Over-the-top Taratino is answering the question 'What's new, pussycat?'

This rapacious new breed prowls alone and in packs, operating on any level. Anytime, anywhere and with anybody. Who are they? Your secretary, a doctor's receptionist or ... a go-go dancer!"

This was part of the deadpan opening narration to Russ Meyer's 1965 cult trash movie classic, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (Meyers also gave the world The Immoral Mr. Teas and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.)


Pussycat was about three powerful, murderous, bike-riding strippers, played memorably by Tura Satana, Lori Williams and Haji. You won't see TCM's Robert Osborne discussing this trio, but believe me, millions of film fans who cherish a certain lurid genre revere these names.

I told you a while back that Quentin Tarantino - no slouch in the over-the-top department - is eager to remake Pussycat. And now he thinks he may have found at least one of his leading ladies in the form of Tera Patrick, who is the No. 1 "erotic performer" in the world. Montana-born Miss Patrick received a degree in biology from the University of Boise and worked as an emergency tech nurse. Still, she had a higher calling. Modeling led to work in the adult film field, and now she's rolling in it. Money, that is.


But, though still a hot ticket - and remarkably sophisticated and grounded, considering the milieu she rules, Tera says, "I am the first to admit I can't do this forever! I'd love to cross over and do more 'regular' movies." Tarantino thinks his Pussycat remake might be the mainstream jumpstart Tera needs.

In the meantime, Tera and her husband, musician Evan Seinfeld, continue to build on their joint endeavor, Teravision, which produces her films for distribution. This is a uniquely American success story, even if it is not quite what Horatio Alger had in mind!

Notes on Barbra Streisand

Ready for a whiplash change of pace? Barbra Streisand! (I'm sure the greatest star by far will object to following a porn actress, but it's the new century, darling.)

Barbra is reportedly so fond of sax man/composer Doc Kupka's new CD of ballads, Doc Goes Hollywood, (vocals by John Lee Sanders) that she told him she wants them to make beautiful music together. The album has string arrangements by William Ross, who is Barbra's musical director. Ross clued Barbra in on the CD, and she is ready to record with Doc. Although Barbra has tried her hand at rock and disco - and had some surprisingly effective successes! - her metier is standards. Nobody does it better.

Music fans know Doc Kupka for his funkier "Tower of Power" sounds, but he decided to go all dreamy and classic with songs like "I Made This Movie Before."

Love, carat by carat

Paris Hilton! (Oh, dear - Barbra is the classy meat between the sordid sandwich.) Anyway, Miss Hilton and her musician/actor Benji Madden are said to be one or two steps closer to tying the knot. They have pledged undying devotion with matching diamond rings. His has the initials PH. She sports a glittery BM.


A "friend" says, "All she can talk about is getting married and having his babies. She wants a child who looks just like Nicole Richie's daughter with Joel Madden, Harlow."

The "friend" continues: "Paris figures since she and Nicole resemble each other, and Ben and Joel are twins, then her chances of having a cute girl like Harlow are pretty good."

I'd say this is way too complicated a thought process for Paris.