The Insider

updated 10/15/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/15/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ROD ON REBOUND

The recent reports of Rod Stewart's breakup with model Kelly Emberg, his live-in girlfriend for five years and the mother of their 3-year-old daughter, Ruby, would have everyone believe that the rocker simply got over his relationship by quickly finding another blond model to date.

In fact Stewart, 45, has been dating model Rachel Hunter since he and Emberg parted company last month in L.A. Not reported, however, was what Stewart did after Emberg left and before he called Hunter. Sources close to Stewart say he called Emberg and, in a last-ditch effort to reconcile, asked her to marry him. She said no.

COACH COACH

Pat Riley, the former head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, now has someone tutoring him. Los Angeles-based acting teacher Roy London has been helping Riley with what he calls "the mechanics and technology" he'll encounter on his new job as the host of NBC's NBA pre-game show, which gets under way Nov. 3 with coverage of a Lakers-San Antonio Spurs game. "I'm not so presumptuous as to think I can simply go in and handle a new career without the proper instruction," says Riley. "I need all the help I can get."

Asked whether his career aspirations also include acting, Riley says, "I'm not ruling out anything. If an acting opportunity comes up, I want to be ready."

A MOVING EXPERIENCE—ALMOST

In Hollywood, word travels fast, especially when Roseanne Barr and her husband. Tom Arnold, are the ones shooting off their mouths.

Barr and Arnold recently told a reporter they wanted to move themselves and Barfs hit ABC sitcom Roseanne to Prince's production facility, Paisley Park, in Minneapolis. Barr's co-star, John Goodman, arrived home from work on the day the story appeared in a Los Angeles newspaper and found, in his Hollywood Hills driveway, a real estate agent who said she understood he was moving to the Midwest and asked if she could list his house for sale.

"And I thought only lawyers chased ambulances," says Goodman.

Of course, no one is going anywhere. A spokesman for the show issued a statement saying that while the costs of moving the show appear to be prohibitive, the producers "will definitely take a look at it in the future." But don't start packing the china just yet.

ROBIN GETS TUBED

Director John (Die Hard) McTiernan couldn't have been happy last month when Morgan Creek Productions began filming its new movie, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, starring Kevin Costner.

At the time, McTiernan was developing his own Robin Hood at Twentieth Century Fox. But with no chance of beating Morgan Creek's project into production, Fox executives and McTiernan agreed to turn their Robin Hood into a three-hour TV movie for the Fox Broadcasting Co.

Co-starring for McTiernan will be Patrick (Mountains of the Moon) Bergin and Uma (Henry & June) Thurman. A source close to the production tells us that even though Fox got a late start. McTiernan's movie "will be on television before Costner's reaches the theaters."

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