Entertainment news for May 21, 1993 | EW.com

News

Entertainment news for May 21, 1993

Angela Basset, Elizabeth Taylor, and Emma Thompson all made headlines this week

STAR TURNER
Disney’s rough cut of What’s Love Got to Do With It?, due out June 11, held a big surprise for Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne, who play Tina and Ike Turner. The stars were shocked when told that the movie’s final scene begins with Bassett singing the title tune — and cuts to the real Tina in concert — a scene not in the original script. Outraged, Fishburne calls the ending, ”an insult to everything Angela tried to do.” Director Brian Gibson (The Josephine Baker Story) says, ”We’re still working on the ending, but I love showing Tina.” As for Bassett, she’s being totally diplomatic. ”I don’t mind being compared side by side,” she says. ”I’m just happy that of all the women who could have played her, they chose me.” — Stephen Schaefer

YABBA DABBA DEAL
Elizabeth Taylor has signed on to play Fred Flintstone’s mother-in-law in the film version of The Flintstones. ”The part wasn’t written with her in mind,” says a production source, ”but she was always the front-runner.” As soon as the scheduling details have been worked out, the multiple Oscar winner, who hasn’t acted in a film since the never-released Italian production Young Toscanini in 1988, will join a star-studded cast that includes John Goodman (Fred), Elizabeth Perkins (Wilma), Rick Moranis (Barney), Rosie O’Donnell (Betty), and most likely Halle Berry (who’ll play a newly created role, seductive secretary Sharon Stone). — Malissa Thompson

SPIRIT OF ‘76
Not many Led Zepplin tunes have been used in movies, but Austin-based director Richard Linklater (Slacker) says he has nabbed ”Rock and Roll” for Dazed and Confused, his new comedy about the class of ‘76’s last day of high school, due Sept. 24. Why has Zep spurned Hollywood? ”Because most movies suck,” snaps Linklater. But after he screened a rough cut of Dazed for surviving band members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones, he got three thumbs up. Linklater has also secured Bob Dylan’s ”Hurricane,” as well as songs from ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, Kiss, and War. — Richard Natale

STICKS AND STONES
What’s in a name? Controversy — if it’s the title of John Leguizamo’s Spic-O-Rama. HBO has received numerous complaints from Latin groups about the title of the one-man show, debuting May 15. ”It was something that offended me deeply when I was a kid,” says Leguizamo, who first performed the act Off Broadway. ”So as a Latin man, I took this evil word and turned it into something that was totally harmless…ridiculous… laughable.” HBO, in the name of ”full creative freedom,” is letting the name stick. — Kate Meyers

OSCAR WENT TO HER HEAD
Okay, you’re Emma Thompson, Oscar winner for the oh-so-genteel drama Howards End — where do you keep the statuette? On the throne, of course. ”For the first week, Em kept it in the living room,” says Kenneth Branagh, Thompson’s husband and her director and costar in the just released Much Ado About Nothing. ”Now it’s in the downstairs loo.” Branagh says guests to their London home claim to be unimpressed, but he knows what they’re up to. ”They say ‘That’s it?’ But I know that when they’re in there, they stand in front of the mirror and say, ‘I want to thank…’.” — Melina Gerosa