LETHAL WEAPON 3 GOES ALL WARM AND FURRY

Wondering why those animal rights posters were plastered around the police station in Warner Bros. Lethal Weapon 3?

The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals claims its posters are director-producer Richard Donner's sneaky way of taking a swipe at General Motors, which supplied vehicles for the movie. Dormer, an animal rights supporter, has gone on record as objecting to GM's use of animals (pigs and ferrets) in its safely testing. (A GM rep says: "If we did not make limited use of animal testing, we wouldn't have made the advances in car safety that we have.")

Donner was unavailable for comment, but a Warner spokesperson says there is no connection between the PETA posters and the GM cars, adding, "Richard generally has messages about various causes that he puts in his movies."

What does PETA say now? "PETA is just pleased that most of the GM cars in the movie are demolished," says a rep.

LOOT SHOOT

Producer Roger Corman, king of the B movies, is known in Hollywood for his uncanny ability to cut costs. But did he go too far when he sent one of his film crews into the recent Los Angeles riots to record the looting and fires for possible use in a movie he is planning, Night of a Thousand Fires?

Corman says, "I've had an idea for wars to do a picture about the dichotomy between the rich and the poor. The riots provided me with an opportunity to get master shots that otherwise I would not have been able to gel.

ALI: SLOWED, BUT NOT STONED

Nobody controls Muhammad Ali. Director Oliver Stone found that out recently when the two discussed Stone's doing a movie based on Ali's life. According to a source, Stone told Ali that he would need complete creative freedom. Ali, in turn, made it clear that he would not give Stone that freedom, especially in areas concerning his Muslim beliefs.

Ali's former manager, Jabir H. Muhammad, said that while the door to a Stone-directed Ali project "is still open," the two parties are no longer talking.

AN ILL-BREAD-CHILD?

Entertainment Tonight's John Tesh and his new wife, Connie Sellecca, weren't being obnoxious, a source of ours says, just "loud and raucous" while dining out recently with friends in L.A. Our source, who was there, says a young boy—no more than 4 years old—apparently objected to the noise. The kid grabbed a heel from a loaf of sourdough bread and winged it over a couple of tables at Tesh, beaning him. The witness says Tesh "had no idea where the bread came from, but it was amazing how he and his party quieted down after that."

When we called Tesh about the incident, he said the boy was "an excellent shot." He added, "I'm just glad he didn't use a knife or fork that day."