I can tell when a party is going to be a smash when I first walk in the door, can't you? There's something in the air, something almost palpable -- a subtle feeling that tonight everything will mesh and it's going to be fun. (You can pick up negative...

During the course of the evening, it was learned that while they were in college, Diane Sawyer and Jamie Niven had a blind date. "And you never called me back afterward," twitted Diane, while Jamie blushed and said gallantly he didn't think she was interested in him. "I sat by the phone waiting and waiting and nothing," teased the stunning Diane. "Maybe that's why I'm so warped and twisted." Oh, sure. We should all be so warped and twisted.

Will Julia Roberts hit the all-time high for a woman screen star starting with her next picture? The word is she'll take home $12 million, two million up from the last time around.

Do you believe for a minute that Princess Caroline of Monaco is in an interesting condition? Via her lover Vincent Lindon? And that whatever is supposed to happen is supposed to happen in November?

From the video cam on her cap to the camera lights on her bosom, everything is outrageous about Spanish bombshell Victoria Abril's portrayal of the scar-faced, trashy, tabloid TV reporter/host in Pedro Almodùvar's latest shocker, "Kika." Jean Paul Gaultier designed the astonishing attire for Abril, who finds Hollywood parties dull and boring. "Everyone always talks about 'the business,"' she complains. "But at one party, a woman came over to me and we talked about everything except films. She's the most 'normal' person I've met in Hollywood -- Madonna!" Time to screw that video cam on your cap and fly back to Madrid, honey.

Their friends think Natasha Richardson and her lover, Liam Neeson, are planning to marry the minute the ink is dry on her divorce from producer Robert Fox. It certainly seems Natasha has tamed Neeson, whose name has been linked with everyone from Julia Roberts to Brooke Shields. And after they wrap up "Nell," now filming in Arkansas, the lovebirds will fly off to Scotland, where Liam will play the 18th-century kilted swashbuckler Rob Roy. The only problem is, with their busy schedules, they can't find time for a wedding. Oh, yes, they can. In the immortal words of some matchmaker, "You want to get married -- you get married."
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