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Since Geena Davis will play the lead role in Shane Black’s The Long Kiss Goodnight, one scene might have to be cut from the record-setting $4 million screenplay. As written, Davis, who portrays a house-wife with amnesia, gets into a discussion with a private eye who’s trying to help her uncover her violent past as a government assassin. When the conversation turns to who’s who in Thelma & Louise, the 1991 movie that starred Davis and Susan Sarandon, the detective explains, “That’s how guys keep it straight. Geena Davis is the pretty one, but Saran-don’s got the t—s.”

Davis and her husband, Renny Harlin, who will direct the picture, tell us that the line gave them a good chuckle. “We thought this must be destiny,” says Harlin. “I think it should stay. Why not?” But screenwriter Black, who didn’t have Davis or any-one else in mind when he wrote the script, thinks he knows why not. Keeping it “would be a little too Last Action Hero-ish,” he says, still reeling, perhaps, from the ill-fated action spoof he coscripted last year.


In last season’s final episode of Seinfeld, Jerry’s pal George Costanza (Jason Alexander) finally got not just a job but a job working for the New York Yankees as the assistant to the traveling secretary. Now, in this season’s opener, which airs Sept. 22 on NBC, we hear that George will be seen giving batting pointers to outfielder Danny Tartabull and griping to manager Buck Showalter about the uniforms being made of polyester instead of cotton.

But it’s unlikely that George Costanza will be mistaken for George Steinbrenner for long. “I don’t know if this job will last, especially with the baseball strike,” sighs Alexander. “We are a reality-based show, kind of like Rescue 911.”


Jim Carrey’s trademark line in The Mask is a devilishly delivered “Ssssmooook-iiinnn’.” But ironically, one of the few special effects that didn’t work in the otherwise effects-laden extravaganza was a scene in which Carrey was to put dozens of cigarettes in his mouth, light them with a giant blowtorch and suck them down in one breath. So Carrey, director Chuck Russell and the special effects team decided that Carrey would pantomime smoking—and in postproduction added a heart-shaped smoke ring and arrow.

Mitchell Fink is on vacation.