DATING GAME

Mia Farrow is stepping out again, this time with Oscar-winning screenwriter and author William Goldman, whose credits include Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride. The two have been keeping company for the past month.

As for Skip Stein, the New York City media investor whom Farrow had been seeing until recently, we hear he is "heartbroken" about losing Mia but nevertheless is now dating political speechwriter Peggy Noonan.

NO STONE UNTURNED...

With the Who no longer a working rock act and the Rolling Stones in need of a bass player, it wasn't much of a stretch for the British press to begin reporting that the Who's John Entwistle had become the Stones first choice to replace bassist Bill Wyman, who announced in January he was leaving the band.

Trouble is, it ain't so. A source close to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards says auditions for the Stones' new bass player will start in the next few months, and the eventual selection will be someone "a little less obvious' " than Entwistle.

STILL OUT THERE

Remember Henry Thomas, the little boy who befriended the alien creature in the biggest grossing movie of all time, 1982's E.T.? Well, he's now 21 and about to meet up with more otherworldly creatures in Fire in the Sky a new movie due from Paramount on March 12. Fire is based on the story of Travis Walton, a logger from Arizona who claimed he was abducted by space beings in 1975, and stars D.B. Sweeney and James Garner. Thomas, in a very small role, plays an eyewitness to the supposed abduction. Since we haven't seen the film yet, we can't tell you whether Thomas's character feeds the aliens Reese's Pieces.

We're belling against it.

MAKING BOOK

We hear that actress Rebecca De Mornay is writing a novel tentatively tilled Living in the Butcher House. A source tell us that De Mornay, star of The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, has been saying the book will deal with sex, God, and rock and roll—not necessarily in that order.

De Mornay's publicist confirms only that the actress, who currently lives with songwriter Leonard Cohen, is indeed working on a novel.

RATINGS JOLT
Our newest favorite quote about how television really works comes from producer Gary David 4, Goldberg, the man behind TV's Family Ties and Brooklyn Bridge. Speaking recently in Boston at a panel discussion about the future of television (sponsored by HBO and Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government), Goldberg said, "Left to their own devices, the three networks would televise live executions. Except Fox—they'd televise live naked executions."