Take One

updated 03/31/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/31/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

When the producers of The Golden Child, Eddie Murphy's film about a Tibetan boy-god who's kidnapped and brought to L.A., couldn't find a suitable actor for the title role, they quietly hired a girl. Six-year-old Jasmine Reate has had her head shaved for the part, and her screen credit will read "J.L. Reate" to camouflage her sex. Murphy, who plays a detective in search of the golden girl-turned-boy, gets to keep his mane and name.

Rocker Billy Idol, whose first LP in two years, Whiplash Smile, will be out next month, says, "Emotional things held up the album." Pointing to his split with dancer girlfriend Perri Lister and manager Bill Aucoin, Idol adds, "Quite tragic things have happened, and they've changed me." Responding to speculation that the album was delayed by his rumored heroin habit, Idol quips, "I just laugh at those stories, and then I go shoot up in the toilet." He adds, "It's not true."

Bill Murray and director Sydney (Out of Africa) Pollack are formulating the plot of their new movie by holding improv sessions with a group of actors, including Murray's brother Brian, C. Thomas (Secret Admirer) Howell, Jami (Quicksilver) Gertz, Bud Cort and Sam Shepard's ex, O-Lan Johnson. The story centers on an ex-con—Murray—and his return home to a small town. Whether he'll find the actors from the improve sessions there is undecided.

Richard Condon, who wrote the novel Prizzi's Honor and co-wrote the screen version (which starred Jack Nicholson, Anjelica Huston and Kathleen Turner), is finishing Prizzi's Family for publication this fall. The new book tells the story of the Prizzis before Honor and introduces a femme fatale named Mardell La Tour, who steals Charley (Nicholson) from Maerose (Huston). There is no movie deal yet.

Jane Fonda wants to star in a remake of All About Eve, reprising Bette Davis' role as aging film star Mar-go Channing....

Linda Hunt will play Alice B. Toklas in a PBS American Playhouse production next season of On the Trail of the Lonesome Pine, based on Gertrude Stein's relationship with Toklas....

James Brolin and Connie Selleca, whose characters on ABC's Hotel have endured a three-year flirtation, finally wind up in bed in this season's last episode. In the same show, the death of the hotel's owner, Mrs. Cabot (played by the late Anne Baxter), is announced, scotching rumors that the producers plan to recast the role....

It helps to have a big brother with a TV show. Bruce Box-leitner's youngest sister, Nancy, 24, makes her TV acting debut in the March 31 episode of his CBS series, Scarecrow and Mrs. King. "Nancy kept running into people who asked why her brother didn't do something for her," says Bruce, so he did....

Though bag lady roles are in vogue, Dorothy Lamour had other reasons for roaming the streets in the April 12 episode of CBS's Crazy Like a Fox: The role reunites her with Jack Warden, her co-star in the 1963 film Donovan's Reef. "Besides," says Lamour, best known for playing sarong-clad South Sea heroines, "I want people to know I can do something other than lean against a palm tree."

Rae Dawn Chong's next film will be Soul Man, a comedy in which she plays a Harvard law student. Since Chong never finished college, she finds the casting ironic. "I'm a wreck as far as scholastic endeavors," says Rae Dawn. "I majored in lawn, as in hanging out on the lawn."

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