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Entertainment news for May 1, 1992

Sinéad O’Connor, Tom Waits, and Carrie Fisher made headlines this week

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Movies: Hollywood isn’t exactly on cloud nine about Company of Angels, the proposed Joan of Arc film to be directed by Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break), with Irish rocker Sinéad O’Connor in the title role. At least one major distributor, TriStar, turned Angels down, fearing that O’Connor’s box office draw might not cover the projected $25 million to $30 million budget. By another casting miracle, however, Angels may still make its tentative early-‘ 93 shoot date. Sean Connery is supposedly interested in a part… * Trigger-happy Paramount Pictures has registered Naked Gun 3: Beating a Dead Horse as the possible title for the next installment in the Leslie Nielsen copper series… * Tom Waits is bugging out for his role as the crazed Renfield in Francis Ford Coppola‘s $40 million Bram Stoker’s Dracula, due in mid-November. Once under Dracula’s spell, Waits is fed a feast of creepy crawlies — including spiders, beetles, and worms — wrangled by professional bug man Steven Kutcher (Arachnophobia). While Waits pops the creatures with relish, what he actually chews are only gelatinous ”bug doubles.”… * John Leguizamo (Hangin’ With the Homeboys) says he’s ”hanging out getting the method in Brooklyn” these days, preparing for his role as Luigi in Super Mario Brothers, a movie based on the Nintendo game. Leguizamo and Bob Hoskins play Italian plumber- brothers striving to save a girl from an evil half-dinosaur, half-human villain…

Books: Carrie Fisher is on edge again — about her publisher: Industry sources say Fisher wants to leave Simon & Schuster, which published 1987’s Postcards From the Edge and 1990’s Surrender the Pink, following the departures of her editor, Trish Lande, and publisher, Charles Hayward. Problem is, she’s under contract to S&S for a third novel, Delusions of Grandma, a tome about baby lust (Fisher’s first child, with CAA agent Brian Lourd, is due this summer)… * James Michener is finally revisiting Mexico, a novel he abandoned 31 years ago after writing 10 chapters. When a cousin discovered the unfinished manuscript in the author’s Pennsylvania home, Michener decided it was worth a second try. He’s now completed Mexico for December publication…

Music: Weird Nightmare, a tribute to legendary bassist Charles Mingus, is a music lover’s dream: Big-name rockers, including Keith Richards, Elvis Costello, and Chuck D of Public Enemy, have joined with arty jazz favorites such as Bill Frisell and Henry Threadgill to record the album. Produced by Hal Willner, who has also made genre-busting albums honoring composers Kurt Weill and Nino Rota, it’s due this summer.