The Insider

UPDATED 08/21/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/21/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT


Woody Allen's 25-year-old girlfriend Soon-Yi Previn has apparently taken over his personal life. Previn, the adopted daughter of Allen's previous girlfriend Mia Farrow, now orders meals for him in restaurants, picks out the clothes he wears and has the last word when it comes to deciding whom they see socially, according to sources close to Allen. The 59-year-old writer-director has relinquished this control to Previn willingly, these sources say, because he's madly in love with her. Allen's rep insists that "nobody but Woody Allen has ever decided what he eats or who he sees." By the way, the two were recently in Venice scouting locations for an upcoming movie....

Famed Beatles producer George Martin intends to produce one last album of the Fab Four's music—with Hollywood celebs doing the singing. According to Martin's assistant in London, Jack Nicholson is considering recording a version of "I Am the Walrus" and Robin Williams may do a version of "Come Together." Martin has recorded new instrumental portions for both songs and is waiting to play them for the two actors....

The issue of violence and rap music will be dealt with at a hush-hush mini-summit of rappers and music executives, quietly set to take place during an already announced Aug. 24-25 seminar in New York City sponsored by Quincy Jones's magazine, Vibe. Colin Powell, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been invited to take part in the meeting and will attend, he says, "if my schedule permits." Jones's rep declined to discuss specifics of the event except to say, "We're just trying to pull this thing together."...

It seems Brian "Kato" Kaelin will do just about anything to extend his 15 minutes of fame. Earlier this month he started his job as a general-interest talk show host on an L.A. radio station. Now comes word that he's shopping a proposal for a book tentatively titled Kato Kaelin's Official Scrapbook. The book is expected to be filled with Kato's thoughts, personal photos and some of the fan mail he has received....

Proving he does have a sense of humor about himself, House Speaker Newt Gingrich had his office call Dove Books to ask for 20 copies of the recently published satire Newt Gingrich's Bedtime Stories for Orphans. Dove sent him the books for free....

In what may be a case of wishful thinking, Howard Stern believes that Ivan Reitman will ultimately give in and agree to direct the big-screen version of Stern's bestselling memoir Private Parts. Thus far, Reitman has only agreed to produce the movie, which is supposed to go into production in October....

And finally, after months of rumors that he was considering the part, Antonio Banderas has at last agreed to sport a thin mustache and don a black mask and cape in the next remake of Zorro. Shooting begins next spring, after he wraps his role as Che Guevara in the movie Evita.

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