GOOD MORNING: “Mark Felt Denies He’s Deep Throat.” That’s the headline in “The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover,” the 1977 AIP film produced, written and directed by Larry Cohen. The film boasts players including Broderick Crawford, Jose Ferrer, Rip Torn, Dan Dailey and Lloyd Nolan, and characters including Hoover, Clyde Tolson, Robert Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr. The pic is now owned by Sony, having segued from AIP to Orion to MGM to Sony. The pic is relevant and revealing, Cohen assures, and brings up the more powerful theory of why Nixon didn’t destroy the tapes — the film shows how Hoover sent in FBI men to copy his tapes. “Hoover was determined to bring Nixon down,” Cohen reminds. As for the meaning of “Deep Throat,” Cohen says it was the gag created to indicate the relationship between Hoover and Tolson. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, Cohen’s got two films to shoot in Russia, “Captivity” (set in NYC!), directed by Roland Joffe, and “Cruel and Unusual Punishment,” both for Mark Damon’s Foresight banner.
THE WRITERS OF SID Caesar’s hundreds of TV shows were assembled for a giant Vanity Fair foto shoot. In N.Y. two weeks ago: Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Woody Allen and Joe Stein. In L.A. Monday: Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart, Mel Tolkin, Aaron Rubin and Caesar. All of these friends had assembled prior to the death of Anne Bancroft … Later this month Reiner heads to N.Y. to launch “The 2,000-Year-Old Man Goes to School” based on the classic Reiner-Brooks duets … Among those saddened by the death of Bancroft is fellow Oscar-winner Cloris Leachman, who took over for Bancroft when she bowed out of “Spanglish” due to the physical requirements of the role. Cloris recalled, “We were young actresses together in N.Y. in the early days. She was so wonderful. I am so sad.” Cloris is now filming Lifetime miniseries “Beach Girls” … Kathy Hilton and daughter Paris team Sunday aboard a float in the Gay Pride Parade in West Hollywood. Mom makes her TV bow hosting NBC’s “I Want to Be a Hilton” starting June 21. Yes, Paris makes an appearance on the series, as does daughter Nicky. “Paris gave me good advice: forget about the cameras — and don’t trust your producer” (her husband!). Kathy tells me she is happy about Paris’ engagement to Paris Latsis and she’s met with his mother and talked about the wedding — but no date is set, she assured. And yes, she’s seen Paris’ commercial for Carl’s Jr., which has many in a lather. But it’s cool by Kathy. “Paris is just playing a game,” she laughed. Kathy and husband-exec producer Rick Hilton faced the press junket earlier in the Holmby Hills home of (her father-in-law) Barron Hilton. He is happy with the show, she says. “I would never embarrass or humiliate a contestant,” she says. Donald Trump gave her great support, she noted … She was on the p.a. parade Wednesday … Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt pulverize and bloody each other through much of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” But when I asked her about these screen swatfests, she said, “We’d laugh after each take.” Jolie and Pitt were smothered by industry admirers and fans at the post-preem party at the Hammer Museum. Among those who sought out Angelina was Oliver Stone, who also may be seeking her for his next, possibly “World Trade Center.” Angelina says she wants to make her next overseas trek to China. She’s free until the August start of “The Good Shepherd,” with Robert De Niro directing. Pitt also has time off until August, when he starts WB’s “Jesse James” followed by WB-Par’s “Benjamin Barton.”