Celebrity Couples

Nicole Kidman Dishes on Her Romantic Marriage

Nicole Kidman may be the epitome of Hollywood glamour, but she’s the first to admit she’s “very country at heart.”

The 46-year-old Oscar winner has been gushing about life in Nashville with her hubbie Keith Urban, also 46, and daughters Sunday Rose, 5, and Faith, 3.

“I have a real desire to be outdoors, a desire for simplicity- a slightly slower, relaxed approach to life. A community, not a big-city feel. That’s what I grew up with, and it’s what I prefer.’

Despite Urban’s busy schedule filming American Idol, Kidman revealed his romantic side.

“For every single night he’s away, he leaves me a love letter. Every single night of our relationship. It keeps us close.” Awww…

She admits she loves the country lifestyle so much, they even indulge in Wendy’s – an American burger chain – together.

“Keith and I eat at Wendy’s,” she confessed. “You’ve got to remember, I’m with a musician on a tour bus. We do drive throughs!”

And if you’ve been wondering about Kidman’s famous curls, which she’s mostly been straightening for the last 20 years, expect to see a lot more of her original hair.

“I almost never straighten it anymore,” she says. “It’s taken me 40-something years, but I embrace the curl. My littlest daughter has the same hair. She likes it when my hair is curly, so I wear it for her.”

Cate Blanchett’s Happy Marriage Secrets

Cate Blanchett has been married to Andrew Upton for 16 years, and reckons she knows the secrets to a happy marriage.

The 44-year-old Oscar winner says trust is a huge part of their marriage, so much so that they have the same email address.

“We work together and it’s a way of synchronising our lives.  I can see what he’s up to – it’s not that I don’t trust him,” she told The Daily Mail.

Despite playing a neurotic scorned woman who suffers a breakdown in Blue Jasmine, in real-life, Blanchett couldn’t be further from her character, admitting that being a hands-on mum to their three sons – Dashiell, 12, Roman, nine, and Ignatius, five – is important to her.

Family life in Sydney is “a well-oiled machine,” she says.

“I’ve got a whole system going. I know what has to be done by the end of the evening, and what has to be done by the end of the morning.

“Three lunch boxes, three school bags, three sets of school uniform. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I have to write everything down.”

Despite her hectic filming schedule, she makes sure she’s never away from her children for more than a few days.

“When we did Blue Jasmine in San Francisco, they came with me. I’m about to do a Cinderella film for Disney, and that’s over the holidays, so they’ll come too.”

Would you share an email address with your husband? Tell us in the comments!

Sarah Jessica Parker’s Happy Marriage Secrets

Sarah Jessica Parker says the secret to a happy marriage is very simple – just don’t talk about it.

She and Matthew Broderick, 51, have been married for 16 years and have three children – James Wilkie, 11, and twin daughters Tabitha and Loretta, four.

“The secret is, we don’t discuss it. To reporters or anybody else. That’s it!” Parker, 48, told The Huffington Post. “We don’t hold it up as an example and we don’t air our dirty laundry.”

Her relationship advice about staying away from celebrity gossip comes at the start of a busy year for Parker, who just launched a Hallmark greeting card collection, will soon debut her first shoe line, and will appear on stage with Blythe Danner in fellow actress Amanda Peet’s off-Broadway play The Commons of Pensacola.

…and the bride wore black. Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick on their wedding day in 1997

Parker also raved about her children and how creative they are.

“My daughters write thank you notes, and they’re just learning to read and be able to spell.

“They’re all preternaturally gifted artists — they probably spend 80 percent of their free time drawing. Every morning before breakfast, we have to drag them away from drawing and painting, even my son. They’re far more gifted than I ever was.”

Beyoncé and Jay Z Go Vegan

Beyoncé and Jay Z have decided to go vegan for the 22 days leading up to Christmas.

The couple started the diet challenge this week, inspired by a vegan friend.

“On December 3, one day before my 44th birthday, I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!” Jay Z wrote on his Life + Times website.

“This all began a few months back when a good friend and vegan challenged me to embrace a ‘plant-based breakfast’ every day. It was surprisingly easier on me than I thought.”


