07/01/1985 at 01:00 AM EDT
His co-stars in the fantasy film Labyrinth have been toiling away since April, and David Bowie just began shooting his scenes in London this month. But his fellow cast members can't complain of inhuman treatment: They're not human. Bowie is one of only two live actors in the film (Jennifer Connelly is the other), which is otherwise peopled, so to speak, with creations by Jim (The Muppets) Henson. These folk are not lovable Kermit types, but more like the creepy cast of Henson's The Dark Crystal. The early word, however, is that Labyrinth, due out next summer, will be more comic than Crystal. Bowie is also writing songs for the film, whose executive producer is George Lucas. Rumors have been circulating since the Olympics ended that gold-medal-winning gymnast Mitch Gaylord would be making a movie. Now, according to producer Freddie (Poltergeist II) Fields, Mitch, 24, had a "wonderful test" for the lead in American Anthem, in which gymnastics would figure prominently. Meanwhile Gaylord fans can content themselves with glimpses of Mitch—and his silken locks—later this summer, when he and Steve Lundquist, the hunky swimming gold medalist, begin hawking Vidal Sassoon hair care products in September.
Bob Dylan's new album, Empire Burlesque, is getting rave reviews, even without a song which undoubtedly would have attracted a lot of attention: Danville Girl, a 13-min-ute track he co-wrote with versatile actor-playwright-director-songwriter Sam Shepard. Look for the song on a future Dylan album....
There really is someone missing from the rock group Missing Persons: lead singer Dale Bozzio, known for her Betty Boop voice and outrageous see-through costumes. Dale and husband Terry, the group's co-founder and drummer, are getting a divorce, and Dale will be going solo. The search is on for a new female lead singer—plastic breastplates preferred but not essential.
1984 was not Alan Thicke's year. The critics loathed his show, Thicke of the Night, which was eventually canceled on the same day he was divorced from actress Gloria Loring. Nonetheless Thicke is ready to try his luck again this fall with an ABC sitcom, Growing Pains. He plays a psychiatrist who moves his practice into his home so he can take care of his kids when his wife (Joanna Kerns) returns to work. Thicke notes that Pains parallels his own life as the sometimes perplexed father of two sons, Brennan, 10, and Robin, 8. Of one incident Thicke recalls, "Here I was prepared to talk about the tragedy of the divorce, and Brennan thought it was rather a good idea. He wanted to know if he could divorce his brother." Thicke says he had no better luck explaining the facts of life: "When I was through explaining sex, he asked why anyone would want to do that, and how they keep from laughing."
In the beginning there was Coke. Then there was new Coke. Now comes Coca-Cola clothing—a new line of sportswear that will debut nationwide in August. As part of a licensing agreement with Coca-Cola, Murjani International Ltd., which marketed Gloria Vanderbilt jeans, hopes to capitalize on what it regards as "the best-recognized logo in the world." The clothes, mostly casual sportswear, will retail for between $30 and $90 at major department stores and will carry the Coca-Cola trademark on the label. Murjani will showcase its new line at a store tentatively called Clothes-A-Teria, opening in August on Manhattan's Upper West Side, and has commissioned Peter Max to create poster ads. Says a Murjani spokesman: "Coca-Cola implies an active, fun lifestyle that easily transfers to clothing." Coming soon—diet sweatshirts?