Entertainment news for August 23, 1991
Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels reports that in addition to the Wayne's World feature film based on SNL's awesome dude duo, another spin-off project is in the works: A half-hour special starring Toonces (that cat who can drive a car), written by Toonces' creator, Jack Handey. Michaels also says that Wayne's World, which started shooting this month, will star not only Mike Meyers as Wayne and Dana Carvey as Garth, but Rob Lowe as Benjamin, a ruthless TV executive. Lowe was picked, says Michaels, ''because he was really funny when he was a guest host on the show last year.'' SNL, meanwhile, debuts with Michael Jordan as guest host on September 28, in what seems like a Jordan TV jubilee. Also next month: an NBC special honoring the hoopster and an animated kids show featuring a Jordan character.
William Morrow has just signed Hong Kong writer Li Pik-Wah, one of the most popular contemporary Chinese-language novelists, to a three-book deal. Her work will be published under the name Lillian Lee. Morrow will translate The Last Princess of Manchuria in August 1992, followed by Rouge and Farewell to My Concubine. Sandollar Productions has just picked up the movie rights to Rouge and handed the story to screenwriters Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands) and Larry Wilson; Thompson will also direct.
Michael Jackson buddy Macaulay Culkin will appear in a music video for ''Black and White,'' which the 10-year-old describes as a ''rock song mixed with rap,'' off Jackson's new album, Dangerous, due out by year's end. The message, according to the Home Alone star: ''You can be my brother, it doesn't matter if we're black or white.'' On another Culkin front, director John Hughes has been unable to keep word from leaking out on Home Alone 2. Scheduled to begin shooting in October, the movie will take young Culkin on a frantic New York City shopping spree with screen mom Catherine O'Hara and yes, the original's now-vengeful robbers Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern will return to dog him.
Director Garry Marshall certainly knew how to set the scene while making the upcoming feature Frankie and Johnny, a sweet and sour love story starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer. When Pacino as Johnny, an ex-con trying to carve out a new life, hears someone in his apartment, he's supposed to knock down the door and find an ex-con buddy with a girlfriend inside. But with Star Trek VI shooting right across the Los Angeles soundstage, Marshall had a better idea. ''Garry asked Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner, in their full Star Trek regalia, to stand in the set,'' recounts executive producer Alex Rose. ''So Al bursts open the door, expecting to see this actor and actress, and instead there were these two Trekkies standing there! He was totally astonished.''
Written by: Tina Jordan, Leonard Klady, Melina Gerosa