PRYOR WILL HAVE A MOVIE ROLE HE CAN RELATE TO.
Richard Pryor will be returning to screen - as star of a Thom Mount/Josh Kramer feature in which he will play ``an infirm person in lots of trouble - something he's certainly no stranger to.''
This is the word from Jennifer Lee, who describes herself as ``the ex-wife who came back into his life three years ago to manage his career, his life and his medical situation - no small feat.'' And, she says, ``I'm also handling the ex-wives who have had his children, and the women he didn't marry who have had his children - and that's a nightmare because we're lowering supporting payments.''
But back to his professional life: Lee says that the Mount/Kramer feature is ``a remake of an Italian classic.'' She adds, ``The fact that Christopher Reeve is making a movie (`Rear Window') has made it a friendly climate for actors with infirmities.''
The Mount/Kramer project is not the only thing on the plate of the comedian, who is a victim of multiple sclerosis and has been wheelchair-bound for several years.
``He's going to be making `South of Eden' this summer with Charles Durning.'' And then there's the Richard Pryor biopic.
Producer Harry Ufland reports that the script is in and is ``great.'' Pryor and Lee will serve as consultants. And now, all parties involved in the Universal picture, including star Damon Wayans, are awaiting word on whether Martin Scorsese will direct or merely co-produce. Scorsese has been involved with the project from its inception.
The Hole truth
Grunge rocker-cum-actress Courtney Love and her band, Hole, will be heading into the studio soon to record ``Celebrity Skin,'' the follow-up to the group's highly acclaimed 1994 disc, ``Live Through This.''
Love, who earned a best supporting actress award from the New York Film Critics Circle and a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Larry Flynt's love in ``The People vs. Larry Flynt,'' stepped back from her acting career to begin writing tunes for her new album last December. Hole is now in the rehearsal process on the disc and doesn't expect to tour till next year.
Having it all
So George Clooney is going to squeeze another movie into his schedule this fall - the Elmore Leonard caper ``Out of Sight,'' with Jennifer Lopez. ``ER'' executive producer John Wells isn't a bit concerned. ``George is always making another movie,'' says Wells. ``We've worked out a system where he remains in the show, the audience doesn't know what's going on - and he works his ass off. He worked seven days a week for months making `Batman' while he was making `ER.' I don't know how much longer he'll be able to keep up the pace, but we're happy to accommodate him. We do it for other actors on the series.''
A one, and a two, and ...
In the wake of all the headlines about animal cloning and its ramifications, you'd have to figure Hollywood would be jumping on the subject - and not just cloning around. (Sorry, we feel a little sheepish about that ...)
Anyway, Elizabeth Perkins is about to begin production on an NBC telepic titled ``Baby 2000,'' in which a couple is horrified to learn that their fertility specialist is guilty of - yikes - cloning embryos. Esteemed television writer Carmen Culver is one of the scripters of the project, which no doubt engages the cloning topic more seriously than this item.
Something old, something new
They're adding new faces to the cast of older and older-looking faces at ``Beverly Hills, 90210'' - three new characters, to be specific. Included are a young, smart-mouthed single mother and her 5-year-old son, and a male character described as ruggedly handsome and mysterious.
Quite a lineup is slated to join international talk show host Cristina on Friday, when she's honored by the AIDS organization AMFAR. Her longtime friend and next-door neighbor Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada and Albita are headlining the entertainment. Cheech Marin and Salma Hayek co-host. And among the crowd will be Jimmy Smits, Elizabeth Pena and Maria Conchita Alonso.
All the TV sets at Ed Debevic's diner will be tuned into ``Pacific Palisades'' on July 2 - so everyone at the L.A. eatery can watch waiter James Smith make his dramatic debut on the show. Smith was ``discovered'' by an Aaron Spelling scout and given an audition. Now he has other acting assignments pending. But, wise lad, he's not giving up his day job just yet - he'll continue waiting on tables and singing and dancing at Debevic's.
Photo: (1) Richard Pryor
Back in action
(2) Courtney Love
Back to recording
(3) George Clooney
Seven-day work week