Meanwhile, a London-based royal wedding hotline that dispenses taped tidbits on the Prince Andrew-Sarah Ferguson wedding drew more than 2,000 calls from the U.S. in its first 48 hours....
Getting a crown of another sort was Kellye Michelle Cash, 21, Johnny's niece, who won Miss Tennessee honors and will compete in the Miss America contest. Uncle Johnny paid for her gown and sent red roses....
Nick Nolte and his wife, Rebecca, welcomed their first child, a son, Brawley King, in L.A.
Hey, Vern! Guess who's gonna make a movie? Jim Varney, the actor who has made a fortune as Ernest P. Worrell, TV's bumpkin pitchman, is moving into movies—as Ernest. Varney starts shooting Ernest Goes to Camp in September. Hey, Vern! You should try to get a job as one of those extras. Columbia Pictures executives hurriedly canceled an L.A. screening of Happy New Year, a comedy about a gang of jewel thieves who try to knock over a Palm Beach jewelry store and run up against a tough manager. The plot line too closely resembled the tragedy at Beverly Hills's swank jewelers Van Cleef & Arpels, in which a gunman staged a 13½-hour siege that ended with three people dead, including the store manager. "We thought it would be in bad taste to show the film that night considering that the real-life manager had been shot the night before," says John Flynn of Columbia. The store was to reopen this week. Sympathetic residents left flowers, cards and even two bagels and a loaf of French bread at the front door of the store.
A shirtless Tom Cruise may be popular in Top Gun, but that image isn't so esteemed by the actor himself. During production, Cruise would not allow a still photographer on the set any day he was appearing topless. He also has approval rights over which beefcake glossies can be released for trailers, TV clips and videos.
Walt would never have okayed this one. "The Big Screw," Disney's controversial advertising campaign for Ruthless People, has caused some nuts-and-bolts headaches for the studio. Initially, Disney planned to sell the movie as "The comedy for anybody who's ever been screwed." But 50 percent of the newspapers approached in a marketing test said they would not run that line. The ad was changed to "It's better to give than receive," accompanied by an illustration of a screw, and that met less resistance. But even that ad, with Bette Midler roped to an oversized screw, has drawn objections. A Pittsburgh newspaper wanted to run the ad with the screw air-brushed out and Bette bound and gagged in midair, but Disney refused. The paper countered by running the ad with no picture at all.