By  on January 12, 1994

Now that Demi Moore is set to play the scorned adulteress, Hester Prynne, in "The Scarlet Letter," the film remake of the famous Nathaniel Hawthorne classic, an offer is out to Richard Gere to co-star with Demi. (The thought occurs that maybe it comes as news to you that Demi was set for the picture in the first place -- if so, be my guest). The story goes that Mel Gibson was first offered the male lead but that he passed. Maybe he'll hate himself in the morning for that decision. On the other hand, maybe he won't. Whatever, the film will be directed by Roland Joffe, who made the great movie "The Killing Fields." Oh, and as anyone up on his ancient Hollywood history knows, "The Scarlet Letter" was made into a movie decades and decades ago with the famous stage actress Jeanne Eagels playing Hester to the hilt.

Changing agents in Hollywood is just another form of Musical Chairs. "What have you done for me lately?" is the credo movieland lives by. The latest star to convince herself that the grass is always greener elsewhere is Kim Basinger, who left her agent at ICM and signed with CAA's Ron Meyer, often described as "the second most powerful man in Hollywood," where they toss hyperbole to the winds on a regular basis. Not that Meyer doesn't have a stable of high-strung mares and fillies, including Goldie Hawn, Jane Fonda, Madonna, Whoopi Goldberg and Cher, plus such stallions as Sylvester Stallone, Michael Douglas and Alec Baldwin, Kim's handsome husband, who has just about completed filming in Los Angeles on "The Shadow" for producer Martin Bregman.

The author, A.E. Hotchner and Ursula, his wife of many years, have decided the marriage has run its course and there's no use prolonging the inevitable. Actually, it was Ursula who decided.

Catty chatter under the catwalks has it that supermodel Naomi Campbell changes her hairdo frequently to please her loved one, U2 bassist Adam Clayton. The cats say she needn't bother, that Adam really prefers her au naturel -- or at least topless.

Speaking of that sort of thing, Claudia Schiffer has been photographed without anything on at all from the waist up in the French Antilles on the beach in Saint Barthelmey. Her love, the magician David Copperfield -- you first read about their romance here -- was nowhere to be seen. Unless he made himself disappear. Oh, hahahahaha.

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