WILL JAY LENO BE INVITED?
If you have been thinking about descending upon the area Johnny Carson calls "beautiful downtown Burbank" in hopes of being a member of the studio audience for Carson's final appearance on The Tonight Show on May 22, we can save you the trip.
Ed McMahon, Carson's sidekick for 33 years, tells us it's going to be "a closed set" that night. So who will be holding down the 500 scats at NBC's Studio 1? "Only invited family members" of the Tonight Show staff, says McMahon.
You won't be missing any big-name guests. Johnny plans to show clips and reminisce.
WHERE IS GEORGE?
Pilot alert: George Hamilton, last seen on weekly TV as a secret agent in the ill-fated 1987 CBS comedy-adventure series Spies, which lasted a month, is poised to return as a wealthy (and well-tanned) state assemblyman in a new CBS pilot called Our Song.
Hamilton will have an 8-year-old daughter on the new show. In real life, a friend of the Hamilton family tells us that the actor's only child, 17-year-old son Ashley (from Hamilton's marriage to Alana Stewart), recently graduated from Moreno High School in Beverly Hills. We hear he is now intent on becoming an actor.
WHOSE ICE PICK IS IT, ANYWAY?
The new hit thriller Basic Instinct has a problem: its ending. Seems that more than one reviewer and a lot of audience members have come out of the movie not really sure whodunit. Well, we're not about to tell you who wields the deadly ice pick in the movie, but we do hear from a source at TriStar that Instinct's ending was changed.
Originally the movie ended with a freeze-frame of the murderer wielding an ice pick. Now the movie ends more ambiguously, with a close-up of an ice pick. Viewers are supposed to make the connection between the shot of the ice pick and the action that immediately precedes it.
Now, don't say we didn't warn you.
Is love the great equalizer?
It could be in the case of live-in sweethearts Juliette (Cape Fear) Lewis and Brad (Thelma & Louise) Pitt. The sought-after young stars are holding out for $700,000 each to costar in California, a drama from Propaganda Films about a couple who find themselves involved with a mass murderer during a road trip to California.
According to a source close to the deal, Propaganda has offered Lewis and Pill $500,000 each. The company does agree, however, with Lewis and Pitt on the matching paychecks concept: "They want their young stars to have less to argue about at home," says our source.
Assuming casting is completed, shooting on California is scheduled to begin in May.
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