EW Staff
May 27, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

String of Pearl‘s: Even though Pearl Jam continues to dominate the Billboard charts with Vs. and Ten, the group will put out a new album in July-a startling break with record-industry tradition. The CD was recorded in short spurts while the band was on tour this past spring and is likely to include the song ”Noon Appointment,” a simple acoustic ballad featuring Eddie Vedder that has been a highlight of the band’s recent concerts. Epic Records refused to comment on the new album, but the impending release jibes with a remark made by drummer Dave Abbruzzese last October: ”Pearl Jam wants to do a new album every nine months,” he said, ”just like Kiss used to.”
Andy Langer

To The Fax: The filming of Maverick may be over, but Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster have not gone their separate ways. Instead, they’ve become the best of pen pals. ”We have a fax relationship,” says Foster, who’s now filming Nell. ”We draw really sick drawings and fax them to each other on our movie sets.” But Gibson, who is working on the Middle Ages drama Braveheart, won’t divulge the content of their correspondence. ”She’s the more creative artist,” says Gibson, ”but what exactly she draws is our secret, which will die with us.”
Cindy Pearlman

MIA CULPA: At a recent press junket for Mia Farrow’s Widows’ Peak, the press was told that questions about Woody Allen were strictly off-limits. Nevertheless, Farrow’s estranged companion was still a key topic. For instance, one journalist asked, ”Were you excited to be working with a different director after all those years with Woody Allen?” Mia calmly responded, ”Yeah. The Widows’ Peak director was a joy.” Then another writer queried: ”Do you feel like you’re back in the Hollywood loop after all those years with Woody Allen?” To which Mia replied: ”I got scripts during that time. It wasn’t practical to consider them.” But the most Woodyesque moment occurred when Farrow described the ordeal of writing her upcoming Doubleday autobiography much the way Allen would have. ”I had to learn to use a computer,” she remarked. ”I’m very frightened of my computer. I got a computer expert to come to my home and weed out all the options. Now I just have on, off, save, and print. If I see another option come up, I’ll feel like weeping.”

MAD ABOUT SHUE: The place: a New York City benefit for Andrew Shue’s youth service foundation, Do Something. The scene: Melrose Place fans screaming at the sight of Billy Campbell in the flesh. Big fan No. 1: Shue’s mom, Anne Harms, who confides, ”I never miss the show. He’s my favorite character. At least he doesn’t play that Mancini guy (Thomas Calabaro’s evil character).” Big fan No. 2: White House adviser George Stephanopoulos, who arrives with his Secret Service agents in tow. Asked if he is also hooked on Melrose Place, the civil servant skillfully demonstrates the art of the waffle. ”I’m usually working at that hour,” Stephanopoulos replies, ”but I get the tapes.”
Jessica Shaw

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