Don Johnson is not just reaching out to touch someone when he picks up the phone these days. He’s calling old friends, particularly those who knew him before he became a heartthrob, to tell them not to talk to author Steve Tinney, who is writing an unauthorized biography of the Miami Vicer. Tinney interviewed Johnson in Miami before the show was a hit. “He couldn’t have been more cooperative.” Now he couldn’t be more uncooperative, says Tinney, whose book, Back From the Edge, will be published next year by Dell.
He has two years to go on his Falcon Crest contract, but Lorenzo Lamas is threatening to cut out early to begin a career as a professional race car driver. Lamas, currently spending six months in training for the circuit, claims he could be in the pits full-time by next summer. That has hardly endeared him to the Falcon Crest producers. Sniffs one, “Lorenzo would be better off taking acting lessons than driving lessons.” The producers are grooming Daniel Greene, a former Florida State football player who debuts on the show November 15, to become the show’s hunk-in-residence should Lamas race off.
Sigourney Weaver’s leading men have ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous (Mel Gibson in The Year of Living Dangerously, Bill Murray in Ghostbusters). She strikes a middle ground with Half Moon Street, in which she plays a high-class call girl. “Sigourney’s character has a series of customers, of which I am the least sexy, being the oldest,” says Michael Caine, 52. “But she falls in love with me.” Indeed nothing—including their ages—comes between them in several steamy love scenes.
Some companies will pay to get their products into movies; others will sue to keep theirs out. When TWA execs learned that producer Menahem (Bolero) Golan was using their logo on one of the planes in Delta Force, they promptly threatened him with a lawsuit. Seems they were a little touchy about the plot. The film reenacts the hijacking of Flight 847 in Beirut, with a few small changes: Chuck (Invasion U.S.A.) Norris and Lee (The Dirty Dozen) Marvin conduct an Entebbe-style raid to free the hostages, who include Shelley Winters and George Kennedy. To pacify TWA, Golan repainted the plane to read “ATW,” which he jokes stands for “American Trouble Ways.”
From the relatives-of-the-rich-and-famous department: Merv Griffin’s son Tony and actor Scott Baio’s brother Steven have teamed up to make Evil Laugh, a horror movie in which Griffin plays a snobby medical student. Baio is the producer.
The temporary breakup of Duran Duran is coming to an end, according to Simon Le Bon, who formed the splinter group Arcadia last year. “When Andy [Taylor] and John [Taylor] decided to form Power Station, I didn’t feel like taking a six-month holiday,” says Le Bon. “I had a lot of creative energy, and you can’t save it. It’s like sexual energy. You use it when the time comes.” Now, says Le Bon, it’s time for the Duranies to regroup. In January they’ll record their first album since 1983’s Arena.