Doesn't he get hazard pay? Todd Henry, a cameraman, has filed suit against the Ford Motor Co., according to Variety. He alleges that a cougar used to advertise Mercury autos ("At the Sign of the Cat") got loose on the set and mauled in March...

* Cable Dept.: Jim Henson, emperor of[TEXT ILLEGIBLE] will be designing a new kingdom for Home Box Office, Time Inc.'s cable subsidiary. The new characters are called Fraggles and will appear in a show called "Fraggle Rock." The first of 36 episodes is expected to air in the latter stretches of this new year...

* Casting Rumors: Rumors are very important in the movie business, and sometimes the people named in them start to believe them. Cary Grant is rumored to be coming out of retirement for the screen version of the best-selling thriller "Gorky Park." Grant would play the villain, John D. Osborne. Dustin Hoffman is rumored for the role of Arkady Renko, Soviet detective and man against the system...

* Casting Facts: Mary Steenburgen will costar with Dudley Moore in the film version of "Romantic Comedy"... Dustin Hoffman will play an actor who impersonates a woman to get a job on a soap opera in "Tootsie," scheduled to start shooting in March...

* Since the Australian film industry has been hot recently you might be interested to know that the current big box-office hit down under is called "Puberty Blues," directed by Bruce Beresford, who directed "Breaker Morant"...

* The last time that wonderful couple Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn appeared on stage together it was on Broadway in "The Gin Game." Currently they are playing at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis in "Foxfire," written by Cronyn and Susan Cooper. The play is scheduled for Broadway in the fall...