The A-Team's token female, Melinda Culea, has been fired because of "personality conflicts" between her and others in the cast, according to producers of the NBC hit. But insiders say she was muscled off the show mainly by one single member of the team, George Peppard, who plays Col. Hannibal Smith. According to one source, "George has been playing games with her head" by criticizing her acting and chiding her when she asked for his advice. Culea, who has portrayed Amy since the premiere last January, will be paid the full amount of her contract for this season. No word yet, however, on what brave female will replace her.
It seems that being President can help an aging actor's film career. On the off chance he won't run, Ronald Reagan has been offered the lead in a proposed movie called Critical Mass, about a Presidential campaign that gets derailed when a high-tech terrorist group, armed with nuclear weapons, demands food for the starving masses of the Third World. Reagan would play incumbent President Ben Brikker, described in the outline as a "crafty, aging conservative who is gruff, but likable, a cross between the politics of Ronald Reagan and the personality of LBJ." Three major studios reportedly are interested in the screenplay. There has been no response from the White House. But its occupant presumably is working on a different scenario.
Newcomer Amy Steel, who plays Sharon Falkenberry on NBC's For Love and Honor, is featured in a steamy promo for the new fall show, but so far in the series her love scenes have been half-baked, she complains. "I would like to see more sensuality in For Love and Honor. There's more to a relationship than fighting and kissing," says the outspoken actress, who contends that without more unbridled passion, "people will turn the channel to Falcon Crest and watch people doing it." In fact that may already be happening. In the latest ratings, For Love and Honor ranks second to last among all prime-time shows.
The Top Ten will take on new meaning for American Bandstand's Dick Clark, an executive producer of the first televised beauty pageant in which viewers will be able to vote for the winner (by phone). The Most Beautiful Girl in the World Pageant will feature 21 contestants chosen by talent scouts and a panel of glamour photographers. Ranging in age from 18 to 30, the women will represent 21 regions of the world and will be graded on beauty, personality and talent. The pageant airs live from Hawaii Jan. 30, so get your scorecards ready. Looks 10, dance 3?
Frank Sinatra, who is seeking more than $2 million in damages from author Kitty Kelley for planning to write a biography of him without his permission, has made it clear he wants to tell his life story—his way. He intends to do just that in an as-yet-untitled feature film being scripted for possible production next year. As for who will play ol' Blue Eyes, Sinatra already has someone in mind. According to the film's producer, Rene Valente, Frankie was delighted when an eager actor of 40 called recently to volunteer for the part. Never mind that the actor's eyes are brown; his name is Robert De Niro. And no need for him to take singing lessons; lip-syncing to Sinatra's own vocals is all that's required.