NEWSMAKERS: A Good Buddhist

Actor Richard Gere is not only getting religious but political as well.

The avowed Buddhist presented U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Monday with a copy of his 1997 coffee table book called “Pilgrim,” a black and white photo documentary of the Tibetan people taken by Gere himself, Reuters reports.

The 52-year-old actor and star of this year’s “Dr. T and the Women” has been a very vocal activist for the independence of Tibet, which has been under the sovereignty of China since 1951. The United Nations has largely ignored the plight of the Tibetan people.

HUNT FILES FOR DIVORCE: Emmy- and Oscar-winning actress Helen Hunt filed for divorce Monday from actor-husband Hank Azaria. The couple, who announced their separation in August, cited irreconcilable differences for torpedoing their 17-month union.

THE AWFUL TRUTH: Who needs a therapist when you can talk to a magazine reporter. Seven months after the big split between Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley, the 40-year-old “Four Weddings and a Funeral” actor has disclosed to a German mag one of the reasons behind the breakup, Reuters says.

“Basically my life is so boring, it’s embarrassing. I would love to be a jet-setter, flying off to parties in New York and Monte Carlo. Obviously I was simply too dull for Liz,” the 40-year-old actor told the German publication Hoer Zu.

The ex-couple called it quits this May after 13 years of being together.

‘CAT’ IS IN THE BAG: “The Last Picture Show” director Peter Bogdanovich has completed production of his latest film “The Cat’s Meow,” Variety says. The $6 million project — starring Eddie Izzard, Kirsten Dunst, Cary Elwes and Edward Hermann — chronicles the killing that allegedly took place on newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst‘s yacht in 1924.

Specifically, the story is based on the Hollywood legend that an angry Hearst (Hermann) mistakenly shot film producer Thomas Ince (Elwes) after he suspected his mistress Marion Davies (Dunst) was having an affair with silent star Charlie Chaplin (Izzard).