GOOD MORNING: President Clinton logs on to the NetAid web site this morning from Washington, followed four minutes later by Nelson Mandela logging on from Johannesburg, and five minutes later, British Prime Minister Tony Blair logs on from London. Also preeming today is the song “New Day” by Wyclef Jean and Bono. And tonight at the U.N., Jane Pauley hosts awards to those who have been working, around the world, to help eradicate extreme poverty. It is one of the world’s most serious problems and is one of NetAid’s major themes. NetAid is created by Cisco System and the U.N.’s Development Program. The U.N.’s Secretary General Kofi Annan will be at today’s event, also, winging in from the West Coast, Cisco System’s John Chambers and Don Listwin, Ken Kragen, Jeff Pollack and Quincy Jones. The web site is http://www.netaid.org. Three overlapping NetAid concerts will be held Oct. 9 at Giants Stadium in New Jersey, Wembley Stadium, London, and the Palais des Nations in Geneva — with more than 25 artists/groups already set with many others expected, like Jewel, confirmed but not for a specific venue. Tix for the Giants Stadium concert go on sale Friday. The Web site will be capable of handling 1 million hits per minute. Monies raised through the Web site will be disbursed to anti-poverty projects around the world, while net proceeds from the concerts will be used to aid specific populations in extreme poverty in Kosovo and African countries … Talking, above, about Clinton, his (and Hillary’s) new residence in Chappaqua, N.Y., has some showbiz history — it was once the home of Mike Dann who had been CBS and NBC programming chief. While the president doesn’t change address until Jan. 21, 2001, the Clintons will be moving a lot of their things to Chappaqua from storage (in Arkansas) in advance of the White House departure.
BEEN WHERE? DONE WHAT? Elizabeth Taylor is fuming over some of Eddie Fisher’s claims in his autobiog, “Been There, Done That” (St. Martin’s Press). Says Taylor, “I think Eddie Fisher must have been in another world when he wrote his book. Have you ever noticed that he is the only ex-husband I don’t talk about? I can’t seem to get his name out of my mouth but I would never make up stories about him. I wouldn’t have to. But I do hope he gets better.” (Taylor and Fisher were married from 1959 to 1964. Richard Burton followed). Elizabeth didn’t say whether she plans to sue her ex. When I asked Fisher about his claims about Elizabeth and Frank Sinatra, he said, “Elizabeth had told me about it several times.” He’ll be on the talk circuit starting Sunday in N.Y., later in L.A … Ann-Margret is in N.Y. to see the B’way production of “Annie Get Your Gun” — to decide if she’d like to star in the world tour scheduled to start next year. A-M returns to L.A. in time for Sunday’s Emmys for which she is nominated as star of “Life of the Party,” the Pamela Harriman story. And next Monday she wings out to London to play “Cinderella” in the 10-hour mini, “The Tenth Kingdom” … Remember Tony Clifton — Andy Kaufman’s alter ego? Well “he” showed up at Paramount, having been thrown off the lot 21 years ago. Clifton wanted to revisit Stage 25, site of the “Taxi” shoot. This time, he was there for an “Entertainment Tonight” interview. Of course, the Andy Kaufman story, “Man on the Moon” is being readied by Universal for (a pushed-back) Dec. 25 release. Also on hand for the interview was George Shapiro, Kaufman’s manager, who told me he knew Tony Clifton. “I must have met four — or five of them,” he laughed. One of ’em was Bob Zmuda who created Comic Relief as a tribute to Andy Kaufman. Jim Carrey, who stars as Andy Kaufman, took the film role so seriously. Carrey probably also knows Tony Clifton. … Drew Carey was working out routines at the Melrose Improv where Roseanne declared she has a new last name- “Roseanne Dotcom” … David Duchovny and Garry Shandling got on the Improv stage with their pal, comic hypnotist Mark Sweet — who did not put ’em to sleep.
GUN PORTRAYALS IN FILMS AND TV will be discussed by the Entertainment Industries Council at a major meeting of Hollywood’s creative community in early Nov. “The idea is to get past finger-pointing on philosophical debates and encourage the creative side of the industry to develop its own depiction and suggestions for their use in the portrayals of violence in films and TV,” says EIC prexy and CEO Brian Dyak. “The industry recognizes that something must be done and the place to start it is with the people responsible for creating content.” EIC board of trustees members include Les Moonves, Frank Biondi, Norman Brokaw, Barry Diller, David Geffen, Ted Harbert, Alan Horn, Sherry Lansing, David Wolper, Aaron Spelling, Suzanne de Passe, Sid Sheinberg, Gordon Davidson, among others … Some cheerier news for Alicia and Red Buttons: daughter Amy, a dependency counselor, married Sean Morgress, Saturday in Las Vegas … Services for Charles Lowe will be held Sept. 20 at sea, out of San Pedro by the Neptune Society. Lowe died Sept. 2 at Cedars-Sinai — the hospital located at the corner of George Burns and Gracie Allen drives: Lowe launched Burns and Allen’s TV series … Amy Ephron reads from her novel, “White Rose,” Thursday at Dutton’s. Her novel is optioned for a feature by Luc Besson, Mark Canton and WB. Ephron will also write the screenplay and exec produce.