Reeling and Rocking: Poison contributed to the sound track of Less than Zero.... Chris Isaak will appear in Jonathan Demme's film Married to the Mob, starring Michelle Pfeiffer.... Although Ron Howard has been mentioned as a possible director for the movie about the Doors, Ray Manzarek wants Stanley Kubrick. As to the burning question Who can play Jim Morrison? Manzarek says, "I think the important thing is not so much a Jim Morrison look-alike as the sense of danger in the eyes." ... We hear that Diane Keaton is interested in producing a remake of The Blue Angel, with Madonna playing the Marlene Dietrich role.... Roy Orbison teamed up with K. D. Lang to record songs for a Dino De Laurentiis film starring Jon Cryer. Lang makes terrific music.... Kris Kristofferson is shooting an HBO movie called Dead or Alive.... Director Penelope Spheeris is working on The Decline of Western Civilization: The Metal Years.
Newsbreaks: Rock stars are contributing to an album of songs from Disney movies. You'll hear Ringo singing When You Wish upon a Star and Harry Nilsson doing Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah. Also performing: Los Lobos and Tom Waits.... Rhino Records is developing a late-night rock show for ABC, described as a "hip Mickey Mouse Club for a much older audience" ... and in related news, we hear that CBS is talking with hot d.j. Rick Dees about doing the same thing for it.... Prince, who has postponed his U.S. tour, is waiting to see how his music/documentary film Sign 'O' the Times does in the theaters. If it goes really big, he'll tour.... News flash: Sting does not rule out a Police reunion.... Look for upcoming albums from Santana (a reunion), Boz Scaggs, Crowded House, Glenn Frey, Jimmy Buffett, B. B. King, New Edition, the Four Tops, Patti Smith, Jermaine Jackson, Brian Setzer, Rick Springfield and the Bangles.... CD prices are expected to drop after the Christmas holidays.... If the theme music for Max Headroom seems familiar, that's because former Tangerine Dream member Michael Hoenig wrote it and performs it weekly.... Jim Kerr of Simple Minds and Johnny Marr, formerly of the Smiths, are helping Paul McCartney out with his new album.... The next Los Lobos album will be more upbeat, according to drummer Louie Perez. "The songs we're writing now have more of an early-American, hillbilly kind of flavor." ... American performers Whitney Houston, Liza Minnelli, Art Garfunkel, Amy Grant and Huey Lewis will sing for Prince Charles and Princess Di at the London Palladium. Also on the bill, Elton John and Phil Collins.... Warren Zevon will rock in your city. See him.... Also—hang on—Pink Floyd plans to break up its American tour, go to the Far East, then return to finish up the U.S.... Ted Nugent is sitting in with the likes of Heart and Bon Jovi while completing his next album.... Just as Miami Vice has done, Private Eye will use a lot of rock stars in acting roles and on the sound track.... Virgin Records' new Swedish group Lolita Pop got its name from Lolita Pornography, an X-rated moviehouse down the street from its rehearsal hall.
Random Rumor: Finally, the Beastie Boys are denying reports that the 21-foot hydraulic phallus they use to decorate the stage at their shows is for sale. Manager Bill Adler says, "We're going to hold on to it for ... posterity, as a kind of memento." The Beasties plan to rest up, then work on a new movie called Scared Stupid and cut a new album. Meanwhile, the penis is in storage in a New York suburb. Ain't showbiz grand?