Former Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is making a smooth transition to a new career. He's executive producer of Recruiting Violations, a drama about the relationship between a white basketball coach and a top black prospect.
Get a Piece of the Rock
Stuntmen Stephen Santosusso and Todd Champion are suing Sylvester Stallone and the producers of Rocky V over broken facial bones they both received during fight scenes with actor Tommy Morrison, a professional boxer who plays Rocky's protege. The plaintiffs claim they had been assured they wouldn't get hurt. Yo, did Sly have any comment? No.
After bombarding Broadway with shows such as Aspects of Love and Cats, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber will produce the film of his hit Phantom of the Opera. Masked man Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman (Lloyd Webber's wife) are likely to reprise their stage roles on-screen.
Cyndi Just Wants to Be a Movie Star
After striking out in Vibes, pop star Cyndi Lauper is taking another big-screen shot with Moon Over Miami, a comedy-thriller that just wrapped. The wacky she-bopper plays a wannabe actress who hooks up with a reclusive golf pro (David Keith) while working as a singing mermaid at a Miami Beach hotel pool. Richard Belzer and Anita Morris also star in the adventure, due next year.
Attention shoppers: After perusing more than 100 malls, director Paul Mazursky has chosen the glossy Stamford Town Center in Connecticut to shoot Scenes From a Mall, his upcoming comedy-drama starring Woody Allen and Bette Midler. Picked because of its similarity to the Beverly Center mall in Beverly Hills (where the story unfolds), the mall includes such upscale stores as Polo Ralph Lauren and Saks Fifth Avenue, but a set for a sushi bar will have to be built elsewhere. Production starts in June. Look for a Christmas release.