Beyoncé posted a photo of day one of their vegan challenge on Instagram, which included:

Breakfast: Vanilla chia pudding with berries
Lunch: Red cabbage and green apple sesame slaw with 1 cup steamed, cubed sweet potato
Afternoon snack: 1/4 cup hemp hummus with fresh vegetables
Dinner: Black bean and quinoa salad with cumin dressing
Dessert: Dark chocolate

“There’s something spiritual to me about it being my 44th birthday and the serendipity behind the number of days in this challenge; 22 (2+2=4) coupled with the fact that the challenge ends on Christmas day,” Jay Z continued.

And why 22 days? “Psychologists have said it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. On the 22nd day, you’ve found the way,” wrote Jay Z.

Their vegan friend Marc Borges is founder of the 22 Days nutrition program, whose aim is to promote “optimum wellness through conscious nutrition.”

Could you go vegan for 22 days?

Leighton Meester and Adam Brody are Engaged!

It’s the ultimate teenage mash-up fantasy come to life: Gossip Girl‘s Leighton Meester and The O.C.’s Adam Brody are engaged.

The cute couple met while filming The Oranges in 2011 and only began dating earlier this year.

Meester, 27, previously dated her Gossip Girl co-star Sebastian Stan for a year, while Brody, 33, was in a relationship with O.C. co-star Rachel Bilson for three years between 2003 and 2006.

They will next appear on screen together in the comedy Life Partners, due to hit cinemas next year.

“I haven’t been in a lot of relationships, but I’ve been in love,” Meester said in an interview last year.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Nicole Kidman: Tom and I “Lived in a Romantic Bubble”

Nicole Kidman has opened up about her marriage to Tom Cruise, describing their intense relationship as “deeply romantic.”

Kidman, 46, revealed that being an A-list celebrity caused her and Cruise, 51, to feel like they were living in a “bubble.”

“There is something about that sort of existence that, if you really focus on each other and you’re in that bubble, it’s very intoxicating, because it’s just the two of you,” she tells Vanity Fair’s December issue.

“And there is only one other person that’s going through it. So it brings you very close, and it’s deeply romantic.”

The Oscar-winning actress admits that not many people can understand the intensity of their 10-year marriage.

“I’m sure Brad and Angelina have that, because there’s nobody else that understands it except that person who’s sleeping right next to you.”

The Aussie actress was quick to point out that she’s much happier now with husband Keith Urban, 46. The couple have been married since 2006.

“With no disrespect to what I had with Tom, I’ve met my great love now. I didn’t want to jump from one relationship to another … I was a child, really, when I got married. And I needed to grow up,” she admits, alluding to the fact she married the Hollywood star when she was only 23.

Kidman might be busier than ever – she’ll next be seen on the big screen as Princess Grace of Monaco – but she loves living in Nashville with Urban and their two daughters, Sunday, five, and Faith, two, as she says, “because I can kind of have a very odd, idiosyncratic kind of path.”

Photo: Vanity Fair

Keith Urban: Nicole and I Enjoy “Sex Texting”

Keith Urban has come out and said it: he and wife Nicole Kidman enjoy what most of us do – sexting, or “sex texting.”

In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, the country music star and American Idol judge was asked how he and his wife of seven years keep the romance alive.

“We just make it work,” said Urban, 45. “We never text, we never email. Phone calls only, which I really love that.”

Kidman, 46, is currently in London shooting a movie, while Urban is touring the States and busy with Idol commitments. Their two children – Sunday, five, and Faith, two – are staying in London with Kidman.

But pressed by DeGeneres about how they stay in touch, Urban admitted that they actually do send text messages.

“Maybe one text. Maybe one cool kind of, you know…yes, one of those ones with the accompanying photo. One of those kind of texts.”

And typically, the talk show host would not leave him alone. “What kind of text? What do you mean?” DeGeneres joked.

“Nice sex texting,” he admitted. “I’m a little red right now!”

Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom Separate

Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom have separated after three years of marriage.

“In a joint statement, Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr have announced that they have been amicably separated for the past few months. After six years together, they have recently decided to formalise their separation,” the actor’s rep confirmed. 

