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GOOD MORNING: The West Wing is being honored — no, not the TV series, but the real portion of the White House as it celebrates its 100th year. And to celebrate, a one-hour docu titled, “None But Honest and Wise Men: The Challenge and Achievement of the American President,” produced by Oscar-winner Chuck Workman, will be screened Nov. 12 to a VIP D.C. audience at the Ronald Reagan Building amphitheater. It contains new interviews with Presidents Ford, Carter, Clinton and Bush (pere). And the film will be introduced at the screening by Andrew Card, chief of staff to George W. (who is not interviewed for the film). Narrators include Michael Douglas and Charlton Heston. Included are 50 feature film clips of thesps portraying presidents. Among ’em: Harrison Ford, Gregory Peck, Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen, Kelsey Grammer, Nick Nolte, Brian Dennehy, Jeff and Lloyd Bridges, and, yes, Polly Bergen (in “Kisses for My President”). Can you name the films the others played president? . . . Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg intros the film and other speakers include Arthur Schlesinger and Hugh Sidey. And yes, there is a clip of TV’s “West Wing.” The film will be part of a two-day symposium presented by the White House Historical Assn. Last year, Workman’s “The Spirit of America,” a followup to 9/11, was presented in theaters to lift Americans’ spirits. It was put together by the National Assn. of Theater Owners, the DGA, the Academy and numerous guilds and organizations in Hollywood. On the feature front, Workman has a distributor (Outsider Pictures) for his “House on the Hill” and has film rights to “Visions of Cody,” based on a book by Jack Kerouac.

CONAN O’BRIEN, WITH A WEEK off from his own show, winged to L.A. to guest on his former sidekick’s series, “Andy Richter Controls the Universe.” Andy says, “It’s a good lunatic role — so I just asked him (Conan) to do it.” He plays the great grandson of the founder of the company in which Richter and pals work. The Par TV/20th Century Fox TV series returns to the air Dec. 1 and Richter is certain he’ll be back as a guest on Conan’s show to help his series return — he’s been there three times since departing as O’Brien’s sidekick. Among other guests on “The Universe” are “The Sopranos'” Lola Glaudini as Andy’s crazy Russian girlfriend, and Rose Marie and Jack Carter as a married, house-cleaning couple . . . Carl Reiner, who returns to his Alan Brady role in the upcoming cartooned version , also guests as the absentee network owner on ABC’s “Life With Bonnie Hunt” — although he’s only shown on a monitor from his home in Florida. The show also guests Jonathan Winters — he did 40 minutes of improv while guesting … Bruce Davison and wife Lisa Pelikan make their first appearance together on screen — for a seg of “Law & Order: SVU.” Davison jetted to N.Y. after a Canadian caper in “X-Men 2.” And he’s now in New Orleans to co-star in “Runaway Jury” with Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman and John Cusack in John Grisham’s story of a landmark trial against a gunmaker. Davison plays the gunmaker’s defense lawyer in the crackling story of jury tampering. “I haven’t ever felt so excited — I’m playing with the big boys,” Davison admits.

PAUL NEWMAN’S FAST TRACK: On Nov.3, he’s at the Fontana track in Ontario with his Newman/Haas team (four-time national champion Kart racing team) — and that night, he races into L.A. for rehearsals on “The World of Nick Adams.” The one night, all-star performance benefits the new Painted Turtle Camp addition to Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camps. Immediately after the show Newman wings north . . . Clint Holmes, who has taken Las Vegas by storm with his Harrah’s stand (in his third year!), takes a week off Nov. 18 to wing to Chicago to check on the performance of his life story, “Comfortable Shoes” at the Royal George Theater. He says they are talking further U.S. dates, plus a stand in London’s West End. He praises Christopher Jackson “who is playing me” . . . L.A. Goal holds its one day only 12th annual art exhibition Sunday at the Jan Baum Art Gallery on La Brea in L.A. The amazing works (all for sale) are by artists with developmental disabilities. L.A. Goal served as a place of central research for the Oscar-nominated “I Am Sam,” starring Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer . . . Gordon Davidson receives the Lifetime Inspiration Award tonight from Weingart Center’s CityLive 2002 benefit for the homeless at the BevHilton … On Sunday, Bobby Short receives the Town Hall Friend of the Arts Award , along with Mortimer B. Zuckerman at the Town Hall Cabaret Concert at the Harvard Club . . . Barry Manilow and Diane Schuur are teaming for a new album featuring 12 Manilow originals . . . Ray Charles handed the kids at Crenshaw High a check for $25,000 to help pay for a class trip to South Korea. Charles has specials upcoming on Dec. 6 (CMT) and on NBC, Dec. 21, “McCormick Presents Ray Charles Tribute On Ice.” This week, a Ray Charles doll that sings “America the Beautiful” goes on sale nationwide at Walgreen’s. Ray is celebrating by flying in his new Westwind jet — he got tired of taking off his shoes at airport security checkpoints before each of his 200 annual travel dates.

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