GOOD MORNING: I think Hollywood would support Democrat vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman if he took to task creators of the upcoming TheThreshold.com Internet animated series, “The Producer,” in which the star character (voiced by Jerry Springer) is called “The Blue Jew.” The online series bows Sept. 28 . The “Blue Jew” character (Ike Bluestein) is so named because he always wears blue velour jumpsuits. And his character is described as “an agent of questionable moral repute.” TheThreshold.com is a subsidiary of Threshold Entertainment of which Larry Kasanoff is chairman. I asked Kasanoff (who is Jewish) howcum he was adding fuel to the simmering anti-Semitism flames which have already made appearances in disgusting fliers now being circulated about Joe Lieberman and American Jews. Kasanoff claimed his series “is really fun. We’re making jokes about everyone. And it is tamer than network animated series now on the air.” I said I didn’t know of any series with a starring character like “The Blue Jew.” He also reasoned that Don Rickles constantly makes jokes about himself and his own religion. I’d hardly compare Don Rickles’ humor with a character like the one planned for “The Producer.” The series may also aid the spreading of anti-Hollywoodism if what I read from the series announcement holds true. F’rinstance: “the show is littered with the type of characters who really do live and work in Hollywood: slimy agents and lawyers, scumbag studio executives, neurotic starlets, foulmouthed publicists, (yes even) blood-thirsty columnists, a virtual cornucopia of weasels, geeks and wunderkinds. ‘The Producer’ brings to life and pokes fun at everything that makes the entertainment industry run.” Tom Arnold voices the movie producer and Jamie Pressly is his secretary, “a sexy wealthy lush with a heart of gold.” TheThreshold.com describes itself as “the world’s leading online entertainment network for branded entertainment.” But “The Producers” doesn’t sound like my brand of entertainment, Larry. … Parent company Threshold Entertainment, however, goes on to feature film a more palatable subject, “Food Fight,” a $50 million, digitally filmed, 3-D feature set in a food market — after hours. Other projects include “Mortal Kombat 3” and the long-planned “G.I. Joe” at WB.
STEVEN SPIELBERG’S SHOAH FOUNDATION taped the two-hour “testimony” of Hadassah Lieberman’s Auschwitz and Dachau survivor-mother, Ella Frielich in 1995. The Hungary-born Frielich was among the first of thousands whose testimony of the Holocaust has been collected by Shoah. A seg was shown Wednesday on Hadassah’s guestint with Jack Ford for “Good Morning America” ahead of her introduction Wednesday for her husband Joe Lieberman at the convention. Frielich’s late husband (and Hadassah’s father), Rabbi Samuel Frielich, also a death camp survivor, authored a book, “The Coldest Winter,” about his experience … Maria (Shriver) and husband Arnold Schwarzenegger’s party for Ted Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, following their convention speeches Tuesday p.m., was held on the lawn of their home with 700 on hand to toast the two Kennedys — and other family members on hand. Guests were shuttled to the house from the Will Rogers Ranch. Maria welcomed them all and noted there was only one Republican on hand — her husband Arnold! … Ted Kennedy surprised all by dueting (in Spanish) with Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson to a Mariachi band … Guest Rabbi Marvin Hier, noting a guest wearing a “Gore-Lieberman” yarmulke, walked over to him, thinking it was Sen. Joe Lieberman. It was — Sargent Shriver … Earlier Tuesday, Arnold was a speaker at the funeral of comedy scripter Milt Rosen who had written funny lines for Schwarzenegger’s many speeches. (Other speakers at the funeral: Milton Berle, Hal Kanter, Jack Carter, Rocky Kalish). And Wednesday, busy Schwarzenegger who is national chairman, Inner-City Games, was at Hollenbeck Youth Center for the Summer Program celebration. Programs include weightlifting — nothing strange to you-know-who.
“LEAN ON ME,” THE CLOSING number at the Democonvention tonight, is sung by a choir of homeless L.A. men. And the visuals to be seen behind them are from the book, “The Way Home — Ending Homelessness in America” which includes photos taken by Tipper Gore, recently seen on exhibition here … Trumpeter Phil Driscoll and fiddler Mark O’Connor who will play tonight — had also performed for Al Gore Sr. … At ASCAP’s reception for conventioneers at the Peninsula, those who spoke about the importance of preserving copyrights were: Sens. Barbara Boxer, Patrick Leahy, Chris Dodd, Richard Durbin and Congressman Howard Berman. ASCAP’ers on hand included, President Marilyn Bergman and husband Alan, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Ray Evans, Arthur Hamilton, Jay Morgenstern, David Renzer, Dean Kay, etc … Matthew McConaughey will guestar in the “Sex and the City” segment titled “Sex and Another City” shooting in L.A. this week. He plays a movie star in a scene with Sarah Jessica Parker. … Barbara Eden red-eye’d to Vegas from Wednesday night’s “The Odd Couple” performance at Chi’s Apollo to cut the ribbon today to “magically” open the new $1.4 billion (that’s with a “b”) Aladdin. She returns Friday to the Windy City legiter which is held over again (to Sept. 7) … Director Gil Cates Jr.’s feature debut, “$pent,” bows Aug. 25 at the same N.Y. theater, the Sutton, where his dad debuted with his short subject, “The Painting,” in 1967 … Carol and Charlie Matthau remind those personal friends of Walter’s who wish to attend Sunday’s memorial service, please call (310) 454-3300 for details of time and place. Speakers will include Jack Lemmon, Diane Keaton, Lauren Bacall, Neil Simon and more.