GOOD MORNING: I was visiting the home of George W. Bush’s top California fundraiser, but I was talking with John Kerry-John Edwards supporter Garry Marshall. The palatial Brentwood home is owned by Bradford Freeman, who loaned his $10 million house to the “Lucky 13” movie company. I was talking politics with Marshall between takes of the family-oriented film being directed by his son, Scott, his first feature-length helming stint. He has done TV and directed the second unit of his father’s recently completed “Princess Diaries II.” Garry is doing final editing of the film (release date Aug. 11) on weekends when he’s not acting in his son’s pic. Marshall, pere, volunteers hefty praise for his son’s directorial prowess — and admits making few ad-libs. Marshall will next workshop the musicalized “Happy Days” at his Falcon Theater with his sister Rony and daughter Kathleen producing. And he’ll also bow this fall his “Wrong Turn at Lungfish” starring Hector Elizondo … “13” is produced by A.D. Oppenheim and Mark Zakarin with Rochelle Shapell as exec producer. The pic is independently financed. And the cast is doing the film, “as a labor of love,” Zakarin says. He looks at dailies in the garage of his home — a couple of blocks away from the location. Marshall admits this is an offbeat role for him — he’s seen wearing a ponytail in early scenes when he arrives with girlfriend Darryl Hannah from his teaching job on an Indian reservation in New Mexico. In one scene, Marshall and Hannah go skinny-dipping in the pool of the mansion. “It’s a scene I will treasure,” Hannah laughingly admits. She is strategically covered. Marshall is naked … The well-rounded cast includes Doris Roberts as the wife Marshall left 20 years ago, Jeremy Piven as their agent-son, Jami Gertz as his wife, and their son (and Marshall-Roberts’) grandson played by Darryl Sabara, star of all three “Spy Kids.” The story revolves around his upcoming bar mitzvah and the battle between his family and a second Hollywood agent (Larry Miller) to outdo each other’s bash. Any similarity between the movie’s bar mitzvah celebration and that of a Hollywood agent’s son is probably only accidental, I’m sure. However, this story ends Carpa-esque with Richard Benjamin as the rabbi and Neil Diamond, playing himself, singing “Hava Negilah” … In real life, young (12) thesp Sabara is studying for his bar mitzvah next year and says he has nixed any lavish bash — and instead has opted for a trip to Israel, Greece and Italy.
ROB REINER WOUND directing a 30-second election seg for the campaign organized by MoveOn.org. Aaron Sorkin scripted the show, “Mistake,” featuring President Bush in a press conference when he was asked if he made any mistakes. It joins a dozen others to be launched 10 weeks before the election. Others being completed for release one a week on the MoveOn.org Web site will also be aired on commercial TV. They include Al Franken and Ione Skye directed by Allison Anders; Donal Logue with Jesse Perez directing; Scarlett Johansson, Kevin Bacon and Ed Asner in a piece by Wild Brain Animation; and Benny Boon directing Danny Glover … Tonight at Radio City Music Hall, Dave Matthews will introduce John Kerry and John Edwards in the program boasting Mary J. Blige, Jon Bon Jovi, Chevy Chase, Whoopi Goldberg, Meryl Streep, Paul Newman, Sarah Jessica Parker, John Mellencamp, Wyclef Jean, John Fogerty, Kerry’s wife Teresa, daughters Alexandra and Vanessa, and Chris and Andrew Heinz. John Edwards’ wife Elizabeth and daughter Cate will be at his side … The Kerry daughters wing in from L.A. where Tuesday night’s concert at the Henry Fonda Music Box Theater raised $200,000.
ROBERT GREENWALD is winding his next film, “Out-Foxed” — about the Fox News Channel and he says it will be available to order on OutFoxed.org. It preems July 19 at the Pacific Design Center with Howard Dean making the introduction. His “Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the War in Iraq” will open theatrically in mid-August via Cinema Libre and start airing Sept. 6 on the Sundance Channel. Greenwald’s record of films dares back to the ’90s with films including “21 Hours At Munich,” “Forgotten Prisoners: The Amnesty Files” “Our Guns, Outrage in GlenRidge”, “The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron.” I asked Greenwald whether he’d seen Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11.” His answer: “It’s brilliant.”
SCRIBE BEN STARR was just informed by California Rep. Henry Waxman’s office that he has been awarded the DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross) — for a mission he flew 60(!) years ago as a first lieutenant in the Army Air Corps. As the navigator on a B-17 hit by German gunfire, minus one engine and with the bombardier seriously wounded, Starr guided the plane to a landing on a German-occupied French field near Epernay. He destroyed the secret navigational equipment — as the Nazis were departing. Starr took his fellow officer to a hospital at Verdun — and with help of now-arrived troops, he repaired his plane and flew it back to its base in Molesworth, England. He flew 38 more missions. Without Starr’s knowledge, Col. W.H. Cox (long retired) requested the medal be awarded. And it has been granted to a very surprised, and pleased, Starr, 81 … A memorial service celebrating the life of Anna Lee Nathan, M.B.E. will be held July 31 at 11 a.m. at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Mortuary … Ashley Lauren Anderson and Charles Marcus Matthau will wed Aug. 21 in Pacific Palisades … Andrea Schlatter, daughter of the George Schlatters, will wed Kevin Flynn, Nov. 26 in Scottsdale, Ariz. … Tane McClure, daughter of Doug McClure, sneaks her comedy pilot “The Eye of Dan” at CineSpace in Hollywood Monday.