Just watch the latest salvo in Hollywood's fight against colorization. We're told that the upcoming lobbying effort by the Directors Guild against the coloring of old and classic films will be led by four top directors--and that Capitol Hill is already falling over itself to give them a star reception. None other than Woody Allen, Sydney Pollock ("Tootsie" and "Out of Africa"), Elliot Silverstein ("Cat Ballou") and Milos Forman ("Amadeus") will be in D.C. on May 12 with attorney Jay Roth and D.C. lobbyist Larry Chernikoff. All four of the prestigious directors will be speaking before the Senate judiciary subcommittee on new technology--and then on to a crowded afternoon with influential senators, a reception and a dinner. But the show-stopper should be a reported accompaniment by Mia Farrow and her kids with Allen making the rounds on Capitol Hill. And if that doesn't boost the attention ratio, nothing will.
OPENING DAY--Just like any other opening day at Hollywood Park on Wednesday, except that the most famous of the Directors' Room regulars was missing. Even the paparazzi outside the gate shook their heads over the fact this time the meet would occur without Cary Grant. The late actor and his love of the sport get memorialized May 2 when the Pavilion of the Stars will be renamed the Cary Grant Pavilion. Opening Day always provides a lavish buffet and a smorgasbord of L.A. types. The track could be L.A.'s fanciest, least-common denominator.
will be awash with both scones and stars. Jill Ireland, business leader Dori Pye, corporate honcho Ray Watt, activist Julia Krashen and actress Madge Sinclair get honored. Roz Rogers is the afternoon's hostess and if her husband Henry ever gets tired of the public relations business, she can surely run somebody for President. Mary Ann Mobley is lined up as honorary chair and business exec Linda Lucks is chairing this "Mother's Day" tea . . . The St. Joseph Center in Venice, founded 10 years ago by Sister Marilyn Rudy of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is proof that one person can indeed change the world--or at least, a community. Now, with 25 staff members and 200 volunteers, the center assists in every way, from helping a person find a job, an apartment, learning to read, getting a sandwich and a shower. May 16, the center gets some well-deserved help from its supporters at its second annual gala at the Marina Beach Hotel. Robert Sapien is chairing, and appearing will be Della Reese, the Lennon Sisters and emcee Monty Hall . . .
PLAY-OFFS--Marcus Allen, Howie Long and Greg Townsend are among Raiders who will face off against a team of celebs Saturday. Robby Benson, Rafer Johnson, Tommy Chong, Betty Thomas, William Devane and Veronica Hamel are some of the famous names--but, thankfully, they'll all be playing basketball. It's to benefit the Children's Community School and it takes place at Birmingham High in Van Nuys . . . Pascal, the L.A.-based sculptor/painter, gets honored by the National Arts Assn. on May 8 at the Beverly Wilshire. Florence and Marion Malouf founded the organization and the proceeds from the Orchid Ball are used to support art students and to contribute pieces of art to the State Department's American Project.