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Le Cirque headed to eastside

ON MAY 31 when Sirio Maccioni opens his third incarnation of Le Cirque restaurant, I’m sure the spanking new Bloomberg Building will be hung with lights, silks, satins, great china, sparkling crystal and many surprises. Glamour will be alive and well on the eastside. Going east on either 58th or 59th streets, between Lexington and Third, will deliver you to the new Le Cirque. … I took a tour with Sirio through his new quarters with its gleaming kitchens, huge elevators, a “chocolate room,” the 100-seat dining room, 80-person bar and private upstairs salon. Sirio argued that he wanted a huge elephant placed up over the entrance and his workers told him why this could not be. He wasn’t convinced. … “We will be ready,” he says. “Make your reservations. And in this Le Cirque, everything will be offered on the menu a la carte.” … Male guests will have to wear jackets in Le Cirque. “And I am against sneakers, running shoes and blue jeans,” he noted. Jackets for borrowing are being made by Stefano Ricci. “If the guest likes the jacket, he can buy it.” I asked the price. Sirio shrugged. “I’m not sure. Maybe about $1,500 apiece. Something like that.”

DEMI MOORE is about to finalize a deal to star in a feature film about Coco Chanel’s life. Demi is a good actress, with a deep dramatic voice, and as Charles Laughton once said, referring to career risks, “never stop trying to hang yourself.” Moore is overdue for a return to the screen. … Unlike that fabulous Broadway musical curiosity, “Coco,” which starred a singing Katharine Hepburn (talk about risking hanging yourself!), Demi’s movie of Chanel’s life will take the designer from her 20s. It will march through Chanel’s brief career as a singer, her many amours (one well-heeled lover set her up in business), her controversial affair with a Nazi officer, her great fashion comeback in the 1950s and on to her death at age 81. By that time her clothes, her fragrance — Chanel No. 5 — and her philosophies were legend.

HBO’S WICKED series “Rome” begins filming its second season any minute. I loved this deliciously sordid — and quite gory — romp through antiquity. Press visiting the spectacularly realistic “Rome” set receive a bonus tour of the film studio Cinecitta. Jonathan Stamp, an Oxford-educated historian, who serves as a series consultant, explains each and every replicated building, statue and letter of graffiti. (This is not the gleaming white monumental Rome of other movies. This is more down and dirty, with the columns and statuary painted in bright colors. Later, as the empire matured, the colossal architecture we now associate with the Eternal City came to be built.)

KEVIN ZEGERS, one of Hollywood’s new “It” boys thanks to his touching performance opposite Felicity Huffman in “Transamerica,” will receive the Chopard Trophy for Male Revelation in Cannes. Elton John, executive producer of Zegers’ new film, “It’s a Boy Girl Thing,” presents the honor to young Mr. Zegers. … Sting and his wife Trudie Styler again headline their annual Rainforest Foundation Fund Benefit concert at Carnegie Hall. This happens Thursday. The theme this year is “Shades of Woodstock.” On board so far — Sheryl Crow, Billy Joel, Lenny Kravitz and James Taylor. And, of course, Sting himself. It’s one of New York City’s big events. Call (212) 245-6570 for ticket info.

TYNE DALY will host the Manhattan Theater Club’s spring gala Monday. This night will boast the fab Cynthia Nixon as well as casts of “Jersey Boys,” “The Color Purple,” “The Drowsy Chaperone” and “The Wedding Singer.” Call (212) 399-3000 ext. 342 … Primary Stages on Tuesday offers the annual Dorothy Strelsin Fresh Ink Readings at the 45th Street Theatre. This brings together emerging playwrights. … The biggest worst-kept secret is that the newlywed Glenn Close will come back to Broadway in Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music.”

(E-mail Liz Smith at MES3838@aol.com)

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