October 28, 1996 12:00 PM

Mmm, Mmm, Goodman? Yup, it’s John Goodman, who took a short break from his role as Roseanne’s TV husband, Dan Conner, to get down and really dirty in London while filming his role as a villainous lawyer in The Borrowers, a big-screen fantasy based on the children’s book series about 4-inch people who live under the floorboards of an old house.

High-flying diva Whitney Houston and her badboy husband, Bobby Brown, held an impromptu jam session at Los Angeles International Airport. Brown’s career has taken off since he regrouped with his band New Edition, which recently put out a reunion disc, Home Again. Houston’s romantic comedy with Denzel Washington, The Preacher’s Wife, is due in December.

Whoopi Goldberg and Nathan Lane suited up for a gender-bender on Broadway. Whoopi replaces Nathan as the wily slave Pseudolus in the musical farce A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum on Feb. 11. “My subtext for Pseudolus has always been that I’m a black woman trapped in a white man’s body. Whoopi will be brilliant, obviously,” said Lane. Whoopi’s next film, The Associate, opens Oct. 25.

Liam Neeson (with wife Natasha Richardson, above) got his Eire up at the L.A. premiere of Michael Collins, the biopic in which he plays the charismatic rebel who led the fight for Irish independence and was assassinated in 1922. “The movie is historically accurate,” Neeson told the New York Daily News, recalling how Collins inspired Neeson’s own grandparents in Northern Ireland. Pierce Brosnan, meanwhile, had a (James) Bonding experience with his companion Keely Shaye-Smith (left), who’s expecting the couple’s first child in January.

NYPD Blue’s James McDaniel was an arresting presence in Hawaii, where the TV lieutenant took a fancy to creative camera work. McDaniel took part in an annual celebrity-sports weekend on Oahu, which included a charity auction that raised $165,000 for the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Woody Harrelson kicked up a high heel with costar Courtney Love at a Manhattan screening of The People vs. Larry Flynt, a drama starring Harrelson as the Hustler magazine publisher, which will open on Dec. 27.

Tori Spelling‘s not-made-for-walkin’ boots turned everyone—including her 90210 costar Kathleen Robertson (right)—green with envy at the 18th-birthday bash for Tori’s brother Randy (Malibu Shores) in L.A.

John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy braved a gauntlet of fans and shutterbugs camped outside Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg’s Park Avenue digs on Oct. 10. Caroline was throwing a bash for Kennedy clanners and pals (including Julia Roberts) who couldn’t attend the couple’s stealth wedding last month in Georgia.

Mary-Louise Parker played peek-a-boo at the L.A. premiere of Sleepers, while Ron Eldard gave one of his young costars, Geoffrey Wigdor, 14, a lift. Eldard teams with Brad Pitt, Jason Patric and Billy Crudup in the drama about boys brutalized in reform school who later seek revenge.

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