Here Comes the Fall Wham!
Wake me up
before you go-go
Don’t leave me
like a yo-yo.
Fourteen simple words. Viewed singly, they’re almost meaningless. But strung together, they’re meaningless and silly. They’re the sort of lyrics that drive English teachers crazy, teenyboppers wild and musical acts like Wham!—the pure-pop British duo responsible for the hit Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go—to the top of the charts. Two other songs, Careless Whisper and Everything She Wants, from Wham!’s second album have also become No. 1 hits in the U.S. That’s the first time anyone has had three No. 1’s from a single LP since the Bee Gees struck with Spirits Having Flown in 1979.
To celebrate, Wham!sters George Michael (left) and Andrew Ridgeley, both 22, are launching their first major U.S. concert tour. “We’ve always had the attitude that if your material is good, the way to get the most out of people is to make them wait,” says the self-assured Michael, who seems to have a knack for generating publicity and interest. In April the pair became the first big-time Western rockers to play Peking. On the American video front they’re all over MTV like sugar on Frosted Flakes. “We know our songs are great, and we believe in presenting them in such a fashion that everybody notices,” says Michael, who has enough perspective to attribute some of their success to the media’s need to create stars. “If Princess Di goes a day without getting a new hairdo, the British press fills the space by writing about us,” he observes wryly.
To arms, to arms, teenyboppers, the British are coming.
If you thought keeping up with all the summer movies was difficult, just wait: The major studios will release more than 40 features to theaters before Christmas Day
Romancing the star
Kathleen Turner (above, with Michael Douglas) didn’t want to make Jewel of the Nile, the sequel to Romancing the Stone. But Twentieth Century Fox lawyers, armed with her signed contract, convinced her. Rumor has it that she and Douglas marry in Jewel, suggesting that even threatened suits have silver linings. (December)
In Commando Arnold Schwarzenegger fires away as a terminator with a heart of gold, a retired soldier who dons his olive drabs—and a lethal assortment of guns and grenades—to rescue his daughter from kidnappers. Quest for Fire’s Rae Dawn Chong, playing a wisecracking airline stewardess, comes along for the fun. (October)
And then there were nuns
Agnes of God presents Meg Tilly (right) as a young Canadian nun accused of killing her baby after giving birth in a convent. Jane Fonda is her court-appointed psychiatrist and Anne Bancroft is Tilly’s mother superior. Getting into the habit was easiest for Bancroft, the only one of the trio who was raised Catholic. (September)
First Blood, Part IV
In Rocky IV Sylvester Stallone tangles with a Soviet boxer. According to the official Hocky publicity, the bout symbolizes “the cataclysmic struggle of East against West, good against evil, freedom against oppression.” Has Rocky gone Rambo? Says Stallone: “This is the ultimate. Maybe for Rocky V we’ll have Rocky meet E.T.” (November)
In Out of Africa Meryl Streep stars as Danish-born author Karen Blixen, who published as Isak Dinesen and spent 17 years in Kenya. Director Sidney Pollack calls the film “a love story, not only with the men in her life, but with the Africans and their country.” Not that the men are slouches: Klaus Maria Brandauer plays her husband, and Robert Redford (right, with Streep) her English lover. (December)
Ménage in Moscow
White Nights features Mikhail Baryshnikov as a Soviet dancer who has defected to the West, Gregory Hines as an American dancer who has defected to Russia and Isabella Rossellini (above, hanging out with Baryshnikov) as Hines’ Soviet wife. It’ll be a hit if audiences like their patriotism spiked with great dance numbers. (November)
It’s Meryl Streep again, playing a WW II resistance fighter for whom life after VE Day proves a letdown. Her compatriots in Plenty include rockers Tracey Ullman and Sting (left, with Streep), as a black marketeer with whom the disillusioned heroine wants to have a child. British actor Charles Dance, who plays Streep’s onscreen husband, found her habit of staying in character off-camera disconcerting. “I did not find her easy to work with,” he reported, “but it was not her job to make it easy for me.” (September)
Coming Soon: Monopoly, The Movie
Miss Scarlett (Lesley Ann Warren) did it in the conservatory with the lead pipe. Or maybe the butler (Tim Curry, below) did it in the library with the candlestick. Moviegoers will find out when Clue, the film based on the Parker Bros, board game, comes out of its box. (December)
If you’ve got a video recorder that you can preset to tape 30 events over three months, here’s what you might want to set your dials for
At war with himself
Viewers who fancy George C. Scott as a balding autocrat will be in video heaven. On CBS he’ll pop up in the TV movie The Last Days of Patton. Over at NBC he’ll strap on his jackboots to star in the miniseries Mussolini: The Untold Story (above). Properly scheduled the shows could add new meaning to the term “ratings war.”
