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Entertainment news for October 11, 1991

Michael J. Fox, Leonard Cohen, and Sandra Bernhard made headlines this week

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Joining the likes of Ron Howard and Rob Reiner, Michael J. Fox is about to become the next ex-series star to direct a feature film. Fox, who directed a segment of HBO’s Tales From the Crypt, is developing a movie version of Bill Littlefield’s novel, The Prospect, for Universal Pictures. Janet Roach (Prizzi’s Honor) is a leading contender to script the tale of a down-on-his-luck baseball scout who discovers an ace player in the boonies. Filming is planned for summer 1992.

Jessica Hahn will be costarring in High Heels, a fantasy/comedy feature with Morton Downey Jr. and Madonna’s backup dancer Oliver Crumes. No, you’re not having a nightmare. The R-rated movie is set for release this month. Hahn also recently auditioned for a part on Married…With Children after approaching Fox executives to play sister to Peg Bundy (Katey Sagal). ”I thought it would be perfect,” Hahn says. ”We’re both from New York. We both have red hair, and we both chew gum with our mouths open.” Hahn won’t join the Bundy clan after all, but she will try to seduce Al in the Oct. 20 episode.

Forget the Rolling Stones. One of the major influences on today’s alternative-rock scene is…Leonard Cohen? Yes, and here’s the ultimate proof: A tribute album, I’m Your Fan, is due in December. Contributors include R.E.M., Pixies, ex-Velvet Underground member John Cale, and such alternative-rock favorites as Nick Cave, House of Love, Lloyd Cole, Ian McCulloch, That Petrol Emotion, and Ugandan world-beat singer Geoffrey Oreyama, who does a haunting version of ”Suzanne.”

Sandra Bernhard, who will be playing Tom Arnold’s audacious fiancée on at least two episodes of ABC’s Roseanne, thumbs no nose at the tube. ”I think TV is taking a lot of chances right now and is a little bit less censored,” she says. ”In many ways, it’s closer to the bone and reaches more people than film. Film is becoming really homogenized, and television is widening its possibilities.” Which, naturally, include more Sandra Bernhard. The comedian has two other TV projects in the works: her first HBO special, Sandra After Dark, which airs in January, and her own series, which she hopes will appear within the next year, maybe on Fox.

Sean Young just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. This time, however, the problems are in the script. She’s filming a Showtime project called Sketch Artist, in which she plays the wife of police artist Jeff Fahey. She gets quite a jolt when a witness’ description of a killer, and her husband’s sketch, bear more than a passing resemblance to her character.