The theme song of the Anna Nicole Smith saga should be a tweak on Warren Zevon's "Lawyers, Guns and Money." Substitute drugs for guns.
On Friday, you read here exclusively about Anna Nicole's shrink and best friend sending a fax to a Los Angeles doctor asking for at least five different kinds of major painkillers in high doses. She wanted them to be sent by courier to the Bahamas, where Smith had just given birth to a baby girl and lost her son to a methadone overdose. That was Sept. 15, 2006.
Until Friday, other media outlets had set up Dr. Sandeep Kapoor as the culprit in Smith's drug addiction. But it was Dr. Kapoor who turned down the request from Dr. Khristine Eroshevich.
The latter doctor now identifies herself as "Kris" in most communications, especially with "Entertainment Tonight," where she has sold a lot of "exclusive" interviews.
Suddenly Kapoor is out of the running as Dr. Feelgood, and Eroshevich is in. On Thursday night, this column received letters from both her lawyer and a lawyer for Howard K. Stern claiming that Dr. Eroshevich's fax to Dr. Kapoor was "confidential."
Bruce Ross said he was representing Stern, executor of the estate of "Anna Nichole Smith." Ross didn't even know the spelling of the deceased's name, even though she may be the most famous person in the world right now.
That's not a good sign.
But clearly, Stern is more afraid of that toxicology report from the Florida medical examiner than anything else.
In the meantime, Larry Birkhead has just fired his lawyer, Debra Opri, after months of fighting with her. Readers of this column know that Birkhead and Opri didn't get along, didn't agree on her media involvement or course of action with Stern.
Opri likes to be on TV; Birkhead desired a different approach. Of course, when DNA results come in this week, Birkhead may be in a much stronger position than ever before.
Birkhead, by the way, is probably not on the good side of "Entertainment Tonight" anyway. He sued them several years ago, along with actress Ashley Judd, claiming they had maligned him over an article he had written about Judd in USA Today. The suit was settled out of court.
Bobby Kennedy Jr., often talked about now as a player in New York state politics after years of lying low, is going the route of Al Gore.
Kennedy, an avowed environmentalist for years associated with National Resources Defense Council and Riverkeeper, has authorized a documentary to be made based on his book "Crimes Against Nature."
The film will be directed by Angus Yates, written by Clara Bingham and produced by Yates and Bingham with Timothy Rockwood and Sarah Johnson Redlich. Los Angeles attorney Bill Grantham is the executive producer.
Their company will make it, even though Kennedy's sister, Rory, is a well-known, established and respected documentary filmmaker.
Yates carries his own journalistic pedigree. He is the stepson of legendary CBS newsman Mike Wallace. His company, Newsmaker Productions, is named as an homage to Wallace's old company.
Kennedy, like Gore, will be a featured player in the film, which is expected to be in theaters before the November 2008 elections.
"He will be a major player in the movie as opposed to Gore, who was in every scene," a source said.
Kennedy will be filmed conducting the town meetings he has become famous for over the years. The movie will discuss what was in the book, a source said, criticizing policies of the Bush administration in dealing with the ecology.
If "Crimes Against Nature" is as big a hit as Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth," then Kennedy will have a platform from which to launch whatever political campaign he needs in New York.
Right now, the word in New York political circles is that if Hillary Clinton were to become president, Gov. Eliot Spitzer could do a couple of things that would remind voters of the gloried past.
He could either appoint Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to her post and make Kennedy his new attorney general, or he could even let Kennedy fill out Clinton’s term as the U.S. senator from New York.
Is Paramount TV moving "The Insider" to New York? And what would that mean for co-host Pat O'Brien?
Sources say that if the syndicated half-hour knock-off of "Entertainment Tonight" is indeed shifted to Manhattan, O'Brien may have a problem.
"He's engaged to a woman who's got kids in Los Angeles and can't move them," said, well, an insider.
Right now, the show is hosted on the left coast by O'Brien and on the right one by Lara Spencer. Apparently Spencer is being groomed to replace Mary Hart, the show's beauteous veteran star who has been with it, I believe, since 1910.
Hart is said to get between $5 and $6 million a year, by the way, which isn't chump change considering her main job description is "looking good."
I like Lara Spencer, but I hope Hart isn't eased out so fast. After all, she is known in media history for two things: someone who once insured her legs once for a million bucks, and in the "Seinfeld" where Kramer barked when he heard her voice.
And what of "The Insider"? It's such a terrible waste of time. The show gets "inside" very little unless Paramount TV has paid for it in advance. That half hour could be so well served by a good game show, like "$2,000,000 Pyramid" or "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Now That Everyone Is?"
Chelsea Clinton was an unexpected guest last night at the premiere of Bob Shaye's movie, "The Last Mimzy."
Looking spiffy, Chelsea told me she decided to come along with a female friend and see what the hubbub was about.
She also told me she will be present this Saturday at a big fundraiser in Hollywood for her mom, who is running for president. You may have heard of her: Sen. Hillary Clinton.
"The Last Mimzy," which opens Friday, is a great family movie and terrific for kids. It is kind of a cross between "E.T." and "Jumanji."
On this upcoming weekend, parents will find "Mimzy" just the ticket. It's a compelling, light sci-fi tale that keeps kids interested but has nothing offensive. It's a relief. My nieces, Hannah and Charlotte, nearly 7, gave it four thumbs up.
Also at last night's premiere at the Museum of Natural History: stars Joely Richardson; Tim Hutton; Rainn Wilson; Matthew and Cari Modine; NBC chief Jeff Zucker; New Line's Toby Emmerich and his brother, Noah, who is also an actor; the Shayes and New Line's Michael and Ninah Lynne.