Hollywoodians are returning from their usual holiday getaways — where they were together as usual in Hawaii and in Sun Valley. At the Kahala, the regulars there included the Jeffrey Katzenbergs, Rick Yourn, Herb Alberts, Jeff Walds, the Garry Marshalls, Nicolette Sheridan and Michael Bolton, Tommy Lee, Heather Thomas, Glenn Larson.
In Sun Valley, The Warren Cowans screened “Brokeback Mountain” at the Magic Lantern Theater for locals who were also spotted around town. They included Bette Midler, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Martin Short, Sally Kellerman, Scott Glenn, Lois and Buzz Aldrin, Adam West, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy and Dick Riordan, Rhoda and Dan Glickman, the Rob Reiners, Jane Wooster Scott who also paints up there.
Also in Sun Valley, “The Sun Valley Serenade” screens daily at the Opera House. The 1941 film starring Sonja Henie featured the tune “It happened in Sun Valley” — and put the town on the map forever.
New Year’s romance blossomed in Sun Valley where director Jonathan Turteltaub and docu-maker Amy Eldon announced their engagement. They recently brought a 13-year old girl victim of the northern Ugandan warfare to the United States where she is now being treated in a Fort Wayne hospital with facial surgeries every three months. Turteltaub and Eldon spent three nights in a hospital in Rwanda helping some of the child victims — 3000 have been kidnapped and tortured in Northern Uganda. Turteltaub wants to do a film about their plight — and in the native language. (Eldon grew up in Kenya and her brother, a Reuters’s cameraman was murdered in Somalia).
Apart from these humanitarian efforts, Jonathan is readying Disney’s “National Treasure II” with the same cast, three CBS pilots including a sitcom, “I Love the TV World.” Meanwhile Turteltaub, pere, Saul T., and his TV partner of 40 years (!) Bernie Orenstein are reading a comedy series for TV Land, titled “Hello Out There.” This would be their 26th series (!)
And spending the holidays in Hollywood were director Peter Yates and wife, Virginia. Yates, Oscar-nominated for both “The Dresser” and “Breaking Away,” is now readying Ronnie Harwood’s “The Girl in Melanie Kline” with Sir Tom Courtenay, Dame Eileen Atkins and Antony Sher. Timothy Burrel produces.
Yates also did a narration for his “Bullitt” starring Steve McQueen. While “Bullitt” is the most favorite, pic, Yates says his ‘The Deep” was the box office champ of his pix