July 29, 2005

Kidman and Urban?

Nicole Kidman has sparked a new round of speculation over her love life, after she was spotted on a date with Australian country star Keith Urban.

On Sunday, the Oscar-winning actress, 38, and Urban, 37, were seen riding a motorcycle together in rural Woodstock, New York, before enjoying lunch at natural foods restaurant Elijah's Cafe. The pair met in January at a Los Angeles gala dinner honoring noted Australians.

While Kidman's day out with Urban has sparked talk of a romance, her representative insists, "They are friends, and no, they are not dating." Just last week it had been announced that Urban and his model girlfriend Niki Taylor had gone their separate ways.

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The Brangelina Shack Up

Both the Star and Us Weekly are reporting that Angelina Jolie and her two children have moved into Brad Pitt's Malibu home.

According to the Star, the actors will split their time between Pitt's $8 million California home and her estate outside of London. "Brad couldn't be happier," a tattler told the Star. "I think he considers Angelina's moving in a sign of commitment."

Word has it that Jolie even visited a nearby preschool with son Maddox, lending credence to the idea that she is taking root in Pitt's domain. But the "platonic" couple isn't hiding away from view.

Us Weekly reports that when the couple isn't in domestic bliss at Pitt's 4,000-square-foot pad, they're shopping or riding their motorcycles with the kids in tow.

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Monster Cleavage

Scarlett Johansson said she nearly crashed her car when she saw her "brontosaurus-sized" boobs on a billboard.

The actress slammed on the brakes when confronted with a giant advertisement of herself in Hollywood, according to the Daily Record. And the 20-year-old hinted that the picture of her chest had been digitally altered to promote new movie, The Island.

She said: "I was driving through Los Angeles and I look up and see the biggest photo of me I have ever seen in my life on a massive ad space. "I screamed and slammed on the brakes. I couldn't believe it. "It's very strange to see my cleavage the size of a brontosaurus. My breasts were huge. "I had long hair and my goodness, I couldn't get past the cleavage."

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Still Waiting

Filming a Sopranos episode in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Wednesday, James Gandolfini gets in character with some help from his crew: Frank Vincent (Phil Leotardo), in gray; Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltisanti), in green; and a laughing Edie Falco (Carmela Soprano). Unfortunately, the episode won't air until the HBO hit's final season begins next year.

--Man, I can't wait.

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Janice Continues to Make Friends

Janice Dickinson's foul mouth is supposedly sending some members of her West Hollywood gym scrambling for the exits.

One fed-up staffer at the Equinox sweat shop called us to complain that the self-proclaimed "world's first supermodel" has been hurling abuse at her fellow gym rats. "She had a meltdown in the ladies' locker room and started calling everyone the c-word," claimed a snitch. "She is very abusive and out-of-control. Some people are leaving the gym because of her behavior. The management has had meetings about her, but they haven't approached her yet."

But Dickinson — currently causing chaos on VH1's "The Surreal Life" — denied all. "Every time I go, people are very nice to me," she told us from the set of TV's "Charmed," where she was filming a cameo. "I've got a lot of [bleeping] enemies. I'm confounded. Maybe people are trying to make me look like Naomi Campbell, but I'm not Naomi Campbell, I'm Janice Dickinson. I'm sure there are a lot of really angry ladies there because I do have an amazing body . . . There's a lot of angry, jealous bitches." Dickinson is currently rehearsing for her one-woman show, "What Would Janice Do?," at Hollywood's El Rey Theater from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1.

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Eva and Tony

Eva and Tony:

With all those global displays of affection – in France, China and the U.S.A. – it must be love for Eva Longoria and Tony Parker, People reports in its latest issue.

"What's not to like?" the 30-year-old Desperate Housewives star says, adding that the fact that Parker plays basketball for the San Antonio Spurs, her home team, is a plus. "That's nice for my family," she says. "They're excited, but it's not what you do, it's who you are."

Although Longoria had initially been reticent to discuss Parker – "I make it a point never to talk about my personal life," she said in November – she now seems more relaxed about the relationship. She'll even discuss their differences. Well, at least in their heights. "He's 6'2", I'm 5'2", so it's not too bad," she says.

On July 15 Longoria accompanied Parker to China for an NBA charity event. The week before, they visited Paris. Now they're back in L.A., as she starts work on another Housewives season. And while they're closer than ever, for the record, they're not engaged. "Absolutely not," says Longoria.

However, other reports differ. In Touch Weekly says Tony Parker of the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs presented the Desperate Housewives star a four-plus-carat diamond engagement ring.

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Garner Having a Girl?

Jennifer Garner is reportedly due to give birth to a girl and call her Violet.

Garner is said to have left a telling sign of the baby's sex while filming her new movie Catch and Release in Vancouver, Canada. According to Contactmusic.com a source said: "She has a baby name book in her trailer. I don't know if they just like how the name Violet sounds or if it is a family name."

