Take One

updated 11/19/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/19/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

Working Out Without Weights may not sound too strenuous, but consider the book's author: gymnastics coach Chuck Gaylord, brother of Olympic gold medalist Mitch. The book, due next spring from William Morrow, will reveal the pair's training regimen and—not incidently—their athletic physiques. Meantime, the Gaylord brothers are flexing their muscles in the movie business. Chuck, 25, will stage the gymnastics sequences for the film Parallels, and Mitch, 23, is a leading contender for the starring role.

Theory of relativity fans, beware: Bill Murray plans to write and star in a comedy feature called Young Einstein....

Aging hippies, take heart: Dennis Hopper, whose role in 1969's Easy Rider made him a counterculture celebrity, will ride again, sort of. In the upcoming Disney feature My Science Project, Hopper plays a high school teacher whose students discover a time machine. "I get sucked into the machine," says Hopper, "and come out looking like Billy in Easy Rider, spouting antiwar slogans, stuff about Woodstock and the Beatles and yelling that I want to go back to the '60s." True to the times, Hopper notes, "The police carry me off to jail."

You've heard the record, now see the movie: Cyndi Lauper's hit Girls Just Want to Have Fun will become a feature film starring Sarah Jessica (First-born) Parker as a kid who just wants to dance....

A Marvin Gaye album, comprised mainly of material he was working on at the time of his death, is due out next spring....

Lonette McKee's rendition of Stormy Weather has been cut from Francis Ford Coppola's soon-to-be-released film The Cotton Club so that her character won't be confused with Lena Home. McKee, who will sing the Ethel Waters ballad III Wind instead, plays a mulatto Cotton Club singer named Lila Rose Oliver. "She's totally fictitious," says McKee, who nonetheless admits Lena Home inspired her portrayal. "I idolize her. I don't presume she'll see the movie, but if she does, I'd be honored to have her critique my work."

Clara ("Where's the beef?") Peller has jumped to the big screen. In Moving Violations, a traffic school spoof to be released next summer, Peller and a friend make a wrong turn coming out of L.A.'s airport and end up on a runway. She's on more familiar turf, however, in a comedy sci-fi feature called The Stuff, due out in March. The "Stuff" is a new frozen dessert that has potentially deadly side effects. Playing a restaurant patron, Clara demands, "Where's the Stuff? Where's the Stuff?" When a waitress suggests ice cream instead, Clara looks at her movie beau, Abe Vigoda, and snaps, "I don't like anything that melts, runs or drips—like him." Between takes, Clara confided, "I still like the beef better."

When political tensions made it impossible for director Jeff (Revenge of the Nerds) Kanew to film a scene for his new comedy, Gotcha, at the Berlin Wall, he tried an end run. Kanew built his own wall—about 12 feet high and several hundred feet long—only 10 feet away from the real thing in the Western sector. The close proximity, however, meant Kanew had to contend with undesirable extras. "Every time I turned around the East German guards were standing on the real wall taking pictures of us," griped Kanew. "We had to shoot around them."

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