Entertainment news for February 1, 1991 -- Gus Van Sant, River Phoenix, and David Foster made headlines this week

MOVIES: Drugstore Cowboy director Gus Van Sant has finished shooting My Own Private Idaho, about a strange odyssey through the streets of Portland, Ore. River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves star as homeless male hustlers who engage in a dreamlike search for the former’s missing mother. ”I play a street prostitute with narcolepsy,” Phoenix says, ”so parts of the movie involve the visions I get during sleeping spells.”
MUSIC: It was armed forces yes, interlopers no, at the taping of the Voices That Care song and video on Feb. 10. According to record producer David Foster, who organized the star-packed event, the only hitch came two hours into the 12-hour session. ”Chevy Chase came to me and asked, ‘Are you aware that there is someone two rows behind me who’s crashed your party?’ I was & concentrating so hard I hadn’t even noticed.” Foster had the crasher, ”a woman wearing something sexy,” removed, but he sees a bright side: ”Maybe a star was born.” Invitees to the apolitical tribute to the troops in the gulf included Meryl Streep, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kevin Costner, Richard Gere, Nicollette Sheridan, and Sally Field. Proceeds go to the USO and the Red Cross.
BOOKS: Want to make a lot of money and help put a serial murderer behind bars? Onyx’s latest true-crime title, The Search for the Green River Killer, holds out both those hopes. Onyx will maintain a hot line (March 1-May 1) to collect tips on the man who Seattle-area police say has killed 49 women since 1982; information leading to his arrest and conviction will earn the caller $50,000. Says Onyx spokeswoman Mary Ann Palumbo, ”It will be a real hot line, open 24 hours a day, run by professionals — not just some receptionist answering the phone.” — Chirstopher Henrikson, Casey Davidson, and Tina Jordan