Take One

UPDATED 09/02/1985 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 09/02/1985 at 01:00 AM EDT

Pity the fool who takes on Sylvester Stallone in the feature film Over the Top, in which he plays an arm-wrestling trucker. The producers have hired Marvin Cohen, a U.S. arm-wrestling champion, to train Stallone for his face-offs. "I can't divulge all the secret moves," says Cohen, 39. "But I'll teach him how to leverage his body so that he can manipulate guys who weigh 300 to 400 pounds." And we thought Sly could do that anyway.

"I hope I don't embarrass the nursing profession," Lorna Luft, 32, said after taking on the role of Libby Kegler, R.N. on CBS' Trapper John, M.D. Well, she just might. While testing a patient's blood pressure in one scene Lorna got confused. "Her pressure is 180 over 30," Luft announced. Charles Siebert, playing attending physician Dr. Riverside, calmly ad-libbed, "Well, I guess she's dead."

Natalie Cole, making a comeback after a prolonged bout with drugs and depression, has recorded the title song for Aaron Spelling's new ABC series Hollywood Beat. Now Spelling has offered Natalie a guest role....

Tristan Rogers, who plans to leave his role as Robert Scorpio on ABC's General Hospital by year's end, is already pursuing another career—as a rock singer. He's got hopes for his newly recorded single, If I Could Walk Away, which could become the theme song of his on-and-off romance with Dynasty's new Fallon. Emma Samms.

Robert Conrad and his 13-year-old son, Shane, star in an ABC series pilot called Charley Hannah, in which the elder Conrad plays a Fort Lauderdale detective. Are they treading on the surf and turf of NBC's Miami Vice? "I don't see any similarities between the shows," says Conrad. "I'm much older than Donny Johnson and my son is much younger. Anyway, it's a long 32 miles from Fort Lauderdale to Miami."

John (Summer Rental) Larroquette, who has been nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Assistant DA Dan Fielding on NBC's Night Court, is prepping an acceptance speech but predicts the award will go to the late Nicholas Cola-santo, the bartender on NBC's Cheers. "He deserves to win," says Larroquette, who adds, "I've been in this situation before. Last year on the show, my character lost a political race against an opponent who was deceased. I think the same will happen to me in real life."

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