GOOD MORNING: Ted Turner loves Stanley Kramer — on Aug. 20, TCM as well as TNT air “High Noon.” The former Turner cabler airs the 1952 classic co-starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, while TBS preems Norman Rosemont’s vidversion remake starring Tom Skerritt and Maria Conchita Alonso. Karen Kramer, wed 31 years to Stanley, is co-exec producer of the new TV’er. And she has plans for remakes of many other of her husband’s chef d’oeuvres. Stanley (87) now resides in the Motion Picture Country House. Among those she’s pursuing are: “The Caine Mutiny,” “A Child Is Waiting” (meeting with Abby Mann to update) and even a new version of the Kirk Douglas classic “Champion.” Karen tells me he’s given her “legal rights to the remakes and to assets of his films — and his blessing. And we discuss everything together.” She’s also set up her own production company, KNK Prods. dealing with subjects for the over-45 audience — “the forgotten generation.” She’s in the process of negotiations with Showtime. The first is “Casa Verdi” written by Diana Garba, and the director to be is John Patterson, who has directed many segs of “The Sopranos.” It’s the story of retired Italian opera stars and how they spend their retirement — in composer Verdi’s willed “Casa Verdi.” “60 Minutes” aired a terrif seg about it a coupla years back.
“LITTLE DID I REALIZE THE TWO HOURS I spent inventing ‘The Fugitive’ would be like inventing — the wheel!” It’s Roy Huggins (86) recalling to me that he’d retained the movie rights when giving Quinn Martin the TV rights to the show that debuted in ’63, winding in ’67 with its final show getting a 72 share. Of course, then came the Arnold and Anne Kopelson blockbuster feature, and they’re now shooting their new TV series version (currently in Savannah ) with star Tim Daly. And now, Huggins reveals to me, “The reason I sold them the movie rights was to retain a huge percentage of the TV rights.” He says he’s been invited to work on the series for which 10 scripts have been completed — he’s read ’em and says they’re quite good. Huggins said he was interested to note Oliver Stone’s plans to feature film the plot to destroy FDR. Back in 1976, Huggins and Steve Cannell filmed “The November Plan” as the pilot for their “City of Angels” series staring Wayne Rogers. It was about a conspiracy of Brownshirts in 1933, during the FDR administration, that tried to get Gen. Smedley Darlington Butler to take over the country. The general KO’d their plan … The real JAG (Judge Advocate General) Adm. D.J. Guter dined with “JAG’s” creator-exec producer Don Bellasario at Spago taking a special guest appearance on the show this season. During the series’ five seasons, Bellasario has endeavored to show a positive image of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel.
FAMILY NIGHT, TUESDAY AT THE PREEM of WB’s “Space Cowboys” at the Village theater. Clint Eastwood, who starred in, produced and directed the film was on hand with wife Dina, and on hand as well, oldest daughter Alison Eastwood well as his 6-year-old daughter Francesca (Frannie) with her mother Frances Fisher … Florence Henderson winds NBC’s “Later” show Aug. 11 but joins “The Today’s” third hour when it expands in the fall. In between, she’s guestar in a seg of “Ally McBeal” — and she’ll sing in the seg. Florence also pipes up at the giant Foxwoods Casino theater, Oct. 10-12. And who knows if there won’t also be another “Brady Bunch” special coming up for the multi-talented Henderson … Bob Stack, one of the honorees Saturday at the Golden Boot Awards at the BevHilton, will also be honored Tuesday at the Calif. Hall of Fame Skeet Championships banquet. Stack was on the All-American Skeet Team. On Sept. 8, Stack receives a special dinner tribute by the Famous People Players at Toronto Film Fest, and Sept. 15, he receives a Lifetime Achievement Award (he received an Oscar nomination in 1956 for “Written on the Wind”) at the Temecula Valley Intl. Film Fest. followed by the Nov. 4 L.A. Police Reserve Foundation award.
HOW MOVIES ARE MADE? Tuesday p.m. in N.Y.’s Blue Heron Art Center, “The Oldest Profession,” the first screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (“How I Learned to Drive”), was enacted in movie-like action by the cast that will also be in the pic: Olympia Dukakis, Rita Moreno, Diahann Carroll. Cloris Leachman, Ben Gazzara and Sandy Duncan (the last-mentioned may not make it to the pic). Fred Berner directed — he also produces along with Joanne Zippel, Elaine Frontain Bryant and Al Klingenstein. Berner told me it went so well they expect to have financing to start filming this fall. All the ladies play members of the oldest profession in the world and if you wonder abut their vintage — their client list matches ’em. Problem is they’re either tapped out, lost their pensions — or dead! … Sharon Stone’s charity gigs: She has designed a line of Louis Vuitton vanity cases to benefit AMFAR (American Foundation for AIDS Research). They’ll be unveiled Aug. 31 at the Venice Film Fest’s Cinema Against AIDS event. Sharon will also perform her auction skills. She joins sister Kelly and a long list of celebs Monday at Sebastian Intl.’s Zone One well-being spa in Woodland Hills at Planet Hope’s summer gala to benefit homeless children and their families. All proceeds from the Zone One’s first month of operation and the gala will be given to Planet Hope.