ROMANCE, THY NAME IS GERE
Richard Gere admits that he’s still peeved at Sylvester Stallone, who allegedly started that whole “gerbil/match” rumor, but he can’t help it if all he can think about is sex and Indian food. In fact, Richard cheered on 10,000 gyrating Indian prostitutes, screaming, “No condom, no sex! No condom, no sex!” (Good thing this was for a HIV/AIDS intervention awards program.) Shamsher Wadud, owner of Nirvana 54, has named the “most romantic table” in the restaurant after the actor, and tucked it way in the back of the room, where the sun don’t shine.
SCHWIMMER AN UNLIKELY LOTHARIO BUT TRUE!
David Schwimmer’s not making a whole lot of movies, but he’s still making plenty of “friends” and was recently spotted swapping spit with a hot brunette, reported The New York Post. Last I heard, he was dating actress Sabine Singh, and I bet fellow co-star and retail manager Nicole Miller (actresses are a talented bunch) probably thought he was still chasing after her. Regardless, it’s clear David’s still on the rebound since breaking up with fiancée Mili Avital. Seven years — what did he do? Break a mirror?
VAN HALEN LIVES, MAKES INTO R ‘N R HALL OF FAME
Eddie Van Halen has finally amounted to something special in his music career when 600 industry folks bestowed upon him their respect and awe by accepting Van Halen (the rock band) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Some are surprised Eddie’s lived long enough to make the cut: Bands must be around for at least 25 years since the first album or single to be nominated. Other winners included Grandmaster Flash, Patti Smith, R.E.M., and The Ronettes.
COLD FEET FOR CAMERON AND NICK
On the news that Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake had split — not to mention the totally inevitable breakup of Owen Wilson and Kate Hudson — Nick Lachey is also announcing two things: He’s now officially divorced from ex-wife Jessica Simpson, and he doesn’t mind calling Jessica for advice on whether or not to marry new girlfriend, Vanessa Minnillo. Jessica must’ve shown him some kernel of wisdom (I know!), because Nick went on Access Hollywood to say that he’s not ready: “The four-letter word that starts with an ‘r’ [ring] — we are not dealing with that one yet.”
DOCUMENTARY DIRECTOR REVEALS FILM TRICKS
China Blue director Micha X. Peled had to break his equipment apart and, sometimes, tape or disguise each camera piece on different crew members in order to film his controversial exploration of the clothing industry in industrial China. “It was very dangerous,” Micha said. “We told the manager that we were creating a film to applaud his business management success. That was the only way we could film in there.” China Blue follows the story of “Jasmine” and her young friends, all immigrant workers, and is a great foil to Jonathan Lewis’s PBS series, China from the Inside. China Blue opens Jan. 19th at the Roxie Film Center.
CHAN AND FOREMAN GO TO CHINA
Jackie Chan and George Foreman will be teaming up in China in 2007 to film a commercial, but it’s probably not going to be for kitchen appliances. The stuntman/actor and retired boxer duo represents only one of Jackie’s many entrepreneurial projects as Jackie follows the footsteps of Tom Cruise, Ashton Kutcher and David Arquette and headlines his own production company. He hopes to make 10 new films.
ASHA, 73, GETS HIP-HOP MAKEOVER
Asha Bhosle is like the Barry Manilow of Bollywood — except she’s been working since she was 12, and has provided music for over 925 movies. That, and other artists are actually impressed by her Grammies. You wouldn’t know it, looking at her, but she’s collaborated with Boy George, Michael Stipe of the newly inducted Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame band R.E.M. What’s the hip grannie doing these days? Recording her new album with Robbie Williams, titled Asha and Friends.