"It's not going to be about the Police." That's what Sting told me about his book, a memoir he's busy writing for the Dial Press' Susan Kamil.
At Elton John's InStyle party — the one at which Halle Berry and Denzel Washington chose to spend the bulk of Sunday night with Mel Gibson, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, John Goodman, Sissy Spacek, ELO's Jeff Lynne, Rosanna Arquette, Winona Ryder, and a galaxy of young, hip stars like Dominique Swain and Scarlett Johansson — Sting was in a voluble mood.
He and wife Trudie Styler cut quite a path through the celebrity world. They are the most attractive, erudite and politically active couple around.
Styler, who is the most style-ish creature at any party, once again sported a Jean Paul Gaultier gown that snatched attention from most of the movie stars at the Oscars. She is always producing a movie or two, but soon she will be acting in one. Just for practice.
As for Sting: So he didn't win the Oscar for best song for "Until" from Kate and Leopold. It doesn't matter. He's writing that book, for which he got paid a significantly high amount.
"But I'm not discussing money with you," he laughed. Sting said: "I'm writing it myself. I'm about 45,000 words in so far. It's all about my life before I became Sting. It's a novelized autobiography."
The main character's name, of course, is Sting.
Meanwhile, after taking a year off, Sting and Trudie will be back with a Rainforest Foundation concert at Carnegie Hall on April 13. No doubt their regular list of guest stars will show up — Elton, Tony Bennett, etc.
But Sting assures me his memoir will not be about his political activism. No diatribes about saving the Amazon. Sign me up for a copy now.
Sting did not remember, by the way, that Miramax had released The Secret Policeman's Other Ball way back in 1982. That movie featured Sting doing wonderful acoustic versions of "Message in a Bottle" and "Roxanne." When he performed at Miramax's Saturday night "Max Awards," it was kind of perfect symmetry.
"How nice that you play the guitar and sing," I said to him, "you should think about a career."
"Is all that necessary?" Sting quipped back. "Anyway, that was a tough room." I guess he found it a bit daunting to perform in front of executives from five major movie studios.
It's not like everyone in the Hollywood crowd is living it up. Take Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgen, who made the documentary The Kid Stays in the Picture about '70s movie producer Robert Evans.
All week long, Evans, Barry Diller and the documentary's executive producer, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, held fancy-shmancy screenings at Evans' Hollywood Hills estate for the high and mighty. First-class all the way.
On Tuesday night, Morgen and Burstein finally returned from L.A. to New York — not on a private plane, or in first class, but on JetBlue, the discount airline that flies between Long Beach Airport (a 45-minute drive from downtown Beverly Hills with no traffic) and JFK. Average ticket price: $150. JetBlue doesn't serve food, but they do have DirectTV. Now that's glamorous!
By the way, if you're too young to know who Evans is, check out Dustin Hoffman in Wag the Dog. His performance is said to be a dead-on imitation of this quintessential Hollywood wheeler and dealer.
I know that the New York Post's Page Six told the world about Britney "Asparagus" Spears getting dumped by Justin Timberlake. Now the word is out that Justin and Alicia Keys have been keeping company in Los Angeles.
Does this all stem from Clive Davis' famous pre-Grammy night party at the Beverly Hills Hotel? Indeed, it must. As I reported in this space, Alicia entertained on stage while Justin, Brit and the 'N Sync gang had the center-front table.
When Britney made her startling admission to me — that she didn't know who Yoko Ono or Linda McCartney were — Justin and the gang ferociously mocked her. In fact, even Justin's mom — who seemed quite nice — was incredulous.
I did notice this: Justin and Britney had almost no physical contact all night. And when it was time for all the singers in the room to join Keys on stage, Justin jumped at the chance and really dove into the gig. He sang up a storm and really took over. Britney, on the other hand, stayed in her seat and sat on her hands.
Just in case you were wondering, Leighanne Littrell — wife of Brian, lead singer of the Backstreet Boys — knows who Yoko is.
"I guess I'm her in our band," Leighanne joked with me the other night. "Of course, I'm not trying to break up our guys."
Quite the opposite, in fact. Leighanne, by the way, stars in a sci-fi movie soon.