Bits, pieces, odds, ends and other movie stuff:
-AS NOTED IN Friday's interview stories about "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," Sean Connery is only 12 years older than Harrison Ford, though he plays his father in that film. And in Connery's next movie, "The Family Business," he plays Dustin Hoffman's father, though he is only seven years older than Hoffman.You may be interested to know that this sort of casting is not a new development, however. For example:
George Murphy was nine years older than Ronald Reagan when Murphy played Reagan's father in "This Is the Army."
Anne Ramsey was 12 years older than Nick Nolte when she played his mother in "Weeds."
Anne Bancroft was six years older than Dustin Hoffman when she played a woman the same age as his mother in "The Graduate."
Blair Brown was three years older than Mark Harmon when she played his mother in "Stealing Home."
Lainie Kazan was three years older than Bette Midler when she played her mother in "Beaches."
Angela Lansbury was three years older than Laurence Harvey when she played his mother in "The Manchurian Candidate."
And the record-setter - Jessie Royce Landis was only a year older than Cary Grant when she played his mother in "North By Northwest."
Do you suppose Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd play father and son in "Ghostbusters II"?
-"BATMAN" BULLETIN: Young bat-fans can buckle up for their movie ride in the Batmobile.
As earlier predicted by Warner Bros. insiders, "Batman" has been rated PG-13 by the Classification and Ratings Administration.
That means all you youngsters who were concerned that "Batman" might be rated R need not worry that your parents will be checking your pockets for bat-trivia.
And, in case you'd forgotten, there are only 26 days until the bat-event - "Batman" opens June 23.
-PATTY DUKE IS probably not too thrilled with Vidmark Entertainment for its ad touting the new video release of "Best Kept Secrets," a 1984 TV movie. And I don't mean because Peter Coyote is the prominent figure on the tape cover, despite Duke having top billing.
What Duke is no doubt shaking her head over is the film credits listed beside each actor's name.
In the parenthetical examples of other work "Jagged Edge" and "E.T." are listed for Coyote and "The Rose" and "Tucker" are listed for Forrest.
But for Duke? Just one film. "The Swarm."
Granted, those films listed for Coyote and Forrest are fairly recent and Duke is better known for her TV work than theatrical films. But shouldn't she be acknowledged for something else - say, her Oscar-winning performance as young Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker"? Or her role as Anne Sullivan in a TV remake of "The Miracle Worker" 17 years later? How about her Emmy-winning role in the TV movie "My Sweet Charlie." Or any number of other roles she's had since then?
Even the insipid "Patty Duke Show" now in reruns on the Nickelodeon cable channel is better than "The Swarm."
Everyone associated with that disaster picture about killer bees - including Duke's co-stars Michael Caine, Olivia de Havilland, Fred MacMurray, Richard Widmark, Richard Chamberlain, Jose Ferrer - would like to forget that one.
It's a good thing Vidmark isn't responsible for the new video release of "Without a Clue." They'd probably list the credits on the box this way: Starring Michael Caine ("The Swarm").
-DOES ANYONE ELSE think it's interesting to have two movies in theaters right now directed by men whose names sound like adjectives - Savage Steve Holland ("How I Got Into College") and Rowdy Herrington ("Road House")?
So how come it isn't Dreamy Steven Spielberg. Or Haunting Alfred Hitchcock? Or Sly Sylvester Stallone? Or Ego Jerry Lewis?
-"TRUE LOVE," the romantic comedy-drama that won the grand prize in the dramatic competition in January at the United States Film Festival in Park City, has been picked up by MGM/UA for distribution in American movie theaters. The film will open in late summer or early fall.
-QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Brigitte Nielsen, the 6-foot tall, blonde former wife of Sylvester Stallone, in an interview with UPI reporter Vernon Scott:
"When you are my height there are some matches that just can't be made. For instance, I admire Michael J. Fox, but there is no way we could have a romance. No way."
-QUOTE OF THE WEEK II: Kelly McGillis, 5 foot, 10 inch-star of "Winter People," in an interview with UPI's Vernon Scott:
"The average leading man is definitely shorter than I am. It's unlikely I'd be cast as the love interest opposite Michael J. Fox."