By People Staff
May 13, 1996 12:00 PM

Pitter-pat: Brad Pitt and his close Paltrow, Gwyneth, caught the New York City premiere of The Pallbearer, her romantic comedy costar-ring David Schwimmer. Asked how he felt about romancing Pitt’s real-life leading lady onscreen, Schwimmer says, “I try not to think about Brad too much. I’m not in his league.”

All 5’5″ of Michael J. Fox came up tall with the Teamsters when he joined members of the union’s theatrical branch for a charity hoops game in New York City benefiting the American Museum of the Moving Image. Fox returns to TV later this year in ABC’s Spin.

Whoopi Goldberg(right) may have comically dissed Rev. Jesse Jackson at the Oscars, but they gave each other best supporting hugs at the Essence Awards in Manhattan, where she was an honoree and he presented an award to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). Also attending: Pop singer Seal (left), with his supermodel squeeze Tyra Banks, and songbird Toni Braxton (below). Fox will air the Essence Awards, presented by the monthly magazine to distinguished African-Americans on June 20.

Kevin Bacon and his missus, Kyra Sedgwick, joined a phalanx of famous folk, including Michelle Pfeiffer, Patrick Swayze and George Clooney, at the opening-night bash for Rent, a Broadway rock musical inspired by La Bohème. Bacon’s next film, Sleepers, a drama about boys in reform school, opens in November.

Colin Powell took a fallback position with daughter Annemarie, 25, a production assistant for ABC’s Nightline, at the Kennedy Center’s 25th Anniversary Gala in Washington. Powell and his wife, Alma, watched the four-hour show with Kennedy clan members John Jr., Caroline and their Uncle Ted. PBS will televise the gala this summer.

Clint Black’s beard presented no stubbling block to wife Lisa Hartman Black at the Academy of Country Music Awards in L.A. Black presented the ACM’s Pioneer Award to that Okie from Muskogee, Merle Haggard.

Go, baby: ER’s Conni Marie Brazelton, who plays tarttongued nurse Conni Oligario on the NBC mediseries, gave a lift to daughter Michael Samarie, 3 months, at the March of Dimes WalkAmerica in L.A.

Bill Clinton linked up with First Brothers-in-Law Tony (left) and Hugh Rodham—nice shorts, fellas!—in Coral Gables, Fla. The Prez was in town to present his new antidrug program, attend campaign fund-raisers and putter around.