updated 08/25/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/25/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Michael Bolton has cut his long, flowing locks, and the stunning result is more than merely a trim. "His hair looks like George Clooney's now," Bolton's rep confirms. "Michael wanted a new image." But don't look for the new do anytime soon. For one thing, Bolton, who recently split with actress Ashley Judd, hasn't been going out much. He's busy recording a new album in L.A. and New York City. Between sessions the singer has taken to covering up with a baseball cap, which he'll finally doff, we're told, once he completes the album, his 13th, due out sometime this fall....
Lost in Space appears to have lost track of the time. The big-screen adaptation of the '60s TV series, which began filming in London last March, was meant to wrap in July. But the $70 million shoot, starring William Hurt, Gary Oldman, Mimi Rogers, Friends' Matt LeBlanc and Party of Five's Lacey Chabert, was laden with special effects, some of which kept LeBlanc and Chabert on the set until the last possible minute. LeBlanc, who plays Joey on the NBC sitcom, arrived back in L.A. on Aug. 10, just one jet-lagged day before he was due on the Friends set. He can swap war stories with Friends costar David Schwimmer (Ross), who made it back to L.A. the same day as LeBlanc after catching an overnight flight from Hawaii, where he was shooting his summer-hiatus movie Six Days/Seven Nights, with Harrison Ford and Anne Heche....
Scott Weiland, lead singer of the Stone Temple Pilots, is making a solo trek back from cocaine-and heroin-induced early retirement. Although the Pilots haven't disbanded, Weiland—who was at a California rehab facility this past winter—is recording his own album and a cut for the soundtrack of Great Expectations, a modern reworking of the Dickens classic starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke and premiering in December. To see how he'd do as a single act, Weiland turned up unbilled recently at a Hollywood hot spot—called, ironically, the Opium Den—where he sang his new song "Barbarella," before a crowd of 150. The club's name doesn't faze Weiland's new manager Arnold Stiefel, who says, "That shows how confident Scott is in his newfound sobriety."
Mitchell Fink is on vacation