Good Show, Little Bro

New York Times Washington Bureau Chief Michael Oreskes showed up Thursday night for the local premiere of "The Thomas Crown Affair," a romantic thriller starring Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo. So did his brother Daniel Oreskes, who plays the head thief in the movie, set to open Aug. 6. Daniel, 43, lives in New York, where he's appeared on the stage as well as in the recent film "The Devil's Advocate." Michael said it was a kick to have his little bro attend the screening at the Motion Picture Association of America. Daniel thought the local celebs cool, too. "I sat right behind Alan Greenspan," he said.

Fergie, Fattening Up?

Is the Duchess of York returning to her old "Duchess of Pork" ways? The New York Post reports that Sarah Ferguson, distraught over a recent breakup with her Italian boyfriend as well as the death of her mother in a car crash, has been turning to comfort foods. But her spokesman, Gerry Casanova, calls that baloney. The Post doesn't specify how many extra pounds the 39-year-old Weight Watchers spokeswoman is carrying but says Fergie's had to delay her fitness video till the fall. Casanova said the duchess has maintained her ideal weight for 2 1/2 years and never had any firm plans to do a fitness video.

In other weight-related matters, the Post has been carefully chronicling Monica Lewinsky's eating adventures in the Big Apple. First the paper said the former intern was looking "very big" after chowing down on steak and fries, Budweisers and frozen hot chocolates. Then the daily reported that Lewinsky was dieting on tomatoes and artichoke salad. But that didn't last too long--the Post yesterday recorded her consumption of a pineapple upside-down cake.

Courting Favor

Oliver Stone is denying that he was high when police pulled him over for erratic driving last month. The 52-year-old filmmaker appeared in a Beverly Hills court on Thursday and pleaded not guilty to two felony drug-possession counts and three misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence. Stone is free on $12,000 bail, pending an Aug. 20 hearing.

Bad boy rocker Tommy Lee also was in court on Thursday for his regular six-month progress report, a condition of his probation on assault charges. The judge praised Lee for behaving himself of late but wouldn't ease the terms of his probation, which include regular drug tests and community service. Lee was accompanied by his un-estranged wife, Pamela Anderson Lee, and their infant son, Dylan--the two people he supposedly assaulted.

Wedding Bells and Babies

Actor Christian Slater has popped the question to Ryan Haddon, a former TV exec from Toronto. They have a 3-month-old son, Jaden Christopher . . . Actor Billy Baldwin and wife Chynna Phillips are expecting their first child, but no word on a due date . . . Luciano Pavarotti's marriage plans have been put on hold. The famed tenor can't marry his amore of four years, Nicoletta Mantovani, until his wife of more than 30 years, Adua, agrees on a financial settlement. She's seeking $75 million.

End Notes

Former Bush campaign strategist Mary Matalin has signed on as a new host of CNN's "Crossfire," a Monday-through-Friday debate program. She'll replace Pat Buchanan, who's off running for president . . . People magazine reports that President Clinton rushed into the U.S. women's soccer team's locker room after the World Cup victory. He thanked them "for the gift you have given the United States." The women then splashed him with champagne.

CAPTION: Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York: Finding comfort in the fridge?