Soundgarden, Roger Rabbit, and Sissy Spacek made headlines this week
TV: As if we hadn’t heard enough about the JFK assassination, Lee Harvey Oswald‘s widow, Marina, has signed on as consultant to Marina’s Story, an NBC movie that’s expected to shoot in mid-May and air during the fall sweeps. According to Bernard Sofronski, who is co-executive producing with David L. Wolper, Marina ”is involved 100 percent” in the project, which details ”her point of view about what happened. In the beginning, she was vulnerable — she believed what the FBI and the CIA told her.” Remarried and living under another name, Marina may come out from the shadows to publicize the movie.
* Mary Stuart Masterson and Sissy Spacek are competing for the title role in the NBC miniseries based on Allan Gurganus‘ best-seller, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, likely to shoot this summer. Masterson, 25, now serving her special barbecue in Fried Green Tomatoes, isn’t quite as close to the character’s age of 99 as Spacek, 42, but age might not matter; most of the story is told in flashback….
MOVIES: That’s definitely not all, folks, for Roger Rabbit: The furry star of the 1988 smash Who Framed Roger Rabbit will grace yet another cartoon short, appearing this time with the irascible Baby Herman in a tale about a trip to the country that runs amok. Roger’s third short, following Rollercoaster Rabbit (1990) and Tummy Trouble (1989), will get ”double billing” with a movie to be named later….
MUSIC: Nirvana isn’t involved, but Seattle rockers Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains are showing great team spirit by collaborating on the soundtrack for Cameron Crowe‘s next project, Singles (due in August and starring Matt Dillon and Bridget Fonda), which Crowe (Say Anything) describes as about ”the minefields of love.” Calling themselves the Lovemongers, Crowe’s guitar-slinging wife, Nancy Wilson, and sister Ann (a.k.a. Heart) team up on the soundtrack for an acoustic version of Led Zeppelin‘s ”Battle of Evermore.” Also participating is the Replacements’ Paul Westerberg….
BOOKS: Garth Brooks may soon find a home on the literary range: Word is that Villard Books is close to signing the 30-year-old country singer to a multimillion-dollar deal for his authorized biography. The book would be packaged with an as-yet-undisclosed record. — Pat H. Broeske, Bart Mills, Harold Goldberg, Tina Jordan