What, Me Worry?
“I’ve never done something so controversial,” says former Sunset Beach and General Hospital star Laura Harring of her role as Elién’s high-strung cousin Marisleysis in The Elién Gonzélez Story, airing Sept. 17 on Fox Family Channel. That is, until she landed on the Toronto set of her next project, the drama John Q, which happens to costar a post-Ellen DeGeneres-breakup, posthospitalized Anne Heche. “I don’t have any scoops. She’s very sweet and bubbly. Nothing seems out of the ordinary,” reports Harring, 36. “Everyone’s been very sympathetic to the whole situation, and the set is completely closed. So it’s a very safe environment for her.” That insulated feeling doesn’t extend to Harring. “Everyone wants to know about Anne,” she laughs. “I’m like, ‘What about me?'”
Survivor vs. Survivor
Truck driver Susan Hawk isn’t Survivor‘s only sore loser anymore. Franklin Sullivan III, the lead guitarist for the band Survivor (“Eye of the Tiger”), who trademarked the group’s name in 1977, is seeking an injunction against CBS Corp. and TVT Records over the recently released Survivor soundtrack. “I’m afraid to say anything, they seem so [law] suit happy,” says Survivor cocomposer Russ Landau, whose music, including his “Ancient Voices” opening theme, is featured on the album. “They want to protect their trademark, which I don’t fault them for doing, but it seems to me they could have capitalized on the notoriety of the show by doing some kind of rerelease of their music.” The band also balked at the chance to appear on yet another upcoming Survivor soundtrack, featuring songs “inspired by” the show. “The price they asked for was astronomical,” says Landau, 45. “The label couldn’t afford to do it, so this is their response.” Whatever the legal outcome, Landau thinks the band will do just fine. “They probably will get some auxiliary sales,” he says, “when people order our CD online and by accident order theirs instead.”
Duet to Me One More Time
As the frontman for Huey Lewis and the News, Huey Lewis was never much of a karaoke buff. “I used to always pooh-pooh it, because karaoke puts musicians out of work,” says Lewis, but his part as Gwyneth Paltrow‘s dad in Duets, a karaoke centric comedy due Sept. 15, has him singing a different tune. “You learn more at a karaoke bar than you do listening to CDs or watching videos. You can tell who can sing and who can’t, because you all have the same band and your voice is way out front.” He and Paltrow, whose Duets duet of Smokey Robinson’s “Cruisin'” just hit radio airwaves, swung by a Vancouver karaoke bar during filming to try the real thing. Paltrow showed off her pipes singing “Respect” and “Endless Love,” but Lewis, 50, got stuck crooning a few too familiar tunes. “I had to sing a couple of my songs that people signed me up for,” he says. “It was strange, but you know, I nailed it. I sounded just like the guy.”
Keep It to Thine Own Self
James Caan‘s exploits are legendary in Hollywood–throwing a punch at John Wayne, living at the Playboy Mansion, dabbling in drugs–but he is finally on the straight and narrow. “You won’t get me in trouble today,” says Caan, 60. “I’ve cleaned up my act. I’m trying to keep my mouth shut. I got kids up the wazoo [James, 4, and Jacob, 1, with fourth wife Linda Stokes, as well as Alexander, 9, Scott, 24, and Tara, 35, from his previous marriages]. I can’t insult anybody anymore. I got bills.” Caan, who costars with Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis in the crime film The Way of the Gun, also tries not to take his craft too seriously. “As an actor, you serve less purpose to the community than the garbage collector. Just relax and get over yourself,” he says. “I’m sorry, but these action movies are not Hamlet.”