GOOD MORNING: Sharon Stone, on the phone Monday from London, had just come in from the day’s shoot on “Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction,” and the movies’ sexiest dramatic actress announced to me she was just about to fix dinner. Accompanying her to England are her 5-year-old son Roan and 1-month-old son Laird. When I asked if she planned more children, she laughed, “You never know.” She sounded her usual ebullient self, happy with life, thrilled with her children and delighted with her July 1 trip to Prague (between days on “Instinct”) to receive the Karlovy Vary Crystal Globe Award. She also admits excitement about meeting up with fellow honoree Robert Redford at Karlovy Vary, saying she’d like to do a film with him. As for the new “Instinct,” Stone says she is “loving every minute” of the Michael Caton-Jones-directed film co-starring David Morrissey. “It’s a very film noir film, like a European film” — she enumerated all the below-the-liners as the tops in European filmmaking. As for her “Basic 2” role, in which she has a relationship with a psychiatrist, Sharon says, “I’m older. slicker, smarter, witty — and I’m still single.” As soon as she winds the movie, Sharon said she wings home to guestar in the season premiere of Showtime’s “Huff,” in which Hank Azaria stars as psychiatrist Dr. Craig “Huff” Huffstodt. Sharon says she’ll appear in two segments.
“IT’S ECONOMIC CENSORSHIP,” John Waters says of the “neuter” DVD version of his “A Dirty Shame,” which bows today in an R-rated version for family-themed chain stores and markets while the original NC-17 “Shame” is in DVD outlets. He reminds he had to shoot “an alternate version of every scene for 4-year-olds. I had to take out every four-letter word.” When the “soft-core” scenes were converted, he claims the result was “more perverted.” Waters is back from a European tour with the original film — with no rating restrictions , claiming, “There was no censorship problem at all in Europe.” He agrees the NC-17 rating hurt domestic B.O. (it only did $1.4 million); however, the world market is solid. Besides, “My movies don’t go away,” he boasts. He’s readying his “Cry-Baby” for B’way and “John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You” series for the Here! Channel … “A cure has been found, but we need to fund it,” Helen Harris told the SRO audience at the BevHilton Sunday night for the 32nd annual Vision Awards — $600,000 was raised to continue the fight against blindness with research on a cure for retinitis pigmentosa. Paula Abdul, who graciously answered an SOS to guest host the awards with yours truly, is on “vacation” now that “American Idol” has wound the season. The search — from an estimated 100,000 aspirants — doesn’t start until Aug.-Sept., with auditions starting in Boston and wrapping around the country up to the January start at CBS Hollywood. Abdul is developing her own variety-talkshow and will license her name brand.
I CAN’T WAIT to see the AFI’s Life Achievement Award show tribute when it airs June 20 on the USA Network — because my teeth were chattering so loudly from the freezing a/c in the Kodak Theater that it was hard to concentrate on the multitalented program onstage. However, the appearances of participants in Lucas’ movies and the film clips from their youth made for a glorious reminder of the genius of George Lucas. William Shatner’s opening routine taking off on his own (his) “Star Trek” pix was a sensaysh launch to the show. At the post-party I chatted with Alan Ladd Jr. (and wife Cindra), who reminded me he was head of 20th-Fox when he gave the go-ahead to Lucas on the initial “Star Wars.” The budget was $6 million, and when it went to $9.5 million the studio exec board fired Ladd. And, Ladd added, none of the board — except one — liked the film: The exception was Grace Kelly. At the party, the AFI program’s “stars” were shunted to a stage, but I did manage to have a second with a genial Harrison Ford (and Calista Flockhart). When I asked about a start of the new “Indiana Jones,” he allowed, “They’re still working on a script” … While Paris Hilton and her mom, Kathy, got most of the space at Sunday’s Gay Pride Parade in West Hollywood — the grand marshal of the 1987 parade also was on hand — in a 1952 Chevy convertible. She is Mamie Van Doren, the blonde bombshell of “High School Confidential,” “Sex Kittens Go to College,” “The Girl in the Black Stockings” (with Anne Bancroft) and “Teachers Pet” with Clark Gable and Doris Day. Van Doren, now 72, showed up in a low-cut bra, bare midriff and shorts. She’s married 31 years to retired space engineer Thomas Dixon and has a profitable Web site selling videos she and Dixon shoot.