Now that former clerk Quentin Tarantino has made it big, it could be that the new place to spot would-be movers and shakers is the video counter.
A recent example of ruthless video climbing: While slogging through the racks at our local video store, we were relieved to hear a fellow shopper mention "the funniest movie ever."
Thinking our comedy wishes were fulfilled, we asked which film he was referring to. "I'm not going to tell you because then you might rent it first," he said, at which point his friend congratulated him on his snappy retort.
"Hey," the stonewalling vidiot said with a smile, "that's why I'm going places."
The object of the chase? "My Favorite Year."
A Matter for the FBI: We can't help but observe that publicists are getting younger or perhaps just more harried.
The letter inviting us to Ronald Reagan's recent 85th birthday party began, ". . . Mr. Reagan will become only the ninth president to have surpassed the age of 80. In doing so, he will join James Madison, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Thomas Jefferson, J. Edgar Hoover, Harry Truman, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford."
J. Edgar Hoover?
Isn't it enough that poor Herbert got blamed for the Depression?
A Fashion Fit: Women's Wear Daily debuted its online fashion site this week called Style Channel.
Its sartorial bites on the upcoming Oscars: Mira Sorvino is flying to Milan to have Armani personally fit her gown.
Emma Thompson will likewise don Armani (priced sans air fare), while Kathleen Quinlan will wear a green cut velvet gown by Pamela Barish.
WWD's prediction for best accessory? The bare back.
--COMPILED BY THE SOCIAL CLIMES STAFF