Despite Waterworld, Universal Pictures must be feeling generous. On Aug. 7, it agreed to spend nearly $100 million on two actors: Sylvester Stallone, 49, who inked a $60 million-$80 million three-picture contract, and Jim Carrey, 33, who agreed to star in the upcoming Liar, Liar for $20 million. The deals confirm pace-setting price tags already established by both actors: In June Carrey signed to do Columbia’s Cable Guy for $20 million; in December Stallone agreed to a $20 million payday from Savoy Pictures for a still-unnamed project…. NBC has gone for the gold, silver, and bronze. The network announced Aug. 7 that it will pay the International Olympic Committee a record $1.27 billion for exclusive U.S. TV rights to the Summer Games in Sydney in 2000 and the Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002.
An eight-pound boy, Buck, to Roseanne, 42, and her new husband, bodyguard Ben Thomas, 28, by Cesarean section on Aug. 5 in Santa Monica, Calif. Roseanne has four other children.
Grateful Dead guitarist and leader Jerry Garcia, 53, on Aug. 9 at a Marin County, Calif., drug treatment center, reportedly of a heart attack. Garcia had suffered from diabetes, among other ailments, and had admitted past drug abuse…. Oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall, 90, of natural causes, Aug. 4 in Houston. Despite his achievements in industry, Marshall was best known for his marriage last year to buxom model Anna Nicole Smith, 27. His estate — estimated at DOLLAR]550 million — is in a trust until a Houston probate court decides whether the money should go to Smith or to E. Pierce Marshall, the businessman’s son. ”I know Anna was really upset,” says a spokesman for the model. ”There is obviously a lot of speculation as to what this means to her financially.”… Actress Ida Lupino, 77, of cancer on Aug. 3 at her home in Burbank, Calif. Star of such movies as The Hard Way and High Sierra, Lupino was one of the few women in the ’50s to produce, write, and direct her own features, including Hard, Fast and Beautiful and The Hitch-Hiker…. Former Columbia Pictures president David Begelman, 74, an apparent suicide by gunshot, on Aug. 7 at his L.A. home. Begelman was accused in 1977 of cashing studio checks he had made payable to other people. He pleaded no contest to felony grand theft. David McClintick chronicled his activities in the 1982 book Indecent Exposure.