FOX announced recently that Melrose Place alum Laura Leighton is moving: She'll appear on Beverly Hills, 90210 as a guest star for six episodes beginning in September. What FOX did not announce is that Leighton will earn a six-figure salary per episode—a fee usually paid to such series stars as the cast members of Friends.
After battling aliens in The X-Files, Gillian Anderson wasn't about to back off from some city fathers in Mesquite, Nev. At the request of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Anderson wrote to the mayor and city council urging cancellation of a local plan for a "running of the bulls" this month, in which a dozen bulls would chase intrepid participants for a quarter of a mile. "Why would Mesquite want to emulate a blood sport that most of the world has condemned?" she asked. A spokesman for the event responds that there is "no prodding or whipping of the animals" and that safety precautions are in place. In other words, no blood; no bull.
Slain rapper Tupac Shakur's mom, Afeni Shakur, is taking some solace from the fact that two posthumous albums of her son's work have sold about 5 million copies. Now Shakur has approached stars like Roberta Flack to do covers of Tupac's songs for a tribute CD. As for the' May shooting death of Orlando Anderson, the reputed gang member who she believes killed her son, Shakur says: "I was paralyzed all day, numb. It is so scary that people are dying like this."
One of the world's hardest-working actors, Dustin Hoffman, is worried about keeping busy. Hoffman, who is between films, has produced an upcoming romantic comedy about love and infidelity called The Blouse Man, in which he does not appear. Though he prefers acting to producing, Hoffman says he doesn't want "to just do anything," so while looking for good roles he enjoys producing. Says Hoffman: "I like to keep active as I'm aging."