The sex scene that rouses sleepy audiences in the medieval snore The Name of the Rose was an awakening for 16-year-old Christian Slater as well. Director Jean-Jacques Annaud says he was reticent about the encounter between Slater and Valentina Vargas, 22, since "Christian was a young, sexually inexperienced boy." To make sure the scene was "simple and erotic" rather than "grotesque," Annaud closed the set for two days and kept Christian in the dark about what would take place. "Christian was nervous and kept asking Valentina what was going to happen," says Annaud. "Since Valentina was more sophisticated I told her to take the lead. She knew exactly what to do."
Although Woody Allen movies usually feature wackos instead of solos, one Allen script may become the next Oklahoma! Word has it that Allen, after some hesitation, approved a musical version of The Purple Rose of Cairo, proposed by Jerry Herman, who wrote the words and music for La Cage aux Folles.
Cairo isn't the only curiosity Broadway bound. Kiss of the Spider Woman, that sober film about a political prisoner (Raul Julia) and a drag queen (William Hurt) in a Latin American jail, has inspired a musical adaptation. This project—being spun in a web of secrecy—brings together director Harold Prince, composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb, who haven't collaborated since creating Zorba 18 years ago.
Here's the dirt on Lauren Hutton: In the new CBS movie Times talkers, Hutton plays a woman from the year 5086 who drops by the 20th century, picks up William (Knots Landing) Devane, then whisks him back to the Wild West to solve a mystery. Hutton, who provided her own raunchy duds for the Western shots, criticized the sissy attire of other cast members. "I was the dirtiest person in the movie," she says. "I would walk around on the set and say to the cowboys, 'You guys look like Victorians! C'mon, you're too clean.' " To create her own getup, Hutton gathered an old, smelly Navaho blanket, buckskin pants, a battered Union jacket and a torn little girl's dress for a shirt. "I got the idea from a historical idol of mine—Mangas Coloradas," she says. "He was a 6'6" Indian whose band of roving Apaches stole dresses from little girls and wore them as shirts in battles."
If you didn't shell out $2,500 to see Barbra Streisand sing at her benefit last month, you may still be able to hear her at the new and reduced rate of $9.98. Although Streisand announced at the concert that she's planning an album of great movie songs, her next release may instead be a live recording of the concert. Streisand reportedly has her ear to the audio tapes to decide if they meet her standards.
Update on the Princess Stephanie/Rob Lowe romance: Chatting with Jane Fonda, Lowe admitted that he and the Princess spent some time at Paris' Cartier store—shopping for rings. Whether or not these were engagement rings remains unknown but Fonda took the news to mean that the relationship was serious. "Aren't Stephanie's shoulders bigger than yours?" she asked. "Probably," Lowe responded, laughing. "Well," said Fonda, "I can give you exercises to fix that."