Let there be spin-offs
Yea, and Dynasty’s producers said unto Charlton Heston he who was Moses (above), “Gather ye a tribe of good-looking sybarites—including Maxwell Caulfield [right]—and get thee from the land of Carrington! Find thee a suitable ranch house in Sodom—or better yet, Los Angeles—and there shall ye found another nighttime soap, and it sha be called Dynasty II: The Colbys! And woe unto your CBS and NBC competition!” And Heston saw that it was a good deal, and probably a lot of fun, too.
The grapes of apathy
“I’m not a real big wine drinker,” says Apollonia, 25, who’ll join Falcon Crest, NBC’s vintage soap opera. “I enjoy wine from a distance.” She’ll have an affair with Falcon Crest scion Lorenzo Lamas—presumably at close range.
Alfred Spielberg’s Twilight Stories
Doo dee doo doo doo dee doo doo…There is a place outside of space and time, a baffling dimension known as…The Network Executive Zone. For reasons known only to their tarot card readers, TV’s programmers have designated this The Season of the Weird. NBC will offer Amazing Stories, a weekly anthology of eeriness produced by Steven Spielberg (below, directing a segment). Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese and Brian De Palma, among others, will direct individual episodes. CBS will revive The Twilight Zone, featuring new stories. NBC will showcase Alfred Hitchcock Presents, comprising old episodes reshot with new actors. Hitchcock will come back to life, so to speak, to host the series: Old black-and-white footage of the Master has been “colorized” via a computer process.
Don’t worry. Lucille Ball hasn’t fallen on hard times. The ragged get-up was for her role as a New York bag lady in Stone Pillow, a CBS movie. The 74-year-old actress took her first purely dramatic part seriously. At one point, while shooting in a hot, fume-filled underground bus terminal, she began to feel faint, prompting director George Schaefer to suspend filming for the day. “She’s an absolute perfectionist,” says Schaefer, who adds that directing an accomplished veteran presented another difficulty. “She’s so used to heading her own studios—in that way she was a little spoiled.”
A house, not a home
Elizabeth Taylor does a cameo as a bordello owner in North and South, ABC’s 12-hour antebellum saga. Reportedly earning almost six figures for only one day’s work, Taylor paid for her considerable good fortune with a flare-up of an old back ailment. The culprit: her heavy costume.
Autumn promises Di, a Dinka dilemma, Duran Duran and evidence that nostalgia ain’t what it used to be: The ’60s are coming back, now as a fashion statement
It’s 1985—do you know where your bell-bottoms are?
Drop your poodle skirts and grab your peace symbols: The ’60s, the era of peace, love and Day-Glo miniskirts, are making a fashion comeback. Need proof? Just wander into the Cavern Club in L.A. (facing page, with models), where newly minted “psychedelic garage bands” freak freely and paisley-clad patrons rehearse the proper look of existential angst. Says one Cavern Clubber: “It’s so authentic, you can almost smell the incense.”
If that’s too far to go, you might try Bloomingdale’s, which promises that its new Feeling Groovy Shop will take customers on “a magical mystery tour of a time when rebellion was cool and Op-Art right on. It’s Nehru nostalgia and skinny rib-knits. Bell-bottoms and turtle tops…” In sum, says Bloomies, “it’s like all that you’ve heard about, but never got to see.”
The era is also making a comeback on TV. NBC is producing a movie, John and Yoko: A Love Story (starring Mark McGann and Kim Miyori, left). Deja View, which will feature new videos made to go with ’60s music, will air in syndication. For pop-culture purists there’ll be a TV movie called I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years later (starring Barbara Eden, pictured above with Larry Hagman in the original) as well as the return of The Jetsons cartoon series (right).
But gaudy fashion is where the action is, and on L.A.’s trendy Melrose Avenue collarless jackets and chunky plastic jewelry are moving like, well, 20-year-old hot-cakes. Says Stephanie Mata, manager of the Black Salad boutique: “People who were around in the ’60s laugh when they see these fashions, but the kids think it’s fun.”
Like their bandmates who formed the Power Station, Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes (left), Simon Le Bon (right) and Roger Taylor have created another splinter group, Arcadia. The new faction’s first single, Election Day, will be out before November 5.
Inka Dinka Dunker
The biggest question this fall, by far, is 7’6″ Dinka tribesman Manute Bol, 22, who may or may not play in the NBA. Bol has been working out with the Washington Bullets, who chose him in the NBA draft. The $64,000 question is whether Manute—who looks stick brittle at 190 pounds—can put on enough muscle to withstand the pounding he would receive in pro competition. For now, the eyes of Bullets coaches are anxiously following the bouncing Bol.