Paramount Pictures, which has been testing its upcoming Saturday Night Fever sequel, Staying Alive, on young audiences (under 34), is cutting some of the movie's dance scenes because of complaints that there's too much music and too little dialogue. Crowd-pleasing moments, however, include the first time the flick's star, John Travolta, pulls out his trademark white disco suit, and a cameo appearance by the film's director, Sylvester Stallone, who silently walks by Travolta on a New York City street and then does a double take. Co-star Cynthia Rhodes also gets raves. Says a Paramount exec, "We think she's the Doris Day of the '80s." Any reaction? Cynthia? Doris?
Though John (Dukes of Hazzard) Schneider's 1983 film, Eddie Macon's Run, ran out of gas before it was released nationwide, he's riding high as proprietor of the John Schneider Celebrity Machine, a Burbank car repair service that now has a branch in North Hollywood. He shuttles his own 15 cars—including a $100,000 Lamborghini Coutach—between the two shops, as well as the Maserati and Mercedes 280SE owned by his fiancée, 1976 Miss America Tawny Godin. Schneider's other customers include Robert Wagner, Heather Thomas and Kathy Lee Crosby.
Actor John Blyth Barry-more, 29, hopes to get good mileage out of a custom-made vehicle called The Jest, the play his grandfather John and his great-uncle Lionel starred in on Broadway in 1919. After a painstaking search for the original scripts, John is staging and starring in the drama for a three-month run in Santa Monica, beginning in July. "It's a very racy play-all about sex, lust, adultery and murder," exclaims John, who plans to restore a "wild lovemaking scene" that was cut in the Broadway production. Apparently it won't be too risqué for John's famous half sister Drew, 8. "She'll be there opening night," John says. "I've promised her the front row so she can bring all of her friends."
Wings Hauser, former star of CBS-TV's The Young and the Restless and featured in last week's ABC movie Ghost Dancing, is no ghost writer. He just sold a screenplay to Paramount for a six-figure sum. The film, tentatively titled Special Force Seven, is set to roll this summer in Hawaii and the Philippines. It's about ex-vets who return to Southeast Asia to find American POWs. Gene Hackman will star.... MGM is keeping mum about Hackman's upcoming movie, Eureka, due out in the fall. Hackman plays a multimillionaire who is brutally slain by the Mob in this Nicholas (The Man Who Fell to Earth) Roeg pic, which is adapted from Marshall Houts' book Who Killed Sir Harry Oakes? The movie is based on a true story about the 1943 murder of Oakes, a wealthy American-born gold miner, and word is that the producers are worried that Oakes' daughter might sue.
Recording star Maureen McGovern will sing ABC's theme song in commercials promoting the network's 30th-anniversary season. Guess ABC wasn't scared off by her reputation. McGovern, who sang the theme songs for The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno, is known in some circles as the Disaster Theme Queen.
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