04/01/1985 at 01:00 AM EST
Perhaps the most remembered line from the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo concerned what winning the gold medal meant to U.S. skier Bill Johnson: "We're talking millions." We also may be talking feud. The tentatively titled Guts and Glory: The Bill Johnson Story, a TV movie slated to air on CBS this spring, has so far earned the brash skier a few critical snowballs from Mike Harrigan, the new executive director of the U.S. ski team. "It was all tits and ass and Joe Six-pack," Harrigan says, "worse than Hollywood Wives." Johnson's father, Wally, who serves as Bill's agent, contends, "Harrigan's problems have been resolved. The producers have toned down the script; there's less sex. Harrigan ought to be glad I didn't tell the producers the other half of the story—that Bill and I used to go out prowling together."
How do an alien and an earthling make love? With the help of George Lucas' state-of-the-art special effects lab, Industrial Light and Magic. For a scene in director Ron Howard's sci-fi fantasy, Cocoon, alien Tahnee Welch (Raquel's 22-year-old daughter) and earthling Steve (Police Academy) Guttenberg spent time in a swimming pool faking whoopee with the results later enhanced by Lucas' lab. The overall effect, Guttenberg suggests, should be comparable to the Big Bang. Tahnee, who's making her feature film debut, is more blasé. She says of her character's interplanetary fling, "It was a little romance, but nothing to write home to Mom about."
In the pilot for his proposed ABC series, 55 Lime Street, Robert Wagner plays a divorced Lloyd's-of-London-type insurance investigator with two daughters, portrayed by newcomers Maia Brewton and Samantha Smith (the latter is best known for her 1983 letter to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov). Despite his family-man image, Wagner's character isn't immune to come-ons from female admirers—especially Wagner's real-life girlfriend, Jill St. John, who makes a cameo appearance as an international socialite in the episode, which will air this fall. "You look so familiar," she says. "Have you ever been on the Aga Khan's yacht?" "No," Wagner replies. "Where do you summer?" she asks. "This year...at Lake Yakatama," he says. "A new resort?" she inquires. "No," he responds. "A Girl Scout camp." Apparently where he learned to douse a flame. St. John won't have a recurring role.
Joan Collins has bought the rights to Arianna Stassinopoulos' best-seller, Maria Callas: The Woman Behind the Legend for a TV miniseries in which she will star. The role of the diva was to have been played by Sophia Loren under the direction of Ken (Crimes of Passion) Russell, but that deal fell through. Filmmakers often have to make sacrifices for their art. But few could top the efforts made by Disney producers on behalf of Baby...Secret of the Lost Legend, the heartwarming story of a dinosaur and the human couple who loved him. After locating a perfect primeval lake in Ivory Coast, West Africa, the crew was told by a local chieftain that the lake's guardian spirits would take a dim view of any filming until an appropriate offering was made. The chief suggested that four goats, eight chickens, 20 liters of palm oil, two bottles of gin and a pair of size 10 white shoes—delivered to him—just might suffice. That done, Baby producer Jonathan Taplin reports, "I drank some of the gin with the chief, and we poured the rest into the lake." The gods remained noticeably mellow throughout the month-long shoot.