JELLYBEAN BOUNCES BACK?
Draw the curtain on the Warren Beatty-Madonna relationship. Romantically speaking, it’s over. But that probably won’t stop the public posturing on the part of Disney, and perhaps Beatty and Madonna themselves, that is certain to surround the couple’s onscreen pairing in this summer’s much-ballyhooed Dick Tracy. Naturally, it’s better box office if moviegoers believe that Beatty, 52, and Madonna, 31, continue to be an off-camera item. Trust us, they’re not.
Coincidentally, or not co-incidentally, on the night of the Grammys last month, Madonna left a half-dozen phone messages for her former record producer and boyfriend, Jellybean Benitez, at his West Hollywood hotel. Benitez returned to his room around midnight and called her back. We weren’t privy to their conversation, but we can tell you that less than 30 minutes later Benitez was picked up at the hotel by her Mercedes and then redeposited at 11 the next morning. Benitez says none of this happened—draw your own conclusions.
HERE’S A PINK SLIP, SIS
It’s hard to mention Roseanne Barr, 37, anymore without making reference to the mounting body count of people she has fired in recent weeks. The first wave of dismissals included her publicist, lawyer and business manager. Next to get the ax was her personal manager.
Now comes word that the latest to leave is Roseanne’s younger sister Geraldine Barr, 32, who had served as Rosie’s personal assistant since she first started performing her stand-up act. Roseanne’s current publicist, Alana Rothstein, argues, “Geraldine never had a ‘title.’ For the past year, she has been doing less and less assisting Roseanne and working more and more on her own writing and producing.”
GETTING THE VOTES
Traditionally, movie studios hold special screenings and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising trying to ensure that the 4,799 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences remember specific films and performances at Oscar time. This year two studios went a step further: Orion sent out videocassettes of the French film Camille Claudel, as did Universal with Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing.
The strategy worked—sort of. Isabelle Adjani, to the surprise of many, nabbed a Best Actress nomination for Camille Claudel, and the film itself was nominated for Best Foreign Film. Do the Right Thing got two nominations, Danny Aiello for Best Supporting Actor and Lee for Best Original Screenplay, though the movie was expected to do better.
One Academy member, actress Arlene Dahl, called Orion’s move “brilliant” simply because she received the Camille Claudel Video three weeks before the nominations deadline. Admitting she probably wouldn’t have seen the film otherwise, Dahl was so taken with Adjani’s performance on the video that she nominated her for Best Actress. As for Do the Right Thing, Dahl said the video arrived at her New York home less than one week before the nominations deadline. “By then,” she says, “I had already mailed my ballot.”
SEEING DOUBLE TRUMPS
Ron Smith, 39, who has made a career out of placing celebrity look-alikes, is searching for Donald and Ivana Trump duplicates. Smith told The Insider that he was approached by a national law firm to find clones for the divorcing couple to be used in a TV commercial. Chalk this up to a new level of celebrity for the Trumps.