Chevy Chase returns as Clark Griswald in Warners' "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," next March. Beverly D'Angelo is also back in Julianne Gavin's screenplay, which finds the couple besieged by in-laws during the holiday season. Matty Simmons produces; commercial director Jeremiah Chechik makes his big-screen debut . . .
George C. Scott takes a menacing pose as the villainous Big Boy in Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy," filming for Disney in March. Michael J. Pollard also is cast as a mug. The Bo Goldman script succeeds versions by such writers as Elaine May, Jim Cash & Jack Epps Jr. and Floyd Mutrux. . . .
Newcomers Frank Whaley and Chrissie Harnos star in HandMade's "Cold Dog Soup," to film locally this month. Thomas Pope adapted (and co-produces) novelist Stephen Dobyns' bizarre yarn of a young man whose passion leads him on an all-night quest to bury a dead dog. Randy Quaid plays an off-beat cabbie and Alan Metter directs . . .
Shock comic Andrew Dice Clay makes a splashy film debut as a hip rock 'n' roll detective in Silver Pictures' "Ford Fairlane," rolling in April for Fox. A mysterious case of murder in the music industry in Jay Cappe and David Arnault's script for producer Joel Silver. . . . Herald-Ex sportswriter/Seoul food critic Allan Malamud plays the small but pivotal role of a piano store owner in "The Fabulous Baker Boys." He sells a piano to the movie's bargain-basement Ferrante and Teicher--Jeff and Beau Bridges. . . .
Ron Moler and Jeff Lurie produce the Tracey Ullman-Kevin Kline murder-comedy "I Love You to Death," filming in April. Ron Kostmeyer wrote the screenplay and Lawrence Kasden directs. . . .
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