INCOGNITO, ERGO SUM
While in London recently to promote her album Cher’s Greatest Hits: 1965-1992, Cher took a little time out to Christmas-shop at Harrods. Not wanting to be recognized, she tricked herself out, Morticia-like, in an oversize black sweatshirt, floppy black sweatpants, long black velvet coat, black sunglasses and a black hat pulled down over her face.
According to an eyewitness, the singer was browsing in the china department when two security men descended on her. “Because of how she looked,” says the source, “Cher was certain they thought she was a shoplifter.”
Wrong. The guards asked her to accompany them to the office of Harrod’s chairman. Mohamed Al Fayed, who presented her with a new Harrods gold card—on which Cher promptly charged up a bunch of holiday gifts for the family.
Wanna feel a little older? Ben Taylor, son of singer-songwriters James Taylor and Carly Simon, and soon to be 16, has been signed to appear in television commercials and print ads on behalf of Levi Strauss’ 501 jeans.
A company spokesperson confirms that Taylor’s commercials, which were shot recently in L.A. for airing in the spring, will showcase him playing a guitar and generally looking like “a real kid doing real things.”
If Michelle Pfeiffer has her way, she will star in a film based on the lift of artist Georgia O’Keeffe. Pfeiffer’s rep says the actress “doesn’t know what her next movie will be” but is developing an O’Keeffe project. To the point, we’re told, that Pfeifler is looking for a director.
Since Star Wars demonstrated a blockbuster hit’s ability to move tie-in merchandise, studios with a potential smash have tried to sew up all exploitation rights. So it seems surprising that 20th Century Fox would release Home Alone 2: Lost in New York without dibs on the ornamental doves that are key in the movie’s denouement.
Early in the sequel, a Manhattan shopkeeper gives Macaulay Culkin’s character, Kevin McCallister, a pair of sculpted turtledoves that are “a symbol of friendship and love.” The birds were created by Oxnard, Calif.-based sculptor John Perry, who tells us he was approached by Fox execs with a “rush request” to crank out a half-dozen pairs “in three weeks flat.” Asked to name a fee, Perry replied that he’d do it for free—if he could retain licensing rights. Fox agreed.
The picture is now playing in 2,222 theaters. And Perry has produced an initial 250,000 pairs of tie-in turtledoves, which arc being sold for $8 a pair in department stores and gift shops across the country. Guess who-dreaming of a white Christmas?