GOOD MORNING: Steven Spielberg is among those shocked by screenwriter Frederic Raphael’s description of Stanley Kubrick in his upcoming book, “Eyes Wide Open: A Memoir of Stanley Kubrick.” Spielberg reminds that he knew Kubrick far longer and better than Raphael (who gets second position to Kubrick on the screenplay of “Eyes”). “Stanley Kubrick, Self-hating Jew,” blared the N.Y. Post Wednesday on Rod Dreier’s story of Raphael and his book. Spielberg, after reading the piece, said, “I didn’t recognize the voice of Stanley in that article” which also said Kubrick trashed “Schindler’s List.” Spielberg had long (three-hour) telephone conversations regularly with Kubrick over the years and they confided in each other. And when Spielberg was in London he and Kubrick would always get together. His death was a tremendous to blow to Spielberg who flew over to attend his funeral … Further, the remarks of Raphael are in the hands of an attorney in London. And L.A. attorney Louis Blau, counselor and friend to Kubrick from 1958 until the day he died — he spoke to him that morning — says, “Raphael’s remarks about (Kubrick’s) anti-Semitism and the holocaust are beyond contempt. His relationship with his mother, father, sister and close friends belie that (anti-Semitic) remark. Kubrick believed the Holocaust was the greatest disaster in history.” Blau further says, “Stanley’s family, friends at WB and elsewhere in England and the United States are incensed over Raphael’s inaccurate, vicious and self-serving article in the June 14 New Yorker and subsequent remarks in the Post. One can only conclude Raphael’s recent actions are the result of his realization that he lacked the vision to recognize the universality of Kubrick’s ‘Eyes Wide Shut.’ ”
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“CHARLTON HESTON’S 10 COMMANDMENTS do not include gun control legislation.” That’s the reaction from the American Jewish Congress on the House of Representatives’ passage of an amendment to the juvenile crime bill approving the display of the 10 Commandments in public buildings, including schools — while simultaneously rejecting gun control legislation and again paying homage to Heston’s National Rifle Association. Phil Baum, American Jewish Congress director notes that a display of the 10 Commandments will only serve as a reminder that the commandment, “Thou Shalt Not Kill” can be easily violated by anyone who has unrestricted access to a gun … Radio City Entertainment’s exec VP-producer Eddie Micone was in L.A. for Thursday night’s Pantages bow of “The Wizard of Oz” starring Mickey Rooney and JoAnne Worley. But he was also here to talk to webs about a TV spec on their show saluting the reopening of the 67-year-old Radio City Music Hall in October with a star-studded gala also produced by Pierre and John Cossette. Radio City Ent. will also produce a Carnegie Hall special Oct. 6 starring Tony Bennett’s salute to Duke Ellington. (Bennett will be saluted with the Ella award from the Society of Singers at the BevHilton, Feb. 6.) Radio City Ent. also returns to B’way with the Liza Minnelli starrer, “Minnelli on Minnelli.” And the global activities of Radio City expand with the Mexico City bow Dec. 3 of its Christmas Spectacular. Micone said he conducted the Mexico negotiations this week — during the earthquake.
SHOWBIZ, RELIGION AND MEDICINE joined hands Wednesday at the Four Seasons Hotel in L.A. The first “Sacred Space” dinner honored Temple Shalom for the Arts Rabbi David Baron and Dr. Stuart Holden, medical director of Capcure, the largest private supporter of prostate cancer research in the world. Among those attending were showbiz members of the congregation who were also prostate cancer patients of surgeon Holden. They included Robert Goulet who sang — after gratefully (and humorously) describing how Holden had operated on him and enabled him to fulfill a Vegas date — three weeks later. Nell Carter and Dave Barry also entertained — sans medical references. Another goal of the evening was to help disseminate to schools, homes, etc. “Sacred Space,” Baron’s inspirational book of prayers. Thursday, Goulet played a movie producer in the Burt Reynolds-directed “The Last Producer.” For one scene, Reynolds recruited his regular poker players, Norby Walters, Angie Dickinson, James Farentino, Shelley Berman, David Brenner, Charles Durning, Alex Rocco and Shecky Green … Tonight, Ali MacGraw, who starred in “Just Tell Me What You Want,” intro’s author Jay Presson Allen as the latter receives the Nantucket Film Fest’s Writers’ Tribute. Allen (77) remains active, is completing a play, “Major Crimes” — but says she has to cut down the cast of 20 characters. The fest also presented a reading of her “Mayberley’s Kill,” the only Presson script never produced … HBO’s “Shot Through the Heart,” about two Olympic-level sharpshooter pals who were on opposite sides of the Bosnian war (one killed the other), is featured on Dateline NBC Monday. … John Ratzenberg, recuped from his near-fatal motorcycle accident, is back working (voice-over) on the Fox Channel’s “The Pigs Next Door” … The L.A. Zoo’s “Beastly Ball,” Saturday, honors Stefanie Powers and L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan. Betty White femcees a live auction. Wanna exercise a 15-foot python?