“Despite this being the end of their marriage, they love, support and respect each other as both parents of their son and as family,” the statement continued.

Bloom, 36, and Kerr, 30, quietly marriage in July 2010 after making their relationship public in 2008. Their son Flynn was born in January 2011.

The British-born actor recently put their Hollywood Hills home on the market for $4.5 million, and has been renting it out while living in New York for his stint in Romeo and Juliet on Broadway, while Kerr is based in L.A.

What do you think of Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom splitting?

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are Engaged

First comes love, then comes marriage…or for Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, it’s first comes baby, then comes engagement. West has popped the question and Kardashian has said yes!

The wedding proposal came on Monday – Kardashian’s 33rd birthday – at a party in San Francisco’s AT&T Park baseball stadium in front of family and friends which the rapper rented for the special occasion.

West, 36, presented the reality star with a 15-carat diamond ring, while ‘PLEEEASE MARRY MEEEE!!!’ flashed on the baseball scoreboard screen. Fireworks then exploded and a 50-piece orchestra played Lana Del Rey’s Young And Beautiful followed by his own song Knock You Down.


Sister Khloe tweeted out: ‘Tears of JOY!!!!!!! Wow!!!!!!’ following the event.

The couple have been dating for 18 months, and their daughter, North, is now four-months-old.

This will be the third marriage for Kardashian, whose first marriage to music producer Damon Thomas ended in 2004, and her divorce following her infamous 2011, 72-day marriage to basketball star Kris Humphries was finalised last June.

What do you think of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s engagement?

Naomi Watts on How She Picked Up Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts has revealed how she picked up boyfriend Liev Schreiber – and it’s kind of dorky. We love it!

The adorable couple, who have been dating for eight years and have two sons – Alexander, six, and Samuel, four – were introduced in 2005 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala. And as soon as she set eyes on him, she planned to pick him up.

“It was a lot more ballsy than I would ever normally be,” the actress tells the November issue of Allure magazine. “Normally I want a guy to make the first move, and he wasn’t.

“Then he got up to say he was leaving and I was like, “Oh s***. Probably another couple years are going to pass by.” I was wildly attracted to him and his work, so I said something cheeky as he was about to walk out.

“I said, “Don’t you want my digits?” Because I couldn’t possibly say, “Would you like my phone number?” It made him laugh. He texted me five minutes later saying, “Would you like to go for a drink now?” And I said, “No, I’ll meet you for breakfast tomorrow.”

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Watts, 45, also spoke about her acting career, pointing out that she’s being offered better roles as she gets older.

“Women in their 40s have gone through quite a few different things, and so the roles are going to reflect that,” she said. “People say, “Oh, it’s done by 40,” and now everyone knows it’s not. I actually feel like the roles are a lot more interesting.”

Watts’ latest work, controversially, was playing the Princess of Wales in Diana, and she’ll next be seen in the all-star cast film Birdman.

Kylie Minogue and Andres Velencoso Split

Kylie Minogue and her boyfriend, Spanish model Andres Velencoso, have ended their five-year relationship.

The singer’s spokesperson has confirmed that the couple agreed to go their separate ways, but remain amicable. They were last seen out together dining in London in August.

Minogue, 45, started dating Velencoso, 35, in 2008 after they met filming an ad for her fragrance range.

While Minogue has been busy recording her 12th album in L.A. due out next year, as well as her new role as mentor on The Voice in London, Velencoso spends most of his time in Spain where he owns a cafe, while also trying out his hand at acting. It’s believed being away from each other so often led to the separation.

Last year the Aussie singer gushed about her man: “He’s the one. Sound the alarm, four years. I think I’m pretty settled.”


Deborah-Lee Furness: “I’m Always Having Affairs With Hugh”

Deborah-Lee Furness is gushing about hubbie Hugh Jackman, revealing she likes all his different movie role looks from hairy to clean-shaven.

“I like him clean-shaven. But I like him all ways: chubby, muscley, skinny,” she tells the October issue of Town & Country.

“I’m always having affairs.”

The adorable couple have spoken about their 18-year marriage, with Jackman, 44, recounting how he proposed to Furness, 57, after falling in love of the set of his first acting gig, Corelli.

