Guido . . . Guiiiido note: Rehearsals began last week in New York for a new Broadway musical called "Nine." Play is based on "8 1/2," Federico Fellini's autobiographical film starring Marcello Mastroianni. Tommy Tune is director and choreographer and Raul Julia stars . . .
Glowing, Glowing, Gone note: The hot film opening in New York this week was "The Atomic Cafe'," a documentary pastiche of nuclear war propaganda and trivia from the '50s. The film is described by one of its producers Jayne Loader as "Anti-war/pro disarmament." Her coproducer-directors are Kevin and Pierce Rafferty, nephews of Vice President George Bush . . .
Rollins Update note: Several weeks ago this space reported that Paramount was not going to spring for Howard Rollins Jr.'s air fare to L.A. from New York for the Oscars in spite of the fact that he was nominated for "Ragtime," a film Paramount backed to the tune of more than $20 million. Well, there has been a slight change. Paramount will fly Rollins out, along with Jessica Lange, Jerzy Kosinski and Karen Allen, who also appeared in the company's films this year. The reason for the change in corporate policy? They are all presenters at the ceremony . . .
Method Acting note: When you act by the method you are supposed to "become" the part. This can be difficult when you're playing a drunk, an addict or a marathoner, but it can also be pleasant. Consider Sally Field, whose next role calls for her to play a sophisticated New Yorker in "Kiss Me Goodbye." She is preparing for the role by taking a shopping spree at the best boutiques in Gotham . . .
Blues note: The guys from the precinct on the Hill have just opened on British television, and critic Clive James had this to say in the Observer on Sunday: "A fantasy sprayed with dirt from an aerosol can, 'Hill Street Blues' allows you to travel in a bubble of wish-fulfillment through the grim reality of New York crime." Of Daniel Travanti, who plays Capt. Furillo, he says, " . . . a Schopenhauer, who has seen too much of war and has just finished writing 'A Farewell to Arms.' Not only is he Ernest Hemingway Schopenhauer, he is extremely good-looking in a sensitive way. He is Robert De Niro Ernest Hemingway Schopenhauer . . ."
Religious note: Cults will be the subject of a play opening on Broadway April 8, "Solomon's Child." Play deals with a family's attempt to kidnap and deprogram their son from a cult. It stars Keith Gordon, last seen playing amateur detective in Brian DePalma's "Dressed to Kill," John McMartin and Anthony Zerbe . . .
Roll Tide Role note: George C. Scott has made a career of playing hard, crusty, driven men. If those adjectives sound to you like the stereotype of a football coach, this week's casting rumor will be of interest. It has Scott playing Alabama football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant in an upcoming film biography of college football's winningest coach . . .