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updated 04/21/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/21/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

SOUNDS MORE LIKE A TIMELY BOMB: Director Robert Schnitzer is planning to re-release No Place To Hide, a little-seen film made in 1973, which features Sly Stallone in his first starring role. Schnitzer feels that the movie, retitled Rebel, will have some topical appeal because of Stallone's character—an underground radical who tries to bomb a factory as a protest against Vietnam. "We must not forget that there's another side to Rambo, that Stallone is first and foremost an artist," insists Schnitzer. "Rebel Will show the children of the world that Rambo is just another role and that their idol, Sly Stallone, is an actor in the finest tradition."

HE HIT IT RIGHT ON THE HEAD: During the encore of a Beach Boys concert, Dodger second baseman Steve Sax came onstage and manned the drums. "I'm quite comfortable with drumsticks in my hand," Sax said later. "That's what my bat feels like when I face Dwight Gooden."

LEG O' MY HEART: At the ceremony inducting Mary Tyler Moore into the Television Academy Hall of Fame, Betty White recalled how the honoree started on TV. In her first recurring role, as the phone operator on Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Moore never exposed her face to the camera, only her legs. Although she was a regular, Mary got no screen credit for the part, so no one knew who she was. Said White: "Now, if those had been my legs, every man in town would've recognized them."

A TOKEN SOLUTION: Amid confusion over the actual number of Sandinistas who invaded Honduras last month (was it 800, 1500 or 2500?), White House Deputy Chief of Staff Dennis Thomas shot back with a proposal. "Maybe we should use $13 million of the $100 million aid to install turnstiles along the border," said Thomas. "That way when the fighting goes the other way," he added, "we can get an accurate count. We could call it Count-A-Contra."

HE'S NOT ONE TO GENERALIZE: Craig T. Nelson, whose movie Poltergeist II is due out next month, has found yet another reason to suspect that Muammar Gaddafi has room to rent on the top floor. "Anyone who has that much authority," says Nelson, "and only calls himself a colonel is in real bad shape."

A DYNAMITE SOUND: Once the Village People's cowboy, Randy Jones has formed a new group called Popular Front, and he has an unfortunate reason to be optimistic about its debut single, Terrorist Attack. "The sad thing is that what's happening in Europe is playing right into our hands," says Jones of the song, which is already a hit in West Germany. "Every time they bomb a plane, sales go up."

A BLESSING IN DISGUISE: Okay, so maybe Yoko Ono's Starpeace tour suffered poor-to-disastrous ticket sales in Europe. And maybe the American leg of the tour has been cut down from nine cities to four and postponed until May. But Ono has no regrets about going on the road. "The tour," she says, "has been extremely educational, extremely exciting, and I think it was a blessing. It's just that, for some reason, sometimes I don't understand what the blessing is about."

HE REALLY GOT HER IRISH UP: Henry Winkler, who's co-producing the new ABC sitcom Mr. Sunshine, quit smoking with the help of hypnotic suggestion. Dealing with a hypnotherapist, however, resulted in what Winkler calls "one of the most embarrassing moments of my life." Winkler remembered pointing to a gold charm around the therapist's neck and saying of the figure depicted there, "That's very nice. My family had an Irish setter just like that." The therapist just stared at him. "That's not an Irish setter," she said. "That's the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh."

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