Entertainment news for July 24, 1992
Michael Moore, Gary Coleman, and Michael Jackson made headlines this week
Her Latest Flame: Sources on the set of the upcoming Body of Evidence say it boasts Madonna’s most sizzling movie love scene yet: She wickedly drips wax all over Willem Dafoe’s naked chest. So how come Dafoe didn’t blister? The secret is special candles and skin-cooling champagne.
Never Say Never: After vowing never to show Roger & Me on TV, director Michael Moore has decided after all to let PBS broadcast his 1989 documentary about General Motors workers in Flint, Mich. Moore’s conditions: The series P.O.V. had to bankroll a 20-minute update segment and air the film sometime before the presidential election (it will be Sept. 28). ”Three years ago, I hoped things would get better with the economy,” Moore says. ”Now the recession has become a depression, and not just in Flint.” And what about Roger B. Smith, the stonewalling GM chairman (now retired) whose name Moore made famous? ”I still haven’t been able to speak to him,” Moore says. ”Ingrate.”
Body Double: Poor Lela Rochon. Her scenes with Eddie Murphy in the comedy Boomerang get shown on practically every talk show he visits, but people who stop and congratulate her on the street confuse her with costar Robin Givens. ”I assume when people see the movie, they’re going to know the difference between me and Robin Givens, but not everybody is going to see it,” Rochon says. ”I’m getting an enormous amount of publicity having my face shown but never having my name said. It’s kind of a drag.”
Where Are They Now? After a month on the job as a car salesman, Gary Coleman, former child star of NBC’s Diff’rent Strokes, has left the employ of Saturn Airport Marina in L.A. The dealership says Coleman, now 24, resigned, but a salesman at rival Airport Marina Ford suggests the actor may have been signing more autographs than Saturn deals. Coleman’s agent says his client only dabbled in car dealing to keep busy (”He likes to do things”) and still has a future in show business: ”There are a lot of ethnic shows. He’ll find a place.”
Pale by Comparison: Evidently Michael Jackson thinks it really doesn’t matter if you’re black or white. According to an insider, the producers of ABC’s planned miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream were informed that he’d discovered just the right actor to play him at age 5. They soon found themselves auditioning a young white boy. A casting director says, ”Michael did suggest a few people, but finding someone to play him was very difficult.”
Written by: Frank Spotnitz, Frank Swertlow, David Browne