The Tennessean from Nashville, Tennessee on June 30, 1990 · Page 47
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The Tennessean from Nashville, Tennessee · Page 47

Nashville, Tennessee
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Saturday, June 30, 1990
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'Thunder' had to race to premiere Saturday JUNE 30. 1990 THE TENNESSEAN J) 7.Q MARILYN BECK Tribune Media Services HOLLYWOOD Just how close did Tom Cruise's Days of Thunder come to not being ready for its scheduled release on 2,307 screens? So close, reveals producer Jerry Bruckheimer, that "Paramount had to send couriers out to deliver the prints" to theaters in order to make its opening Wednesday. "I don't think any film has ever been closer to the wire In Hollywood history," says Bruckheimer, who co-produced with Don Simpson. He adds that fine tuning on the movie's sound continued even after it was screened for media members this week. The race to finish Thunder In which Cruise plays a NASCAR race driver became more frantic once the film was forced back before the cameras. The last shots were finished just three weeks ago. "We initially wrapped production because, basically, we had no race cars left to shoot," says Bruckheimer. "We had 60 built originally, but by the end, there were only two that were barely running. So we had about 10 more made and went back and fin ished shooting our final race." It's easy to believe they went through 70 cars when you see the "nudging," spinning and crashing that goes on in the picture that'll have you on the edge of your seal As far as whether real NASCAR drivers "nudge" as they do in the movie, "they don't like to talk about it, but they do. (Screenwriter) Robert Towne interviewed the most famous and the not-so-famous NASCAR drivers, and all the stories and incidents came from the real thing." Hold on to your badges: Casting is under way for a big-screen version of Car 54, Where Are You? It will be "very different from the , television show, but done in the same spirit," according to a source at Orion Pictures, where producer Robert Solo expects to get the movie into production in August or September. It certainly ought to be different from the early '60s series that starred Joe E Ross and Fred Gwynne and has gone down in history as one of the worst sitcoms ever. This time, the director will be Bill Fisher, whose past credits include the offbeat Tapeheads movie and many music videos. Don't believe those reports that Tony Danza will be receiving $50,000 per segment to provide the voice of the infant in Baby Talk, the upcoming Porky and pals get new, familiar voice JEFFERSON GRAHAM Gannett News Service When Mel Blanc died last year, everyone assumed that his son Noel would continue the family tradition, After all, that's what Blanc famous for his Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and Elmer FUdd "voice characterizations" always said would happen. But before you could say "Thaf s AIL Folks!" there was a surprising change of plans. Out of nowhere well Yardley, Pa. Jeff Bergman, 30, stepped forward. His versions of " Daffy and Bugs (whose 50th birthday is this year) can be heard in the cartoon introduction to Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Bergman had devoted nearly a decade to mastering Blanc's voices, and he was awfully good. "I was constantly doing them, wherever I was," he says. "I would just try to re-create the voice in my mind and just do it" After getting the brushoff several times from Looney Tunes producer Warner Bros, he bought a cartoon video and remixed the voice track, putting Blanc's voices on one side and his on the other. Warner Bros, animation chief Ed Bleier couldnt tell the difference. Bergman's Bugs Bunny and gang were heard on the Academy Awards and Earth Day TV specials earlier this year. 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Toons features teen-age versions of the Looney Tunes characters, along with cameos from the veteran adults (Bugs, Porky, etc.), for which Bergman will be doing the voices. In Jetsons: The Movie, opening next Friday, Bergman filled in for Mel Blanc and George O'Hanlon as Mr. Spacely and George Jetson, respectively, when the two veterans died post-production. Although Warner Bros, hasn't officially designated Bergman as Blanc's replacement, he has been hired to do the voices for every major Bugs Bunny project since Blanc's death. Bergman whose first voice imitation was at age 6 of Ed Sullivan, met the master after he gave a lecture at the University of Pittsburgh. The young student pushed his way into Blanc's hotel room, did his voices for him and got a free, 45-minute lesson. "That was the turning point," says Bergman. "Right there, I said to myself, 'Someday I'm going to do these voices that he does.'" 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The heavy metal band Poison which sold a cumulative total of about 5 million copies of its first three albums will kick off the July release of album No. 4, Flesh & Blood, with a bash at The Palace in LA They'll begin an extensive US. tour In suport of Flesh & Blood In September, after joining Aerosmith and Whitesnake for the Monsters of Rock concert being held Aug. 18 at Castle Donington north of London. Bob Hope whisks to New York today for yet another round of promotion on his Don't Shoot, It's Only Me autobiography which tomorrow will hold down the No. 3 spot on The New York Times best-seller list for the fourth week. In addition to a book signing at Doubleday's Fifth Avenue, the 87-year-young Hope will do interviews with the Associated Press and Sally Jesse Raphael He also expects to do The Today Show. Clarence Qemons Is disappointed his new The Human Target pilot didnt make it on the fall schedule. 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