The Insider

updated 02/12/1996 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/12/1996 01:00AM

STONE COLD

Sharon Stone has broken up with her boyfriend of two years, Bob Wagner, who served as second assistant director on Stone's 1995 movie The Quick and the Dead. A well-placed source tells me the actress, 37, who recently won a best actress Golden Globe for her role in Casino, has redrawn the boundaries of her relationship with Wagner, 28, keeping him as a friend but making it clear that romance is a thing of the past. The source says Wagner is accepting her terms for the time being, even though he is not fond of this new arrangement....

Rosie O'Donnell was happy to fill in for George Burns when he couldn't make his 100th birthday gig at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas last month, but she never expected to receive a call from Burns himself. She did though. O'Donnell says that Burns called her while she was still in Vegas to promote her upcoming syndicated talk show at the National Association of Television Program Executives convention. According to her, he said he had been reading about her show in the Hollywood trade papers and wanted to know how it was selling "market by market." O'Donnell says the aging comedian, whom she had never spoken to before, was "completely lucid and funny" during their 20-minute phone conversation. Burns ended the call by telling her a couple of jokes, including one about a doorman at a sperm bank with a punch line that, unfortunately, must go unreported here....

It looks serious between actress Bernadette Peters and her boyfriend of eight months, New York City stockbroker Michael Wittenberg. Although there is no talk of marriage yet, Wittenberg, 33, says that being with Peters, 47, makes him feel "luckier than Hercules and Moses." Put together?...

There were so many cell phones at the recent Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, that announcements had to be made urging moviegoers to turn off their phones before screenings. Sundance also played host to Friends costars David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc, who dropped in for a weekend of skiing and attended a party for If Lucy Fell, a romantic comedy starring Sarah Jessica Parker. Fellow cast member Jennifer Aniston showed up a few days later. Michael I Stipe of R.E.M. hosted a I party for the cast of Girls I Town, a coming-of-age drama cowritten by and starring Lili Taylor (Four I Rooms). Actress Julie Delpy (White) was spotted nailing I posters to telephone poles I trumpeting Blah, Blah, Blah, the 12-minute short she directed. My own favorite film at Sundance was the black comedy Meet Ruth Stoops, starring Laura Dern as a drugged-out misfit caught in the crossfire on the abortion issue. The decision by Miramax to retitle the film Precious was not greeted favorably either by the film's director, Alexander Payne, or by an audience informally polled in Park City....

Mira Sorvino may be thrilled that she won the Golden Globe Award for best supporting actress for her portrayal of a hooker in Woody Allen's movie Mighty Aphrodite, but she's somewhat puzzled by Allen's reaction—or lack thereof. At the Jan. 25 New York City premiere of her new movie, Beautiful Girls, Sorvino told a source of mine that Allen had yet to call and congratulate her.

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