--All I can think of is, "You're turning Violet, Violet."

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Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards are reportedly giving their marriage another try after signing up for counseling sessions together with Hollywood psychoanalyst Rina Freedman.

Richards stunned Hollywood when she filed for divorce from the actor in March - three months before she gave birth to their second daughter Lola. The couple have been spotted together many times after Platoon star Sheen joined the former Bond girl when she gave birth on June 1.

And now sources say they're doing whatever they can to rebuild their shattered marriage. One pal says, "They are putting the welfare of the kids first. Any relationship will benefit the children. They're getting along and Charlie is happy and optimistic." Neither Richards nor Sheen have revealed the details of their break-up, but the actress cited "irreconcilable differences" when she filed divorce papers on March 2.

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Another Hollywood Marriage Over?

Is the honeymoon already over for "One Tree Hill" stars Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush, who said "I do" just three months ago?

A spy reports: "The marriage is all but done. They are separated, and she is going to file for divorce imminently." Rumors have been swirling about Murray's allegedly naughty behavior in L.A. while the missus was out of town filming "Stay Alive," a teen horror flick.

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LuPone's Heading Back to Broadway

Patti LuPone, who won a Tony Award for her performance in "Evita," will portray the entrepreneurial meat-pie maker in a revival of "Sweeney Todd," opening Nov. 3 on Broadway.

The production, which will also star Michael Cerveris as the murderous "demon barber of Fleet Street," will be performed with only 10 actors, who will play all the musical instruments in the show. It will be directed and designed by John Doyle.

"Sweeney Todd," which has a score by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler, originally opened on Broadway in 1979, with Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou heading the cast. It was revived 10 years later with Beth Fowler and Bob Gunton in the lead roles.

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Target Trunk Show

Saks hosted John Galliano’s trunk show; now Target has its own boldface name to headline its own big sale: Isaac Mizrahi. The curly-haired designer will host what’s billed by the company as “the first-ever online trunk show” starting August 7 on the Target website.

Target shoppers can log onto the company’s main website, then browse Isaac’s fall pieces, which are only available online until September. Besides the virtual trunk show, Isaac fans can purchase his latest mass-tige designs at Target’s Red Hot Shop from August 7th through August 14th.

For those into window shopping, a free video of Isaac chatting with various New York hauterflies is available on the site, plus a section where the zany designer shows shoppers his favorite looks from the new fall collection.

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Coca-Cola is planning to launch Enviga, a soda that is said to burn 50 to 100 calories just by drinking a 12-oz. serving, next year, per one executive.

Enviga, a green tea-based, caffeinated, carbonated drink, is in clinical testing and is said to speed up the user's metabolism. The beverage will target active lifestyle consumers. A Coke rep said, "Some [of our projects] may find their way to market and some may not." Studies have shown that drinking green tea may promote weight loss by stimulating the body to burn calories.

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Gap Favorites

For its fall "Favorites" campaign, clothing retailer the Gap has tapped Alanis Morissette, Joss Stone, Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams, Keith Urban and other artists to appear in television and print ads and contribute to a limited edition CD compilation.

In the TV ads, each artist performs a cover of a favorite song while wearing their favorite cut of Gap jeans. Morissette, Phair and Stone, all veterans of Gap advertising, interpret Seal's "Crazy," Irving Berlin's "Check to Cheek" and the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows," respectively.

Urban, meanwhile, runs through Billy Thorpe's "Most People I Know Think I'm Crazy," while Williams takes on the Al Green classic "Let's Stay Together." Other participating artists are John Legend (the Isley Brothers' "Hello It's Me"), Jason Mraz (Bob Marley's "One Love") and Incubus' Brandon Boyd (Elvis Costello's "Alison").

Each of the songs, along with a director's cut of the commercial and behind-the-scenes footage, appears on an eight-track CD that will be distributed at Gap stores and Gap.com. From Sept. 1 through Sept. 17, the disc will be a free gift to customers making purchases of $60 or more, while supplies last. Throughout August, Gap will hand out a free iTunes Music Store download to anyone who tries on a pair of the company's latest jeans styles as part of its "Find Your Favorite Fit" campaign.

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July 28, 2005

Lopez Depressed About Ben's Baby

Jennifer Lopez was so stunned when an interviewer asked her how she felt about her ex-fiance Ben Affleck expecting a baby with Jennifer Garner, she declared that the subject "depressed" her.

Affleck and Garner exchanged nuptials late last month in the Caribbean, shortly before confirming to the speculating public that they were expecting their first child together. But Lopez - who split with her Gigli co-star Affleck at the beginning of last year, four months before marrying Marc Anthony - wasn't expecting that she'd have to speak about the baby news when she sat for an interview with Elle magazine.

