STONE CODE Scott Kalvert (The Basketball Diaries) remains mum on his abrupt departure from Sharon Stone’s remake of John Casavetes’ 1980 tough-gal thriller Gloria (”creative differences” is all his agent will allow). However, Kalvert’s replacement, Sidney Lumet — who led Stone’s friend Faye Dunaway to an Oscar in Network and who will begin shooting Gloria in New York in October — is already getting two thumbs up from the star. ”It was always a dream of mine to work with Sidney Lumet,” says Stone. ”So much so that it became a code between me and my friends. They would ask, ‘How’d it go?’ and I’d say, ‘No Sidney today.”’ As they say in Hollywood: When Sharon Stone’s happy, nobody gets hurt.
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