THE MASTER'S VOICE
What better way for Sean Connery to let the world know that his throat problems are under control than to take a role requiring only his voice? Connery, who admitted last November that he underwent six weeks of radiation therapy at a London hospital for an undisclosed throat condition, is about to sign on the dotted line to be the voice of a computer-generated dragon in Dragonheart. The live-action-adventure film for Universal Pictures is about a dragon and a knight who join forces in an effort to topple an evil prince.
A source close to Connery says the 63-year-old actor's deal "is being negotiated now."
TOPLESS BUDGETS, BOTTOMLESS LINES
When it comes to production costs, Hollywood movie executives seem to be better at preaching belt-tightening than practicing it. Among the pricey films now shooting or about to go into production: True Lies, due in July, which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a government secret agent working to prevent possible nuclear terrorist attacks. Several sources place the movie's budget at $120 million, which would make it the most expensive film ever made. Then there's Waterworld, starring Kevin Costner in a futuristic, action-adventure film, part of which takes place underwater. With shooting still more than a month away, we're hearing Waterworld's proposed budget has already gushed to $100 million. The epic adventure Brave Heart, in which Mel Gilbson is expected to play an 8th-century Gallic warrior, doesn't even have a start date yet, but already the film has a rumored $80 million price tag. And we hear that the final budget for Cutthroat Island, starring Geena Davis and Michael Douglas in search of pirate treasure in the 17th century, could be $75 million by the time production starts in June. Naturally, reps for each of these projects say the figures are exaggerated—but not by much.
Designer Calvin Klein is a man who knows what he likes in clothes, in scents—and in food. According to Obsession: The Lives and Times of Calvin Klein, an unauthorized bio by Steven Gaines and Sharon Churcher due next month from Carol Publishing, Klein is a very finicky eater. So finicky that the refrigerator at his East Hampton, N.Y., mansion is filled at all times with chicken salad made from free-range chicken stocked at a local farm "and slaughtered daily for Calvin." The 51-year-old designer's only between-meal snacks are the assorted fresh berries that his kitchen staff buys and then "examines...to find the most perfect ones to serve him."
As for Klein's wife, Kelly, who's in her mid-30s, the authors say she's careful about what she eats because she is afraid of gaining weight. They say Calvin monitors her food intake "like a hawk." Klein declined to comment.
It has been kept rather quiet, but 44-year-old actress Teri Garr has become a mother. Garr, who married John O'Neil, 42, a Los Angeles contractor, in November, adopted a baby girl one month later. The child, Molly, is now 4 months old.
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