SHORT HOT SUMMER
You’d think that the top actors on NBC’s red-hot ER would be sure bets to cash in during the summer break. But because ER tapes four more episodes during the season than the average show—its hiatus begins in May, not March—only a few of the cast members have found a way to do significant projects before returning to the set in mid-July.
Sherry Stringfield (Dr. Beth Lewis) is expected to use her free time “to travel abroad, unless a project comes up,” says an ER spokeswoman. Anthony Edwards (Dr. Richie Greene) “will take a well-needed vacation,” according to his manager, and any professional plans Noah Wyle (Dr. John Carter) and Julianna Margulies (Nurse Carol Hathaway) have are still up in the air. Eriq La Salle (the beleaguered Dr. Peter Benton) will use his hiatus to direct his third short film. But the show’s hottest actor, George Clooney (Dr. Doug Ross), is “close to a deal,” says his agent, to do a feature film. The agent would not reveal details.
COULD IT BE THE TITLE?
The Steven Spielberg-produced movie To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, costarring Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo as three cross-dressers who become stranded in small-town America, won’t be opening on May 5 as originally planned. The movie has been officially pushed back, according to a representative for Spielberg’s company, Amblin Entertainment, to “later this summer, or maybe even the fall.”
Why the delay? The Amblin rep’s spin, naturally, is that the delay is due to the expected “heavy competition” that all studios face during the summer months. “Our movie,” he says, “is too good not to have it come out at the right time.” But we’re hearing that there’s another reason: A source tells us that the movie is presently “unwieldy, unwatchable and needs work.”
Attention, shoppers: The Brentwood property at 325 Gretna Green Way, the four-bedroom house Nicole Brown Simpson lived in from early 1992 to January 1994, is for sale for $1,275 million. Though potential buyers are told that Nicole used to live there and that 911 calls were made from there, the real estate agent showing the house insists it is done “not as a come-on, but in an effort to disclose information so as not to take the buyer by surprise later on.”