John Rieber and WB TV’s exec producer, specials, Alex Duda will wed Saturday at the Holy Family Mission in Rutherford, Calif., with the reception at Francis Ford Coppola’s Niebaum-Coppola winery. They met at E! where Duda stirred “Talk Soup” for six years … More than $1,086,445 in items (490) will be auctioned at the Carousel of Hope gala Oct. 23 at the BevHilton where Celine Dion and Babyface Edmonds will headline … Bob Wise and John Carpenter will appear at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Cal State Long Beach Oct. 23 to open the fourth annual WideScreen Film Festival. Who Better? … At the Temecula Valley Intl. Film Festival, Karl Malden, receiving the Life Achievement Award, was surprised when a Serbian dance group arrived to entertain. He then surprised them by not only thanking ’em in Serbian but joining in the dance. His real name, y’know, is Mladen Sekulovich.