GOOD MORNING: Leonardo DiCaprio’s White House interview with Bill Clinton will air. ABC News president David Westin told me, “It was always our intent to try to bring the message (of Earth Day) to the younger generation of TV viewers.” He agreed with this reporter’s Tuesday column: What better young messenger than Leo (25), who is also chairman of Earth Day? The one-hour special will air Earth Day, April 22, at 8 p.m. While DiCaprio taped 15-20 minutes with Clinton, “only a small portion” will be used, said Westin, who emphasized that time is usual for an interview in an hourlong special. The interview is still being edited, he added, and could not give me an exact timing of their global-warming warning seg. The show is hosted by Chris Cuomo (30). Other segments include Alaska and the depletion of its snow and ice, another on the disappearing coral reefs and the urban sprawl of Atlanta, etc.
NOW THAT IT’S WON AN OSCAR,” says “One Day In September” producer Arthur Cohn, his docu feature about the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics has been accepted for screening in June — at the Munich Film Festival. (It had been turned down by the Berlin Fest, prior to its Oscar win.) After Cohn screened “One Day” this week in Tel Aviv for 11 families of athletes who had been murdered, two family members told him “it was too strong”! They requested he take out close-ups of the faces of their murdered loved ones. Cohn reminded, “It’s a film about terror and terror should be visible — after all it is a documentary.” However, Cohn mused that if they were pictures of his father or of his son, perhaps he would want their close-ups removed as well. “When I heard such a plea, I had to put myself in their position.” He will keep the scenes of their tortures but their faces will be “unrecognizable.” It will be costly for him to re-edit the footage but he says, “I will comply.” HBO will air it with a big promotion on the eve of this year’s Olympics in Sydney. HBO also airs (May 25) his “Children of the Night,” about the child victims of the Holocaust, with an intro for HBO by Marion Wiesel. Cohn is also negotiating with Sony Classics for feature distribution of “One Day in September.” Sony had also distributed his “Central Station” and Oscar-winning “Gardens of the Finzi Continis” … Meanwhile, the Web continues to spew its horrors of hate: on sale on eBay as of Tuesday were 3,662 items with “Nazi” in the listings. And the Intl. League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism (LICRA) in France filed suit against Yahoo! Inc. claiming the Internet giant hosts illegal (in France) auctions of Nazi-related paraphernalia. The (U.S.) Yahoo! web can be accessed in France.
WHY, YOU MAY ASK, ARE KIRK and Anne Douglas anxiously catching Sam Shepard’s hit B’way revival of “True West” at the Circle in the Square? At the close of act one, lead players Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly, who alternate the roles of Austin/Lee, discuss the movie “Lonely are the Brave.” Douglas starred in his company’s (Joel Prods.) 1962 movie, written by Dalton Trumbo — given screen credit by Douglas despite the industry’s cowardly banishment of Unfriendly 10 (and others). In the Shepard script, Lee says, “I haven’t seen a good Western since ‘Lonely are the Brave.’ ” He goes on to say, “Kirk Douglas — helluva movie.” Further, “The man dies for the love of a horse.” And “You see it in his eyes — and his eyes die, right inside his face. And then his eyes close and know that he’s died, too. You know that Kirk Douglas has died from the death of his horse.” Should be some helluva night at the theater when Kirk and Anne D. are in the audience to hear those lines from the stage … On stage at Hollywood’s Cinegrill April 19 will be Eric Douglas in a show presented by Skip E. Lowe, with another second-generation performer, Rex Harrison’s son Noel, opening.
GOING ALL-OUT FOR THE NEXT MILLION-$ gameshow: Fox Family Channel’s “Paranoia,” bowing this Friday, went out to sea Tuesday aboard the carrier U.S.S. Constitution for one of its interactive contestants who will commemorate with a member of the studio audience … Oscar nominee Haley Joel Osmont, who turned 12 Monday, and 14-year-old Welsh soprano phenom Charlotte Church host A&E’s “Heroes for the Planet” Saturday in SanFran’s Masonic Hall. The show from Weller/Grossman Prods. airs May 7. The youngsters will talk about the importance of local environmental heroism and what it means to future generations. (A la Leo and Bill above?) Young heroes in the audience will be introduced and their accomplishments will be highlighted … While Paul Newman has been busy doing p.a.’s for “Where the Money Is” with press and TV interviews (Letterman and Diane Sawyer coming up), he has taken time out to do five spots urging nuclear disarmament. If he occasionally slips in a plug for one of Newman’s Own products, I wouldn’t blame him — all his profits go to dozens of charities, starting with his Hole in the Wall Gang camps. Newman wings to Long Beach this weekend when the Newman-Haas team races in the Grand Prix. Paul is not driving this time, as he did at the Daytona 500. In case you wanna see his savvy at the wheel, catch his car escape in “Where the Money Is” — a pleasure to see the great looking/acting Newman in action again.