Hail to the chief

Rose McGowan pants over Bill Clinton and his big hands; celebs rake it in for America; Molly Ringwald and an aging New Kid come back to the block, Broadway-style!

By Amy Reiter

Published October 23, 2001 4:28PM (EDT)

Once an FOB, always an FOB.

Bill Clinton loyalists Harry Thomason and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason are teaming up with filmmaker Adam Friedman to make a film based on Salon contributor Joe Conason and Gene Lyons' book "The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton."

"We don't want to do a movie that is anti-Republican," Friedman told the Hollywood Reporter this week. "What we are anti is that the media was anti-journalism ... If a distorted viewpoint is repeated long enough, it becomes news. During the whole time when people were obsessing on Clinton's personal life, there were obviously bigger fish to fry. It's amazing what became news and what didn't."

The film is a documentary, which is just too darn bad because I've just decided that Rose McGowan would be the perfect actress to play Monica Lewinsky in the Clinton White House drama.

Why? The "Charmed" star tells Details she thinks the man from Hope is just dreamy.

"He has these large hands, he's charismatic and extremely bright," she sighs. "The only two sexual dreams I've ever had were about Bill Clinton: when he won the primary and the night he was sworn in."

Mercifully, McGowan does not share details, but the woman who was unafraid to call Marilyn Manson her fianci admits she's a little scared of what she might say were she to come across Clinton in the flesh. "I've been invited to this thing that he's going to be at," she says, "so now I'm terrified of the possibility of meeting him."

Quick, someone send this woman a black beret and a thong.

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She's rubber, you're glue ...

"I have checked on the rubber factor. There will be no rubber glued to my face. I have made sure hair and makeup and wardrobe [are] like a normal human being."

-- Jeri Ryan, who played the Borg Seven of Nine on "Star Trek: Voyager," on her new rubber-free role as a high school teacher on David E. Kelley's "Boston Public."

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Music, morale and mucho moolah

In case you were out enjoying summer weather last weekend instead of sticking close to the TV to gape at the three celeb-studded benefit concerts for the victims of 9/11, here's the bottom line:

Paul McCartney's Concert for NYC at Madison Square Garden Saturday night, which featured everyone from Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger and the Who to 'N Sync, the Backstreet Boys and Destiny's Child, raked in at least $14 million.

Meanwhile, Michael Jackson's Sunday marathon concert in Washington, United We Stand: What More Can I Give?, which included "morale-boosting" performances by Mariah Carey, P Diddy, Aerosmith and Bette Midler and set ticket prices considerably lower, raked in about $2 million.

No official word yet on how much the Country Freedom Concert benefit in Nashville, with Clint Black, Tim McGraw, Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack and Hank Williams Jr., among others, raised for Salvation Army relief efforts. But it was rich with twang and verve.

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And you thought the originals were pricey

"I bought a few posters  two Matisses and a Picasso."

-- Leelee Sobieski, 18-year-old star of the upcoming thriller "The Glass House," on what she did with the million bucks she made for working on the film, in People magazine.

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"BOOM!" blasts from the past

Old kids on the block?

The combo of former "Pretty in Pink"-ster Molly Ringwald and erstwhile New Kid on the Block Joey McIntyre in "tick, tick ... BOOM!" by the late Jonathan Larson ("Rent") has markedly changed the demographic appeal of the off-Broadway show.

"It used to be our audiences were about 40 percent gay people and 60 percent married couples, like other shows," the musical's spokesman, Richard Kornberg, tells me. "But ever since Joey joined the show last week, the audience has been 90 percent women."

And not your quiet unassuming gals either. Kornberg says it's like a Beatles concert. "These women are screaming like crazy and mobbing him after the show. It's unreal."

It's likely to get even more unreal tonight, when Backstreet Boy Howie D stops in to take in the show and pay his respects to McIntyre.

New Kid, meet newer kid.

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Amy Reiter

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