Mademoiselle magazine proclaims Elvis Presley, Marlon Brando, Bryant Gumbel, Jim Bakker, Jackie Mason, Dan Rather, Bill Cosby and David Letterman "good men who went bad"; Paul Newman, Woody Allen, Robert Redford, Gregory Peck, Walter Cronkite, George Burns, Sean Connery and Mikhail Baryshnikov "good men who stayed good."John Hurt as Miss Kitty?
Keep an eye out for Romeo & Juliet, a new movie starring 150 cats and one human, John Hurt, who plays an eccentric Italian woman. The film was shot recently in Venice and has not yet found a distributor in the United States, Hurt's publicist said. The cat voice-overs will be done by Maggie Smith, Ben Kingsley and Vanessa Redgrave.
Cosby puts on the dog
Ch. Black Watch Gotta Lotta Moxie, the Lakeland terrier judged the best dog in a recent Golden Gate Kennel Club dog show in San Francisco, is partly owned by comedian Bill Cosby. Cosby's partner is terrier breeder Jean Heath of Pleasanton, Calif., whom he met when she was a Navy captain. Cosby served under her as a hospital corpsman. Together, they own 30 dogs.
Will Miss March be a dog?
In other events of canine importance, there are only 314 days until 1991, when Ralston Purina puts out its first "Pets of the Stars" calendar. Among the celebs who have agreed to let their dogs pose are Bob Hope, Michael Keaton, Frank and Kathie Lee Gifford, Barbara Mandrell and Kirstie Alley. People magazine says that the stars themselves will stay out of the pictures.
The "Pendulum' has swung
Traveling around the country recently to promote his novel Foucault's Pendulum, Umberto Eco equipped himself with copies of a list of 10 questions he considered stupid. If an interviewer happened to ask one of the questions, Eco presented him with a copy of the list.
He said it
"Their music is from suffering.
Heavy metal is the music of frustration.
That's a frustrating life over there."
_ Rock star and Sovietologist Billy Joel analyzing the Soviet attraction to heavy metal music, in an address to students at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Keeping the Faith
Manhattan inc. magazine informs us that Faith Popcorn _ the oft-quoted pop sociologist whose trend-indicating firm, BrainReserve, heralded such signs of the times as environmental concern, cocooning and baby-boomer youth nostalgia _ was born Faith Plotkin.