CHER CHILLS ON ASPEN

The real estate market continues to be soft throughout much of the nation, but don't tell that to Cher. A year ago she paid $2 million for a cliffside adobe house on seven acres in Aspen, Colo. Now she has it on the market for $4 million (with furniture).

One rumor making the rounds in the Rockies is that Cher has to sell the house in the chic ski resort because she needs the money. Not so, according to a source close to the singer, who says Cher has simply reached the stage "where she wants fewer things in her life." (She has pared her other property holdings down to a single house in Malibu.)

This is Cher's second house in Aspen. She sold the first one soon after she costarred in Silkwood (1983), when her career was in low gear. The motivation then, says the source, "was definitely a case of her needing the money. This time, I guarantee you, it's not."

WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO KEEP THE CHANGE

Producer Joel (Hudson Hawk) Silver tells us that his next Bruce Willis movie, The Last Boy Scout, is not over budget and behind schedule, as published reports had led us to believe.

Silver, whose reputation as a free-spending producer is legendary, claims that Scout had "a shooting schedule of 70 days, and we wrapped it in 70 days—on budget." And what was that budget? Says Silver: "$37 million and change."

DISPIRITING NEWS FOR DON AND MELANIE

In most celebrity marriages, one spouse always seems to be more in demand than the other. Take the case of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. She is being asked to star in one A-movie after another, while the once-hot Miami Vice man has yet to score at the box office.

Now comes word that Johnson is also finding it tough going as a director. He was supposed to direct Griffith, and costar with her, in The Friendly, a movie project for Columbia about a ghost. According to sources, this was to have been a "small" movie, with a $9 million budget. But when Johnson asked the studio to add another $5 million, Columbia dropped the project entirely.

Elliot Mintz, press representative for the Johnsons, confirms that The Friendly is now on hold and says Don is trying to interest other studios in the project.

WHAT'S A COUPLE MIL?

Money, and a lot of it, is the reason the NBC series Hunter, starring Fred Dryer, won't be back for a seventh season. By most accounts, the network wanted another year of Hunter, as did Dryer and the show's producer, Stephen J. Cannell.

According to a source close to both Cannell and Dryer, the producer "was willing to guarantee Fred $5.6 million for another year [as star and executive producer], but Fred wouldn't go below $7.7 million. When negotiations between the two broke down, that was the end of Hunter."

Cannell declined to comment, as did Dryer, who promised he would talk about it when his next project comes through.