“So, I decided, I won’t ask her to marry me for six months,” Jackman said. “Then after four months I thought, That’s the most ridiculous rule!”

Jackman has previously told the story about his proposal, with the young actor buying a rose gold ring, inviting her for a walk in the park, and proposing in front of a group of schoolgirls who were standing by the table he’d prepared in advance with flowers. What a great proposal story!

Fresh from promoting Wolverine and with his new movie Prisoners about to hit the big screen, Jackman is now filming the next X-Men movie in Montreal, but not before looking after the couple’s two kids, Oscar and Ava, for a few weeks while Furness visited six African counties with Bill Clinton’s Global Initiative investigation adoption policies and visiting orphan refugees.

Adoption is one of Furness’ biggest passions. She created National Adoption Awareness Week and sits on the board of Worldwide Orphans in Australia.

“I’m working with Americans to create an international campaign to shine a light on the fact that there are 153 million orphans in the world,” she says. “If that were a country, it would be the ninth-largest in the world, just ahead of Russia.”

Jackman, too, has a lot of experience with helping those in need, which stemmed from his father who worked with developing economies. From being partner in a free trade coffee shop in New York’s TriBeCa called The Laughing Man, to raising money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS by selling his sweaty T-shirts after each performance of his hit Broadway show The Boy from Oz (each shirt would fetch between $5,000 and $25,000!).

“I’d sell my soul for a good cause,” Jackman admits.

Furness agrees: “He’d be a great auctioneer, if the acting doesn’t pan out.”

Which is your favourite Hugh Jackman movie?

Elle Macpherson Marries Billionaire Jeffrey Soffer

Elle Macpherson has tied the knot with her billionaire fiance, Jeffrey Soffer in Fiji.

Macpherson, 49, and Soffer, 44, married in front of family and friends on the island. They had been engaged since March.

The couple dated for two years before splitting in March 2012. But the model rushed to his side following a horrific helicopter crash in the Bahamas in November last year, which killed his friend and saw Soffer undergo surgery for a fractured vertebrae.

The real estate developer is based in Miami, and Macpherson is believed to be preparing to relocate there from London.

Macpherson was previously married to fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon from 1986 to 1989.

She dated French financier Arpad Busson for 10 years from 1995 to 2005 and has two sons with him: Arpad Flynn, 15, and Aurelius Cy, 10.

Inside Fergie’s Baby Shower

Fergie has celebrated her baby shower in a star-studded party in L.A.

The singer, who is due in September, took over the SLS with friends – including Kelly Osbourne, Julianne Hough, Molly Sims, Ru Paul, Adam Lambert, Lance Bass and Halle Berry’s ex, Gabriel Aubrey – with Fergie welcoming guests by announcing “it’s my baby boy’s first party!”

Fashion Police’s George Kotsiopoulos tweeted this adorable photo with Fergie and co-star Osbourne, calling it the ‘best #GaybyShower ever!!!’

Hubbie Josh Duhamel was also in attendance, enjoying Ferg-aritas with guests and his wife’s own-label Ferguson Crest wine. Burlesque drag performers entertained guests, who also enjoyed a four-tied cake designed with the black, white and blue theme in mind, with one layer being decorated in baby blocks spelling out BABY, with a teddy bear on top.

Younger guests at the baby shower were entertained with teal and clear balloon animals, and everyone took home blue and white sweets.

Earlier this month, Duhamel, 40, announced he was preparing a push present for Fergie, 38 (real name Stacey Ann Ferguson), around the time that she took his last name, legally changing her name. The couple married in 2009.

Duhamel is excited at being a hands-on dad, saying they’ll make their schedules work to make sure they’re around for their little boy.

“I can’t imagine having a kid and then not being able to be there – that would just drive me crazy. My head would be at home with mom and baby,”he explained.

“We want to work it out so that we can be together; whether I am working, they can come with [me] or if she is working I can go with them. I can’t see myself ever wanting to be away from my wife and kid.”

Jennifer Aniston: “We Already Feel Married”

Jennifer Aniston sets the record straight on rumours her wedding with Justin Theroux has been postponed.

