Who needs an agent to strike a deal in Hollywood? Not Rodney Dangerfield and rock's David Lee Roth. They bumped into each other at L.A.'s Comedy Store. "David, ever write a song for the movies?" asked Dangerfield, who's prepping his next comedy, Back to School. Roth replied, "Hey, Rodney, ever write a movie for a song?" Impromptu negotiations followed, and Roth eventually agreed to write a song provided Danger-field plays a part in a movie Roth plans to make next year called Crazy From the Heat. After the informal deal was sealed with a handshake, Roth exclaimed, "We've just been packaged!"
Director Peter Bogdanovich lost a hard-fought battle with Universal Studios to use Bruce Springsteen's music in Mask; the studio instead opted for music by Bob Seger, whose $50,000 fee was reportedly less than one-third of Springsteen's asking price. Undaunted, Bogdanovich now wants to rescore his lukewarmly received 1981 movie They All Laughed, which featured the late Dorothy Stratten, with several Springsteen cuts. "I love Bruce Springsteen any way I can get him, even if Universal didn't want the voice of the '80s in their film," says Bogdanovich. Still, it should be noted that there is a significant gap between "wanting" and "getting": Bogdanovich admits he has yet to make a They All Laughed musical arrangement with the Boss.
Michael Landon will film next season's two-hour opener of his NBC series Highway to Heaven at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, in Malibu, which serves as a summer retreat for children with cancer. The story will focus on three cancer patients, who'll be played by actors, though some of the real campers will have small roles in the show.
Weird Al Yankovic, who turned Michael Jackson's hit Beat It into a pop parody called Eat It, has struck again. And again. His soon-to-be-released LP titled Dare To Be Stupid includes such send-ups as I Want a New Duck, to the tune of Huey Lewis' I Want a New Drug; Girls Just Want To Have Lunch, satirizing Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Want To Have Fun; Yoda, a takeoff of the Kinks' Lola and Hooked on Polkas, featuring polka renditions of Top 40 hits including Tina Turner's What's Love Got To Do With It. For the LP's first single, Al put Madonna
's Like a Virgin under the knife and came up with Like a Surgeon ("Cutting for the very first time/ Like a surgeon...got your kidneys on my mind").
One advantage of shooting on location in Samobor, Yugoslavia is that a Hollywood star can enjoy—if that's the right word—a little anonymity. Take Jeff (The Big Chill) Goldblum and Ed (St. Elsewhere) Begley Jr., who play tabloid reporters in search of Frankenstein in the comedy feature Transylvania 6-5000 (the phone number at the tacky castle resort where they stay). The Big Chill hasn't played Samobor yet, notes Goldblum, and Begley adds, "They've never heard of me at all. At first it was a relief not being recognized. Then I started wearing my St. Elsewhere jacket. Still nobody recognized me. Then I took my shades off. Still nothing. I'm just Joe Doakes here." Which doesn't mean he's completely unalluring. Now that some of the local folks have seen him shooting scenes, he says, "Peasant women are coming up to me and asking if my agent is taking on any new clients."