Blushing, Lopez said of the pregnancy, "I hope that they're happy. You know, it's a beautiful thing. There are no hard feelings." But when Elle apologized for raising the subject, Lopez, who later admitted that becoming a mother is one of her ultimate dreams, responded, "Yeah, you depressed me."

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Rodman Still Gets in Trouble

Even when he's doing good, Dennis Rodman comes across as bad, bad, bad. The former NBA star was pulled over for speeding twice Tuesday while driving his gold-and-black Lamborghini in a charity rally race, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

In between, Rodman was involved in a minor crash and later accused of stealing a hat in what he says is a "misunderstanding" at a gas station in Glenwood Springs. "It's been that kind of day for me," Rodman said by phone late Tuesday.

A clerk at the gas station told police that Rodman tried on a cowboy hat, said he liked it, signed an autograph, then put $20 on the counter for gas. "Unfortunately $40 worth of gas was put in the car, and there was the cost of the hat to consider," Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson told the city's Post Independent newspaper.

Rodman said he went into the gas station to prepay for his gas, then signed several autographs. A female employee gave him a hat, he pumped his gas and left. "The lady gave it to me," he said, adding that he has the gas receipt. "If they want me to pay for the hat, I'll give them double for it."

Rodman's agent, Darren Prince, said he and Rodman learned of the accusations through the media and hadn't been contacted by authorities. Prince said Rodman also was in a minor crash when a Ford Mustang with people taking photographs and video of Rodman for his sponsor apparently lost control and hit the bumper and the driver's side of Rodman's car. No one was hurt.

Rodman said he believed Colorado authorities were targeting him because of his flashy car and his celebrity status. He said he would fight the citations.

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Spears is Angry

Britney Spears reportedly lost her temper when she discovered a sexy photoshoot featuring her and husband Kevin Federline posing as each other's servants was rejected as Interview magazine's cover story.

Spears, who was snapped before announcing her pregnancy, had hoped for as much exposure as possible and is said to be angry to be buried inside the magazine. During a telephone interview for the accompanying article, Spears allegedly exclaimed, "We're not on the cover! Why am I even on the phone with you right now?" when informed of the bad news.

But Federline is then said to have countered, "I think it's better off that way that it's not on the cover because it's more of an artistic statement."

The Interview magazine spread, shot by photographer Michelle Kole, features Britney dressed as a maid, showing some leg and a garter as she serves her husband a bottle of Jack Daniel's and then sits on his lap. The spread also features brunette Britney playing with her hair as Federline serves her a poolside cocktail, dressed as a slick butler in a tuxedo and white gloves.

Spears admits the pictures were set up partly to poke fun at the public's perception of the couple.

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Alba Gets Honest

Jessica Alba has revealed that she's battled with an eating disorder.

She admitted that as well as eating problems, she's also struggled with obsessive compulsive behaviour, anxiety attacks and insomnia. She told The Sun that she left school at 12 because she was so miserable and wanted so much more: "I stopped going to regular school at seventh grade. I had big dreams. I was focused at a very young age. I hated school. I didn't have any friends."

At the time she was also in the early stages of an eating disorder: "Everyone in my family is overweight. I wanted to be healthier, so I started cooking for myself when I was 12." The problem grew worse after she filmed Dark Angel in 2002, when she stopped eating and started a three-hour-a-day exercise regime. "A lot of girls have eating disorders and I did too. I became obsessed with it."

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They'll Make Up

Well, now I can sleep tonight:

Nicky Hilton has said that sister Paris will end her feud with former best pal Nicole Richie.

Paris' 21-year-old sibling Nicky is probably one of the very few who knows about what caused a rift between the once-inseparable pair earlier this year. And she insists they'll one day be pals again.

She told Maxim magazine: "I don't get involved. Paris is my sister, and Nicole's like a sister to me. "They'll be friends again - and they still love each other."

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Brooke Burke's Single

Pinup-turned-Rock Star: INXS host Brooke Burke and her husband, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Garth Fisher, have split up.

"We are saddened to announce that we have mutually decided to separate after seven years together. Although our careers have taken us in different directions the past few years, we have a great deal of respect for one another and remain committed to raising our two children together," Burke and Fisher said in a statement . The couple, who have been married since 2001, have two children, Sierra Sky, 3, and Neriah, 5. Burke and Fisher are living apart but remain amicable.

Burke, 33, is currently the host of reality TV talent search Rock Star: INXS on CBS and formerly hosted E!'s Wild On. Fisher is one of the original plastic surgeons on ABC's Extreme Makeover.

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Beckinsale as Wonder Woman?

Kate Beckinsale has revealed she wants to play Wonder Woman.

The 1970s TV show is being adapted into a film reports IOL.com. The British star says she has been getting prepared for the role.

She said: "I dressed up as her last Halloween so it would be good to do it again."

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