The Insider

updated 06/18/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/18/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

HEADING OFF AN X

When David Lynch's violent and sexually explicit film Wild at Heart grabbed top honors last month at the Cannes Film Festival, there was much speculation about whether the film would get an X rating in America and how Lynch might alter it, if he were so inclined, to ensure that it wound up an R picture. But what most of the viewers at Cannes didn't know was that Lynch, 44, the co-creator of ABC's Twin Peaks, had already taken scissors to Wild at Heart even before its festival showing.

Originally, in one of the movie's scenes a man and a woman blow off another man's head with a gun and then kiss over their victim's headless torso. Disgusting? Some of Lynch's friends thought so when he screened it for them months before Cannes. Invited guests walked out of a screening in Los Angeles because, as Monty Montgomery, one of the film's producers, admits, "the scene grossed them out."

Lynch's reaction was to leave the murder in but soften the footage that immediately followed. Wild at Heart stars Laura Dern and Nicolas Cage and opens in August.

MORE ROSEANNE DEFECTIONS?

The period of relative calm on the Roseanne Barr front has ended. Little had been heard from her since her January wedding to Tom Arnold and the March resignation from her Roseanne show of executive producer Jeff Harris (who took a full-page ad in Daily Variety to announce that "my wife and I have decided to share a vacation in the relative peace and quiet of Beirut"). But now comes word that director John Pasquin and writers Danny Jacobson and Norma Safford Vela have also gone packing.

This pretty much leaves Roseanne's new husband, former stand-up comic Arnold, as the only writer who will definitely return to the show next season.

A spokesman for Carsey-Werner, Roseanne's production company, says Pasquin, Jacobson and Vela "left on their own." The Des Moines Register, however, reported that Barr had fired the trio and had hired an Iowa native (John Whitezell) as her new director, along with new writers with midwestern roots. Barr, who was vacationing with Arnold in his home state of Iowa, told the paper, "I think I'll finally be doing the show I want to do."

KIM AND ALEC GO SHOPPING

The line between Kim Basinger's movie career and her busy personal life continues to blur.

When she made Batman, she was romantically paired, at least in the press, first with producer Jon Peters, 43, and then with the diminutive fellow who supplied much of Batman's music, Prince, 32. Now, Basinger is being linked with The Hunt for Red October's Alec Baldwin, with whom she currently is shooting Disney's The Marrying Man.

And with good reason: Kim and Alec are spending a lot of time together off-camera.

On a recent Sunday, Basinger, 36, and Baldwin, 32, were even seen testing futons at the Futon Shop in New York City's trendy SoHo neighborhood. Store employees refused to comment, but a source of ours who was there says Basinger "bounced around from one futon to the next," while Baldwin "stood there in his sunglasses looking cool." No word, though, on whether the twosome bought one of the Japanese mattresses, or to whose place it was delivered.

THE TELLY'S RINGO-ING
Sources tell us ex-Beatle Ringo Starr, 49, has signed a two-year deal with Lorimar to develop TV projects, including a sitcom. Ringo has been appearing recently in PBS's kiddie show Shining Time Station.

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