GOOD MORNING from Cocoanut Grove, Fla.: “I left here in 1969 and I was destitute,” said Sylvester Stallone as he greeted 500 guests at his $ 10 million-plus mansion in the Vizcaya area of this South Florida resort where he plans to build a studio. “Now I’m a Floridian,” Sly beamed as he greeted neighbors, including Madonna and the hundred or so other visitors from Hollywood (California, that is) who were invited for Sunday night’s opening of the 10th Planet Hollywood. Sly is partnered with Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the principals, producer Keith Barish and Robert Earl, in the celebrity chain. I’ve been to quite a few movie stars’ homes, but Sly’s is in a class of its own. The house was originally built by John Deere (as in tractors, etc.), and Sly has redone the estate to almost defy description. The grounds, including a half-mile-long circular driveway, extend from the main house (past a full-size guard home plus a guest house) across acres of lawn with a rushing creek, down to a jungle-like grove extending to Biscayne Bay where yachts waited to take guests cruising. En route to the dock, guests passed giant turtles lolling under tree branches almost covered with giant multicolored parrots. Mounted police patrolled the area (in case of an invasion by sea?) and dozens of model-like beauties in skin-tight, minuscule dresses wove their way through the celebrities and Hollywood execs. Inside, the mansion boasted three-story-high ceilings in major rooms and paintings by Sly and contemporary artists lining the walls — even in the elevator to the upstairs bedrooms where Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s infant Talullah was sleeping. Outside, artwork includes sculpture by Botero and live artwork boasting a silver-painted mime.
NO SIGN OF Stallone’s ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Flavin, of course, nor model-photographer Janice Dickinson. No sign of Roseanne Arnold — who just filed again for divorce — even though she and Tom Arnold had been photographed a week ago together at the Planet Hollywood in Minneapolis. But now, Tom showed up, very subdued and alone. He’s hopeful marriage counseling will help bring ’em back together … Don Johnson was there sans Melanie Griffith — she too had filed for divorce, you recall, then recanted. Also there as a single, Paula Abdul, who filed to divorce Emilio Estevez. Very interesting, n’est ce pas? … Guests were treated to Cuban paella cooked in a giant — 10 feet in diameter — pan, among a dozen food stations. A bandstand boasted Cuban music — with Gloria Estefan singing — and a steel band as well. As bodies swirled in the steamy Florida night, one observer noted, “This looks like a Fellini movie.” Indeed it did.
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER missed the party, but arrived in time for the restaurant opening. He had been shooting “Junior” in Northern California having wound looping “True Lies” two days earlier … Bruce Willis wings late Sunday to London for the first anni party of that city’s P.H. Willis continues to Cannes for a p.a. with “Pulp Fiction” and “The Color of Night” and the Andy Vajna party aboard Vajna’s chartered yacht … Many in the crew of Stallone’s recently completed “The Specialist” will next be working here in Florida (Naples) on “Just Cause” with Sean Connery, Laurence Fishburne and Blair Underwood … Meanwhile, Paul Reubens (Pee-wee Herman), here with a gorgeous brunette, told me he had no work plans at present — and didn’t seem the least bit concerned … LeVar Burton was also there, with his pregnant wife, Stephanie. And Luke Perry with his recent bride, Minnie … Among the guests was Stallone’s good friend, designer Gianni Versace, whose Lake Como villa could have been an inspiration for Sly’s Florida mansion. Versace’s building a compound where he’s transformed a ’20s hotel and an adjoining lot into his U.S. digs … Also here, Mark Canton along with producer-brother Neil C. … 20th Century Fox’s Tom Sherak was also there — both Fox and Columbia/TriStar have multipic plans with the eatery’s principals — and others on hand here. Top agents in attendance included Stallone’s Ron Meyer and Fred Specktor of CAA, ICM’s Lou Pitt who reps Schwarzenegger, and Ron Rifkin, Bruce’s Wm. Morris agent. Also there from Morris were John Burnham, Mike Gruber and Jack Gilardi, and Jake Bloom, attorney for all three principals, and CAA’s Mike Menchell. Also Luis Llosa, who directed Sly and Sharon Stone (in L.A. for charity honors) in “The Specialist.”
AMONG OTHER PLAYERS who winged in for Sly’s party and the opening were Wesley Snipes, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal, Christian Slater, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Secada, Patrick Swayze and wife Lisa Niemi, Marisa Tomei and Orlando Magic’s Shaquille O’Neal.