Helmer downplays nudity in ‘Intersection’

GOOD MORNING: Yes, there will be nudity in Par’s Richard Gere-Sharon Stone-Lolita Davidovich starrer “Intersection.” No, it will not outstrip “Sliver.” Director Mark Rydell fully expects an R rating — but insists his pic stresses “intimacy” rather than “nudity.” Rydell says of Gere-Stone, “I think I have the most romantic pairing since Gable and Lombard. They have real chemistry.” Rydell, who teams again with Stone on “Manhattan Ghost Story” for Carolco, says he’d also like to repeat with Gere. Rydell’s also readying “Fertig” (gets a new title) and says this story of injustices focuses on the legal profession and hospitals and will include a lot of violence … Norman Mailer and Larry Schiller completed nine months in Russia in the world of intelligence and counter-intelligence, talking to KGB officials and others involved with Lee Harvey Oswald’s 2 1/2 years in Russia. It’s for their next movie teaming — to follow a book by Mailer. They ditto duo’d previously on “Executioner’s Song” and “Marilyn.” This as-yet-untitled tome/movie is the first real psychological portrait of Oswald, Schiller says. Ludmila Peresvetova compiled 8,000 pages from their interviews. Marina Oswald is also interviewed. The Mailer book, via Random House, will be out in the fall of ’94 … Author Gwen Davis is ensconced at the Bel-Air hotel writing an original screenplay about a mysterious woman ensconced at the Bel-Air Hotel. The romantic comedy-drama is commissioned by a member of Far East royalty — a rival to the Sultan of Brunei — who became fascinated with writer Davis when reading her monumental mystery “Jade,” set in Hong Kong … He’s no Chevalier, but Gerard Depardieu sings “Thank Heaven for Little Girls” in “My Father the Hero,” being filmed on Paradise Island. This is the second teaming for Depardieu and “Green Card” producer Ed Feldman — who’s hoping for a third. But Depardieu next films the French-language “Col. Chaubert” with the Russian Army.

TAKE A LONGER WALK on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. The stars will now shine farther west — from Sycamore to La Brea. The Community Redevelopment Agency’s program ($ 4.4 million) will add 148 new stars in the area to be called “The La Brea Gateway,” signaled by a studio designer’s sculpture, accent lighting, palm trees, landscaped medians, paved “filmstrip” crosswalks, etc. Next month, 30 stars will be unveiled en masse to launch the program, says Walk of Fame Chairman Johnny Grant. The new star names range from Paul Newman to Spanky McFarland, Sidney Poitier to Signe Hasso, Clint Eastwood to Stevie Wonder, Pearl Bailey to Thelonius Monk, Irving Berlin to the Beatles, Terry Moore to Mako, etc. …”Sunset Blvd.,” the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, has decided to forgo the latest cellular technology and has reverted to the old hydraulic systems for the London bow, which is now set for July 12. Billy Wilder and Nancy Olson (Mrs. Alan Livingston), the only survivors of the classic, have been invited, and they tell me they will attend the bow …”Star!”– Robert Wise’s 1968 biopic of Gertrude Lawrence starring Julie Andrews and Richard Crenna — is being readied by Wise for cassette viewing. The movie, produced by Saul Chaplin, was filmed in Todd-AO … Among those equally distressed as Tina Sinatra (“Sinatra”) because of Emmy nomination submission omissions is “The Man Upstairs” exec producer John Philip Dayton. He tells me Katharine Hepburn and others responsible for the CBS telepic also join the ranks of “inadvertent omissions.” Dayton wonders whether the TV Acad would allow for an addenda list? …”Rookie of the Year” youngstar Thomas Ian Nicholas (12) took time away from an audition with Mike Fenton for “Neverending Story 3” to take an interview call from Time mag for their cover story on kids in pix … Tippi Hedren, who made her bow in l963 in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” is in Showtime’s “Birds II, Land’s End,” shooting in Wilmington, S.C. She told me there aren’t as many “live” birds in this pic as in the original — but modern movie technology in the sequel will make it seem like more — and scarier?

BRANDON TARTIKOFF WAS BACK IN TV last Friday, producing his “Under New Management” pilot for PBS, taped in New Orleans … Nashville Mayor Phil Bretison named Darrah Meeley exec director of the city’s film commission. Meeley , who has been active here with the AFI, will fulfill an assignment with the Montreal Film Fest while taking on her Nashville duties. She lunches with Tennessee Gov. Ned McWherter today … Jack Jones tells me farmers have been calling from all over the U.S., claiming they’ve found needles in their haystacks. Sorry … WB-TV’s western series “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.” will guestar oater alumni James Drury (“The Virginian”), Stuart Whitman (“Cimarron Strip”), Rayford Barnes (“Gunsmoke”), Robert Fuller (“Wagon Train”) and Paul Brinegar (“Rawhide”) … The David Fosters, here from the Yuma location of “Getaway,” had their car swiped while they munched a hot dog at the La Cienega pup stand. That’s what I call a fast getaway.