“We have yet to set any date,” Aniston, 44, told Associated Press while promoting her latest film We’re the Millers, in New York.

“There have been no canceled weddings. There have been no postponed weddings. There have been no arguments about where to get married. Just clearing all that up.”

Aniston and Theroux, 41, have been engaged since last August, and insists they are just waiting for the right time .

“We just want to do it when it’s perfect, and we’re not rushed, and no one is rushing from a job or rushing to a job.

“And, you know, we already feel married.”

Are they together or aren’t they?

Are they together or aren’t they?

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston: Although the pair are rumoured to be quietly preparing their divorce, they still live together in their Beverly Hills mansion, recently celebrated Jennifer?s 36th birthday together and even attend parties together. Last week was a fundraiser for the Motion Picture and Television Fund which also saw stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise in attendance. According to the New York Daily News Brad and Jen didn?t turn up together in an attempt to avoid paparazzi but rushed to each other once inside and posed for a pic together.

Orlando Bloom and Kate Bosworth: Despite this pair reportedly ending their relationship a few weeks ago, the pair was reportedly seen making out at the Vanity Fair post Oscars party last week. According to the Insider, efforts to keep their relationship under wraps were thwarted when their pashing was broadcast on several overhead monitors.

Kirsten Dunst and Jake Gyllenhaal: This pair were definitely using the Oscars as a chance to catch up. Although they both brought their siblings to the ceremony (Jake was with Maggie and Kirsten took her kid brother Christian), it didn’t take long for them to join forces. At the Vanity Fair party, Jake and Kirsten were seen “huddled by the exit” until the wee hours and according to observers it seemed clear they were back on again. Soon they will be separated howevver, as Jake films the Sam Mendes film Jarhead and Kirsten flies to France to star as Marie Antoinette in Sofia Coppola’s latest picture.

Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz: This former pair was seen cosied up at a pre-Oscar bash last week and then according to the New York Daily News, they were seen again at the Vanity Fair party last week. Tom arrived at the back entrance of the party after putting his kids to bed and quickly fell into conversation with his former flame. The pair retreated outside when they realised their chinwag was attracting onlookers. Soon after, Cruise gave his ex a squeeze good bye and urged her to call him. Twice. A rep for Penelope maintains, however that her relationship with Matthew McConaughey is very much still alive.


Celebrity Engagements!

Celebrity Engagements!

Aw they're so cute!
Aw they’re so cute!
Justin Timberlake has reportedly proposed to girlfriend Cameron Diaz. According to the UK?s The Sun, Cameron was seen wearing a large diamond ring on her engagement finger. According to reports, 23-year-old Justin proposed to his 32-year-old cradle snatching bride-to-be over the New Year break, and the pair were seen celebrating the engagement in a Los Angeles restaurant last week. The pair has been dating for a few years, but merely a year ago, Cameron denied all rumours of further commitment between the pair. “The truth is that if I wanted to be married with children right now, I would be married with children right now? Everybody thinks that just because they might be searching for a person to spend the rest of their life with, I am,” she was heard saying. Well, it seems she?s over the constant splitting up, rumours of lap dancing clubs and affairs and has decided the time is right to tie the knot?

Sienna and Jude
It seems it?s the season of love and commitment? it?s been confirmed that Jude Law proposed to his girlfriend Sienna Miller on Christmas Day. Jude started his Christmas festivities by kneeling in front of his 23-year-old girlfriend and presenting her with a gold ring featuring nine diamonds set in platinum. According to the couple?s spokeswoman, Ciara Parkes, a wedding date hasn?t been set and both families are ecstatic for the pair. “Both their families and friends are thrilled and of course Jude’s children are, too,” Parkes said. Not according to the UK?s Daily Mail, which reported that ex-wife Sadie Frost was less than pleased. She reportedly heard about the planned nuptials through her eight year old son, and reportedly called Law “the f**ker” when she heard of his plans. She then proceeded to have a massive fight with her ex-husband, saying “Well done, you could not have let me know in a better way than through our child.” Despite this, a statement was later released saying how ?delighted? she is for the pair. 32-year-old Jude met his young fianc? on the set of the soon-to-be-released Alfie. Wonder if this couple will take the reigns of King and Queen of Hollywood from our dear Brad and Jen?

