The $5 MILLION MAN headline atop a recent piece on Macaulay Culkin in The New York Times Magazine was based on the fact that the 11-year-old actor is reportedly being guaranteed at least $5 million to appear in the sequel to his mega-hit, Home Alone.
Well, we have news for the Times. It's behind the times. Culkin's dollar asking price has gone up since his Home Alone 2 deal.
Sources tell us that Warner Bros. wants Culkin to star as Richie Rich in a live-action adventure movie based on the rich kid character in the Harvey Comics series.
A source close to the studio says Culkin's handlers initially asked for "$8 million up front." Warner, says the source, "countered with $3 million against five percent of the gross," and the Culkin camp then dropped its price to $7 million, where it now stands.
Richie Rich producer Joel Silver refuses to discuss figures, confirming only that "discussions" with Culkin "are under way." Culkin's agent, Sam Cohn at ICM, did not return our calls.
NASTASSJA KINSKI SINGING "ME AND MR. JONES"
Actress Nastassja Kinski, 31, has a new man in her life. He's composer-producer Quiney Jones, 58. Although there have been public sightings and sources tell us that Kinski and Jones are now dating, reps for both declined comment.
Last time we checked, Kinski was separated from husband Ibrahim Moussa, an Egyptian-born movie producer with whom she has two children. Jones was divorced from actress Peggy Lipton, his third wife, in 1989. They were married for 15 years and had two children.
SAME KIDS, NEWER BLOCKS
The New Kids on the Block, the five singing lads from Boston whose visages in recent years have graced the bedroom walls of teenyboppers everywhere, are all working on solo projects for Columbia Records, the company that records the New Kids.
A source close to the New Kids stresses, however, that all this individual effort doesn't mean the Kids are breaking up.
Which Kid will be the first to come out with a solo album? Our source says Columbia is pushing for Donnie Wahlberg (brother of Marky Mark) to finish his recordings first, because the company believes Wahlberg "is the most commercial of the group."
Reps for the New Kids declined comment.
Ann-Margret as Naomi Judd? It could happen.
Although there's no script yet, Ann-Margret's representatives at the Triad Agency say the Swedish-born redhead is a strong favorite to play the red-haired Kentucky-born country singer in a four-hour miniseries.
Triad has put together a deal at NBC for the mini-series, which would tell the story of the mother-daughter country music team of Naomi and Wynonna Judd.
Naomi retired from performing last November because of chronic active hepatitis. The miniseries is still in its early stages of development, and there's no word yet on who's being considered for Wynonna.