Will "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" be the most expensive movie ever made?
Entertainment Weekly reports the tab for Arnold Schwarzenegger's cyborg reprisal could end up topping $100 million, compared to an average cost of $26 million per feature flick.Producers deny costs will go that high on the picture, which just completed filming.
"We have the biggest star in the world, the best effects people and a brilliant director, so we're paying for value," says production exec Larry Kasanoff. "But $100 million is ridiculous."
- Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito and Annette Bening don't start filming "Batman 2" until this summer, but work is steaming ahead on Batstuff 2. Warner Bros. and DC Comics signed the first two licensees of logo and characters from the flick and hope to equal $500 million merchandising bonanza that accompanied 1989's version of the Caped Crusader.
- An exercise era has ended with Jane Fonda closing her original workout studio in Beverly Hills. A spokesman said the storefront gym was still profitable, but not profitable enough. The villains: Competing full-service health clubs offering raquetball, health food, swimming pools, plus Fonda-style aerobics. Fonda plans to keep making exercise videos, audio tapes and books.
- Forced to leave his native Austria during the Nazi era, 83-year-old director Billy Wilder ("Some Like it Hot," "Sunset Boulevard") received the old country's top honor in a Los Angeles ceremony. Writers Guild president George Kirgo and celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck were in attendance as Wilder was awarded the Golden Order, First Class.
- Michael Landon, on his newly diagnosed and inoperable liver and pancreatic cancer: "I want my agent to know this shoots to hell any chance of doing a health-food commercial. . . . When I heard this was a possibility, I began doing push-ups just to make sure I was just as strong as I was the day before. And I was, so I figure I can beat it."
- Did Geraldo Rivera buy his hometown paper strictly as an ego trip? A recent issue of New Jersey's weekly Two River Times featured a front-page interview with Rivera, his column on the editorial page and three photos of the talk-show host on the society page.
- Soviets have pulled the plug on the "Hour of Power." TV preacher Robert Schuller's program was yanked from Soviet airwaves after only one mid-March airing. Schuller and Gostelradio communications ministry had signed an agreement last year to air the show 12 times.
- Actor Jimmy Smits has been named this year's King of Brooklyn but didn't revisit the borough to pick up his crown. Instead, Flatbush borough president Howard Golden made the presentation at a Beverly Hills shindig also attended by Brooklyn natives Martin Landau, Joe Bologna, Brenda Vaccaro, Lainie Kazan, Jack Carter and Mr. Blackwell.
- Sondra Locke quietly ended her palimony suit against one-time common-law husband Clint Eastwood. Terms of settlement were not announced, but Locke's lawyer said it was "amicable (and) to the mutual satisfaction of both sides." Locke claimed in 1989 that Eastwood had promised to support her for the rest of her life, then threw her out of two houses he had bought for her.