Robert DeNiro was unusually effusive last night at the Tribeca Film Institute gala. Of course, his new film, “Everybody’s Fine,” was the centerpiece. But the terse actor just decided to talk to everyone and anyone who came his way at Tavern on the Green. He grinned a lot, too, as he accepted congrats on his role as a Dad who tries to go back and find out about his kids’ lives. There were celeb guests from Police Commish Ray Kelly to “The Hurt Locker” star Anthony Mackie and DeNiro buddy Chazz Palminteri (with wife’Gianna) and his own actress-singer wife, Grace Hightower.

DeNiro was in such a good mood, that, while he was gladhanding I asked him if he was happy not to be killing anyone in this picture. “No killing, not in this one. Although it would be funny,” he said, as Chazz and director Kirk Jones joined the laugh. “We couldn’t just come in and kill people in this one. It’s a family movie. We’d have to call Marty [Scorsese] and bring him in!” DeNiro’s eyes crinkled as he laughed. And we were talkin’ to him…And it was a bittersweet night as the remaining folks from Miramax circled the room. Their days are over thanks to Disney’s dunderheaded move to mostly shutter the famed indie. A lot of talented people are gone for absolutely no good reason. Jiminy cricket!

…Downtown, Courtney Love” or her much, much slimmer avatar ‘ appeared in the smallish invited audience for Trudie Styler and Sting’s DVD release of “Twin Spirits.”’This is sort of like a live radio play, with classical music, of the famous couple reading the letters of composer Robert Schumann and his wife pianist Clara Wiek. It’s very romantic and beautifully put together from the version Sting and Trudie have done on stage’ in their spare time when they’re not saving the rainforests or performing rock concerts in stadiums. It’s all for charity, of course ‘ the Royal Opera House Education program, and last night presented by MusicUnites.

Last night, the 90-minute video was shown at WQXR’s new spectacular studio space on Varick and Charlton Streets, followed by a live interview on the classical FM station with Elliott Forrest. Courtney was in the audience and so were Donna Karan and Ali Hewson, aka Mrs. Bono.’ And while we were supposed to be focused on Sting and Trudie, Courtney did pique interest. Yes, she’s actually in the studio, finishing an album I wrote about nearly three years ago called “Nobody’s Daughter.” “You have demos,” she told me. “The mixes are amazing. And there are new songs.” Well, those original songs were very, very good. So maybe Courtney will get a release out in early 0-10…

As for “Twin Spirits,” it will make an excellent stocking stuffer, as they say. The royal rock couple are perfectly cast and incredibly tragic as the Schumanns. Plus, the music and musical performances by the classical artists is superior. Sting sang a little Schumann on the radio later, and said he sometimes felt like jumping in to sing on the DVD. He doesn’t, though ‘ the opera voices are the very profound Simon Keenlyside and Rebecca Evans. Sting will get a chance to perform soon, though: he has two nights next week at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine to play the music from his “If On A Winter’s Night.”

And the good gossip is, he may do something on stage this weekend at the Kennedy Center Honors to help induct his good friend, Bruce Springsteen. And if you don’t believe in synchronicity, one of other new inductees is… Robert DeNiro… who is also Sting’s neighbor…

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