Brad and Jen split
You?d have to have been living under a rock to miss these headlines on the weekend. Yes, arguably the most glamorous couple in Hollywood have called it a day after four and a half years of marriage. The couple confirmed officially through a statement on Friday that, “that after seven years together we have decided to formally separate.” Although their publicist Cindy Guagenti refused to comment on whether a divorce is imminent, she did mention the pair wished to communicate they, ?happily remain committed and caring friends with great love and admiration for one another.” It seems strange timing; the pair were only seen last week lapping up the sun on the Caribbean island of Anguilla with friends Courtney Cox Arquette and David Arquette. Their publicist also mentioned their split has nothing to do with rumours in tabloids, which means the apparent affair between Brad and Angelina Jolie must be false as well as his love of playing surrogate father to Jolie?s adopted son, Maddox. Of course their separation has nothing to do with his desire to have children, Jen’s recent burgeoning film career which has resulted in her gallivanting between film sets, and recent sightings of her partying til dawn in London without her diamond-studded wedding ring. Yeah right.

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Celeb Couples

Celeb Couples

The happy couple
The hottest couple of the moment is of course, Britney Spears and her new husband Kevin Federline. After she said reported on their nuptials last week, there is now controversy over whether they are indeed actually married. According to People magazine (which has exclusive rights to pictures of the wedding) the marriage was indeed real, although the couple has yet to file a marriage license with LA authorities. According to a California marriage-licensing department administrator, a marriage with only a religious ceremony isn?t legal until an official license is obtained. Spears realises this, saying, “I know we’re not completely legal until we file the licence… but in a real sense, a spiritual sense, we’re married. I believe you can marry in your heart and that means much more than a piece of paper… You can write anything down on paper, but the real truth is love. We know we have that. I’m really upset that somebody someplace decides to ruin a special day that I’ve dreamed about since I was a little girl.”

It is legal?
The pair comes clean
Federline told People magazine that their special day was almost ruined because of the paparazzi. The date of the wedding was originally set for October 16, but when the location of the wedding was leaked, they realised they were going to have to make drastic changes. ?We were being stalked every day. So the only way we could really avoid all that is to push up the wedding date and do it immediately.? Kevin said of their first married evening together, “it was great – all night.” And the pair verified their blissful state, “I don’t think we’ve woken up. It’s like a dream.” The next step is motherhood, with the pair hoping to have their first child together in 2005.

Bennifer the second
Bennifer update
Rumours are flying over Bennifer II, the blossoming romance between Ben Affleck and his second Jen ? Jennifer Garner. After the media storm surrounding Ben?s romance with Jennifer Lopez, he has proclaimed to USA today, he?s “certainly not going to talk about who I am or am not dating. I speak on behalf of beleaguered America: This is enough.” According to reports, the romance is blossoming though. The pair have been spotted in Savannah, Georgia where Ben has a property, and West Virginia where part of the Garner family resides. Meanwhile, the Lopez variety of Jen has maintained that despite media speculation over the health of her marriage, she is happily in love. She told American talkshow host Diane Sawyer, “What do I know about marriage? I think I’ve learned that both people have to really wanna be there,” she said. “It’s how you treat each other when you’re hurt. I think that’s the most important thing – because it’s all great when everything’s fun and great and lovely, but I think in the hard times is when a marriage becomes a marriage or it just falls apart.”

Ben and J.Lo voted worst on-screen couple

Ben and J.Lo voted worst on-screen couple

J.Lo gets a raspberry, or six
Just when you thought the media dog had dropped the Bennifer bone, along comes the Razzies. The Golden Raspberry awards pay tribute to the worst the film industry has to offer. This year, the ill-fated Gigli scooped the pool with six Razzie Awards including worst film, worst actor for Ben Affleck, worst actress for Jennifer Lopez, worst screen couple (ouch!), worst director and worst screenplay. This is the first time in Razzie history that a single film has taken out all six top categories. What a stinker!

