Arduous train-ing for Crawford’s ‘Game’

GOOD MORNING: Forget about satin sheets, soft music, swaying palms in a moonlit night, a lingering embrace then a cutaway to the morning sunrise. Joel Silver’s “Fair Game” lovemaking duo, William Baldwin and Cindy Crawford, spent the weekend, both totally nude, in an auto-loader atop a train moving at 35 mph for the cameras in Florida. Crawford admitted, “It’s surreal and bizarre — and hard work.” Comparing this to her modeling career, she added, “In modeling you have to look a certain way, but in acting, you have to feel a certain way.” Baldwin gallantly said, “Cindy’s sexy in whatever she wears.” Director Andy Sipes declares Baldwin “today’s leading male action star.” He must be to perform as noted above … While Crawford’s baring all, Richard Gere is suiting up in the grandest of Giorgio Armani threads for his role as a Chicago defense attorney in Par’s “Primal Fear,” which starts filming next month …”Marilyn Monroe … After Death” has given Sid Luft an idea to put to use the 30 hours of Judy Garland tapes and kinescopes that he regained after 20 years. In a stranger-than-fiction search and discoverplot, Luft found the Garlandia consisting of the CBS shows of ’63-’64 with guestars Frank Sinatra, Mickey Rooney, Dean Martin, Barbra Streisand, Vic Damone, Donald O’Connor, Tony Bennett , etc. Plus kinnies of other shows. He converted the two-inch quad tapes to today’s digitized technology and sees endless possibilities to use the Garland performances. Among items already made, a five-inch music box that reproduces her voice perfectly — even when played over the phone for me … Add memory lane: Although Chasens’ will close after the last diner, April 1, the restaurant will be kept totally intact — with nothing moved or removed — just in case the present deal falls through, if environmental impact studies nix the building project, etc. Meanwhile, the eatery is SRO day and night with extra tables brought in the back room and waiting at the bar four deep! Yes, “souvenir” seekers have already shown their ugly faces and one vintage photo — of Frank and Dean — was swiped.

THE SEARCH FOR A TITLE continues,” says “La Cage Aux Folles” director Mike Nichols. “We couldn’t get ‘Screamers,’ ” he laughed. Elaine May’s script is “hilarious,” he reports, and the costumes by Ann Roth and sets by Bo Welch magnificent. Will there be any star cameos — like Nichols’ “Wolf” star Jack Nicholson? “If he’ll put on a dress he’ll be in it,” said Nichols. Joining co-stars Robin Williams, Nathan Lane and Dianne Wiest will be “Quiz Show’s” Hank Azaria, who played Albert Freedman; he’ll play the housekeeper … James Woods said he’s ready to get a crewcut to play H. R. Haldeman in “Nixon.” Having wound a week in “Casino,” Woods told me, “It was one of the great weeks of my life.” He had told Martin Scorsese, “I’d like to do anything in the picture.” Now, returning to work for Oliver Stone (“Salvador” was their first together), Woods says, “I feel I’ve done Hollywood.” He’s talking about a play next, “Lake Nobottom” for Michael Weller … Travis Tritt’s saddling up for a movie career — he’s set to play himself in “Sergeant Bilko” and he read for a heavy in “Broken Arrow”… Gary LeMel, president of WB Pictures Music, played Friday and Saturday night at Le Cafe where he showcased his Blue Note album “Romancing the Screen”– with tunes including “I’m Old Fashioned,””A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening,””All the Things You Are” and other movie beauties … United Par Network president Michael Sullivan and wife, Susan, welcomed daughter Monica Sean — St. Patrick’s Day … Balthazar Getty, grandson of J. Paul Getty, segues from “Habitat” to play opposite Jeff Bridges in “White Squall.” He’ll also be seen in “Judge Dredd”… Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Landau and Jennifer Tilly are presenters at the Publicists’ Guild Awards Friday at the BevHilton. The dais will also boast nominee Bob Zemeckis, Acad prexy Arthur Hiller and ABC Entertainment president Ted Harbert.

NANCY REAGAN RECEIVES the Dorothy Kirsten French “Woman of the Year” award from the French Foundation for Alzheimer Research at its awards ceremony April 23 at the BevHilton … Edward James Olmos rushed to South Africa when he learned his wife, Lorraine Bracco, became ill on location of a French movie. Beau Bridges will sub for Olmos as host of the Intl. Documentary Assn. Oscar Nominees Program/Reception Thursday at the Academy. Abby Mann will be a co-presenter … Goldie Hawn presents the Gypsy Award to Shirley MacLaine and Sid Caesar makes the presentation to Milton Berle at the Professional Dancers Society lunch at the Century Plaza Saturday. Katharine Kramer sings “It’s a Mad (x 4) World” from themovie directed by her dad, Stanley K., and in which Berle co-starred. Gordy Brown handles the live comedy in front of an audience of dancers … David Sheehan’s “Oscar Preview Show” Thursday gets a KCBS repeat Saturday. He has interviews with all the actor nominees — including vintage footage with Paul Newman and John Travolta at their first time at bat with Oscar.

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