Ayk of All Trades
Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actor Dan Aykroyd is set to make his directorial debut with an as-yet-untitled adventure-comedy scheduled for Christmas release. The ghostbusting SNL veteran also will star alongside old pals John Candy and Chevy Chase.
Don't think you're wigging out if you've just seen the new romantic comedy Joe Versus the Volcano. It's Meg Ryan who's doing the top swapping. The perky Ryan dons different combinations of wigs and contact lenses to play three different characters encountered by a man (Tom Hanks) who decides to take a trip around the world after he's diagnosed as terminally ill. The three faces of Meg: DeDe, the mousy, brown-eyed, brunette office clerk; Angelica, a bratty Beverly Hills redhead with green eyes; and Patricia, an independent, lovable gray-eyed blond just like the wigless Meg.
Desperately Seeking Wanna-bes
Disneyland is busy prepping a Dick Tracy-inspired, Broadway-style stage show for its Videopolis theater to coincide with the movie's opening in mid-June. According to specifications detailed in a recent casting call, the extravaganza needs a ''handsome, smart'' male who ''always does the right thing'' and a ''very strong singer-dancer-actress'' to play the Dick Tracy-Breathless Mahoney Warren Beatty-Madonna lead couple.
Three Men Again
Those hunky bachelor dads from Three Men and a Baby are teaming up again in Three Men and a Little Lady. Ted Danson, Tom Selleck, and Steve Guttenberg will be joined by a 5-year-old girl as yet uncast when shooting starts in April. Dirty Dancing's Emile Artolino is directing the sequel, scheduled for year-end release.
Subtitles in an American movie? That's how The Hunt for Red October begins, with Sean Connery as a Soviet sub commander ordering his crew about in Russian. Just when audiences probably fear they'll have to read the entire movie, a skillful switch is made to English. ''I'd love to take credit,'' says director John McTiernan, ''but I actually stole it from Stanley Kramer's Judgment at Nuremberg.'' In that 1961 drama, Maximilian Schell, as a lawyer defending accused Nazi war criminals starts a courtroom speech in German and finishes in English.
It's Not a Wonderful Life
As the ''kinder, gentler'' '90s wave good-bye to the greedy, materialistic '80s, Mel Brooks is following suit by producing, directing, and starring in the upcoming serio-comedy, Life Stinks. Brooks plays corrupt billionaire Goddard Bolt (God for short), who discovers compassion and humanity when forced to live among the homeless in East L.A.
The long-range weather forecast for this August calls for sun mixed with some purple rain. That's when Graffiti Bridge, Prince's new musical drama, is scheduled to open. Morris Day, Jerome Benton, and Jill Jones join the diminutive dynamo in a tale about two feuding nightclub owners.
Fresh from success with Glory, director Edward Zwick (thirtysomething) plans to adapt Jim Harrison's Legends of the Fall for his next project. Critically acclaimed poet-novelist Harrison is suddenly hot he's coscreenwriter of current Costner-starrer Revenge, based on his 1979 novella.