Doug (On Golden Pond) McKeon, 18, dyed his blond locks black to impersonate former World Boxing Association lightweight champion Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini for a CBS movie scheduled to air in May. But realism stopped there. Though the producers warned he might accidentally get bopped during the film's eight fight scenes, McKeon bobbed and weaved through the three-week shoot unscathed. "I still have all my teeth," brags McKeon. "I let the makeup artist take care of the bruises." Mancini, 24, who took a beating in a recent 15-round fight with champ Livingston Bramble, clearly envied McKeon's technique. While visiting on-location, Mancini watched McKeon being made up and joked, "Boy, that's the easy way to get hurt."...
Sly Stallone, the executive producer of the Mancini movie, will cruise in style in Rocky IV, due next Christmas. Rocky's ride will be a $120,000 stretch Mercedes limo decked out with racing skirts, spoilers, 24-karat gold hood and trunk ornaments, a microwave, computerized bar, TV, stereo, refrigerator and a gold sink. The carpeting features black Italian stallions.
To prepare for his role as a convict in the Andrei Konchalovsky film Runaway Train, Jon Voight spent two days talking to inmates at San Quentin prison. But one of the movie's writers, Eddie Bunker, 49, who'll also have a small acting role, didn't need such special preparation. Bunker served sentences totaling 18 years for bank robbery and drug conspiracy.
It seems Cynthia Sikes' departure from NBC's St. Elsewhere was prompted by a story line this season that strongly suggested her character, Dr. Annie Cavanero, might be gay. Although that idea was abandoned after two episodes, Sikes says she was shaken by the "irresponsible" way the subject was handled. "The approach they took lacked depth," contends Sikes, who says she was granted a release from her contract.
"I felt they did it only because it was controversial. It was not what I perceived to be an accurate depiction of what women experience in that situation." Sikes, who has been on the series since its 1982 debut, had often asked the show's writers to give her character a boyfriend but says she was repeatedly told they weren't ready to allow Annie a romance. "I'm not anti-gay," says Sikes. "But I did not sign on to play a lesbian. This was not my character." Off-camera, Cynthia reports her love life is developing in a way more to her liking: Her relationship with film producer Alan Ladd Jr., she says, "is going very well. We're very close."
Screenwriter Horton Tender Mercies) Foote won't be looking for work anytime soon. His movie 1918, based on one of a series of plays he wrote about a small-town Texas family, opens next month. Soon thereafter, he'll start filming the prequel, Valentine's Day, with the same cast (including Matthew Broderick and William Converse). After that he plans to direct another of the plays, Convicts, off-Broadway, with Robert Duvall starring....
Rocker Kim Carnes, who is writing a song for Sissy Spacek's new film, Violets are Blue, will release an album in April called Barking at Airplanes. Why that title? "I have three dogs, pure mutts," says Carnes. "What else do dogs do at night?"...And finally, what goes around (and around) comes around: Platter perennial Dick Clark hopes to celebrate American Bandstand's longevity (again?) this fall with a special honoring the show's 33½ anniversary.
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