Meg Ryan, Teddy Riley, and Keanu Reeves made headlines this week

By Jeffrey WellsBenjamin SvetkeyNisid HajariHarold Goldberg and Leonard Klady
Updated April 17, 1992 at 04:00 AM EDT

Movies: When producer Gary Foster learned last month that director Lawrence Kasdan had dumped The Inns of New England, which had been slated to film in August with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, Foster snapped up the duo for Sleepless in Seattle. Nora Ephron, who had been hired to rewrite Seattle‘s script, was also asked to direct the romantic comedy after negotiations with Garry Marshall fell through… * After his big-budget dinosaur movie, Jurassic Park, is finished, Steven Spielberg will consider directing Cross My Heart. The American adaptation by cartoonist/ playwright Lynda Barry of 1990’s La Fracture du Myocarde focuses on a young boy who conceals his mother’s death to avoid going to an orphanage… * Film buffs may have noticed that Jerry Brown‘s campaign slogan (”We the People”) is almost identical to the one used by the presidential candidate in Martin Scorsese‘s 1976 Taxi Driver (”We Are the People”). A case of politics imitating art? ”We didn’t get our slogan from Taxi Driver,” insists Brown press secretary Tom Pier. ”We got it from our nation’s forefathers.”…

Music: While Teddy Riley has had great success producing with the likes of Michael Jackson, his own group, Guy — whose 1990 album, The Future, sold more than 1.5 million copies — is facing trouble. The six-year-old group, which includes brothers Aaron ”Nasty Man” and Damion ”Crazy Legs” Hall, is on hiatus and could split up soon. ”Teddy is doing his own thing,” says Aaron. ”I just want him to realize where he came from.” Riley insists the break is temporary… * ”Youth is truth!” is the spin on the World Rap Telephone Contest started by a Swedish group. ”It’s becoming a trend everywhere for kids to rap about the environment, safe sex, and antiracism,” says organizer Mikael Becker. The group established numbers in almost 100 countries; competitors have one minute to rap into the phone. The contest will culminate in January ’93 with finalists gathering in Stockholm for an interactive TV hookup, with voters calling in…

Video: When Gus Van Sant‘s arty road flick, My Own Private Idaho, hits video stores next week, customers will be getting the ”straight” story, sort of. The box art features stars Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix, who play gay hustlers in the movie, each with a woman on his arm. Asked about the sanitized presentation, Van Sant says he couldn’t really complain, ”since I’ve sold out [already].”