HOW'S THIS FOR DIRECTION?
Sandy, the resident B-movie bombshell of Fox's Melrose Place, faces eviction at month's end. The producers say Amy Locane's character has run its course. Locane, 20, whose film credits include Cry Baby and the current School Ties, counters that "the writers didn't know what they were doing with Sandy. Was she the hitch or the victim? She was a different person every week. I wanted some direction." Melrose costar Grant Show sympathizes with Locane: "She already had a film career. I love the show, but if I had a film career, I wouldn't have come here."
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
"The great sin is boring people," says Gary Sinise, 37, who produced, directed and costars in the new movie Of Mice and Men, based on the John Steinbeck novel. "I don't want to do anything that you see and then right away say, 'Wanna have a pizza?" I want audiences to have a riotous emotional response." Sinise feels his take on the grim lives of itinerant farm workers would have pleased the author. "You can bet if Steinbeck were alive today, he'd be writing about the inner cities, about the people wearing WILL WORK FOR FOOD signs. He wouldn't be writing episodes of Full House."
Had Mariel Hemingway chickened out of her nude scene in a recent episode of Civil Wars, Peter Onorati, who plays her law partner, might have volunteered. A onetime college-football wide receiver who still works out daily, Onorati, 39, is proud that in 1990's Cop Rock, "I was this nasty cop with tight T-shirts. People looked at me like, 'Jeez, this guy could crunch you in a second.' " But, he says, "the producers of Civil Wars were afraid I'd look too big. I agreed to wear what I call 'meatball clothing,' which is Brooks Brothers soft, round-shouldered stuff, because that's what lawyers wear in court. Now, every time I make a personal appearance, I wear a T-shirt just so everyone knows I have a body."
ROLL ASIDE, ROSEANNE
"I was always a rather weighty, middle-aged looking person," says Miriam Margolyes, 51, who stands 5'2" and weighs in at around 170 lbs. Yet CBS tailored its new sitcom Frannie's Tarn, about a feisty New York City seamstress, specifically for the fireplug-profiled British actress. "It's an amazing surprise to me. Margolyes confesses of her soaring career. "That doesn't often happen in your 50s. Now when people say "the change of life' to me, it's more than menopause."
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