Star Tracks

updated 01/16/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/16/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

Mick's sure Bette
Mick Jagger and Bette Midler, two of rock's divine ones, growl sweet nothings to each other in the new video version of the song Beast of Burden. The storyline has Bette singing while boyfriend Mick flirts with girls in the audience. Sparks fly. The tape, shot last month at New York's Peppermint Lounge dance club, is to promote Bette's No Frills album. Mick wrote the song with Keith Richards, and it was first heard on the Stones' 1978 Some Girls album. Bette—self-described as the "most colorful woman of my time"—was able to get Mick to do the video because they are both part of the Atlantic Records family, even though the Stones recently signed a $25-million deal with CBS Records, where they'll move in 1985.

Heston in Beirut
Charlton Heston, who has portrayed some of history's greatest warriors on film (Andrew Jackson in The President's Lady, the title role in El Cid), visited some modern-day soldiers at the U.S. Marine encampment at the Beirut airport. Over the New Year's weekend, the granite-jawed actor shook hands, signed autographs and later, suited up in a helmet and flak jacket, placed a wreath at the site of the bombing on "Bloody Sunday," Oct. 23, which killed 241 servicemen.

Shifting Geres
Though he's all but unrecognizable behind the shades and pencil mustache, that really is Richard Gere—all dressed up and ready to go to The Cotton Club, which has been shooting in New York. The Francis Coppola movie is about Harlem in the 1920s, and Gere portrays a trumpeter turned gangster (hence, the fedora). In March Gere goes in front of the cameras again, this time as the slingshot-carrying hero in the biblical picture King David.

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