So what about the British tabloid reports that the romance between Linda Kozlowski and Paul Hogan has, at least temporarily, cooled? The stories started when the couple were in England two weeks ago, and Kozlowski confirmed to reporters that she'd be flying back to L.A. alone, adding enigmatically, "You can read what you like into that." Spokespersons for the two refused to comment. What we do know is that Kozlowski may be going back to Australia, but it won't be with Hogan for another "Crocodile" Dundee. Producer Georges-Alain Vuille insists that he has signed Linda, as well as Kris Kristofferson and Peter O'Toole, for Helena, a film based on the years cosmetics czarina Helena Rubinstein lived Down Under. "Linda signed to play Helena before 'Crocodile' II," Vuille says. Not so, says her manager, "because Linda won't sign until she sees who's going to direct." O'Toole's agent says his client also is holding out until a director is named, but Kristofferson's agent says Kris has signed and plans on being in Australia Nov. 21 to start work.
Rod Steiger, who has completed filming his role as the Mayor of New York in Norman Jewison's The January Man, says he turned down the role of the murderer in yet another remake of Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians because he was told the film was going to be shot in South Africa. "I'm not going to any place they don't deal with people as human beings," Steiger says. "They offered me $350,000 for the role, but I'm against apartheid."
One of the main reasons people hurried to see the The Last Emperor was the chance to peek inside Peking's Forbidden City. In what sounded at first like a big revelation, Oscar-winning set designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti told an Italian newspaper, "I created everything myself, the Red Pagoda, the sumptuous Room of the Dragons where the Empress dies, the bedroom, the sitting room and the room where the protagonist cut off his pigtail. The only place the Chinese let us shoot, very quickly, was the Room of the Supreme Harmony." A spokesman for director Bernardo Bertolucci points out, however, that Last Emperor's original press packets said Chinese carpenters had crafted many of the Forbidden City sets based on Scarfiotti's designs.
As befits its biggest star, Paramount Pictures has made sure Eddie Murphy's on-lot office is fit for a king-size bed—and Eddie has one. Covered with a black-and-gold spread, Murphy's bed sits atop a lacquered platform, but Eddie says his office bunk is strictly for dozing. "We shoot late a lot, and it's a place to sleep," he says. "There are no mirrors, no water. Come to think of it, it's no fun."