The Insider

updated 08/14/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/14/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

PAM: AS TOUGH AS BARB WIRE

In Barb Wire, her upcoming big-screen sci-fi adventure, Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson plays a heroine who struggles to save the day in a futuristic American civil war. In real life, however, Anderson has been struggling with more personal problems: the aftereffects of a miscarriage and follow-up surgery, which caused her to miss nine days of the movie's shooting in the last few weeks. Sources estimated that her absence has cost the $12 million production $125,000 a day. Nonetheless, the film's producers are sympathetic to her situation—and impressed that Anderson, who has started filming new episodes of Baywatch for the fall, has already worked nights and weekends to make sure that the movie wraps on time later this month. As one of the producers, Michael Richardson, explained, "Pamela's been very ill. That she's been able to show up at all proves she's a real trouper."...

Lawrence Schiller, who interviewed O.J. Simpson for their best-selling book I Want to Tell You, is now working on a follow-up. According to sources, Schiller, who as yet has no publisher, remains in constant contact with the accused and has conducted 300 interviews with others involved in the trial....

With Tom Arnold now set to play Ralph Kramden in the Savoy Pictures big-screen version of The Honeymooners, can Ed Norton's casting be far behind? Producers are not necessarily looking for someone who resembles Art Carney. In fact, though no deal is in place, Damon Wayans has been the leading contender for the role....

Actress Bea Arthur sent single yellow roses to each of the 232 members of the House of Representatives who recently voted to end a $2 million annual export subsidy given to the U.S. mink industry. Accompanying each rose was a signed card by Arthur that read in part, "Thank you for being a friend," which was the theme song to her show The Golden Girls....

It looks like Donald Sutherland and his son Kiefer will both have featured parts in A Time to Kill, director Joel Schumacher's forthcoming drama based on John Grish-am's first novel. However, the father and son don't play a father and son and have no scenes together. Donald, who has already signed on to the project, portrays a disbarred lawyer. If and when Kiefer's deal goes through, he'll play the brother of a murdered man....

Bette Midler and Richard Drey-fuss won't be teaming as ex-spouses who meet many years later at their daughter's wedding in the MGM movie That Old Feeling. I hear that Dreyfuss dropped out of the film when he found out he was being offered less money than Midler. Gene Hackman is currently considering the role. Midler, meanwhile, spent part of the summer vacationing in Russia with her husband, Martin von Haselberg, and their daughter Sophie, 8....

Barbra Streisand's next album is going to be a collection of religious and inspirational songs of various denominations, including the Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Hebrew chant "Kol Nidre." The album is expected to be released in time for the holidays....

And finally, Miramax executives will probably not be delighted to hear that people exiting a recent screening of the upcoming drama A Month by the Lake, starring Vanessa Redgrave, referred to it as A Year by the Lake.

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