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Entertainment news for August 6, 1993

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SINGLES: Planet Hollywood’s Chicago debut wasn’t just studded with stars (from Sharon Stone to Cindy Crawford) — it was also a boys’ night out. At the July 18 bash, Arnold Schwarzenegger, a part owner of the restaurant chain, was dateless because ”Maria is home. She’s wonderful, but very pregnant (with child No. 3).” Patrick Swayze had no dance partner either. His wife, Lisa, has joined the cast of Broadway’s The Will Rogers Follies. Then there was Bruce Willis, who was Demi-less. ”She’s pregnant (with their third child), home, and throwing her guts up,” Willis said wistfully. Partying without a partner gave Willis, another Planet investor, plenty of time for shameless self-promotion. When asked what Moore was doing for her morning sickness, he said, ”The only thing she can keep down is Planet Hollywood Chicken Crunch (fried chicken breaded with Cap’n Crunch).” — Cindy Pearlman

A BATMAN RUNS THROUGH IT: Here’s a new angle on Michael Keaton: When the Batman star goes fly-fishing, he’s another superhero entirely. ”We call him Spiderman because of the way he scrambles over rocks and gets out in the middle of the water,” says fly-fishing guide Steve Pauli, who has accompanied the actor on expeditions along the Boulder River near McLeod, Mont., where Keaton owns a home. ”You see him do that wild thing with his eyebrows and next thing you know he’s out there in the middle of the river, fighting currents.” Keaton’s brother George also enjoys wading chest-high in Montana’s swift rivers, but the actor’s longtime companion, Courtney Cox (Shaking the Tree), is more like a fish out of water. ”She doesn’t like the deep water,” says Pauli. ”But that’s okay. She looks great on the bank.” — Dan Brukhart

MUCH ADO ABOUT SOMETHING: Think you could write a Seinfeld script? You’re not alone. Supervising producer Larry Charles says the series receives more than a dozen unsolicited scripts every day from fans who have penned mundane misadventures for Jerry Seinfeld and company. ”It’s absurd,” says Charles. ”Everyone thinks they understand the show. They think it’s easy to write, which is the first mistake.” Charles probably instigated the deluge himself by welcoming such scripts in the first few years of the hit series. He even phoned struggling writers to critique their submissions. Now, with an expanded writing staff of 11 (including comedian Carol Leifer, said to be the inspiration for Elaine), he’s thinking of ways to dump the unwanted paper. ”We’ve started a recycling plant,” he muses, ”and we bought a landfill in the San Fernando Valley.” — Jessica Shaw

GUN CONTROL: While she packs some heat as an actress, Sarah Jessica Parker is definitely gun-shy. Playing a cop in the upcoming movie Striking Distance, Parker was learning how to fire a Glock 9 mm at Pittsburgh’s police shooting range last year when she got a major scare. ”I’d just stopped training with some real cops,” she says, ”and I noticed that they were moving away from me. One said, ‘Sarah, just stand there and don’t move.”’ Turns out the actress forgot to put down her loaded weapon at the end of the lesson. ”I was just talking and moving the gun around. You know, gesturing. I forgot I was holding it.” After the incident, she insisted that the gun she uses in the movie not be loaded, not even with blanks. ”I abhor guns,” says Parker, ”but I became a really good shot.” — Cindy Pearlman

ALL THAT JAZZ: Is the German state of Baden-Württemberg the next Sun City? Artists including B.B. King, Herbie Hancock, and Stanley Jordan are refusing to play there because the government canceled an Aug. 15 performance by Grammy-winning jazz musician Chick Corea. Authorities object to Corea’s affiliation with the Church of Scientology, which they regard as a sect with commercial goals. ”For the first time in all my experience, I have been denied work based on my religious beliefs,” Corea said in a letter to German president Richard von Weizsacker. Corea’s fellow entertainers (non-Scientologists all) say they won’t perform in the region — a major market for U.S. jazz tours — until the government reverses its stance. Members of Congress are investigating the action for violation of international human-rights agreements. — David Block

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