GOOD MORNING: Bruce Willis is getting an education on Louis Farrakhan from the Anti-Defamation League. That org is among the first to respond to Willis’ quotes in the July issue of George magazine. Among Willis’ remarks: “A lot of people feel Louis Farrakhan stands for a lot of negative things but he is raising his voice against inequality. Anybody who stands up against injustice is a hero of mine.” Well Bruce, check out your “hero’s” venomous attitude against whites, Jews, Catholics and gays (among others). The ADL reminds Willis that Farrakhan’s “attitudes are not simply diversions from an otherwise positive program of standing up against injustices (Willis’ words), but they are an integral part of a policy of hate, division and separation which lays at the very heart of Farrakhan’s ideology.” The ADL forwarded Willis documentation of that ideology. Willis may also get some reaction from his Hollywood friends when they read this quote from him in George: “I’ll tell you something, if I were black, I’d be with Farrakhan, too.” Hey Bruce, stick to acting … “When I was young, I thought the holocaust had inoculated the world against it happening again. But look what’s happening now in Europe and Africa,” said Dean Jones as he sets to work on his Christian Rescue Committee. In D.C. with “Show Boat,” Jones is talking to solons about his planned efforts for international rescues, from Christians in the Sudan to Jews in Uzbekistan. He says the Committee is the reason why he’s leaving the show July 19 after 11 $ucce$$ful months on the road, since he foresees more traveling for his Committee. Dean says when he told Hal Prince why he was departing, the producer-director said he would help “in any way he could,” said Jones, who praises Prince as “the true star of ‘Show Boat.’ ” Jones also remains active with his feature production company, Silver Palm Pictures, now planning to independently make “This Present Darkness,” having gone in turnaround from 20th.
THERE’LL BE TWO ‘CHICAGO’S’ around L.A. starting July 7. That’s when the company at the Music Center heads west to the Shubert in Century City and the national touring company plays July 7-12 at the Orange County Center for the Performing Arts. The latter company is en route to B’way, Sept. 29; it’ll mark the Gotham debut of Alan Thicke, who is now with the troupe in Seattle pre-L.A. He says he saw the show in its original form 20 years ago and has checked out the current version at the N.Y. Shubert, which continues smash biz since its bow Nov. 14, 1996. In the Gotham revival, Jim Naughton, Hinton Battle and Oba Babatunde have played the role to critical acclaim. Thicke laughingly says “I bring a little of Chubby Checkers and Bob Fosse to the table — a human slickness” … Mel Brooks is now writing the music, well as the words and book for his B’way-bound “The Producers,” with David Geffen producing. Brooks is just back from Florence visiting wife Anne Bancroft, who’s costarring with Sean Penn and Kristin Scott Thomas in “Up at the Villa” for director Phillip Haas, with screenplay adapted by his wife Belinda from Somerset Maugham’s novella. This Saturday, Brooks and Carl Reiner reteam as the “2,000-Year-Old Man in the Year 2000” at the Lyric Theater in Baltimore. It’s for the Save-a-Heart Foundation. Carl and Mel are also talking a TV special based on the 2,000-year-old character … Jackie Collins’ “test runs” of her talk-show (via Eyemark) launches Monday — in L.A., on KCBS — when the initial guests are Tracey Ullman and Tony Danza, with the second week starting with George Clooney guesting. Collins says she’s already taped 45 interviews for the eight weeks (and eight repeats). What about sister Joan guesting? “Next time she’s in town.” Meanwhile, the busy Jackie C. is also writing: “Dangerous Kiss” (S&S), four Pocket Books about the “L.A. Connection” (“Power,” “Obsession,” “Murder” and “Revenge”), and a nighttime soap, “Hollywood Dreams.”
I HAVEN’T BEEN THIS HONORED since they named a salad, a palace and a Charisse after me,” said Sid Caesar on being proclaimed “Honorary Caesar of L.A.” by the L.A. City Council and Shakespeare Festival. He’ll be saluted July 11 at Cicada. Opening night of the 15th season with “An Evening of Caesars” will be, natch, “Julius Caesar,” performed on the Spring St. steps of City Hall … Chasen’s celebrated its first birthday on Canon Dr. where artists Charles Bragg unveiled his collage painting of celebs who patronized the original eatery. Signed lithographs of the painting will be auctioned to benefit the MPTV Country House & Hospital … Adnan Khashoggi and son Mohammad partied a bevy of Playmates at Amadeus … Bernie Brillstein and Carrie Winston will wed Dec. 20 at home … A memorial service will be held July 12, 3:30 p.m. at the Royal Palms in L.A. for Frank Devaney who died of cancer June 13. The well-liked Devaney started his career in movie/TV product placement in 1956 and founded the Entertainment Resources and Marketing Assn. (ERMA) the ethical industry association. And Devaney represented those ethics with all those who knew him at all studios.