Entertainment news for May 10, 1991
Who’s lean, green, and headin’ to the screen? How about Brigitte Nielsen — in The She-Hulk. For those who don’t follow the comics, ”She” is a criminal attorney who also happens to be cousin to the terrifying, crime-fighting Incredible Hulk. But other than the ”gorgeous shade of green — complete with long green hair” that producer Tamara Asseyev says will grace the Danish actress, expect no family resemblance. Not for Nielsen the Jekyll- to-Hyde transformation that left Lou Ferrigno’s TV Hulk running around in shredded clothes because his swollen bod had burst the seams. The Nielsen superhero, Asseyev explains, remembers her modesty and designs herself a special outfit. Filming in Australia is expected to begin in July.
While we’re talking tough guys: Chuck Norris heads to Chicago this summer to star in Cold to the Touch, his first film since last year’s Delta Force II. The story has Norris playing a detective up against a homicidal scientist who attains superhuman powers through experiments with — no joke — herbs. Shades of Silent Rage? Aaron Norris — Chuck’s bro — will direct.
Although Professor Gary Shepherd perished on thirtysomething, actor Peter Horton is proving there’s life after TV death. Horton goes behind the camera to direct the pilot of Big Girls Don’t Cry, a half-hour CBS sitcom based on the movie Mermaids. The show features Shera Danese (Mrs. Peter Falk) in the Cher role of Mrs. Flax. Her daughters, Charlotte and Kate, are yet to be cast.
If it’s spring, Anything But Love must be in trouble. ABC’s on-again, off- again romantic comedy with up-again, down-again ratings has been pulled from the schedule for the third time in three years, and executive producer Peter Noah once again is awaiting word on the show’s fate. ”It would be hard for me to imagine why we wouldn’t be on,” he says. ”Our ratings have been good, but you just hope that there’s a seat-of-the-pants affection for the show at ABC.”
Expect to see some big names when Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? debuts on PBS this fall. The popular computer game is being turned into a children’s game show, and lots of people are taping the geographic clues. Already in the can are bits from Walter Cronkite, R.E.M., Debbie Gibson, The Wonder Years’ Dan Lauria, Dennis Hopper, and Sally Jessy Raphael. Scheduled to tape soon are Branford Marsalis and Malcolm-Jamal Warner.
Making the most of a strange situation, Suzanne Vega is preparing for the August release of Tom’s Album, a compilation of nine remixed versions of her song ”Tom’s Diner,” including one by the British group DNA that hit the top five last winter. Other remakes, some of which are said to be quite radical, come from Italy, Germany, and France. ”Every time she opened the mail, there was a different version,” says an A&M spokesman.
Mutant funkateers and Nike pitchmen the Red Hot Chili Peppers are doing their first album for Warner Bros. — and are working for the first time with legendary rap and hard-rock producer Rick Rubin. Both the Chili Peppers and former Rubin producees the Beastie Boys performed live at a recent L.A. benefit for Mary’s Danish bassist Chuck Wagner (who shattered his hip), hosted by none other than sitcom mama Roseanne Barr.
Peter Arnett has just signed a book deal with Kitty Kelley’s editor, Alice Mayhew, at Simon & Schuster. And that has the chatty publishing world talking. Industry scuttlebutt is that Arnett’s agent, Lynn Nesbit, got him ”a mid-six-figure number,” according to one who studies the book-makers. Scud stud Arthur Kent, who signed with Pocket Books last week, also got a six- figure deal for his upcoming Everywhere But Home, but apparently got less than Arnett. Age, for once, has won out over beauty.
Written by: Pat H. Broeske, Kate Meyers, Mark Harris, Deborah Mitchell, David Browne, Bob Mack