The Insider

updated 08/27/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/27/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NAME THAT SINGER

Director Oliver Stone is leaving nothing to chance regarding the music for his forthcoming movie on the Doors rock band, The Doors.

Realizing he was facing a potential backlash from rock purists who might never accept actor Val Kilmer, 30, singing songs the late Jim Morrison made famous, Stone, 43, has gone into the editing room armed with two quite different sound tracks, one with Kilmer singing lead and the other with Morrison's original vocals left intact.

Which one to choose? Would you believe both? According to a source close to the production, Stone will most likely split Kilmer and Morrison by using Kilmer's vocals during his close-ups and Morrison's vocals at all other times. The movie, which will be distributed by Tri-Star, is due to arrive in theaters next March.

SNL TO ADD ROCK

Although the humor of Fox's primarily African-American In Living Color continues to gain in popularity, Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels said in the Aug. 4 issue of TV Guide that he was feeling no pressure to diversify his show's all-white ensemble cast.

Of course, no sooner did the TV Guide story break than word came back to us that Michaels has indeed gone out and hired a black performer as a featured player, the fifth black to join SNL since it began in 1975 (the others were Garrett Morris, Eddie Murphy, Danitra Vance and Damon Wayans). The new guy is Eddie Murphy protégé Chris Rock, a 23-year-old comic who got his first real break playing a parking lot attendant at the Playboy Mansion in Murphy's Beverly Hills Cop II.

Michaels, 45, confirms that he has hired Rock for the show but denies hiring the performer because of his color. "He was one of the most talented people out there," says Michaels. "That's why I brought him in."

MARILYN LIVES, YET AGAIN

Author George Bernau has taken the intellectual exercise of imagining how history would have changed had so-and-so lived and made the concept the basis for his novels.

Bernau's 1988 novel, Promises to Keep, began with a doctor at Parkland Hospital in Dallas telling the First Lady of the United States that her husband would survive the attempt on his life. Now Bernau's latest book, the just published Candle in the Wind, applies the same idea to Marilyn Monroe.

Tom Selleck, 45, may star in the movie version of Candle. Selleck's agent confirmed that the actor has given permission to Bernau to "shop" the Marilyn book around Hollywood with the understanding that if a deal can be made, Selleck would want to play the private detective who is intent on proving that Marilyn's 1962 drug overdose was an attempted murder. Currently, Disney's Hollywood Pictures, with whom Selleck has a three-picture deal, is looking at Candle.

Meanwhile, a busy Bernau has already completed the first draft of his next book, The Search for Black Phoenix. The subject this time around? Adolf Hitler.

NOT QUITE AS WILD

How thin is the line between an X and an R rating? If you're talking about a David Lynch film, pretty darn thin.

In May, when Lynch's violent and sexually explicit film, Wild at Heart (see page 46), grabbed top honors at the Cannes Film Festival, there was much speculation over how Lynch might have to reedit his work to get an R for its American release. According to co-producer Monty Montgomery, the one change Lynch made "was to cloud up a decapitation scene by using a smoky optical effect." In other words, the character still loses his head, but in a much less graphic fashion than in Cannes.

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