Philadelphia Daily News from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 29, 1979 · Page 30
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Philadelphia Daily News from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania · Page 30

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, March 29, 1979
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40 Thursday, Marek 29. 1979 Philadelphia Daily News NOW YOU KNOW... Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is calling for federal regulation of the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, "N.J. (known to many as the 'college boards'). Nader says ETS has tested 40 percent of the population in the last 30 years and has amassed enormous corporate power. Says Nader: "The only test ETS hasn't figured out yet is how it will test for admission to heaven." J, H Lb Lb 1 "vV . . tipenrnn's Wings Chris Reeve: What contract? By RODERICK MANN HOLLYWOOD Christopher Reeve tells me he has every intention of starting work on "Superman 2" in the middle of July despite the lawsuit that the producers have just brought against him, alleging that he has walked out of the sequel. Before leaving for London and Japan where he is going to promote "Superman" he said; "After I finished the film last September I didn't hear one word from the producers, Hya Salkini and Pierre Spengler. Not a congratulatory note about my reviews, nothing. And not one word about when I was supposed to finish the sequel (three-quarters of which had been filmed side by side with the first film). "So after waiting around for five months I decided to look into other things, for I was getting some interesting offers. Finally I accepted "Bid Time Return for I. Ray Stark. Well, 12 hours after it was announced that I was doing it I got a note telling me to be available for "Superman 2' on July 16. Fortunately, the other film finishes July 11. But it doesn't give me much time. -THERE ARE A LOT of legal points to be . cleared up. I never signed a proper long-form contract. All we have is a three-page memo Names Dim the News Hope Springs Eternal Bob Hope back in the land of his birth to unveil a plaque to the late Bing Crosby is packing them in at London's Palladium at an unprecedented ticket price of $25 a head, and as usual, everything is a one-liner target. Of the costly Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty, he says, "President Carter is going around buying countries ... I don't know if we can afford that much peace." And of himself: "I never refuse command performances. I still have relatives here." At 75, he tells his audiences he has no intention of retiring says Hope: "Thirty years from now we may still be here you down there, me up here." In the Pits Everybody knows everything in Texas is bigger and more oil wells, shot glasses, jack-rabbits, farkleberry trees just everything. And now. Lone Star State braggarts can add highway potholes to the list. Texas A & M Professor Robert Callaway says, in College Station, the state has i.2 million potholes. California, with a picayune 4 million, is a distant second. Furthermore, Callaway says the average asphalt crater of Texas is an impressive 16 inches in diameter and 5 inches in depth. Gal-laway says 35 years of study has revealed the cause of potholes. It's automobiles. Mastering the Bull Now that John Travolta, has been confirmed as the star of "Urban Cowboy" which Robert Evans is producing with Irving Azoff, they're adding a lot of new musical numbers to "Urban Cowboy" so he can boogie in the film. Next step is to find an actress to play opposite A. Bob Hope: Homeward bound 'Hunting for an Oscar Julie Christie's slamming of "The Deer Hunter" while acting as a juror at the Berlin Film Festival got more attention in Europe than it did here, and almost everyone noted that her film, "Heaven Can Wait," is in direct competition with 'The Deer Hunter" for a Best Picture Oscar ... Dina Merrill wears three-quarters of a million dollars' worth of diamonds in Sidney Lumet's movie "Just Tell Me What You Want." They came straight from Bulgari's under guard . . . David Bowie said it "There's a streak of madness in my family. I thought I'd go mad myself once." providing for the making of two films at once, with continuous photography (the producers are asking for a judgment that this memo be declared binding). I don't mean I'm going to hold them to ransom or anything like that. Some people have said: 'Stick it to them; they can't finish the film without you. And it's true they can't. But I wouldn't do a thing like that. "I may say it's costing me a fortune not signing that contract. If I did I'd get a percentage of the films plus a percentage of the toys and things. That could be worth millions. But I don't want to get trapped in a situation where I have to take the films, whether I like them or not I just want to reserve the right to judge them individually, and decide whether I'm interested. "There's another thing. I don't really see how much more 'Superman' can do after this second one. Though I do think the sequel is a better story than the first. For one thing, there's a better villain Terry Stamp. Lex Luthor was a comic villain. This one has the intelligence of 'Superman and almost equal skill. It's a more worthwhile challenge. "If it's properly done, there's four or five months work left to do. For there's a major aerial sequence still to be filmed. It's the cli max to the film, with four or five people in the ' air at the same time. "NOW THERE'S A RUMOR that Dick Donner (who directed the first) won't be finishing the sequel. (It was reported last week in Variety that Donner would be replaced by former Philadelphian Richard Lester of "Three Mus-keters" fame.) The mind boggles at the prospect of doing it with someone else, because Dick was so marvelous to work with, and it was his patience that saw it through." Reeve, who has been getting 10,000 letters a week since the film opened, has been offered many project since his fine reviews. One he will do, eventually, is Lester Persky's "Just One of Those Things" (a.k.a. "The Blue Parrot"). "The only reason I didn't do that one first was because the script still needs some work," he says. In the five days between finishing "Bid Time Return" and starting "Superman 2" Reeve will have to get his skates on. His hair, now back to its natural brown, will have to be dyed black again. And he will have to start getting in shape for the arduous role. "I can do it," he says with a shrug. "Of course I can do it. I just wish I felt a bit happier about the way I've been treated." a f r 1 l:Pwf 1 f V ' llrX ''1 rrrt , - UNIFAX Olympic Beefcake is on the market in the form of a bare-to-the-waist color poster of decathlon winner Bruce Jenner. Already making big bucks with TV and commercials. Bruce's poster should add considerably to his fat bank account. .,-, ;,.

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