NEW KID, NEW STAR?
New Kid on the Block Jonathan Knight appears intent on making it in Hollywood.
Knight’s manager, Dick Scott, has been squiring the 23-year-old singer around town to meet with producers and studio executives.
While no specific project has been set, Knight is shopping a revenge drama called I Know What You Did Last Summer, which he hopes to act in as well as produce.
Why would Hollywood want Knight, who has no real acting credits? “He has a smoldering James Dean quality,” claims his manager.
WHEN A RING’S A RINGER
At the recent Broadway opening of Guys and Dolls, Joan Rivers was sporting a rather large emerald-cut diamond on the third finger of her left hand. Could this be an engagement ring from Greek shipping tycoon Spiros Milonas, her escort at the opening and a beau since last year?
“From your mouth to God’s ears” is how a source close to Rivers responded to our question. “It would be wonderful if it were true, but it’s an old ring.” The source adds that while Rivers does date Milonas, “she dates other men too.”
TOM CRUISE STARS IN NAME THAT TOON
We re hearing from a Disney source that when studio chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg was shown preliminary drawings six months ago for Aladdin, Disney’s next animated feature, he complained about the low hunk content of the Aladdin character. According to our source, Katzenberg said Aladdin should look more like Tom Cruise.
The result: Photographs of Cruise now decorate the office of the top animator responsible for the Aladdin character. Disney has not yet released drawings of the lad with the lamp—the movie’s due in November—but we’re told Aladdin does indeed look like Cruise’s cartoon twin.
ANNIE 2 WON’T COME OUT TOMORROW, BUT…
Film producer Ray Stark is forging ahead with plans to make a nonmusical follow-up to his 1982 movie Annie, which starred Carol Burnett and Aiken Quinn as Annie. Sources say Stark has secured independent financing for Annie 2, an action comedy in which Little Orphan Annie takes on the Nazis during World War II.
Lewis (Stepping Out) Gilbert has been signed to direct. The leading roles have yet to be cast.
Stark’s office would say only that this project is in development and has no connection to the stage sequel to Annie that went belly-up during its pre-Broad-way tour in 1990.