The advance word on Dune, Universal Studios' $40 million sci-fi thriller due out this Christmas, is that it's an interstellar turkey. According to an insider who attended a preview of the film in Hollywood, "It's gory, dismal, long, confusing and boring, and the special effects don't work." At the end of the screening, another disgruntled viewer yelled, "You should pay us to watch this!"
A Harris poll suggests that you can tell a person's politics by how he spends his prime time. The survey, which ranked shows according to their popularity with Republicans and Democrats, concluded that both sides liked M*A*S*H best. After that, in order of preference, Republicans voted for Dynasty, Star Trek, Hill Street Blues, Dallas, 60 Minutes, Magnum, P.I., Three's Company and All in the Family. Democrats preferred Dallas, Dynasty, Hill Street Blues, The Jeffersons, Star Trek, 60 Minutes, Knots Landing and The A-Team.
Actor and good ol' boy David Keith, 30, who co-starred in An Officer and a Gentleman and Firestarter, is a Dallas Cowboys fan who likes to watch his football up close. Even his friendship with Cowboy defensive back Bill Bates, however, couldn't secure Keith a weekly field pass, so the actor hustled himself a nonpaying Sunday job. If you look closely during Dallas games, you may catch a glimpse of Keith working the sidelines as a grip for a cameraman for a Fort Worth station, KXAS-TV...
It seems Erik Estrada, who played a cop for six years on NBC's CHiPs, can't get arrested these days. Although Estrada, 35, thinks his performance last year in Sam Shepard's off-Broadway True West "gave me more credibility as an actor," the offers haven't been pouring in. So Erik has decided to return to the police beat as a plainclothesman in an Italian movie called Light Blast. "CHiPs is still a huge hit in Italy," says Estrada. Unfortunately, he won't get to mingle with his adoring fans. The film will be shot in San Francisco.
A Steven Spielberg film is in the works: It's called The Money Pit, a remake of the 1948 comedy Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy). Richard Benjamin will direct...
There's talk that Tom (Happy Days) Bosley will have a recurring role on CBS' Murder, She Wrote, starring Angela Lansbury, 59. Says Bosley, 57, who has made a guest appearance on the series as Sheriff Amos Tupper, "Poor Angela is being worked to death. She has no real supporting cast, which means she ends up in virtually every scene. I don't know how much longer they can make her do that. Like me, she's no spring chicken."
Twentieth-century relationships continue to evolve. Bachelor fashion designer Perry Ellis, 44, who lives in New York, longed to become a father; his friend, TV writer Barbara Gallagher, who lives in Los Angeles, wanted to become a mother. The two combined their interests and, as of late last week, Gallagher, who's in her 30s, was eagerly awaiting the imminent arrival of a baby girl...
Bag that Valley Girl stuff. Original Val Gal Moon Zappa, 17, is intent on a film career and is in Italy to shoot National Lampoon's European Vacation, starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Dana Hill and Jason Lively. "I play an American girl in Rome," says Moon. "I got the part by sleeping with the director...just kidding!"
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