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Berry Bond-ing with Oscar status

GOOD MORNING: Cadiz, for Cuba — the location of “Die Another Day,” the current James Bond’er — is where I caught up with Halle Berry. She was (almost) as exuberant as she was Oscar night — and insisted the reports of her eye injury on the set in Spain were “untrue,” as were the reports of Pierce Brosnan’s knee injury. “He is perfectly fine.” Berry didn’t have time to savor the Oscar victory as she left the next day for filming as Jinx in “Die Another Day.” As for this role, she says, “I play the feminine James Bond. She’s the next step in the evolution of women in the Bond movies. She’s more modern — more intelligent — and not the classic villain.” Sure, there are love scenes, she allows, but there’s no disrobing, reminding, Bond films are PG-13. “And besides, I’ve been there,” she laughed — “and I’m not looking to do that again!” She goes immediately into “X-Men 2” … in Vancouver — and says the two skeds may overlap, causing some commuting … I asked the post-Oscar meaning for her. “One of the greatest results is the fact I’m getting some really great parts.” And really great money? She laughed at that one. “I feel more opportunities are starting to happen. And I’m just reveling in it.”

WHEN YOU SAY BICOASTAL TODAY — it no longer means N.Y.-L.A. It’s now Quebec-Vancouver. It was a serious Dick Donner unhappily saying that his wife, Lauren Shuler D., producing Par’s “Timeline” with him in Quebec, is commuting to Vancouver, where she’s also producing Fox’s “X-Men 2.” Dick D. is vehement in his indictment of the inaction by “the people in L.A. who are stupid. The U.S. government and the film unions are stupid,” resulting in the increase of Canadian production and the decrease in domestic filmmaking. “Ten million dollars in an $80 million movie is being saved,” director Dick D. admits of the Quebec filming of the Michael Crichton “Timeline.” That includes exteriors for the medieval sequences and interior sets for the contemporary. “They are building 17 stages on one side of town here and more on the other,” he says. “I can’t blame Paramount, therefore, for shooting here” — for four months … Meanwhile, Jerry Weintraub is heading overseas to seek new financing for a hefty group of pix in preparation at WB. It helps when he shows ’em “Ocean’s Eleven’s” international box office: $435,923,886. Among the projects he’s got on the front burners is “33 Liberty Street” about another heist — this one in the gold reserves in N.Y. He insists it’s not another “Ocean’s,” but a romantic caper. Another cooking is “Conflict of Interest,” set in Boston, with a cop and his attorney-father. He’d like one of his “Ocean’s'” alums, Boston native Matt Damon, for this one. And, of course, more projects with Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney. Weintraub appeared — as an actor for Soderbergh in his ‘Full Frontal” and for director Clooney in his “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.” Thursday night, Clooney was directing “Mind” scenes at the Playboy Mansion at a party scene decked with dozens of beautiful Playboy bunnies — the period of the pic is the ’60s and ’70s. Hef, who celebrated his 76th birthday this week, does not appear — but Sam Rockwell, who plays Chuck Barris in the pic version of the latter’s book, is rebuffed by the Bunnies as he pitches ’em. Clooney next takes the troupe to a scene on the Mexico border to shoot the parade of the dead. Barris, who filmed cameos of himself in Canada and taped a voiceover — in Clooney’s L.A. house — is now feverishly writing a sequel to “Confessions.” P.S. He’s still shopping his CD “Confessions of a Dangerous Singer,” which he recorded in Hollywood with the original “Gong Show” band.

BETWEEN TAPES THURSDAY for their upcoming “live” appearance on NBC’s 75th-anni show — from Studio 8H in N.Y. — alumni gathered at the Mondrian in L.A. piped up to yours truly. F’rinstance, Jack Klugman said he’s going back onstage in “The Value of Names” in Lincoln, Neb., a blacklist-set story in which he plays a once-blacklisted actor who is asked for forgiveness by someone (Louis Zorich) who named him. Klugman says it brings back memories — as he appeared in Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy” with Luther Adler, John Garfield, Kim Stanley — who were “named.” Klugman moves on to a lighter subject in Kansas City in “Aspirins and Elephants” with Peggy Crosby. Klugman would like to reteam on stage with Tony Randall in “The Odd Couple” — but he says Randall, the father of two youngsters, “doesn’t want to travel.” .. Carl Reiner and Sid Caesar were reminiscing at the gathering about the “Show of Shows” days — and their favorite skit — a satire on “This Is Your Life.” Reiner, who just guested on “Crossing Jordan,” is paged for returns. He’s the author of a kids book, “The Scary Story — But Not Too Scary” … Producers Ira Skutch and Ted Bergmann were surprised to see the back jacket of their book “The Dumont TV Network: What Happened?” (Scarecrow Press). It described “the late Ted Bergmann.” Shades of Mark Twain … Happy 79th birthday to Ann Miller — who receives a Lifetime Achievement Award April 26 at Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theater. She hoofed those boards in “Sugar Babies” with Mickey Rooney.

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