The Insider

updated 10/01/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/01/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

TOM SELLECK ON DECK

Tom Selleck, whose trademark on Magnum, P.I. was his Detroit Tigers baseball cap, has been busy being a boy of summer this fall. Selleck, 45, has spent much of September researching his role for Tokyo Diamond, in which he plays an American slugger who goes to Japan to play ball. Universal's comedy starts shooting in December.

Selleck says he wanted to do a baseball movie "before I get to an age where I have to play a manager." Since Labor Day Selleck has shaved off his mustache and worked out with the Cubs, White Sox, Red Sox, Mets, Yankees, Blue Jays, Orioles, Reds and, yes, the Tigers. "I played baseball from Little League through college, so it hasn't been too embarrassing," says Selleck. "I even hit one out at Yankee Stadium."

Selleck says hanging out with the players was "like a fantasy. Wade Boggs let me use his bat. I had a catch with Doc Gooden—incredible!"

NO PEAKING

The big story at the 42nd Annual Emmy Awards last week was the failure of ABC's Twin Peaks, despite 14 nominations, to garner any of the evening's top honors. Producer-director David Lynch's quirky series managed to win only two statuettes, one for costume design and one for editing, both given out with the other craft awards the day before the live broadcast.

Nevertheless Lynch remained philosophical about the drubbing Twin Peaks took. "It wasn't just that we lost," says Lynch, "but that we lost so spectacularly. As the evening wore on, I began thinking of the event as a sort of Theater of the Absurd. I couldn't get upset about not winning, because the concept of absurdity is something I'm attracted to."

SUPER TO SEE YOU, SIR

Actor-comedian Robert Wuhl donned a Superman costume recently to tape a portion of his forthcoming HBO special, Robert Wuhl's World Tour, at Los Angeles's fancy Four Seasons hotel.

While on a lunch break and still in costume, Wuhl approached the hotel's restaurant host, identified himself as S. Man and said he was waiting for his luncheon companion, Lois Lane.

Never once looking at Wuhl, the host, Vinson Motas, checked his seating list and said he had "no reservation under the name S. Man."

Wuhl, who had a featured role as a newspaper reporter in Batman, said afterward, "I guess in L.A. you're only as good as your last superhero."

KIM BASINGER GOES ON RECORD

Given the wisdom of hindsight, we have come to the conclusion that the 1989 relationship between Prince, 32, and Kim Basinger, 36, had less to do with romance and more to do with a calculated attempt on Basinger's part to learn everything she could from Prince about the recording process.

Now ensconced romantically with Alec Baldwin, her co-star in Disney's forthcoming The Marrying Man, Basinger, whose singing in the film is said to be first-rate, has just signed a recording contract with Hollywood-based Giant Records. That is the label founded earlier this year by former MCA Records chairman Irving Azoff.

Sources at Giant say they were "very impressed" with Basinger's original material and her urban-contemporary singing style. As for her first album. Basinger is expected to enter the studio early in 1991. Don't look for Prince to make a guest appearance on it. Sources say His Purpleness and Kim don't speak anymore.

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