The Insider

updated 04/16/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/16/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NEXT?

Another project, another rumor of a new romantic involvement. Welcome to the high-profile world of Madonna, where today's fervent glance can result in tomorrow's headline.

Apparently, though, Madonna, 31, has done more than just glance at music video director David Fincher, 27, whose company Propaganda Films is responsible for several of Madonna's videos, including her latest, Vogue, and 1989's Express Yourself. In fact, sources say that with recent co-star Warren (Dick Tracy) Beatty out of the picture, Madonna and Fincher have become a regular item.

Madonna's press representative, Liz Rosenberg, said Madonna "has heard this one before. She laughed and said it wasn't true." Fincher refused comment. It was confirmed, however, that Fincher is not in the entourage as Madonna's Blond Ambition world tour gets under way April 13 in Tokyo (the first U.S. stop is Houston on May 4).

TOUR BUS

Attention, motorists: Be on the lookout for a 45-foot Eagle coach bus presently carrying Cher as she makes her way around the country on a 41-city U.S. tour, which began March 31 in Dallas. Air travel might be quicker, but Cher's fear of flying rivals that of another well-known surface traveler, NFL commentator John Madden.

Needless to say, her vehicle is as luxurious as any stretch limo. When it hits the road, Cher's bus carries her queen-size bed, as well as bunk beds for six others, 70 feet of leopard-print wall covering, two 27-inch TVs, six Bob Mackie outfits and five wigs. "It's like being at home, only better," said Cher. "When something breaks down, I have a bus driver there to fix it."

CASTING ASPERSIONS
When Academy Award-winning actor Denzel (Glory) Washington dropped out of Love Field, in which he was to have co-starred with Michelle Pfeiffer, we said he thought the part wasn't big enough. He said it wasn't developed as he had envisioned it. Now, if you are still following this one, comes a sequel to the saga. We hear that after dropping out, Washington had a change of heart and asked for an 11th-hour meeting with the film's director, Jonathan Kaplan. A source close to Kaplan said the director chose not to meet with Washington and instead sent back word that his services were no longer required for the film. Kaplan himself denied the story, and Washington's agent did not return calls. Love Field is now shooting in Wilson, N.C., with Eriq La Salle as Washington's replacement.

LOOKING FOR LINDA
Linda Evans fans, hang in there. Your patience will be rewarded. Evans has been missing from the tube since ABC's Dynasty—and her role as Krystle Carrington—ended its eight-year run in 1989. But she recently signed on to play a San Francisco-based TV weathercaster in an ABC movie of the week. I'll Take Romance, a comedy set to start production in May. Meanwhile one person has been seeing quite a bit of the TV megastar. New age musician Yanni has been dating Evans in Seattle, where she now lives.

HELP WANTED
In other casting news, a search is under way by director John (Disorganized Crime) Badham to find an actress to play opposite Michael J. Fox and James Woods in The Hard Way, an action comedy about a tough New York City cop (Woods) and the actor (Fox) assigned to him, who is researching a serious movie role. The film's producer, Rob Cohen, said the actress they are seeking should be comedie rather than simply a drop-dead leading lady. She should be older than Fox, 28, and younger than Woods, 42. Any takers out there?

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