GOOD MORNING: Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone have never departed from their association with Planet Hollywood and Robert Earl. The duo, Earl says, “remained active with me through the pain” and remain involved with him in his two new, multi-million-$ ventures. They are the purchasers of the Aladdin Resort and Casino in Las Vegas for $635 million, sez Earl who plans to rename it the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino. Also set by Earl — for $50 million — is the purchase, with London Clubs, of the 50 St. James gaming house. The latter deal was completed June 1, and the Vegas go-ahead approved June 20. Earl tells me he has plans to add a nightclub in the London house. The Vegas hotel will be Hollywood-themed in its décor and will draw from the Planet Hollywood’s extensive memorabilia collection. It will also boast a theater that will be home to Hollywood-style movie premieres for which the Planet Hollywood eatery openings were famous. As for the original, third member of the Planet Hollywood star triumvirate, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Earl says, “we have remained good friends” since he withdrew financially from the eatery.
ADAM SANDLER AND JACKIE TITONE were married (by a rabbi) Sunday at Dick Clark’s home in Malibu. Among the players who attended: Winona Ryder, Marisa Tomei, David Spade, Chris Rock, Jennifer Aniston (Brad Pitt on location in Malta), Rob Schneider and Henry Winkler who made a touching toast. Drew Barrymore, who just wound “Fifty-First Kisses” with Sander, was unable to attend — she’s on tour with the preems of “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.” And Jack Nicholson, who starred with Adam in “Anger Management,” was in N.Y. for the locations of Nancy Meyers’ untitled pic. While in N.Y., Nicholson’s been catching the B’way scene — “Movin’ Out,” “Gypsy” and “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” He also sat through the on-off-rain Sunday at Shea Stadium for the Yanks-Mets game and, of course, took in Elaine’s late night. The Nicholson pic locationed Monday night at the Barrymore theater (Diane Keaton plays a playwright) where Al Pacino had been starring in “Salome: The Reading.” Coincidentally, Pacino was at Elaine’s with Marty Bregman with whom he’s talking three possible pic, one of ’em, “Love Me or Leave Me.” Not a remake of the Ruth Etting story, this one’s written by David Rabe.
I AM SADDENED by the news that Mort Viner, 72, died Sunday of a massive heart attack. He was playing tennis, a sport he loved. He was a regular player with friends who had included Kirk Kerkorian, Robert Evans, etc. I last saw Viner a couple of weeks ago at Evans’ birthday party for Nikki Haskell at the Evans home. There had been no signs of any health problems for Viner whose joie de vivre and uncomplaining mein disproved the picture of a toughened agent. He had been in the biz more than 30 years, segueing from Chasin, Park Citron to ICM. His current top clients were Shirley MacLaine and Michael Crawford. But over the years, his list included Dean Martin, Jimmy Stewart and Gene Kelly among others. He was more than an agent to all — always a close friend and remained a co-trustee of the Dean Martin Trust. When Dean was in his too-sad, failing years, it was always Mort who could be seen joining the lone Dean at his table for two at his favorite BevHills Italian eateries. Services are not yet set but will be held at Pierce Brothers, Westwood, near his pally Dean. … Bob Crane’s widow Sigrid Valdis tells me the gravestone for Bob will be set this week — Sunday’s the 25th anniversary of his death. The stone is topped the inscription “Hogan and Hilda — Together Forever,” with a photo of both in their “Hogan’s Heroes” costumes.
PIERCE BROSNAN RECEIVED an honorary doctor of philosophy from Dublin Institute of Technology on Monday. He was honored for his contributions to the arts — and to charity. He’s ambassador for Irish UNICEF and other environmental efforts. Last week his banner, DreamTime began filming “Laws Of Attraction” with Julianne Moore at Ardmore Studios with Peter Hewitt directing for New Line and InterMedia. And Satuday, Pierce was among celebs attending the opening of the international Special Olympics Games. That night’s 3½-hour special on RTE was the highest-rated show ever on the web … Over in Prague on the Charles River’s historic bridge, New York Ranger Peter Nedved, 31, proposed to Next model Veronica Varekova, 25, of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, Victoria’s Secret and Pantene Pro campaigns … “Broadway: The Golden Age, By The Legends Who Were There” will be toasted at tonight’s preem at the Egyptian with director Rick McKay in a Q&A with some of the following legends: Edie Adams, Janis Paige, Jerry Herman, Gretchen Wyler, Kaye Ballard, Partricia Morison, Betty Garrett, John Raitt, Nanette Fabray, Fayard Nicholas, Vincent Sherman … Bernie Brillstein, Brett Ratner, Jeff Harleston will receive Racial Harmony Awards Thursday from the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding … Among those who will judge the competition for comedians with diabilities at the Improv on Wednesday: Norm Crosby, Steve Guttenberg, John Landis, Kevin Nealon, Judy Tenuta and Michael Walsh. Kathy Buckley, Fred Burns, and Robert David Hall, host the fourth annual Norman G. Brooks Scholarship Competish event for Media Access Office … Bruce McNall is doing the audio of his book “Fun While It Lasted” for Michael Viner’s Dove Audio. The book, published by Disney’s Hyperion, hits the stalls July 9 with a N.Y. book-signing followed by a bash in L.A. by pals who stood by McNall during his 4½ years in jail: the Bert Fields and the Frank Gehrys. And another supporting team, Dick and Lili Zanuck, are talking doing the filmed version of McNall’s book about his departure from glamour to the slammer. He’s now readying two pix, “Swedish Job,” and “Asylum,” for his banner, Seven Arts Pictures, with partner Peter Hoffman.