The Insider

UPDATED 02/17/1997 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 02/17/1997 at 01:00 AM EST

Last week film director Alan J. Pakula gathered Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford and the crew for the troubled thriller The Devil's Own to reshoot the movie's ending in Los Angeles. No one is saying just what the new plot twist will be, or why it is being inserted. The reshooting follows the brouhaha over Pitt's less than laudatory comments about the film in Newsweek and his subsequent backtracking in a letter to the magazine a week later. Nonetheless, I'm assured that the completed Devil's will make its March 26 release date....

There's much speculation going on at ABC's Good Morning America about whether news anchor Elizabeth Vargas, who briefly dated singer Lyle Lovett last year, is now dating attorney Robert Kardashian, O.J. Simpson's longtime pal. Talk of a possible romance between the two began among GMA staffers when Vargas and Kardashian were spotted out together in Manhattan late last year. GMA's spokesman denies that there's anything going on between the two, saying, "She's just an intrepid reporter who's trying to land an interview with Kardashian."...

When Julie Andrews leaves Broadway's Victor/Victoria for good on June 1, her replacement definitely will not be Liza Minnelli, who last month filled in during Andrews' vacation. Victor/Victoria producer Tony Adams tells me he would "take Liza back in a minute," even though her stint was marked by absences due to throat problems and reported differences with costar Tony Roberts over her muffing lines. Adams has only praise for Liza, adding that bringing her back in June was never discussed "because we knew she was due to begin a concert tour."...

There will be no Beethoven's 3rd or any other movie role for Charles Grodin, who tells me that his 30-plus-year career as an actor is now officially over. "I don't want to use the word 'retired,' " says Grodin, whose last movie was It Runs in the Family (1994), "but I have no intention of ever going back to acting." He says his need to be in front of a camera is fulfilled nightly on his hour-long CNBC talk show....

Talk about capitalizing on failure: There's just no quit in George Hamilton and Alana Stewart, those companionable ex-spouses whose syndicated talk show was canceled last year. Now they're hoping to return to TV in a sitcom playing ex-talk show hosts who open a bed-and-breakfast down South after their TV show is canceled. Producers in L.A. are readying a pitch for the networks....

Hustler publisher Larry Flynt was at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., recently to present a trophy after a $26,000 horse race named the Larry Flynt Miracle. But when the 8-year-old gelding Key to Manhattan crossed the finish line first, his rider, Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, refused to be photographed with Flynt. Bailey, a longtime friend of an old Flynt foe, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, says only that his snub of Flynt "was a personal decision."

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