Blabbermouths Anonymous

Edward Furlong loves cocktails, hates heroin and outs Ringo Starr; Bill Murray goes ballistic on billboards. Plus: Can Marge Simpson animate your sex life?

By Amy Reiter
December 8, 2000 10:51PM (UTC)
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Look, I'm no Alcoholics Anonymous expert, but I'm pretty sure Edward Furlong is breaking the rules -- big time.

After spending a month at Promises Malibu, a $1,000-a-day rehab facility that's hosted Hollywood party boys like Charlie Sheen, Christian Slater, Tim Allen and Andy Dick, the 23-year-old actor tells Us Weekly that he's trying to stay dry by going to regular AA meetings.


"My friends were like, 'Eddie, you're drinking too much, you're out too much, you've got to, like, slow down,'" he tells the magazine. "And that was true."

Furlong denies persistent rumors that he likes the harder stuff. He says he doesn't like coke and that he "never did heroin. No, no, no. If I did, I would say it."

He does seem to like to blab, sharing that at one AA meeting, "It was funny. I heard someone say we are all powerless to alcohol and drugs, and I thought, 'Hey, that sounds like a Beatle.' I looked around, and it was Ringo Starr."


I'm sorry, but isn't it a cardinal code of AA not to talk about other people in the group?

That's not only AA rule apparently lost on the young feller from "Terminator." Furlong says he's still tippling a bit from time to time. "Am I having a drink every night? No, not at all," he says. "It can be a good, sick feeling coming into a place. Everybody knows you. You're in front of the line. People hand you free cocktails. Lots of women are around. How can that not be a good feeling?"

And now a word from his sponsor ...?


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Inhale this

"I think that most small amounts of marijuana have been decriminalized in some places, and should be. We really need a reexamination of our entire policy on imprisonment."

-- President Clinton on whether people should be sent to jail for using or selling small amounts of pot, in Rolling Stone.


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Mary goes to prison?

She can turn the world on with a smile, and apparently she can also dabble in murder. In preparation for her upcoming role as Sante Kimes, who, with her son Kenneth, murdered New York socialite Irene Silverman, in the CBS made-for-TV movie "The Mother, the Son and the Socialite," Mary Tyler Moore has been hanging out in prison.


"I've been doing so much work, so much research on it," Moore told reporters this week. "I also went out to Rikers Island and spent the day out there talking with the people who worked with her, the police officers and also a few of the inmates who knew her, gathering information," Moore says. "The more information I have, the more fascinating she becomes to me. Because she was quite a lovable person, and it was all manipulation."

But how far will Moore's method take her in this role? MSNBC's Jeannette Walls reports that the script contains a steamy incest scene. "People testified that they shared motel rooms and slept together," a source familiar with the script tells Walls. "The scene in question is obviously post-coital."

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"I don't use the voice of Bart when I'm making love to my husband, but Marge's voice turns him on a little."

--Nancy Cartwright, the voice behind Bart Simpson, on sex and the Simpson girl.

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Juicy bits

Double Downey downer ... According to People magazine, Robert Downey Jr.'s little coke party might have started six weeks before he was arrested over Thanksgiving weekend. "He has been getting loaded on and off," says a source the magazine describes as close to Downey's estranged wife, Deborah Falconer. The source also says that, two weeks before his arrest, the actor left his 7-year-old son, Indio, with an assistant during a weekend visit and skipped out in the middle of the night to make a drug run. Not everyone in Downey's life is so forthcoming. "There are aspects of his life which are and should remain private matters," says Downey lawyer Daniel Brookman. Tell that to Edward Furlong.


You'd think that all that money "Charlie's Angels" is pulling in at the box office would mollify the peevish Bill Murray. But no. According to, the actor demanded that producers remove his image from a whopping billboard captioned "Bill Murray is Bosley," one of a series featuring each of the film's major stars. Sony took down the billboard, but apparently isn't too pleased about it, which casts more doubt on Murray's appearance in the sequel. "He was so much trouble that I don't think anyone's excited about necessarily having him back," one Sony exec told the Web site. I'm sure Lucy Liu will be heartbroken.

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