First Sharon Stone, now Julia Roberts. Movie stars just aren’t safe in Rome anymore. Last week, Stone nearly caused a riot when she went for Oscar fittings with Valentino on the Via Condotti. Roberts was similarly barraged by paparazzi from the minute she got off the plane, just days later. She had to once again deny her reported affair with that Venetian gondolier named Marietto. “He wasn’t even a gondolier,” she explained — he was a motorboat driver. The photographers thwarted Roberts’s attempt to purchase a bag at Prada’s boutique, also on the Via Condotti, where she was so flustered by the flashbulbs that she fled back to the safe haven of her hotel.
After some minor recasting, director Spike Lee has reopened Spike’s Joint, his Brooklyn store. Lee has hired Tiffani Roberts, formerly an assistant buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York, to head his merchandising division. The store carries a variety of products spawned from Lee’s film company, 40 Acres & A Mule, including T-shirts, hats and sports jerseys, as well as films and music. Lee also operates a Spike’s Joint on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.