Harley hero Mickey Rourke returns to his manipulative sexpot roots with Wild Orchid, a steamy Rio romance that has been packing Italian theaters since late December. When the film opens stateside in April, the climactic love scene between Rourke and Carre Otis will be abbreviated to ensure an R-rating.
Yanked out of theaters when it first was released in South Africa two years ago, Cry Freedom, Richard Attenborough’s film about the life and death of South African activist Steven Biko — played by Denzel Washington — will reopen widely there in late April.
Bonfires De Palma
Bruce Willis will play a sleazy tabloid reporter who helps unravel a big-bucks bond trader’s high life (Tom Hanks) in Brian De Palma’s upcoming film of Bonfire of the Vanities.
This year’s Berlin Film Festival held screenings in both East and West Berlin for the first time in its 40-year history. Costa-Gavras’ Music Box, starring Jessica Lange as an American lawyer defending her immigrant father who has been accused of war crimes, took top honors.
In Born on the Fourth of July a soldier gets shot in the spine and pitches backward, spraying a fountain of blood from his mouth. Violent? Nah, ”pro- social,” says the National Coalition on Television Violence, a group that makes judgments about violence in movies and TV shows. So, what if you’ve had it with positive violence and are in the mood for a nice ”socially destructive” film? Tango & Cash, starring Sly Stallone, and Bloodfist win the group’s disapproval.
Richard Dreyfuss and Gary Oldman are teaming up for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, playwright Tom Stoppard’s stage-to-screen Hamlet mutation now shooting in Yugoslavia.
Joe Mantegna (Things Change) is a busy actor these days: He has gone from the Rome set of the long-awaited Godfather sequel to join the cast of Woody Allen’s new film, already in production in New York. He will rejoin Francis Ford Coppola when he starts shooting the mob family saga’s Big Apple scenes this spring.
Vicki Vale Does Vegas
Kim Basinger, in her first role since Batman, will play a love-struck Las Vegas lounge singer (sound familiar?) opposite Red October’s Alec Baldwin in Neil Simon’s The Marrying Man. No word yet if any Pfeifferesque pianacrobatics á la The Fabulous Baker Boys are planned for the spring shoot.
Movie, I’m Amazed
If you missed Paul McCartney’s recent world tour, don’t worry — you’ll be able to catch the jowly ex-moptop in action at a movie theater this fall. In case McCartney’s latest material needs Help!, the new, $6 million flick, directed by Richard Lester (A Hard Day’s Night), also features early Beatles concert and newsreel footage.