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FILM OF COLLINS’ BOOK SHELVED

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Joan Collins was to have starred in a film version of her 1988 novel "Prime Time," but Ion Pictures say it has abandoned the project because she tinkered with the script and ran up huge expenses. Co-producer Roy Medawar said Collins, 57, charged $40,000 worth of clothes to the movie without approval and "made script changes without telling the director." Medawar said in the May 20 issue of People magazine that Collins also turned down Jacqueline Bisset and Ann-Margret as potential co-stars "because she wanted to be the biggest name in the movie." The actress' agent, Irving "Swifty" Lazar, confirmed that the project has been shelved but told the magazine that "it wasn't Joan's fault."