Will Smith, Danny Elfman, and Bill Murray made headlines this week

Where the Day Takes You

The cast list reads like a Who’s Who of young Hollywood: Lara Flynn Boyle (Twin Peaks), Balthazar Getty (Lord of the Flies), Sean Astin (Toy Soldiers), and Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), to name a few. This is not the Brat Pack revisited, but a May film called Where the Day Takes You, about homeless teens, directed by Marc Rocco (Dream a Little Dream). He got his cast thanks to Dermot Mulroney (Longtime Companion), who helped recruit his friends for the project. To get into the mood, the actors drove down from the hills to Hollywood Boulevard, where they pressed palms with real homeless kids who play extras in the film.

On the Chicago set of next April’s comedy adventure Mad Dog and Glory, the big deal was the Card Deck Pool, where you could win $300 by picking the right card in a weekly drawing. The first winner was Bill Murray; the second, Robert De Niro. De Niro took his loot and ordered the crew sushi and ribs. Not to be outdone, Murray belatedly spent his bucks on a professional masseuse for the crew.

Art Spiegelman (Maus), Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and Charles Burns (RAW magazine) will board a charter plane to Paris this week for the Cannes of cartoon festivals — the 19th Salon International de la Bande Dessinée. A group of 150 U.S. cartoonists will descend on the town of Angouleme to help the French pay tribute to legendary underground cartoonist Robert Crumb (Fritz the Cat), who now lives in France. ”If our plane goes down,” says Spiegelman, ”Cathy Guisewite (Cathy) will remain as America’s foremost cartoonist.”

Danny Elfman, front man of weirdo rock group Oingo Boingo and composer of Batman, Dick Tracy, and The Simpsons, is embarking on a new career, this time as a screenwriter. Elfman is developing several oddball projects, including an ”over-the-top” musical titled The World of Jimmy Callicut at Fox and ”a strange and stylized ghost story” he’ll also direct called Julian, which Tim Burton is executive producing for Warner Bros.

At an electronics-industry convention in Las Vegas earlier this month, a Lancaster, Pa.-based company called Funex demonstrated a $100 video game, Motion Converter, that you play after hooking up an exercise bike to a personal computer. The harder you pedal, the faster your on-screen helicopter ascends; slow down and you’re grounded. A video game that makes you sweat? Now there’s recreation for the ’90s.

Written by: Cindy Pearlman, Brian Walker, Jeffrey Ressner, George Mannes

Where the Day Takes You
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