Kidman wins libel case

Nicole Kidman has won an apology from London?s The Daily Mail after the newspaper ran a story suggesting that Kidman was being dishonest about her relationship with fellow actor, and Cold Mountain co-star, Jude Law. She was also awarded “substantial” undisclosed damages, successfully suing over the newspaper?s statement that she had tempted Law into an adulterous affair that resulted in the (very public) breakdown of his marriage.

“The publication of this article has caused grave damage to the claimant’s personal and professional reputation and she has suffered considerable embarrassment and distress,” solicitor Gideon Benaim told Mr Justice Gray, in the London High Court. “Her embarrassment was particularly acute as the allegations coincided with the run-up the Oscars award ceremony in Los Angeles in which she had been nominated for an award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role in The Hours.” In a triumph of truth over evil, editor of The Daily Mail, Paul Dacre, and journalist Nicole Lampert apologised for the distress and embarrassment caused to Kidman and agreed to pay her legal costs as well as damages. The libelous pair also agreed that the allegations were completely untrue and totally without foundation. Looks like they picked the wrong Aussie chick to brand an adulteress this time!

Double agent seeking double pay?

Arse-kicking double agent Jennifer Garner looks set to get a massive pay rise according to the Hollywood Reporter. Apparently the rising star is close to signing a new contract extension that will keep her on the spy drama Alias through the 2007-2008 season and increase her salary from approximately $80,000 an episode to a cool $300,000 an episode. Great work if you can get it!

Ben and Jen’s film sucks say critics

Ben and Jen?s new flick Gigli is being panned ferociously by critics in the US, the movie has even been compared to Madonna’s last cinematic washout, 2002’s Swept Away, which had the unenviable title of the worst film for 2002. Halle Berry is surely thanking her lucky stars that she dropped out of the mobster romance/drama just before production began in late 2001. Miss Jennifer Lopez was quick to step up as leading-lady opposite her beau Ben Affleck. They say the rest is history but some critics are making sure Gigli goes down in history as one of the worst films of 2003!

Gigli – ?unwatchable?“Nearly as unwatchable as [its title] is unpronounceable.” Los Angeles Times

“Hopelessly misconceived exercise in celebrity self-worship.” New York Times

“The rare movie that never seems to take off, but also never seems to end.” USA Today

Oh dear.

J.Lo and Ben ? never again

There is some good news for the Ben/Jen show. At least one major critic in the US, The Chicago Sun-Times?, Roger Ebert calls the movie “different, thoughtful and a little daring.” He also stands up for the couple’s ability to couple on screen, not an easy task since Lopez’s character in this flick is, wait for it, a lesbian. Meanwhile in India, the Hindustan Times reveals that the real-life lovebirds, Lopez and Affleck, have vowed to never, ever make a movie together again. And by the sounds of it, it?s probably for the best.