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Gelbart flexes ‘Power’

GOOD MORNING: Larry Gelbart’s powerful play, “Power Failure” is coming to the bigscreen with the nine-character cast already boasting Jack Lemmon, Richard Dreyfuss, Jamie Lee Curtis and Steve Zahn. It will be a powerful change of character for Lemmon who goes the heavy route as a munitions manufacturer. Curtis and Dreyfuss play wife-husband, she’s a writer, he’s a socialite physician. David Jablin (of Gelbart’s “MasterGate”) directs and also produces with Steve Hewitt next Spring. The play had its preem at N.Y.’s Actors’ Studio. Lemmon heads to South Carolina on Nov. 21-22 for his cameo as an ex-golf great in “Bagger Vance” in a scene with Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen played respectively by Joel Gretsch and Bruce McGill. Will Smith stars as Vance, Matt Damon as Rannulph Junah. The Robert Redford-directed “Bagger” is now winding scenes in Savannah … Lemmon will have fully recuped for the above role, having undergone rotator cuff surgery last Saturday. But, Lemmon had to bow out of hosting Saturday’s LACMA/DGA tribute to Blake Edwards. (Lemmon starred in seven of Edwards’ 53 pix). Bo Derek, plus the DGA’s Pres., Jack Shea and LACMA’s Director Ian Birnie will host the evening during which Edwards’ “S.O.B.” starring Julie Andrews and Bill Holden will be screened followed by a Q.& A. with Edwards … And talking about golf: Michael Douglas today dedicates the “Players’ Wall” at the Wasserman Campus of the Motion Picture & TV Fund. It’s in honor of the “Michael Douglas and Friends Celebrity Golf Event” which raised $500,000 for the Fund. Winners of the first tourney were Jack Nicholson, Joe Pesci and Andy Garcia. The second tournament is March 18. Kirk Douglas joined son Michael in taping a promo for the tourney to air on ABC’s “Monday Night Football” late in the season. Michael’s celeb golf tourney airs — on ABC.

RAY BRADBURY IS RECUPING after suffering a stroke at his home in Palm Springs. He is as “sharp as ever,” and expected to fully recover use of his right side, reports his friend and producer John Dayton after visiting with Bradbury Thursday. They are continuing to prepare “The Martian Chronicles” as a feature for Universal where it’s been in the works three years … Why aren’t teachers treated as well as athletes and actors — and why aren’t they paid as much? That’s the theme of the hour-long “Cosby” just taped. T’keyah Crystal Keymah who plays Cosby’s teacher-daughter on the show, says the seg with a message (airing Nov. 17) boasts guestars like John Lithgow, Elmo, Patrick Ewing, Ahmad Rashad, Bryant and Greg Gumbel and Phil Simms. Keymah says Cos “really wants to say something about the condition of education and its teachers in this country.” She is also National spokesperson for BuyItNow.com’s “World’s Largest Online Toy Drive.” And recommends toys that encourage learning, like “Famous Experiments” ($13.95), age 8-up and a beginning reader, “Alpha-Go-Round,” ($8.32) age three-up. The main charity recipient of the online purchases (shipped free) is Toys for Tots. Keymah, who was a substitute elementary school teacher, is also busy writing a romantic comedy screenplay and readying her stage show, “T’keyah Live” with Margaret Kemp. They sing, dance, play seven different characters. She’s busy … Ma Maison will come to life again — for one night only — next Feb. when Patrick Terrail and his famous staff will reunion for a charity event. Terrail was toasted at Le Dome during his book (“A Taste Of Hollywood”) tour — on hand to patch up differences with him was Ma Maison’s most successful alumnus — Wolfgang Puck.

DRESSSED — AND UNDRESESED: Hugh Hefner, just unveiled on “20/20,” pulls back the drapes (and covers) of his bedroom suite in a layout (by Annie Liebovitz) in December’s Vanity Fair. He is seen with his four girlfriends, average age 21-plus. Hef (73) is also surrounded by supermodels in Dec. Harper’s Bazaar, And Tuesday he unveils his “Club Lingerie” video and web site — live — at L.A.’s Century Club … And now for truly classy outerwear: Giorgio Armani has created the entire wardrobe for Ricky Martin and his “Livin’ la Vida Loca” production — including the band, dancers, crew — and Martin. Emporio Armani Fragrances co-sponsors the tour — which plays Saturday at L.A.’s Staples Center … Kay Freeman and partner Maybin Hewes return with their “Still Struttin’ ” autobiographical revue for “high tea” performances (3 p.m.) at the Hollywood Roosevelt Cinegrill, Nov. 14 and 21 … The Center Theater Group tribute to Noel Coward Dec. 6 with its Salon at the Taper production, “A Marvelous Party!” is again hosted by Michael Feinstein with a cast including Tammy Grimes, John Lithgow, Nancy Dussault, Harry Groener, Marilynn Lovell, Megan Mullally, Douglas Silos and B.J. Ward. Gordon Hunt directs and Peter Matz is musical director, Susan Clines is writer/producer. These “Salons” are always superb … Six-time Emmy award winning production designer Roy Christopher returns to theater by designing “Light Up the Sky” at the Pasadena Playhouse Tuesday, working with director David Lee (“Frasier” and “Wings”) … Barry Newman costars in “G-Men From Hell”, the bigscreen feature directed by Chris Coppola. And Newman follows starring in “Bernstein (Leonard) — A Biography” which Barry also produces.

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