Hollywood is still feeling the fiscal aftershocks of the stock market crash. "I'm getting quite a few 'crash of '89' script pitches," says NBC's Brandon Tartikoff, adding jokingly, "but we don't have the money to make them." Over at St. Elsewhere, the B.C. (before crash) story line called for a stockbroker to be admitted to St. Eligius clutching his heart and gasping, "I can't afford to be sick with a bull market." Now, on the Dec. 16 episode, he says, "I just got myself pulled back together from the October crash." Family Ties producer Gary David Goldberg also lost a scene to the Dow's decline. Pre-crash, Alex (Michael J. Fox) and girlfriend Lauren (Courteney Cox Arquette) were set to snuggle while listening to a bullish stock market report on the radio. Says Goldberg: "I woke up in the middle of the night thinking, 'That scene isn't funny anymore—people are really suffering from this.' It seemed insensitive so I cut it."

Before filming Weeds, Nick Nolte had himself locked up in San Quentin to better understand his jailbird character. But even he may feel his search for realism went too far this time: In Borneo to shoot Farewell to the King, Nolte spent two days in a hospital with a bad case of jungle fever. He plays an American military deserter who becomes the ruler of a native tribe.

That lost but not forgotten rock group Devo has managed to whip oblivion. The founding fathers of mainstream New Wave have signed with the Enigma label and are working on an album, Somewhere With Devo. The group's last album came out in 1984, and Devo's members have been working on solo projects.

In Lorimar's comedy romance Made in Heaven, starring Tim Hutton and Kelly McGillis, that's Ellen (The Big Easy) Barkin playing the tarty con artist who puts the make on Hutton. Barkin's cameo is uncredited, as is that of Hutton's wife, Debra Winger, who plays God's male assistant.

Less Than Zero, Brett Easton Ellis' best-selling novel about rich, promiscuous, drugged-out L.A. teenagers, ends with protagonist Clay returning to college. For the movie version, director Marek {Another Country) Kanievska had filmed a bleaker ending: Druggie Julian (Robert Downey Jr.) dies, there's a rain-drenched funeral and the credits roll. But Twentieth Century Fox wanted a more upbeat ending and shot it: Clay (Andrew McCarthy) kisses Blair (Jami Gertz) goodbye at the airport and makes plans to rendezvous back at school. The final result? The compromise version, just released: There's no funeral scene, but nobody has a zip-a-dee-doo-dah good time either. Moral: All's well that sells well.

For those wondering who will be Kitty Kelley's next target, the answer may lie in her answering machine. The first sounds you hear these days are Ol' Blue Eyes crooning, "If they asked me I could write a book...." Says Kelly: "I used to have Sinatra singing My Way, but when the book (My Way: The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra) went to paperback, I changed it to [Rodgers and Hart's] If They Asked Me." So who's next? "Oh, I hear that I'm doing all kinds of people," says Kelley. "Some days they say I'm doing Queen Elizabeth, but I think Prince Philip starts that ugly rumor when he gets mad at her. Then it's [Washington Post owner] Katharine Graham. But those are just the ravings of whoever's peeved at her on the Post." Says Kelley: "I really haven't decided yet."