January 30, 1996
Web posted at: 10 p.m. EST
From Entertainment Correspondent Dennis Michael
HOLLYWOOD, California (CNN) -- Gabriel Byrne has a new role. The actor and sometime producer will play the male lead in the film version of "Smilla's Sense of Snow." The best-seller is being made into a movie by Fox Searchlight Productions. It's Byrne's first million dollar payday as an actor. He'll co-star with Julia Ormond.
Big bucks for Bond. The 17th James Bond adventure, "Goldeneye," has passed the $300 million mark at the box office, including over $100 million in the United States and another $200 million worldwide.
The toys have gone home to Disneyland. Disney's "Totally Toy Story" funhouse attraction is now installed at the southern California Park after several weeks entertaining moviegoers at Disney's El Captain Theater in Hollywood.
They're converting to nautical miles at Fox. The Boston Globe reports the script for the sequel to "Speed" takes place on a boat. Sandra Bullock is already aboard for "Speed Two," and the studio is in negotiations with Keanu Reeves.
Dyan Cannon and Martin Mull are in Australia working on a TV movie. The pair will co-star in "Beverly Hills Family Robinson," about a pair of wealthy west-siders who are shipwrecked and create a treehouse with superb decor. ABC will air the movie.
A reunion of Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd? Daily Variety reports Willis is considering an appearance on Shepherd's new situation comedy, even though the "Moonlighting" couple had a difficult parting of the ways when that show came to an end. Any Willis and Shepherd re-teaming wouldn't air until next season. The actor is said to be trying to fit it into his shooting schedule.
Ted Danson and his wife, Mary Steenbergen, are interested in togetherness, in prime time. Steenbergen tells TV Guide that she and Danson are, cautiously, considering doing a situation comedy together, because they are tired of being kept apart by their work.
Who is next in succession to the King of the Blues? B.B. King says it's no contest: Eric Clapton. King recently told an interviewer that Eric Clapton plays the blues, "as well as I do, and better than most."
A milestone for actor Burt Reynolds. Columnist Army Archerd reports the actor, who is finishing his work in the summer release "Striptease," turns 60 this week.
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