Sharon Stone fashion flashin'

Report her to PETA! Star says yes to butts, no to beavers; Moby: "Knob Touch" story got out of hand; Jimmy Smits cast in next "Star Wars"?

By Amy Reiter

Published June 5, 2000 7:06PM (EDT)

Well, call me Ishmael!

Turns out Moby's dick-dangling party game was just a fish story. He's now come forward to tell the world that he was kidding -- kidding! -- when he told Britain's Q magazine that he and his buddies like to sic their trouser snakes on unsuspecting celebrities at parties.

"The funny thing about Knob Touch," the techno-music trailblazer confessed to Radio One, "every now and then I'll do an interview and I'll say something completely outlandish to see if it'll actually get printed. So Knob Touch is this thing that some friends of mine talked about. I don't know if they've ever actually done it, and the truth is it was kind of a joke that's taken on a life of its own!"

Sounds like someone's been taking PR lessons from Gina Gershon.

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He's gotta be kidding, too ...

"I'm hung like a schoolboy. You could cover it with a thimble and have room to spare. It works fine though."

-- Jon Bon Jovi on his touchingly diminutive knob, in the U.K. Sun.

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She, however, may be serious ...

Sharon Stone is the last person I'd expect to come forward to denounce beaver flashing -- but there she is in this month's Marie Claire, doing just that.

"I don't care for modern dresses that actually show the vagina, where the vagina becomes part of the look," the "Basic Instinct" star shares. "I think a vagina should be shown at home. Or in the backseat of a car."

Buttocks, however, are free to make a fashion statement, Stone says, especially if they're attached to Jennifer Lopez, whose assets she greatly admires. "I think she's really sexy and fun and alive," says Stone, "and I love that she celebrates her body ... particularly her butt."

And you thought actresses never said anything nice about each other ...

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Talk about excessive

"I think of him all the time. I feel him around. I feel him watching over me very strongly sometimes."

-- Australian pop star Kylie Minogue on how the late INXS singer Michael Hutchence, whom she dated for 15 months about a decade ago, continues to watch over her, in the U.K.'s She magazine.

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Juicy bits

The "Star Wars" casting buzz just doesn't stop. The latest rumor, from the Canadian film Web site Coming Attractions, is that Jimmy Smits, formerly of "N.Y.P.D. Blue" fame, will take a small role in "Episode II" that will lead to a larger one in "Episode III." Reps for Smits, however, are neither confirming nor denying the story ...

The road to recovery: Bob Hope is reportedly on the mend after receiving emergency treatment for intestinal bleeding last Thursday. Hope's physician, Dr. Gary Annunziata, said the 97-year-old comedian is expected to recuperate. "He is strong and in relatively good health. He looks good," the doctor said. In other words, don't start singing "Thanks for the Memories" just yet.

Patrick Swayze is clearly a better pilot than he is a dancer. The actor walked away apparently unhurt after a plane he was flying clipped its wing on a light pole and made an emergency landing on an empty street in central Arizona. FAA officials told the Associated Press they understood that the plane had developed the same pressurization problem that led to the demise of pro golfer Payne Stewart and four others last October.

Is it all over for Roller Girl and the Brother McMullen? The Daily News' Mitchell Fink reports that Heather Graham and Ed Burns split about a month ago, but are on friendly enough terms to promote their new romantic comedy, "Sidewalks of New York," next fall. Guess she wasn't the one after all ...

Perhaps you've wondered, over the years, just what Tom Jones does with all those undies his adoring fans fling at him whenever he performs? Wonder no more: He recycles them. Lucy Ellis and Byrony Sutherland, who've just penned the book "Tom Jones: Close Up," tell Wireless Flash News that every year the thousands of panties that come hurtling the singer's way get gathered up and shipped off to charities -- and make it as far as Africa. That's one heck of a throw.

But perhaps Tom isn't getting the most money mileage out of those spare panties. For that, he might consult Debbie Harry, who, according to the New York Post, has just auctioned off a pair of her panties for $500. The proceeds from that and other Harry-related items sold to the highest bidders at a party in honor of the singer's first authorized biography will be donated to the Humane Society.

Get ready to smell the glove yet again. "This Is Spinal Tap" is coming again to a theater near you. MGM plans to release the film in select U.S. theaters on Sept. 8, and will release a new batch of DVD and VHS copies of the classic flick thereafter. What's more, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer will slip back into character (as will Fran Drescher, who played the group's rep in the film) to promote the re-release on VH1's "The Hit" on June 22. Unless, of course, they get lost backstage ...

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