The Insider

UPDATED 07/27/1992 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/27/1992 at 01:00 AM EDT

MADONNA'S PC ECDYSIAST
We weren't invited, but we do know that shortly before Bill Clinton and Albert Gore arrived in Manhattan for their coronation, Madonna tossed a party at her apartment there for about 20 guests. Entertainment was provided not by Madonna herself but by a male stripper named Rocky. When we asked about Rocky, Madonna, through her rep, justified his being there by saying that the man "is also a registered Democrat." And, no doubt, the life of the party.

OH, HENRY, PLAY BALL!

Actor Daniel Stern, most recently onscreen as the co-star of Home Alone and City Slickers, is going to try directing with an as yet untitled baseball story about an 11-year-old boy who ends up pitching for the Chicago Cubs.

The boy's name in the script is Henry. In real life, Stern has a son of similar age, also named Henry, who plays Little League baseball in Los Angeles. Stern, in fact, coaches his son's team and loves baseball. But a source at Twentieth Century Fox says the project was put into development "before Stern became involved" and that Henry's name and age in the script were "purely coincidental." (Screenwriter Sam Harper dubbed the character after his own son Henry, 4.)

Will Stern be acting in the $10 million-$15 million film too? "Only if he feels there's a character in it for him to play. His first responsibility will be directing," says the studio.

BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER...

Have you seen the totally cool trailer for Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula yet, the one that has audiences cheering? It features fast-running rivulets of blood that end up swooshing together to form the movie's name.

So how'd they do that? Bruce Schluter, the man who helped design the teaser for Columbia Pictures, tells us the blood was created from "a water-based formula made of glycerine, water, red food color and soap, which makes the blood slide better."

Kids, don't try this at home.

SWINE AND ROSES

You wouldn't want to throw them a shower, at least not the traditional kind, but Julia Roberts and her boyfriend, actor Jason Patric, recently adopted a Chinese potbellied pig as a pet.

Said pig now resides with them right inside Patric's modest bungalow in Hollywood.

On deep background, a source close to the couple reveals that the pig "was Jason's idea, and Julia went along with it." Despite persistent questioning, the source refuses to disclose what name the petit porker answers to but reassures us that "it is house-trained."

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