PLAY IT AGAIN, SAMUEL: Less than a month after release of The Playboys, the Samuel Goldwyn Co. has already scheduled a sequel to the drama about an Irish woman who has a baby out of wedlock, tentatively titled Tara Comes to America. Cowriter Shane Connaughton says the couple from the original (Aidan Quinn and Robin Wright, who will reprise their roles) don’t stay together. ”It doesn’t work out,” he says. ”He turns out to be too feckless and happy-go-lucky, so she takes her child and goes to America.”
STORM WATCH: Time may have run out for the short-lived romance of Sharon Stone and Dwight Yoakam, but their Ebel watch ad keeps on ticking. The Basic Instinct star and her country-music honey, who split earlier this month (”they were dating, and now they’re not,” says Yoakam’s spokesman), first met when they showed up separately to shoot the ad on a Phoenix set in February. When Ebel realized they had a hot ”Hollywood meets honky-tonk” connection (as the ad proclaims), they ran the spot in several glossy mags, which are on newsstands now. Says Lori Greenblatt, Ebel’s director of advertising, ”Things like this have a very limited life span.” In the future, Ebel says they’ll probably go with independent shots of Yoakam and Stone.
AS THE ‘COOL WORLD’ BURNS: Did things get hot behind the scenes of Cool World, Ralph Bakshi’s cartoon fantasy due this summer? First, it was reported that Kim Basinger refused to pose for scenes for the animators. Now producer Frank Mancuso Jr. denies it, along with rumors of other Basinger trouble on the set. The real problems, he says, were technical, like having Gabriel Byrne respond to a cartoon he couldn’t see or touch. Bakshi, reached in the editing room, says, ”The picture is on time, on schedule, and Kim was a doll who did everything I asked her to. I don’t know how these rumors spread. I never slept with her, either.”
‘LAMBS’ BLOOD: Cousin Bobby, a 70-minute documentary screening at the Cannes Film Festival, reunites two unlikely relatives: the Rev. Robert Castle of Harlem’s St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, whose career the film follows, and his Oscar-winning second cousin, Jonathan Demme. Castle lost touch with Demme about 30 years ago, and was unaware of his success until they reestablished contact in 1989. In addition to the documentary, which Demme calls ”the most overproduced home movie ever made,” the director gave Castle a walk-on (as a clergyman in the final scene) in The Silence of the Lambs. — Frank Spotnitz, Meredith Berkman, Bruce Fetts