Bridget Fonda has beaten out Julia Roberts, Kim Basinger, and Demi Moore, sources say, for the lead role in La Femme Nikita, last year’s foreign box office champion, which is about to be Americanized. The quirky, violent French thriller is set to go before the cameras in March under the direction of John Badham (Bird on a Wire, The Hard Way). The original Nikita, Anne Parillaud, begins work next month on her first U.S. project, as a vampire in John Landis’ Innocent Blood.
”Elvis was more accessible,” says the ultimate Bruce Springsteen fan, Charles Cross, whose successful fanzine, Backstreets, has dogged the singer’s steps since 1980. The Boss’ Boswell, Cross predicts a Springsteen single on Valentine’s Day and an album — his first since 1987 — to be released on March 31. That, of course, would be convenient for the paperback version of Cross’ Springsteen bio, which comes out in April. Also called Backstreets, the book features bitter reminiscences by Mike Appel, the manager/producer ditched after landing Bruce on simultaneous Time and Newsweek covers in 1975.
He’s still a high school junior in Fox’s Beverly Hills, 90210, but when Luke Perry stars in his first feature film since hitting it big on TV, he’ll be acting closer to his own carefully guarded age. In Lane Frost, Perry will play a champion bull rider who was killed in the arena at 26. ”The story we want to address,” Perry recently told reporters, ”is what can happen to someone when all of a sudden, they achieve a lot of success. Believe it or not, that’s something I can relate to.”.
One little-known fact about Kitty Kelley’s new deal to write a book about the British royal family is the money she’ll get — a princely $5 million. But is she worth it? Heavy returns of her Nancy Reagan suggest that Simon & Schuster did not fare well on its $3 million investment, although S&S made a last-ditch bid to keep her. But Kitty defected to Warner Books, which willl bring out her royal tell-all in 1995.
U.S. audiences will soon get to see the much-publicized ”original” ending of Fatal Attraction. In March, Paramount Home Video is releasing Adrian Lyne’s 1987 blockbuster in letterbox format, with outtakes, rehearsal footage, and comments from the director included. The version has high-maintenance Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) committing suicide at the end to the strains of Madame Butterfly; Michael Douglas is then arrested on suspicion of her ”murder.”
Written by: Leonard Klady, Tim Appelo, Mark Harris, Tina Jordan, Nisid Hajari