The Insider

updated 07/04/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/04/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ELK WELCOME HERE

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, who are building a home in Telluride, Colo., have some locals wondering about the construction of what seems to be a football field on the property. Cruise's rep, Pat Kingsley, maintains that the field is, in fact, "a landscaped valley'' that Cruise does not plan on using "for sports."

Perhaps more to the point, the folks in Telluride think Cruise should know that whatever he does with his valley, he should expect it to be trampled when elk migrate through the area, as they do in the early fall. Kingsley says her client is aware of the elk, and that while the property used to be popular with elk hunters, ' "hunting will no longer be allowed there."

She also reports that "every specification" of the Cruise house and grounds "was done through the auspices of environmental groups." Says Kingsley: "For every tree cut down, another has been planted."

FROGMEN GOES UNDER

Another reminder of how radically O.J. Simpson's life has changed in recent days: A source at NBC tells us that Frogmen, the two-hour dramatic pilot that starred Simpson and was shot in Puerto Rico and Los Angeles in April for an estimated $1.7 million, "looked pretty good" and was under consideration by the network as a possible mid-season replacement.

Now, neither Frogmen's producer, Arnold Kopelson, nor anyone at NBC will say whether plans are being made to recast Simpson's part, an ex-Navy S.E.A.L. who forms a security consulting group. A spokesman at Warner Bros., the studio that sold the pilot to NBC, says only that speculation regarding the future of Frogmen is "insensitive and inappropriate."

SORRY, OPRAH...

Don't look for Marlon Brando to be popping up on Oprah and Donahue when his autobiography, Brando: Songs My Mother Taught Me, is published this fall by Random House. A source tells us that Brando, who reportedly got $6 million for the project, will refuse all interview requests save one: Brando has agreed to participate in a one-hour TV documentary that Random House will produce and try to sell to a network or cable outlet. According to our source, this "lavish and loving look" at Brando's life will be used to help sell books.

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