Surprise Surprise – J.Lo and Affleck postpone wedding

Late last week, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, the most talked about couple in the galaxy, announced to the world?s press that they had postponed their much-hyped wedding. The glamour couple pulled the pin on the big day declaring that all the media attention the event had generated would have spoiled their wedding day. Oh poor things! The media machine that they have fueled for that past 18 months has suddenly turned against them? “Due to the excessive media attention surrounding our wedding, we have decided to postpone the date,” they said in a joint statement. “When we found ourselves seriously contemplating hiring three separate ‘decoy brides’ at three different locations, we realised that something was awry.? No really? “We began to feel that the spirit of what should have been the happiest day of our lives could be compromised. We felt what should have been a joyful and sacred day could be spoiled for us, our families and our friends,” the couple added.

The couple has assured fans that they are still as close as ever and that the nuptials have merely been postponed – not cancelled altogether. And so the show goes on? There has been much smirking and raised eyebrows about the cancellation of the wedding, many believing the event to be at best, a smokescreen to throw the press pack off the scent of the real wedding story, or at worst, an elaborate publicity stunt. Reports claim some paparazzi paid neighbours up to $50,000 to perch themselves in trees on adjoining properties, but alas, no one scored the big bucks an exclusive snap of the Ben-Jen ceremony.

Is it on or is it off?

Despite heart felt admissions to their fans that they are still indeed a couple, global news agency Reuters, allege that Ben and Jen have split up! At least temporarily, according to anonymous sources. The sources say Affleck called close associates last week to tell them he had split from the singer and actress. On Sunday, US magazine People broke the story, saying Affleck initiated the break-up. And yesterday UK newspaper The Sun quoted a friend of the couple saying “it’s all over” because “Ben got cold feet”.

According to reports out of the US, the pair were seen on Friday in the Los Angeles area boarding planes to different U.S. cities. On Saturday Affleck was spotted gambling and sunning himself ? alone ? at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, while Lopez was caught by a New York Post photographer at Miami’s South Beach the same day. Jenny from the Block seemed happy frolicking with her gal pals in the surf and even stopping to sign autographs for fans. Couldn?t this be all part of the ruse to throw the drooling media hounds off the scent? Las Vegas would be the ultimate destination for a buck?s weekend. And what better place for a weekend of fun and sun with the girls tan Miami? Sound more like a bride and groom letting their hair down before the big day than a couple headed for Splitsville. Or does it? We?ll keep you posted.

Batman goes Psycho?

Holy casting news, boy wonder! Local film pundits have revealed that an American Psycho has been picked to star as Bruce Wayne in a new Batman movie. Christian Bale (America Psycho, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin ) will don the trademarked cape and mask in The Dark Knight a film that will chronicle the early years of the caped crusader, Warner Brothers Pictures announced in the US last week. Christopher Nolan director of the brilliantly twisted psycho-thriller Memento will direct the prequel, which is set to begin filming in early 2004. ?What I see in Christian is the ultimate embodiment of Bruce Wayne. He has exactly the balance of darkness and light that we were looking for,? Nolan said in a statement. Oh, could it be time for us to see a really evil, dark side to the caped crusader?

Gwynnie B?day or Big Day?

Will Madonna be walking down the aisle in front of Gwyneth Paltrow next weekend or be partying at Gwynnie?s birthday bash? Rumour has it that all the cool kids have been told to keep the weekend of September 27th free for her 31st birthday but we suspect that it all might be a cover for Gwynnie?s wedding to Coldplay?s Chris Martin. Adding fuel to the fire are reports that Valentino has sent out six bridesmaid dresses a few weeks ago for the Paltrow/Martin nuptials! The thing that has confused us the most is the news that the dresses are all lavender! Doesn?t sound right for such an uber-cool couple?s wedding does it? Well, at least they?re not “all yellow?” as the song goes…