Commie Come Lately
Thirty-one years after Fidel Castro seized power, Hollywood is finally coming to terms with the Cuban revolution in two upcoming films. Fires Within, directed by Gillian Armstrong and starring Jimmy Smits and Greta Scacchi, deals with life in Miami’s Cuban community; Sydney Pollack’s Havana, with Robert Redford and Lena Olin, takes place during the last week of dictator Fulgencio Batista’s rule.
For reasons that aren’t readily apparent to people who wear seat belts, biker movies are back. Look for Harley heroes in a half-dozen upcoming films.
Boardroom Bad Guys
It looks like ’80s business excesses will provide some new boardroom villains for the ’90s. Norman Jewison will direct a film version of the Off Broadway drama Other People’s Money, about an old company fighting off a corporate raider.
Murray in a Hurry
Fresh from his directorial debut with Quick Change — due this summer — Bill Murray will next star as an extremely neurotic guy in What About Bob?, written by the very hot Tom Schulman (Dead Poets Society and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids).
The Hunt for New Material
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water after this month’s thriller The Hunt for Red October, another submarine movie is about to slip out of dry dock. Dive!, a comedy about the adventures of the USS Sub Standard starring Bill Pullman (The Accidental Tourist) and Wendy Schaal (The ‘Burbs), is on course to surface later this year.
How do you sell a serious picture about an American future in which religious fundamentalists rule and women have been reduced to neo-Stepford wives? Simple solution: Wrap a babe in a sheet. That’s victimized heroine Natasha Richardson showing enough skin to keep you from realizing that the poster doesn’t provide a clue as to what this movie is about.