Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 27, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
The Cedar Rapids (ia/ette: Wed , Nov. 27 1971
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Beck’s Show Business Beat
By Marilyn Heck
HOLLYWOOD (NYT) — Olivier as MacArthur? That’s the way I in versa Is three-month casting search appears to be culminating.
Reports have been popping up in the filmland columns listing every famed Hollywood actor from John Wayne, Gregory Peck and (’harlton Heston to (’ary Grant as the (inch choice for the role of Douglas Mac Arthur But now it looks like' it will tie an Kng-lishman who will be bringing the late American general to life on the* screen
Producer Frank McCarthy reports that the esteemed Lord (Laurence) Olivier is his choice for the role, and that meetings with Olivier have concluded so successfully that the star is now anxious and ready to report for work The only thing holding up contract signing is final studio approval of the easting And if that approval comes soon, McCarthy will still be able to rush into preproduction in time for “MacArthur” and company to make a location landing in the Philippines in Spring of '75.
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Karen Valentine tells me
that reports printed elsewhere of her impending marriage1 to country singing twin, .lohn Hagger, are premature.
“We’re in love (they have been for a year and a half) and we' re extremely close.” says John s Valentine, “But neither of us want to rush intel marriage With a divorce each in our backgrounds, we want to take1 our time and make sure* next time is forever.”
Valerie Perrine has not
been stgne*d for Columbia's “Fan Club ”. Not yet However. Producer l^arry Gordon does admit that Valerie (who's sei spectacular in the “Ienny” motion picture) is one elf the top contenders for the nile of the film queen who gets kidnaped and assaulted by a group of “sickle" male fans Final casting de*oisi»in will be made1 ne*xt month, and in the meantime Gordon says he's continuing lei receive hundreds elf portraits from hopefuls who want the part who range from society gals to peirno queens — to nuns
It’s a bloewly business: James ( aan is putting himself in the hands of the master of film brutality. Director Sam Peckinpah He's signed on to star in Peckinpah’s “The Kill-e*r Elite”.
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Richard Thomas assures me
that NBC’s December J translator elf the classic “Red Badge of Courage" won t disappoint video viewers whei appreciate violence. Not only is it violent, says the young man who filmed the show during his “Waltons” series hiatus, “it s filles! with blood and gore — which you seldom
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Al Ruddy is returning to the
Scene of his original career: TV production Ruddy (who earned an Oscar for bringing “The Godfather” to the* screen, and who is raking in a fortune1 with his “The Longest Yard" release) tells me he’s working on a half hour situation comedy for CBS. He worked for CBS quite a while ago, as the producer elf Bob Crane’s “Hogan’s Heroes” series, and has decided, “It s time to get reinvolved again It will help me keep my creative processes alive." The television industry could benefit from his creativity.
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Veteran film director
Mervyn Leroy feeds he can take* credit for righting of a wrong done to the late motion
picture production genius, Irving Thallierg Several years ago MGM tore down the* plaque bearing Thalberg’s like*ne*ss and name from the* administration building of the* studio whose glory Irving did so much to build until his de*ath in I HHH Since* them I..eroy has been em a one-man campaign lei get the* plaque* put back — and to have* the* structure* known again as the* Thalberg building In his “Take One Mervyn Leroy” auteibiography that was published this year he* blasted Metro for being “cruel ”
And on radio and TV ap-pearances he has referred lei the* situation as disgraceful.
Uist week MGM quietly restored the* name* of its headquarters to the* Thalberg
building — and installed a new plaque* larger than the
one they removed.
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Producer Moss Hunter
combined ple*asure with business at a quiet luncheon-for-two this week with Barbara Eden. Ross wants Barbara to star in a motion picture* and-‘or a TV venture hell he doing
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Ken Berry gew*s lei Little
Rock. Ark., to host the Miss Teenage America pageant. which will air on CBS Saturday.
Se*an Connery goes home* to london this week, after a long
stay in Spain for “Wind and the Lion” shooting In mid-January, he* dons his traveling shoe*s again and jets to Moroe-co to costar with Michael Caine in “The Man Who Would lie- King”. John Forman will produce and John Huston will direst the* columbia pictures translation of the- Rudyard Kipling classic
John Amos ariel Esther Robe* will he* foredoing Thanksgiving cele*hratie»ns with the*ir families in eireler tee heist the* annual J L. Hudson parade* in Detroit The trip’s part of the- pric e* they’re paying for the privilege of being CBS’ “Good Time s" series stars
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