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GOOD MORNING: Today's the final day of shooting (and reshooting) on "Austin Powers in Goldmember," and Mike Myers tells me this scene "is an extravaganza." Yet he's not even in the scene, which is being filmed secretly (not anymore) at the home of -- the Ozzy Osbournes. Mike and "Goldmember" director Jay Roach are "huge fans" of MTV's reality show built around the dysfunctional lives of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, his wife and two children. Meanwhile, Myers is busy editing the New Line pic, which will be released July 26. And, yes, Myers says the Osbourne seg is one of "many surprises" in the pic. Can you be sure the Osbournes will have some surprises for Mike?
YES, NBC DID SPEAK to former President Bill Clinton Wednesday about -- anything he'd want to do. It was at the office of Harry Thomason, where Clinton was talking to his longtime friend and supporter about his appearance in the Regent feature docu based on "The Hunting of the President: The 10-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton" by Joe Conason and Gene Lyons. NBC had asked if they could come over to Thomason's and chat with Clinton. Of course they got an invitation -- just as the other webs have regularly received when they pitched offers to the prez. Clinton's appearance on the docu would lead those already filmed, including those of Jerry Falwell and Susan MacDougal, who went to jail for failure to reveal Whitewater info. For the docu, she says things never said before. She's now writing her book -- and Thomason says he'd like to see her do a movie on it … Wednesday evening, Clinton joined friends Ron Burkle, Steve Bing, Guy Oseary for dinner at Peter Garland's intimate eatery Porta Via on Canon Drive in BevHills, where they dined on pasta, swordfish, etc. … The president had arrived in L.A. from Brazil, left Thursday for Connecticut and another fundraiser Thursday night. He'll be back in L.A. later this month.
PAT BOONE WAS AT A NATIONAL right-to-life convention at the Waldorf Tuesday night, winged to Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday a.m. for a Baptist convention, caught a plane to L.A. via Atlanta and arrived at the Dorothy Chandler Theater in L.A.'s Music Center that evening (Wednesday) to help the California Jr. Philharmonic (125 strong) celebrate its 65th anniversary, as usual under the baton of Dr. Ernst Katz. The SRO event was underwritten by Salomon Smith Barney. And whatta night. With Wink Martindale hosting, the program opened with Ed Asner narrating, the orch backgrounded with Schubert's Unfinished Symphony. A salute to composers Richard and Robert Sherman followed, with Richard conducting a medley of their hits. They received a standing ovation. The Shermans had just returned from London, where their "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" bowed at the Palladium to an expected record run. Next, Dick Van Dyke, alumnus of Sherman-tuned pix ("Mary Poppins"), and his Vantastix quarteted and danced amazingly to the Sherman tunes. Once again, yours truly hosted the celebrity "Battle of the Batons." Combatants included KCBS' David Sheehan and KTLA's Mindy Burbano -- whose glamorous evening gown's shoulder strap snapped as she was about to wield her baton. Ah, the trials and tribulations of showbiz! She was followed by an energetic Peter MacNicol in white tie and tails, and Lanie Kazan, who baton'd and sang "There's No Business Like Show Business." Bryan Cranston performed as his tux broke away in pieces -- pants included. And Van Dyke returned for another -- singing "Eine Kline Nacht Music." The audience, by applause, chose Cranston as winner of the "gold baton." Flea, a past winner and alumnus of the Jr. Philharmonic, made the presentation. The Jr. Philharmonic continued to delight the audience with a centennial tribute to Richard Rodgers emceed by Pat Boone with daughter Debby, who recently toured in "The King and I" singing "Getting to Know You" and "It Might As Well Be Spring" from "State Fair" -- in which her dad Pat had starred at 20th -- plus "The Sound of Music." The Music Center was alive with the sound of the California Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra for another year.
IT'S A FIRST FOR SIEGFRIED AND ROY: They're producing a show, "Siegfried and Roy Present Darren Romeo, The Voice of Magic." He's a 25-year-old magician-singer who will perform afternoons at the Mirage, natch, starting May 27 … Talk about your coffee table books -- Taschen, which published the mammoth Billy Wilder tome, will create a 4-foot-square book in the shape of a boxing ring as a tribute to -- Muhammad Ali. Price, $2,500 a copy with 10,000 limited edition. Meanwhile, Silver Star Media next week launches a one-time collectible magazine, "Muhammad Ali: The Greatest" authored by the Champ. Editor-in-chief is boxing's legendary Bert Sugar. Price for this one is $19.95. Ali's enterprises under his longtime friend-manager Bernie Yuman recently added his affiliation with Coca-Cola, and McCann-Erickson is readying the TV campaign. He also has a clothing line with Fubu. And, of course, he's in there punching for the Ali Parkinson's Center in Phoenix … And I'm taking a week's vacation.
May 3, 2002
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