ABC is making a TV movie about the Beach Boys, who aren't "stoked."
"It's not authorized and we're not being paid," said the group's manager, Tom Hulett, adding, "We don't want to help them get any publicity, and we are refusing to license (to them) any of the music we can control."Executive producer Len Hill, who did not return our calls, is in charge of the adaptation of Steven Gains' 1984 non-fiction book, "Heroes & Villains: The True Story of the Beach Boys." Targeted for spring airing, it quietly went into production Nov. 20 with a cast of mostly unknowns - "St. Elsewhere" co-star Bruce Greenwood is the most recognizable name, playing Dennis Wilson, the late member of the famed family rock group.
Screenwriter Charles Rosin said that the project is primarily "a family drama about the relationship between a father and his children. ... Murray Wilson was everyone's nightmare combination, Little League coach and stage mother."
Rosin said that Charles Manson - "He lived with Dennis Wilson in 1968" - will be portrayed, but added, "You shouldn't get the idea that this movie will be trashy or exploitative. I respect the Beach Boys. I grew up with their music."
Songs from the Beach Boys' early years, no longer controlled by the group, will be used in the movie, said a network source. - STACY JENEL SMITH
HOLLYWOOD - Tri-Star's Dec. 14-debuting "Glory" is about to become the focal point of a $2 million-plus education-promotion campaign aimed at increasing student awareness of the history of black soldiers in the Civil War.
In the film, Matthew Broderick plays a young colonel in charge of the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts, the first authorized, all-black volunteer regiment put into battle, according to producer Freddie Fields.
Fields said that the Kodak-sponsored promotion involves "hundreds of thousands" of educational kits - which include videocassettes and written materials - that begin going to elementary through college students this week. As many as a quarter of a million kits may eventually be handed out.
Information on essay contests related to the subject, with winners receiving a "Glory" photo album-book, is available at Kodak outlets.
"It would be foolish of me not to acknowledge this as a film promotion," Fields said, "but the purpose does go well beyond promotion."
Meanwhile, the film's black stars - Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and others - are leading the troops into a New York. media junket this weekend.
Broderick will skip the junket, but next week will make appearances on "Today," "Entertainment Tonight" and other high-profile guest shots - also touting his other Tri-Star pic, "Family Business," which opens Dec. 15. - STACY JENEL SMITH
HOLLYWOOD - Life magazine once called him "the mob's young genius," detailing his organized-crime exploits in a five-page spread. Fortune included him on its 1986 chart of "The 50 Biggest Mafia Bosses." The U.S. government convicted him in 1986 on racketeering charges, sentencing him to 10 years.
Now, Michael Franzese - stepson of John "Sonny" Franzese, alleged enforcer of a New York crime family, who is currently imprisoned - is back in Hollywood, renewing his career as a producer.
Through Cammy-Co. Prods. (named for his wife, Cammy), Franzese, 38, is executive producing "Stryker's Force." Co-producer Leon Isaac Kennedy says that the action-thriller, now being cast, is the first of three planned projects.
Franzese is also working with CBS on a miniseries - packaged by his agency, ICM - about his life.
In the mid-'80s, Franzese produced four low-budget films. One, "Knights of the City" (1986), starred Kennedy. The Life magazine piece says that Franzese kept up his wheeling and dealing from behind bars.
"We stayed in touch while he served his time," said Kennedy, explaining that they began talking their film projects "about four or five months ago" (Franzese was released in May).
"As far as I'm concerned, he's paid his debt to society. And now he's starting again - his life is on a whole new course.
"One of the great things about America," Kennedy added, "is that you can start again." - PAT H. BROESKE
HOLLYWOOD - Susan Seaforth Hayes, who portrayed the popular character Julie Olson Williams on NBC's "Days of Our Lives" for 16 years before leaving in 1984, will resume playing the role in January.
Seaforth Hayes joined "Days" in 1968 and met her husband, actor Bill Hayes, on the show. One of soapdom's reigning couples, they were the first soap actors to grace the cover of a non-entertainment national magazine, Time, in 1976.
For the past five years, Seaforth Hayes played JoAnna Manning on CBS' "The Young and the Restless" until leaving earlier this year.
Hayes was non-committal about whether her husband would also rejoin "Days," which celebrates its 25th anniversary next year. When she left the soap in 1984, her character was last seen going off to Europe.
Said the actress: "I feel wonderful about going back." - SUE FACTER
-The Other `Always':
HOLLYWOOD - How does film maker Henry Jaglom feel about Steven Spielberg calling his latest movie "Always" - the same title Jaglom used for his modestly budgeted 1985 tale of tangled relationships?
"Personally, I am delighted," Jaglom said, "as it seems to me this will help sell quite a few videocassettes for me, once our two movies find themselves side by side in the video store bins, rentable at two bucks each, no matter what their original budget."
Jaglom had already filmed "Always" when he received a letter from MGM informing him that Spielberg had registered the title with the Motion Picture Association of America, as well as many similar titles, such as "Forever" and "Eternally" (MGM owned the rights to the 1943 film, "A Guy Named Joe," which inspired Spielberg's film).
But when Jaglom learned that Spielberg had yet to get a script under way, he used "Always" for his completed picture, which was released to solid notices and a healthy run on the art-house circuit.
Now, Spielberg's "Always" will open on Dec. 20 - a week after Jaglom's latest film, "New Year's Day" (A Spielberg representative said that the director would not be commenting on all this "because he's busy doing final work on his `Always' ").
Meanwhile, the busy Jaglom is currently editing "Eating."