Lord of the Hobbits – Peter Jackson
Lording it up
No real surprise that the third installment of the Tolkien saga Lord of the Rings cleaned up at the Oscars this year. The Return of the Kings won eleven awards from eleven nominations, equaling the record held by Titanic and Ben-Hur. As well as the top gong for best picture, The Return of the Kings also took out awards for best director (Peter Jackson), adapted screenplay, makeup, costumes, best sound, editing, visual effects, art direction original score, and original song. Phew!

Is it all smoke and mirrors?
Courtney puffing mad!
Mum-to-be Courtney Cox Arquette has imposed a temporary ban on one of her favourite past times – dinner dates with her long-time buddy and Friends co-star Jennifer Aniston. It’s no great secret that Mrs Pitt enjoys the odd puff, and rumour has it Courtney has insisted that the pair forgo their regular catch-ups – at least until the baby is born. It seems Courtney, who has suffered devastating miscarriages in the past, is doing everything by the book with this long-awaited pregnancy, and that mean protecting her unborn child from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Paris Hilton makes a big splash
Paris Hilton all washed up?
Designer show pony Paris Hilton apparently made an ass of herself at an exclusive pre-Oscars reception dinner hosted in honour of the Lord of the Rings. According to the New York Daily News the ditzy hotel heiress was strutting her stuff, and ended up knee-deep into an ornamental Japanese pond filled with floating roses. The usually eloquent Paris was allegedly heard to utter “God, I didn’t see the pool. Why does he have a pool there?” Too funny.


Are Uma and Ethan over?

Are Uma and Ethan over?

Despite rumours that divorce is imminent for glamour couple Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, Hawke?s spokesperson is still denying that the star hooked up with a younger beauty. However, a report in The National Enquirer has alleged that Ethan’s had a relationship with 22-year-old Canadian model Jen Perzow. This follows rumours that Hawke locked lips with Tomb Raider star, Angelina Jolie whilst on location filming Taking Lives in Canada. As recently as last month, Hawke?s spokesman Robert Garlock denied all reports of a separation, claiming, “They’ve been spending every weekend together, so the idea of another woman sounds ridiculous to me.” But US tabloids have been rampant with reports of a split, The Star, paper claiming Thurman already knows about her hubby’s extramarital activities with the young model – and it’s over. One source told the paper, “When Uma first got wind of Ethan’s cheating, they talked and she decided that maybe a one-night fling could be just a mistake and they could work through it. But when people told her that he was having an affair and was with the same girl more than once, it appeared as if it was instantly over in her mind. It seemed like there was no talking, no forgiving, no third chances.”

More Kidman wedding rumours?

It seems that the most recent potential beau for Nicole Kidman, is none other than dreadlocked US rocker Lenny Kravitz. Recent reports from New York newspapers suggest Our Nic and Kravitz have become secretly engaged, after he recently joined her while she was on the set of her new movie The Stepford Wives. But are they really an item? Or could it be that the pair are ?just good friends? and that she has been sharing his NYC apartment out of convenience, while her multimillion-dollar apartment is built near by.

The New York Daily News reported this weekend the two were “mighty cuddly” on recent outings together. The US paper cited sources close to Kravitz, some blabber-mouthed friend who refused to named, of course, stating the pair wanted to get hitched. However, Nic?s US agent has denied that there is any truth to the hush-hush engagement rumours and any plans for a future wedding.

Are Posh and Becks heading for splitsville?

Victoria and David Beckham have issued a joint statement denying reports their marriage is in trouble since his move to Spain football team Real Madrid. The couple?s statement, issued in a bid to put an end to rumours that life in Spain was putting pressure on their relationship, insisted they were “extremely happy together”. “Contrary to newspaper reports our marriage is not in crisis,” they said in the statement released through their management team. “We are extremely happy together as a family. Our only difficulty has been finding a house in Madrid that meets our needs. Since we first met, our careers have always meant we have spent time apart.? Becks went on to assure his fans that his wife?s absence has been due to her musical commitments in the UK, not due to any strife at home. “This is not a reflection on the strength of our marriage and we are very much enjoying our new life in Spain.” Becks still hoping that eventually Spain will become a permanent home to his superstar wife and two boys.

