Word is that John (Blues Brothers) Landis, recently indicted for involuntary manslaughter as director of the Twlight Zone segment in which Vic Morrow and two Vietnamese children were killed last year, will be replaced as director of Dick Tracy, which will be co-produced by Paramount and Universal. They are currently wooing Warren Beatty to play the detective and are hoping to put Walter (48 Hrs.) Hill in the director's chair. Apparently they do not want to jeopardize the megabuck pic, which at this point has no definite starting date.
E.T.'s best buddy, Henry Thomas, 11, has wrapped Misunderstood in Tunisia with Gene Hackman and will star in Richard (Psycho II) Franklin's next film, Cloak and Dagger. But the call from Steven Spielberg to do an E.T sequel hasn't come through. "Steven doesn't keep in touch with me," Henry says. The other day Henry got the bad news from E.T.'s creator, Carlo Rambaldi, that there will be no E.T. II. Spielberg, however, may yet surprise him.
Not only does Joan Rivers feast on "fat" jokes about her favorite E.T, but it seems the Queen of Comedy has acquired Elizabeth Taylor's taste for expensive clothes. For her September gig as co-host (with Eddie Murphy) of NBC's Emmy Awards, Joan will wear eight gowns, each by a different designer, including Arnold Scaasi, Calvin Klein, Bob Mackie and Oscar de la Renta. But unlike Liz, who usually keeps her costumes, Joan will be wearing loaners, which must be returned after the ceremony. Laments Rivers, "They'll be ripped off my back at midnight—just like Cinderella. I'll be left in my undies and jewels."
Still a twosome offscreen, Stroker Ace's Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson are said to be negotiating to buy 30 acres of prime real estate in the mountains near Vail, Colo, as a joint venture. Hmmm.
That dapper underworld travel agent booking one-way excursions to nowhere on ABC's The Edge of Night (airing July 6 and 26) will be Dick Cavett. But no, the Apple spokesman doesn't use his favorite computer to check flight information.
He dominates the album cover, electric guitar in hand, wearing an earring and a leather jacket and looking ready for some Jersey shore action. Yes, it's another Bruce (Born to Run) Springsteen clone, but you know him just as Bert. He's a star on the new Muppets album, Born to Add, a disc that makes rockin' round the clock an educational experience. Masterminded by writer-composer Chris Cerf, Born to Add teaches kids the ABC's and how to count, tell time, etc., mostly to the beat of '50s and '60s rock. In some of the direct parodies, Hey Jude becomes Hey Food and Let It Be becomes Letter B. The title song sends up the Bruce juice with lyrics like "Some say that screaming one plus one all night means we're thoughtless, cruel and bad/But kids like you and me Baby, we were born to add." Now who ever said rock is dead?