The Insider

updated 06/25/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/25/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT


What was Marla Maples paid to endorse No Excuses jeans? A big fat zero, according to sources who say the deal was arranged for wannabe actress Marla, 26, by her close personal friend Donald Trump, 44. Trump apparently believed that Maples's No Excuses publicity could more than offset the absence of a paycheck.

A No Excuses rep declined to talk money, though the company reportedly paid Joan Rivers $100,000 for ads in 1988. Chuck Jones, Maples's spokesperson, says Trump absolutely did not arrange Marla's involvement. Jones says No Excuses is paying Maples an unspecified fee and that she agreed to do the campaign only after No Excuses promised ads promoting environmental issues.


Universal Studios Hollywood last week unveiled a new attraction called the Riot Act, which is heavy on pyrotechnics, gunplay and special effects. An ad for the Riot Act, now running on Los Angeles TV, was directed for Universal by John Landis, 39. According to sources, during a preproduction meeting for the spot, a Foote, Cone & Belding ad executive suggested to Landis that he use a helicopter in the commercial.

Landis, you'll recall, was directing Twilight Zone: The Movie in 1982 when a helicopter crashed, killing actor Vic Morrow and two children. (Landis and four associates were acquitted of involuntary man-slaughter after trial in 1987.) Landis made it clear to the ad man that the helicopter idea was out of the question.


It's the accepted wisdom in Hollywood that the postponement of a movie's opening date is often a signal that the picture is in trouble. We're not saying there's trouble, but the release date of the Vietnam War adventure film Flight of the Intruder, starring Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe and Brad Johnson, has been pushed back from July to late October. And there are quite a few differing stories going around the Paramount lot and executive offices as to why.

One version has producer Mace (The Hunt for Red October) Neufeld contemplating a new ending. Another version has Neufeld attending to family matters on the East Coast while somebody on the West Coast lobbies behind the producer's back for a new edit in which actress Rosanna Arquette's part is greatly reduced.

Neufeld refused comment, but a Paramount spokesperson attributed the delay to the "competitive landscape" created by the unusually high number of big-budget summer movies.


ABC's decision not to renew the Jamie Lee Curtis-Richard Lewis sitcom, Anything but Love, for the new fall season because of its lukewarm ratings leaves Lewis to wonder about the creative possibilities had his character, Marty Gold, been able to consummate his on-camera relationship with Curtis's character, Hannah Miller. "It was like having foreplay for two years," says Lewis, 41. "If I ever do a series again, there'll be a tremendous amount of sexual activity in it."

Lewis, who's keeping busy, is hosting ABC's first All-Star Pro Sports Awards show next Monday (July 25), and HBO airs his I'm Doomed special next month. Still, Lewis says he is "disappointed" that Anything is gone. "The show legitimized me," he says. "Before, I was someone who did Letterman and HBO. Now, strangers stop me at the airport and do impressions of me."

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