SPARE THE ROD, SPOIL THE BIO
Publishers, start your bidding. Rod Stewart says he wants to write his autobiography. The rocker's manager, Arnold Stiefel, claims that Stewart has repeatedly turned down seven-figure offers in the past but now "feels comfortable enough to tell his life story." Stewart has enlisted Sandra Harmon, the coauthor of Priscilla Presley's Elvis and Me, to help with his memoirs.
Stewart promises us that when he sits down to write, "no stone will go unturned, and what crawls out had better run for the hills, as I intend to delve deeply into the numerous stains I've left on the tapestry of life."
Our title suggestion—Chock Full O' Metaphors: The Rod Stewart Story.
PICKS A PART
Indulge us, if you will, as we engage in one of our favorite pastimes: the Julia Roberts
Career Watch. Roberts has, as they say in Hollywood, "attached" herself to (meaning she has expressed interest, but no deal has been set) The Pelican Brief, the film version of author John (The Firm) Grisham's new best-selling murder mystery. We also hear that director Alan J. Pakula is writing the script for the Warner Bros, project.
As to Roberts's personal life, don't believe those tabloid stories saying Julia's thisclose to the Edge (DaviEvans), U2's guitar player. She's still with actor Jason Patric.
Whenever the word therapy is linked with the Beach Boys, we automatically think of the group's co-founder and former member, Brian Wilson, and his long history of emotional dependence on his controversial 24-hour-a-day shrink, Dr. Eugene Landy.
But the remaining members of the Beach Boys have their doctor, too. He is Dr. Harold Bloom-field, a psychiatrist from Del Mar, Calif., who travels with the group from time to time and is always available to them for counseling. "I am a facilitator for them," says Bloom-field. "I help them deal with their stuff and clear up any misunderstandings and miscommunications between them."
Bloomfield, who says he considers each of the Beach Boys "a close friend," cautions that his relationship with the group is in no way like Landy's with Wilson. "I am just a psychiatrist," says Bloom-field. "Unlike Landy, I will never try to also become the Beach Boys' record producer."
CHUCK NORRIS SEEKS PROTECTION
What every action-adventure star needs is a good deodorant, and Chuck Norris is no exception: He uses Right Guard.
Or at least he does in his first-ever commercial, which starts airing in July.
According to Norris's manager, the self-defense expert pulled in seven figures—plus for his three days of work on the 30-second spot and will donate part of his earnings to his own nonprofit foundation, Kick Drugs Out of America.