GOOD MORNING and, it is hoped, a good evening in Boston for this contingent of Demo supporters who will be in Copley Square for the countdown: Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, James Taylor and Carole King. Winging in from L.A. to Boston this morning are Sherry Lansing and Billy Friedkin. On Monday, Sharon Stone hit the Demo campaign trail in Minnesota, Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen segued from Detroit and Cleveland, respectively, meeting up with John Kerry. Tireless environmentalist/Demo campaigner Leonardo DiCaprio spoke Monday in Henderson, Nev., and continued on to New Mexico. Michael Moore did Florida live while his “Fahrenheit 9/11” made a pay-per-view airing … Beverly Garland returned to L.A. after six days campaigning for John Kerry in Bucks County, Pa. … Georgette Mosbacher and Harvey Weinstein hold a “bipartisan” bash at N.Y.’s Palm (on 50th) to watch the election night coverage from 9 p.m.-1 ayem. Attendees expected include Candice Bergen, Anna Deveare Smith, Judith Regan, Tovah Feldshuh, Ed Rollins, Ivana Trump, Iceland’s President Grisson, , Steve Rattner, Tina Brown. … Gotham’s ink-stained wretches (fourth estaters) will be observing reactions at Elaine’s … The “Declare Yourself” team watches the results tonight at founder Norman Lear’s home, knowing that in one year 1,047,743 were downloaded as first time voting registrants. The Rockefeller Center “Democracy Plaza” has been a smashing success and will remain open until Friday. The Poets (8) have been performing daily since the Plaza’s opening. The Declaration of Independence will continue to move on to more sites, sez Norman. “I want it to continue to travel.” He also notes “I want to continue to be involved in politics — no matter who wins.” But there’s never been any doubt as to which political side he endorses — and we agree with him. … Kerry supporter Bud Yorkin has also been in touch with Kerry on the campaign trail — they are neighbors in Sun Valley and fellow skiers and golfers. Yorkin also has been in touch with Bill Clinton, whom he’d supported through both his presidencies, and will attend the Clinton Presidential Library bow Nov.16.
KEVIN SPACEY WINGS IN from London Wednesday for the bow of his “Beyond the Sea” at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome launching the AFI Fest. Lions Gate will open the film Dec. 10 in N.Y., Dec. 17 in L.A. I’m told the pic’s been trimmed a bit since Daily Variety’s Todd McCarthy reviewed it at the Toronto Film Fest Sept. 10. We saw it shortly thereafter and loved it. Spacey’s done a remarkable job of directing (more so, creating) a moving, dramatic musical film, and of re-creating the likeness — visually and vocally — of someone I knew and admired. I wondered how Darin’s son, Dodd, reacted to the biopic of his father. “I really liked it,” Dodd told me. “Granted, I disagreed that Kevin should sing the songs, (but) I think he did a wonderful job. Obviously, I thought he should have used my dad’s voice. But it’s very compelling, I’m very proud of it. It’s a wonderful tribute” to the immortality of Bobby’s work. As of this writing, Sandra Dee, Dodd’s mother and Bobby’s wife, has not seen the film, but Dodd said he’s getting a “special screening for her.” Steve Blauner, who was Darin’s manager (and is portrayed excellently by John Goodman in the film) and also disagreed with Spacey singing Darin, was also pleased with the film. “This is Bobby’s immortality. Bobby won’t lose any fans from it and maybe he’ll get some new ones. People will also remember the times as well because of it.” A soundtrack of Spacey singing Darin will be released Nov. 23 while also out is “Aces, Back to Back,” a CD/DVD of Darin performing … Further, in Monday’s mail was a copy of “Roman Candle: The Life of Bobby Darin” (Rodale Books) written with the cooperation of the Darin estate including Blauner who gave it complete cooperation — and a rave. As does Spacey, who notes Darin said “It’s not true you live only once. You can live a lot of times, if you know how.” And with this book plus another upcoming bio, the DVD and “Beyond The Sea,” it looks like Bobby Darin will have lived — “a lot of times.”
KIRK DOUGLAS GIVES a “bravura performance,” Variety’s Ronnie Scheib writes in her review of “Illusion,” shown at the Hamptons Film Festival. Frankly, I hadn’t heard about the film — for which Douglas did his role “about a year ago.” When I questioned him about it, Kirk told me the young director-writer-co-star Michael Goorjian and two of its producers brought him the script and a small piece of the film. He liked it and agreed to play the role “for a bunch of young kids — and Michael is very talented.” He agreed it was “a challenge because of my imperfect speech. I do most of the film while I’m in bed.” When I asked how much he was paid, Douglas admits, “I don’t know.” But Douglas’ agent, CAA’s Fred Specktor, assures me he did it because he wanted to — and not for the money. While Douglas wound the father-son film almost a year ago, the pic was completed only a couple of months ago in time for the fest. It will be shown by Entitled Entertainment for distribs at the AFM Sunday.
THE PINK PALACE — turned a deep shade of blue as the Fourth annual Tom Arnold Celebrity Roast skewered James Cameron and Ed McMahon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The hotel’s plush Rodeo Room’s walls shivered as the four- and five-letter words bombarded the charity-minded crowd on hand-raising funds for the Kayne Eras Center. While the dais of comics delivered the saltier-than-expected (?) critiques of the honorees, it was the unexpected — Stan Winston — who took the prize as he unveiled some of the wizardry with which he’s decorated a half-dozen Cameron pix. He arrived with suitcases of animated replicas of what he called Cameron’s and Arnold’s physical attributes. Others lending their creative vocal talents included Joel Kramer, also in six Cameron films, record producer/manager Jon Landau, comics Judy Tenuta, Brody Stevens, Ralphie May, Bob Saget, Bob Zany and Craig Shoemaker. Cameron, who was kidded about his “I am the king of the world” Oscar acceptance speech, admitted, “It’s good to be king.” Ed McMahon, no stranger to showbiz roasts, admitted this one was the ultimate. “I haven’t heard the f-word as much as one weekend I spent with — a certain Hollywood actress whose name I will withhold to protect her inability to protest.”