Six years ago director Stephen Jon Lewicki advertised for "a dark, fiery woman, dominant, with lots of energy, who could dance and was willing to work for free." He received some 300 responses, including one from then 19-year-old Madonna Louise Cicconi, who enclosed a photograph and a letter in which she told the story of her life. (Sample: "In high school I couldn't choose between class virgin or the other kind. Both had their values.") Lewicki immediately cast Madonna in A Certain Sacrifice, his Super-8 film about a woman who gives up three sex slaves in exchange for a promise of true love, is raped by an itinerant loony, then murders the attacker and drinks his blood. Now the film is available on video-cassette at $59.95 and is selling briskly through the mail; it will be in stores by October 1. Lewicki, who never made it as a filmmaker and now works for his family's metallurgical business in Philadelphia, stands to earn $500,000 from the deal. He claims Madonna, who screened the film last year with ex-boyfriend Jellybean Benitez, liked what she saw. Nonetheless, he says her lawyer tried to buy the film from him for $10,000. When that didn't work, he says, the lawyer wrote him two threatening letters, then took him to court (the case was eventually dismissed). Lewicki insists the film "is going to be good for Madonna. A lot of people think she's all hype and a flash in the pan. This movie is real evidence of her talent." Then he adds, "It's not at all like Vanessa Williams—she had a right to be embarrassed."
Audrey Landers, who plays Val in the movie version of A Chorus Line, has recorded two versions of her character's showstopper, Tits and Ass. In the tamer rendition—presumably for TV ads and eventual network showings—Landers says, "The lyrics have been changed from 'tits and ass' to 'T&A.' " Even the dialogue has been doctored for TV, she adds. "I can't say 'tits.' I have to say 'boobs' instead."
Mishaps abound on the set of Robert Wagner's ABC series, 55 Lime Street, which has been filming on location in and around Washington, D.C. During a chase scene on the Potomac, a seaplane carrying five actors (none regulars on the show) capsized. No one was injured, nor was anyone hurt when a vintage fighter plane skidded off the runway at the Baltimore Washington International Airport after a tire blew. Viewers will never get to see those mishaps, but the producers do plan to use footage of a third Lime Street foul-up, this one involving 13-year-old Samantha Smith. During a scene in which she learns to drive a car on a Middle-burg, Va. farm, Smith, who had never before been behind the wheel, claims, "I had to swerve to miss a tree. I got the brake and the accelerator confused."
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