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Entertainment News for June 21, 1991

Spinal Tap, Harrison Ford, and Wes Craven made headlines this week

MUSIC: Before Wayne ever had a world, or Bill and Ted took off on an excellent adventure, heavy-metal enthusiasts were targets of mirth. Now Spinal Tap, the group created by Rob Reiner for his 1984 rockumentary spoof, This Is Spinal Tap, is considering a reunion tour. ”They’ve been meeting on the project. We’ve gotten a lot of interest, so they’re thinking about it,” says the band’s manager, Harriet Sternberg. But it looks as if its half-baked members (Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, and Michael McKean) have already started tuning up. They gave an impromptu performance during the National Association of Music Merchants convention in Anaheim, Calif., where 3,000 fans who were clambering to hear tunes from the albums Intravenous DeMilo and Smell the Glove had to be turned away.

MOVIES: Harrison Ford faces a crisis of conscience in September when he climbs aboard Paramount Pictures’ Night Ride Down. Set against the Pullman Strike (which launched the first black labor union in America), Ford plays a company lawyer who is torn between Pullman’s antiunion position and his own moral sentiments. Harold Becker (Sea of Love) directs the tale, set mainly in Philadelphia.
· Director Michael Lehmann, recovering from the resounding thud of the Bruce Willis flop Hudson Hawk, will swing back into the low-budget realm (where he began with Heathers) with The Good Son, a thriller focusing on two 12-year-olds. The Twentieth Century Fox release will cost about $15 million, or slightly less than Willis’ Hawk salary. Son, from a script by Ian McEwan, begins shooting in the fall.

TV: NBC had an expensive failure with last winter’s revival of Dark Shadows, but A Nightmare on Elm Street creator Wes Craven has convinced the network to give horror another try. Six hour-long episodes of Nightmare Cafe (planned as an early-season replacement) will go into production in Canada this summer. Craven has scared up Jack Coleman (Dynasty), Lindsay Frost (Mancuso FBI), and Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund, to star.
· Yes, ABC will air a two- hour thirtysomething movie next season, but contrary to recent reports, series creators Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick won’t use the film to resolve the show’s dangling plot lines. ”It’s not their intention to tie up loose ends,” says a spokesman for MGM/UA Television, which hopes to keep the yuppie saga open-ended enough for a second two-hour installment later next season. One small roadblock remains: The cast hasn’t signed any contracts yet. — Susan Pocharski, Leonard Klady, Jeffrey Wells, Mark Harris