GOOD MORNING: “If Jimmy Stewart, who was a general, and the Duke were around today, what they’d say to Osama bin Laden is what I want to say to him: ‘In all sincerity, kiss my ass’!” It was Burt Reynolds saying on camera as he guestarred in the “Emeril” show which will air Nov. 6. And yes, NBC has cleared Reynolds’ remarks which also included this statement, “I’m gonna fly to L.A., get a flag and drive around the city.” Reynolds’ guestint on “Emeril” also rejoined him with Robert Urich, with whom he had piloted CBS’ ill-fated “Late Boomers” … Wednesday’s latest anthrax scare, discovery at L.A.’s Bell postal station of a “white powdery substance,” brought back other memories of that mail address. It was on March 7, 2000 that I broke the story that 4,000 Oscar ballots — or four-fifths of the voting total — hadn’t been received by voters, five days after they had been delivered to the (Beverly Hills) post office. The voting deadline was extended two days while the Acad tracked down the ballots, voided them, printed up new ones. … And now for next year’s (March 24) Oscars: Academy members (6,500) have been invited to a Nov. 13 walk-through of Oscar’s new home, the Kodak Theater. Of course, only 3,300 will be able to be seated at the awards. A note to winners: On exiting the stage with your Oscar, you will be able to walk directly into the Renaissance Hotel’s ballroom where you will be greeted by the press corps. The theater will open Nov. 9 for its debut gala.
TONIGHT’S THE BOW of the National Symphony Orch’s Pops season at the Kennedy Center. Marvin Hamlisch, who batons for his second season says, “It’s a celebration of American music.” Titled “Bravo Broadway” he’ll include music from “Gypsy,” “Oklahoma,” “The King and I,” “Les Miserables,” “The Music Man,” “A Little Night Music” and songs by Cole Porter and George M. Cohan. “A statue of Cohan stands at 45th and B’way,” Hamlisch said. “And I will always now end with ‘God Bless America’. It will be a signature for me. We will never be the same. We are now all Israelis!” Hamlisch next heads to N.Y. to start Nov. 5 rehearsals for the musical “Sweet Smell of Success,” for which he has written 15 tunes lyricked by Craig Carnelia … Down in Nashville, Walter C. Miller, readying the Country Music Association awards (to air live Nov. 7 on CBS), says everyone asked to participate has agreed to be on hand. Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow will duet “I’ll be There for You” and Brooks and Dunn will perform “Only in America.” Vince Gill again hosts … Pierre Cossette, who along with Miller had to cancel the Latin Grammy awards, is now heading to N.Y. to produce (gratis) the Rudy Giuliani Nov. 14 tribute at the Sheraton at which 2,000 are expected at the Twin Tower fund-raiser. Joel Grey will perform a B’way medley including “Yankee Doodle Dandy, “Give My Regards to B’way,” and “It’s a Grand Old Flag.” And among the performers is Tony Bennett, who was born in NYC — but as we all know, left his heart in San Francisco … Bill Wellman is a grandfather again as son Chris and wife Devon welcomed Jackson William Wellman Wednesday at St. John’s Hospital. Bill’s mother, Dottie, celebrates her 88th birthday at Thanksgiving. She boasts seven children, 22 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. “Wild Bill (Wellman) is smiling down on us,” says Jr.
ADD SECOND GENERATION: Anthony Peck and partner Joe Brutsman next month start “EuroTrash” for Vision Box with Danny Houston starring in the comedy as the guy everyone loves to hate — and hates to love. Brutsman (“Diary of a Sex Addict”) directs. Peck and Brutsman will also team on another comedy, “The Schnorrer,” y’know a guy who’s never around when the check arrives … James Brolin, who completes Revolution-Sony’s “The Master of Disguise” as Dana Carvey’s father on Nov. 16, heads immediately into David Ladd’s MGM “A Guy Thing” with Julia Stiles and Jason Lee … Margo and Irwin Winkler took his “Life as a House” to show residents at the MPTV Country House’s Louis B. Mayer screening room, Monday night. Winkler reunioned with some he met when starting out in the biz at MGM … Marlon Brando birthday partied his longtime personal assistant Avra Douglas at Le Colonial. Douglas is also the one who talks the lines through an ear piece to Brando … Celebs will team/oppose in a basketball game to benefit the National Alliance of Breast Cancer Org. Monday at the Crossroads School in Santa Monica. The teams will be captained by the WNBA’s MVP Lisa Leslie and L.A. Sparks Tamecka Dixon … The first Teach for America Educational Leadership Award gala at the BevWilshire honored Eli Broad and raised $400,000 … Wayne Newton and Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys led the Lupus L.A. fundraising ($200,000) group in “God Bless America” at the close of the event at the home of Marla and Bud Paxson and co-chaired by Carrie and Bernie Brillstein … Glamorous press agent Katy Sweet and businessman Lionel Harris are planning a June wedding … Dick Kleiner, who has covered Hollywood, starting with NEA in 1964 and most recently the syndicated column Ask Dick Kleiner, is retiring next month after, he figures, 15,000 questions — and 8,000 interviews … Burberry’s chief exec Rose Marie Bravo winged out for tonight’s bow of Burberry in the Wilshire Blvd. site formerly housing the BevHills Planet Hollywood. The Burberry bash, also hosted by Rita Wilson and Kate Beckinsale benefits the L.A. Shakespeare Festival.