Sir Elton tells me he's hoping to meet with the president sooner than later to lobby about HIV/AIDS and gay rights.
"I want to go there as soon as possible to discuss [a national AIDS strategy] and gay marriage," John said at his 17th annual Oscar party and fundraiser for his AIDS foundation. "You read in papers that there are schools that won't even put on Rent! You think, 'Oh, my God! What kind of country is this?' Hopefully, with this administration we will be making headway."
Meanwhile, Drescher revealed that she's working on getting some face time with first lady Michelle Obama in April.
"I want to talk to her about health issues, particularly women's health issues worldwide," Drescher said, "and how we need to transform women from patients to medical consumers and what we need to change the way women thinking about putting their health first."
And yes, Drescher is still contemplating seeking elected office—and she refuses to start small. "If I run," she said, "I'm going to run for the Senate."
Not all talk was so heavy at John's gala. The music legend's husband, David Furnish, chatted up his next movie producing gig, Pride & Predator. "We're taking a Jane Austen-type story and dropping in an alien from outer of space and having him go through and slash to horrific effect," Furnish said. "We're hoping it's the Jane Austen film that guys will take their girlfriends to."
No one has been cast yet, but first-timer Will Clark will direct with John supervising the music. "We're going to studios now," Furnish said. "I want to get it up and financed."