Pubdate: Fri, 02 Aug 2002
Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA)
Copyright: 2002 Hearst Communications Inc.
Author: Leah Garchik
Bookmark: (Cannabis)
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal)


Nicole Kidman and action movie hero Vin Diesel, who stars in "XXX," had 
dinner together at the Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills on Sunday night, 
reported the New York Daily News, which said she was giggling at his 
witticisms. Kidman's PR person said they were talking about working together.

Could be he was witty; could be there's a project; could be this scene took 
place in public to enable columnists describing it to give Diesel's new 
movie a boost. So there.

Meanwhile, shooting "Saving Private Ryan" in England, Diesel turned 30, so 
Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg threw him a dinner party. Diesel told GQ 
that he flew his mother to the party, and was so excited that he asked her, 
"Mom, aren't you stoked? You've got Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg hosting 
a party where your son is the guest of honor. Doesn't that bug you out?"

In a motherly sort of way, it did. "I know who you are," she told the honoree.

REACHING OUT: At a fund-raiser for the athletic department of the 
University of Nevada at Reno last week, at the mansion of Nevada Gov. Kenny 
Guinn, Joe Montana sat at the governor's table and watched as three 49er 
jerseys he'd signed were auctioned for $20,000 each, and three helmets for 
$25, 000 each.

Among others sharing the table were former pro football player Joe Martin, 
who put the event together, and Jack McLaughlin, Nevada state 
superintendent of public instruction. Martin, a skillful networker whose 
college roommate was Roy Disney, has passed along to Clint Eastwood a Dirty 
Harry screenplay written by the Nevada official. "Everybody has hobbies," 
the screenwriter/educator told TIC.

S.F. FROM AFAR: San Francisco Supervisor Mark Leno, who was at Rita 
Moreno's Plush Room opening the other night, described debating medical 
marijuana policy with Clinton drug czar Gen. Barry McCaffrey on Monday's 
"Donahue" show.

Before the debate, McCaffrey said he'd be "talking with some pothead from 
California," and after the debate, he described Leno as "an improved 
version of Tom Cruise" who will "make a good icon to push this cause." Of 
course, Leno wasn't reluctant to pass along the news that he'd been 
compared to Cruise. He said, however, that he was mentioning it because 
McCaffrey's tone of voice was sarcastic, and he took it as an anti-gay crack.

GLIMPSES: The Sunset District's Chris Isaak was spied by Kim Becker at 
Hotei last Sunday night, having dinner with a blond woman in a black 
off-the-shoulder blouse (Ninth and Irving is a dressy location), and 
perusing a local real estate magazine.

"Brady Bunch" star Barry Williams was at Justin Herman Plaza on Thursday 
morning, posing for pictures with a peanut the size of last week's beached 
whale on a truck emblazoned "American Peanut Tour." In other news of 
commerce, the Duchess of York's picture was on free shopping bags 
distributed Wednesday by Westfield Shoppingtowns, which owns the San 
Francisco Centre. (Hard times for the royals: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince 
Philip "seemed unfazed," wire services reported, when eggs were thrown at 
their car during a tour of northern England.)

Furthermore, Billy Idol, Don Henley, k.d. lang and Andy Garcia worked out 
at Sports Club/LA in San Francisco this week, and Anthony Hopkins, Hannibal 
Lecter with a parasol-bearing drink, was spotted at the Fairmont Hotel's 
Tonga Room.

OVER THE BOUNDING MAIN: Larry Ellison skippered his own boat to victory 
last weekend in the IACCSF II Moro Trophy Regatta, "sidelining two of the 
world's best skippers" he'd hired to do the job, says a TIC spy. Practice 
makes perfect, but the spy says most sailors think "Larry could do with a 
lot of practice if he is to get behind the wheel of his yacht in the 
upcoming America's Cup."

And at Sunnyside Marina in Lake Tahoe on Wednesday, Clint Eastwood came in 
for repairs on his Sea-Doo contraption, its stern line having been "sucked 
up in his intake and wrapped around propulsion components," TIC spies said. 
The Marina staff fixed the problem and pronounced their low-key customer a 
regular guy who lent a hand in lifting the thing onto the forklift," tipped 
well and was last seen skiing into the sunset on water. Eat your heart out, 


"When I think about New York, it really boils down to this triangular piece 
of pizza. That, and the girls."

- - Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers on why he loves New York, in Rolling Stone.
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