Harry (Night Court) Anderson wants it written into his NBC contract that he will play author Damon (Guys and Dolls) Runyon in some form, either in an anthology series based on Runyon’s short stories, in a movie of the week or in a one-man show. But Anderson isn’t ready to make a big to-do over the idea. When his publicist urged him to take out full-page ads in Hollywood’s trade papers to promote the projects, Anderson declined, saying, “Remember, the Donner Party died of exposure.”
Money, money, money, movies, movies, movies. Their last two films, Tarzan and Bolero, were pummeled so badly by critics that Bo and John Derek are having trouble finding anyone to bankroll another proposed epic, a garden-variety teaser called Eve and That Damned Apple. “The script is ready and I love it,” gushes Bo. Their latest attempt to lure investors is a $10,000-plus ad splashed across the cover of the 52nd-anniversary issue of Variety. Jokes John Derek: “If someone wants to send a CARE package, we’ll accept it.”…
Mel Brooks is also dealing for dollars in an unusual way. The comedian—who, says an associate, feels that he’s been “ripped off” by studios in the past—is attempting to finance two movies, Solarbabies and Spaceballs, by setting up a limited partnership. Although partners will not be guaranteed a hit, they are promised, for a minimum investment of $70,000, VIP tickets to the films’ premieres, a chance to party with Brooks and a video of Mel describing the plots.
Gregory Peck is set to star as a retired sheriff in Judgment Day, his first feature film in four years. The movie is loosely based on the true story of a thug who terrorized Skidmore, Mo. in 1981….
Dejá View, a syndicated TV special to air in early December, will feature new videos made to accompany rock classics. Among the song-and-star matchups: Teri Garr will appear in the video version of the Zombies’ 1964 hit She’s Not There; Brian Wilson will be seen in the Beach Boys’ 1964 tune Don’t Worry Baby; Graham Nash will make a return trip in Bus Stop, recorded by his old group, the Hollies, in 1966; and well-weathered actor Harry Dean Stanton will star in the 1967 Procol Harum single A Whiter Shade of Pale.
One of the lowlights of L.A. Dodger Tom Niedenfuer’s career must be his ninth-inning pitch to St. Louis Cardinal Jack Clark in the sixth game of this year’s National League Championship Series. Clark scored a three-run homer that gave the game and the championship to the Cards. But Niedenfuer isn’t sitting home sulking. Instead he’s been busy making his acting debut in Casey at the Bat, an episode of Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre. Elliott Gould plays Casey, Tom plays his teammate, and Howard Cosell and Bob Uecker pop up in minor roles. Niedenfuer prefers TV’s multiple takes to baseball’s do-or-die system: “In baseball if you screw up, you’re the goat. In acting you have a chance to do it again. I’d love to have a Take 2 on the pitch I threw to Jack Clark.”