The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on December 7, 1986 · 335
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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · 335

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CALENDAR WHALE OF A TALE The automated whale created for "Star Trek IV" is metamorphosing: It'll grow a large dorsal fin, razor-sharp teeth and other shark-y traits for (dooo-do . . . dooo-do . . . dooo-do. . .) "Jaws '87." Industrial Light & Magic, creators of the whale, are awork on the makeover, reports "Jaws '87" producer-director Joseph Sargent. "But it's only a five-footer. The shark in our film is a 23-footer. So the ILM shark will just be used for the sequences where we need a self-propelled creation, like some underwater shots." So what's Sargent, best known for relationship -themed dramas (he just won an Emmy for "Love Is Never Silent"), doing in deep special-effects waters? "I admit I was a bit skeptical when I was first approached about doing this. But Sid Sheinberg, president of MCAUniversal Pics insisted this one would be about people. His mandate to me was that it be a relationship picture." (Of the last "Jaws" go-round, which was anything but a relationship picture, he quipped: "We're hoping everyone will have forgotten 'Jaws 3-D.' That's why we're not calling this one 'Jaws 4.' ") We're honor-bound not to give away the plot. But negotiations are under way to bring back Roy Scheider, a.k.a. Chief Brody. ("That's part of our wish list," Sargent admitted.) Filming on the $15-millionish project (with Nassau providing locations) is expected to begin by Feb. 1. "But if there's any way we can get going sooner, we will," said Sargent, who intiiuuuuiiuiiiiui..'. uiu luuuuniimimiuii NOKTotJ TROCfc.Jft., TrUKK, AMD His HOvMDk ClofKN& vicfc ON THE SHKG CrRpT PAGE 22SUNDAY. DECEMBER 7. 1986 VANNA-MANIA . . . YOU AINT SEEN NOTHING YET! After years of being confined to coy phrases and simpering retorts to "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak, Vanna White's finally going to get to talk to her public. Her pent-up words will be in a hard-cover autobiography "Vanna Speaks" to be released by Warner Books in May. And that's not all. You could be seeing a Vanna doll, Vanna cookies, Vanna yogurt, a Vanna cartoon series. . . . Warner struck the deal six months ago, guaranteeing Vanna about $250,000 in advance payments, according to her manager, Ray Manzella. Then, faster than Vanna could flutter her lashes, a second deal was struck for an hourlong cassette version. Outtakes got a peak at Vanna's prose. She'll be revealing one of her worst phobias (that she'll run out of cat food), details about the five hair styles that she must wear on each and every show, her personal record time changing from one gown to the other during commercial breaks (60 seconds), her most humiliating teen-age experience (she got drunk on Boone's Farm apple wine and lost her boyfriend), her secret Old World recipe for "La-sagna a la Vanna" and a pat- 'revealed this one's (gulp) heading our way July 4. From Pat H.Broeske G.I. DON There's always a buzz about Don Johnson's post-"Miami Vice" big-screen plans. Most recently, the assurance from his press rep that Johnson "definitely" will do a feature during the series' hiatus. ("But we can'.t announce the title, yet") For those who just can't wait, 0, v C If """"J "J Jj o LAtl Vanna and Pat as Vanna and Pat tern with instructions! for Vanna's showy afghans. Manzella tried 18 months ago to sell doll manufacturers on the 'idea "that Vanna was the role model of this generation," he told us, "but all of them were asleep at the wheel and turned us down." Then, nine months ago, syndicated columnist Bob Greene conducted a survey to determine the most important role model for young girls. Some 90 listed Vanna as their ultimate idol-Linda Evans, Victoria Principal and Farrah Fawcett weren't even in the running! Manzella said he's fielded inquiries and offers from nearly a dozen companies, but that a Van-PleaseTurntoPage93 there's always the animated "G.I. Joe the Movie" featuring the voice of Don Johnson as Lt. Falcon. The younger brother of "Duke," a pivotal member of the G.I. Joe special forces unit, Falcon is a "bad boy" who must "prove to his brother, and the world, that he can be a good guy." This, according to a rep for the film (from Sunbow Productions). "Falcon joins the unit to prove himself. It's the perfect Don Johnson character." Says Sunbow, "Joe" will be seen sometime in the spring, either as a miniseries or a feature. In case you're wondering, this is no skeleton that's been pulled from Johnson's closet. He recorded his part in March. From Pat H. Broeske GUTTY PLOT We couldn't help sneak-previewing the script for "Inner-space," which director Joe Dante has in postproduction for exec producer Steven Spielberg. Written by Jeffrey Boam, it's a variation on "Fantastic Voyage" the one about miniaturized people. Only this time, there's comedy, too. See, Dennis Quaid is this hunky OUTTAKES The Sequel page 92 ,JPC 121 a Janet and Brandon as Vanna and Pat WHEELS DEFORTUNA Is Brandon Scott "a true-blood Mexican-American" the Spanish-speaking answer to Pat Sajak? Will Janet Reyes who's Puerto Rican-American turn out to be the Latina Vanna White? They're host and hostess of the first, nationally syndicated, daily Spanish-language game show, "La Pinata de los $25,000" ("The $25,000 Pinata"), which debuts Jan. 26-locally on KVEA-TV Channel 52. It's a joint production of the Glendale station and L.A.'s Tri-Vista Communications, which has already lined up about 10 major markets and Puerto Rico. Other Spanish-language game U.S. Navy captain who's turned tiny by way of a top-secret Defense Department project and inadvertently winds up inside timid grocery store clerk Martin Short. (Well, actually, Quaid is inside a miniaturized submersible pod in Short's bloodstream. ) With Quaid traveling intestinally and bad guys (after the top secrets) on his trail, Short falls into a panic, since Quaid's got a limited air supply. Should time run out, Quaid WHY THE UW TO SEE I 0 0 I , 3ZJ 4D 2$ TS J 1 ' A if L . X shows have been aired locally or "tested" nationally, but "Pinata" is the first to go into "full production" as a daily strip, according to KVEA v.p.manager Paul Niedermeyer. He said that contestants will attempt to answer "light, funny questions the show's not intended to be scholastic," then spin wheels to gain points or lose points. The contestant with the highest point total will have 30 seconds blindfolded to hit a cash-filled pinata. Accumulated money will go as high as $25,000. Scott is the real star of the show, emphasized Niedermeyer. Reyes' role is "very limited." But, hey, look what happened to Vanna. From John M. Wilson nobly suggests that Short simply blow his nose into a Kleenex. Gasps Short: "Wouldn't that be murder?" The bad guys are led by Vernon Wells, who works for a businessman whose crooked ventures include a scheme to sell California table wines to Third World nations. As one character notes: "Anyone who would try to sell white Zinfan-del to Peruvian Indians is capable of almost anything." From Pat H. Broeske , ml W Loon. " . O in Uwe SWTREV; K SO lon& CALENDARLOS ANGELES TIMES X o o a

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