Muso Robert Palmer dies

Musician Robert Palmer died of a heart attack in Paris late last week aged 54. The British star was huge in the 80?s, famous for his hits Addicted to Love, Some Guys Have All the Luck and Didn’t Mean to Turn You On. He had been on a much-needed break with partner Mary Ambrose, after a busy time recording TV appearances in the UK. His manager said he suffered the heart attack in the early hours of Friday morning. He will be fondly remember for his ground breaking video Addicted to Love where he featured a band of identically dressed, identically made-up women. Rock journalist Paul Lester, from Uncut magazine, said Palmer career went from playing clubs in the north of the country, to becoming “elegant and sophisticated” and a master of several styles. “He was kind of a pioneer of blue-eyed soul, which is white men doing black music and R&B pretty well.”

Is Calista Flockhart taking Some Love life lessons?

Is Calista Flockhart taking some love life lessons from her character Ally McBeal??

For months now we have been following the trail of rumours about a romance involving 37-year-old Calista Flockhart old 52-year-old Garry Shandling. The waifish one has graced the covers with Shandling suggesting a union with her and her adopted son but true evidenceherself was grilled recently by Jay Leno, an old pal of Shandling’s from their early stand-up comedy days, about whether or not they’re really dating.

The waifish Flockhart, whose past exes allegedly include Ben Stiller and kate Winslest’s latest boyfriend director Sam Mendes, insists she and Shandling are “just good friends.” She says she isn’t dating anyone because her show and her duties as a single mom have kept her too busy. Still, since Shandling and Flockhart met in 1998, the two have been spotted canoodling in restaurants from L.A. to the Big Apple.

More questions have been raised about Ally’s latest love interest, Jon Bon Jovi than Shandling in recent times. Apparently, Calista and the Ally gang, including new co-star Jovi, were hanging out recently at Ago, one of Melrose Avenue’s most celeb-packed nightspots. Flockhart was firmly plunked on the hunky rocker’s lap for most of the night. However, one thing Flockart may have conviently forgotten is that good ol’ JBJ isn’t available –he’s and has been for a dozen years. Maybe this doesn’t mean anthing to those living in tinsel town!!

Let’s just hope this story doesn’t end, like most of her show’s episodes, with a brokenhearted Ally walking home alone forlornly at night to one of Vonda Shepard’s sad love songs.

Tycoon’s baby needs $7.85 million a year.

Speaking of husbands, where was Tom Cruise?? Couldn’t he bear to see Nicole Kidman win anything without him?? As his star fizzles slightly, hers is shining brighter and brighter in the Hollywood landscape. We loved the fact her parents were there as proud as punch and she looked so happy and has obviously survived one of the worst years of her life.

Pity the poor 84 year old media tycoon Kirk Kerkorian (great name!!) who has been asked to pay $628,000 a month in child support. KK denied he is the father of Kira Bonder-Kerkorian (also good name) and has since had DNA tests which prove he is not the father. But proof he is a nice guy and due the fact he had become emotionally attached the little girl before and he and her mother split up, he has set up a trust fund for her education and monthly support payments. Under the current arrangement he pays $147,000 a month in child support which is $49,115 more than is required under their divorce settlement.

But Lisa Bonder-Kerkorian 36, has demanded little Kira needs $628,000 per month!!

The money is needed for –

$282,000 for travel

$27,500 for parties and play dates

$13,750 for charity donations

$8450 for food at home

$11,590 for food to eat out

$4910 to attend movies, plays and other similar entertainment

$2750 for laundry

$1694 for toys

$856 for care of Kira’s bunnies and other pets.

Kira should also be allowed 5 free flights a year on her dad’s private $110 million jet.

Is this woman a copy of Anna Nicole Smith or does she really think she and her 3 year old girl can seriously spend nearly $8 million dollars a year?? We will wait with baited breathe to see what unfolds when KK returns to court in March to fight over the cost of “basic needs” of keeping a 3 year old in the style to which she has come accustomed. Or is to keep the mother in the style to which she has become accustomed!!

Best Career Move of the Week

Pamela Anderson may swap from acting to stripping! ”I have a stripper pole in my bedroom. I was thinking that I would just take pole dancing lessons and go on the road with Kid Rock.”

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