Mitchell Fink
April 28, 1997 12:00 PM

Some pal Matthew Perry turned out to be. I hear Perry recently dissed his Friends costar Matt LeBlanc by telling him he turned down the role of Don West in New Line’s big-screen version of the ’60s TV show Lost in Space before it was offered to LeBlanc. In fact, says Mike De Luca, New Line’s head of production, the West role “was only discussed with Perry’s agents but never offered.” For the record, reps for both Perry and LeBlanc down-played any problems between the two, insisting that the guys are—what else?—friends….

Two million dollars is the figure I’ve heard Goldman family attorney Daniel Petrocelli will receive from Crown to write his book on the O.J. Simpson civil trial. Petrocelli won’t confirm the number but does say he will turn over “some of the book’s proceeds” to his L.A. law firm, Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp, which can only collect its contingency fees from Fred Goldman if he receives any part of his family’s share of the $33.5 million that the court decreed Simpson must pay. Petrocelli says he and the Goldmans “are trying to enforce the judgment” against Simpson. “To not do that would mean he got away with [murder] twice.”…

Interviewing stars arriving at the Academy Awards is unnerving enough without having them spit at you. But that’s what happened to MTV reporter Chris Connelly when Quentin Tarantino arrived at this year’s Oscars. Tarantino, still smarting from a story about his long lost biological father that ran in Premiere, a magazine Connelly used to edit, couldn’t restrain him-self—though he missed his target. “His telemetry was off,” says Connelly, adding that Tarantino’s miss was “a failure of aim rather than intention.” He subsequently asked Tarantino for an apology but has not received one. “Quentin stands by what he did,” says Tarantino’s spokesperson. “The way he was treated by Premiere at that time was far more humiliating.”…

So how does a pregnant actress cope when the character she plays on TV isn’t supposed to be pregnant? Ally Walker, the star of NBC’s Profiler, is expecting her first child in August with television executive John Landgraf. To compen-sate for Walker’s pregnancy, the show will bank some of next season’s early episodes by shooting them at the end of this season, while Walker isn’t yet visibly pregnant. Seinfeld’s Julia Louis-Drey-fus is expecting her second child in June with husband Brad Hall (they have a son, Henry, 4), but so far the show has made no effort to hide her character’s expansiveness. Then there’s Patricia Heaton, who plays Ray Romano’s wife on the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. Producers decided to capitalize on Heaton’s condition by making the season’s final episode a flashback that shows her character pregnant with twin sons. In real life, Heaton is married to actor David Hunt, and their baby is due in June.

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