The Insider

updated 11/27/1995 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/27/1995 01:00AM

STONEWALLING

Last month, Sharon Stone was in her trailer on the Pittsburgh set of Diabolique, a remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1955 thriller, when Jim Robinson, head of Morgan Creek, the company that is producing the film, walked in. According to a well-placed source, Robinson told Stone that the film needed a little something extra—a nude scene by her. She responded by ordering him out and threatening to sue him for sexual harassment. Robinson's rep played down the incident, contending that "Sharon's contract called for a nude scene. She didn't want to do it, and so she didn't." Stone will say only that she's completed the film "on happy terms," adding that "it was a pleasure working with everyone." The movie will be released in the spring....

Alicia Silverstone of Clueless and actor Stephen Dorff (Backbeat) have been friends since they appeared together in the 1994 Aerosmith video Cryin'. But are they now getting even friendlier? Sources tell me that Silverstone has been pursuing Dorff, calling him more often than usual on the phone, and that the two got together in Ireland recently while he was shooting an as-yet-unti-tled movie with Dennis Hopper and she was there promoting Clueless. For the record, reps for each will only acknowledge that their clients are indeed close friends....

Years ago the rock group Van Halen demanded that the brown M&Ms be removed from the candy tray in their dressing rooms. Now singer Chrissie Hynde has asked promoters to stop renting binoculars to fans during her concerts. A spokesman for Hynde's record label, Warner Bros., says the former Pretenders lead singer "finds binoculars unnerving" in her more intimate acoustic shows because "she's looking at glass instead of people." The spokesman adds that Van Halen laid down their M&M edict "because they could. Chrissie is doing this because she is genuinely distracted."...

Beat the Press, the sassy television show political conservative Arianna Huffington has been trying to launch as an ideological counterpoint to NBC's Meet the Press, has been retitled Eat the Press, at the suggestion of Huffington's proposed co-host, liberal satirist Harry Shearer (Spinal Tap). Look for the two to land a deal soon, possibly at Fox's cable outlet fX....

And finally, this note from my Department of Irony: The voice narrating a new TV commercial for the staid Wausau Insurance Companies belongs to the unstaid, often-arrested Eric Douglas, 33, youngest son of Kirk and brother of Michael. Eric considers the job perfect for him, "given that I'm thought of as uninsurable."

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