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Roderick Mann : 1985 And Joseph Bologna Were Made For Each Other

April 27, 1985|RODERICK MANN

"When I'm really depressed or frustrated about my work, I never go to see American movies--only foreign ones. Otherwise, I know I'll find myself staring at the screen and muttering, 'How did this guy get this junk made?' And that makes me more depressed and frustrated."

Actor-writer Joseph Bologna doesn't smile as he says this--which makes it even funnier. For the truth is, he means it.

"I get the same feeling if I happen to read the trades. I think, 'How did that idiot get such a deal?' I just can't stand it. . . . "

Right now, however, Bologna ("My Favorite Year," "Blame It on Rio") has nothing to be depressed or frustrated about. So far, this seems to be shaping up as his favorite year .

Friday, a movie he made with his wife Renee Taylor 14 years ago, "Made for Each Other," is getting a second lease on life at the Cineplex.

And today he leaves for Europe--first to star with Joan Collins in the miniseries, "Sins," then to play the role of a mad professor in the new movie, "Transylvania 6-5000."

On top of all this, he has three scripts written and ready to go and recently signed a writing-acting deal with Columbia Pictures TV.

"I've never been so busy," he said the other day. "And it's a real thrill having 'Made for Each Other' released again. It cost only $750,000 to make and it got wonderful reviews when it first came out in 1971. But because it was released around Christmas time, it got lost in the shuffle."

The movie, which gave Bologna his first real acting job, is being re-released by Julian Schlossberg, who recently revived the Peter Falk-John Cassavetes film, "Mikey and Nicky."

"I'm not so interested in it making money but in letting people have the chance to see it," Bologna said. "Both Renee and I are very proud of it."

IN DEMAND: There have been almost 300 requests for interviews with Stacy Keach when he is released from jail in Britain at the end of his sentence for carrying drugs through a London airport.

He is due to leave June 7, but I'm told his only plan at the moment is to sit down with students in Lackawanna County, Pa., where he is a deputy sheriff, to discuss the evils of drugs.

WORTH IT: Season Hubley was already being touted as an actress to watch ("Hard Core," Priscilla in TV's "Elvis") when she married actor Kurt Russell and took time off to have a child.

Now, divorced from Russell and with her son Boston turned 5, Hubley has returned to acting with a quiet determination to make up for lost time. On May 14, she will be seen in a key role in the four-hour miniseries of Ken Follett's thriller, "The Key to Rebecca"--playing the part of a half-Egyptian, half-Israeli entertainer "whose greatest talent is finding rich men to pay her bills." This, Hubley hopes, will show everyone that she's back in business.

"It's odd," she said the other day, "but if you do what I did--take a few years off to rear a child--a lot of people are suspicious. They think there must be something wrong with you. Otherwise, why would you stop acting?"

Hubley remains on good terms with Russell, who is now heavily involved with Goldie Hawn.

"Trouble was, our marriage was made in Hollywood, not in heaven," she said. "We got so involved with each other while making 'Elvis' (in which Russell brilliantly portrayed the late singer) that we didn't take time to see if we were compatible. Still, we have a wonderful son."

BACK AGAIN: How to plug your production without really trying.

When Elizabeth Taylor checked into St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica with a recurrence of her old back trouble, it was reported that her condition had been aggravated by "the 30-pound gown she wore during the shooting of ABC'S 'North and South' miniseries."

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