DEPP AND RYDER: HOUSES DIVIDED?
and Winona Ryder may not have scheduled a walk down the aisle just yet, but a source close to the couple denies their relationship is on the skids, as suggested by a recently published report.
"Johnny and Winona are still together, still engaged," says the source, adding that rumors might be circulating because "Johnny and Winona now own separate houses" in Los Angeles, each in his own name.
Ryder has owned her house since early this year. Depp just bought his, "after looking for the past 18 months. And he did it for tax reasons. It had nothing to do with his relationship with Winona." Having two houses, adds the source, "means they can stay in both places. It also means that when they're fighting, they each have a house to go to."
KYLE MACLACHLAN WATCHES HIS LANGUAGE
Kyle MacLachlan, who played food-obsessed Agent Cooper on the canceled Twin Peaks, was in England recently to film four commercials for Ruffles potato chips, or, as the British call them, crisps.
The original script called for a trench coat-wearing MacLachlan to praise Ruffles in Agent Cooperese as "damn fine crisps." MacLachlan, however, ended up filming two versions of the ad after a British advertising regulatory group ruled that "damn" would offend younger viewers.
Now English telly watchers—the ad won't be airing stateside—can see MacLachlan praising "darn fine crisps" before 9 P.M. and "damn fine" ones after.
Meanwhile, we hear MacLachlan is considering playing opposite Suzy (Rocket Gibraltar) Amis in Bruce (Driving Miss Daisy) Beresford's next film, Rich in Love, a drama about a teenage girl whose parents divorce.
JFK JR. ON FILM: ONE BRIEF SHINING MOMENT
John F. Kennedy Jr. may be coming to your multiplex soon—onscreen, that is.
Kennedy, in real life a Manhattan assistant district attorney, has a two-line cameo in a low-budget independent film, A Matter of Degrees, which opens in Manhattan on Aug. 2. The legal eaglet plays a guitarstrummin' Lothario opposite Kate Mailer, the actress daughter of Norman Mailer. The film was produced in Providence for $1.5 million in 1988 by a former classmate of Kennedy's at Brown University.
"John had injured his foot at the time, but he schlepped all the way up to Providence and hobbled around all night for 10 seconds of celluloid fame," says a source close to the movie. "It was a favor to his friends, but I think he enjoyed it."
The movie, a collegiate coming-of-age drama, stars Kennedy's sometime girlfriend, actress Christina Haag, and Arye (Coupe de Ville) Gross, plus cameos by the B52s' Fred Schneider and Kate Pierson. It has already had brief, unpublicized runs and gotten mixed reviews in Boston, Providence and Seattle.
Our biggest scoop: A scene with John singing a less than flattering version of Elvis Costello's Alison's ended up on the cutting-room floor, partly because the film was so low-budget that the producers couldn't pay for the rights. According to our source, "It was hilarious, his best scene."