Baby girl for Courtney Cox Arquette!

Baby girl for Courtney Cox Arquette!

New mum Courtney Cox Arquette
After years of failed attempts, Courtney Cox Arquette has finally given birth to her first child. Coco was born early Sunday morning about a week before her due date. Coincidentally, Courtney went into labor on Saturday night which happened to be her and hubby David Arquette?s five-year wedding anniversary. It is also an early birthday present for the Friends star, who turns 40 today. The stars have publicly announced their difficulties in conceiving in recent years. They have suffered many miscarriages and had begun trying to conceive through in vitro fertilisation. After such a struggle, it will be beautiful to see this family settle into domestic bliss.

Sexiest man indeed
Blooming career for ‘sexiest’ star
Orlando Bloom?s spunk status has been recognised where it counts ? the Troy star has been voted Britain?s sexiest actor. Sky Movies ran the poll, which saw Bloom?s Troy co-star Sean Bean (Odysseus) in second place. The twenty seven-year-old plays Paris in the epic, the son of the King of Troy who woos infamous beauty Helen. But it was his role as Legolas in the Lord of the Rings trilogy that began Orlando?s rise to stardom. He was cast in the role while still a student at drama school. Roles in Ned Kelly, Pirates of the Caribbean and Black Hawk Down followed. In this poll, Orlando has even pipped Hugh Grant, who came in at third, and Ewan McGregor who was fourth.

Bickering with Broderick on The Stepford Wives?
Trouble in “Stepford”?
The Stepford Wives is being promoted as one of the biggest new releases of the American summer. Its $90 million budget, big name stars (including Nicole Kidman, Glenn Close, Matthew Broderick and Bette Midler) and subject matter have all turned heads. But what is attracting just as much attention are the rumours of massive problems on set. An article in the New York Times declared Stepford as ?one of the most troubled projects in years?. Broderick admitted in USA Today that the production was “long” and “complicated”. He tried to quash rumours that any disagreements were major however, saying it wasn?t unusual for creative types to clash. He admitted to there being disagreements between Nicole, Bette and the director, however he was quoted as saying ?I honestly wasn’t there. I now there were some moments of disagreement, but I wasn’t in the scenes that the fights would have happened in. Those who have been in the business for a long time know you can’t do a movie and not have a disagreement every now and then. Comparing it to other movies, I would say this was rather on the low end of tension?.

Nicole Kidman
But what about the movie?
Now it seems that the on-set tensions aren?t the only negative vibes surrounding this movie. After being released on Friday in the US, it seems it hasn?t gone down well with a majority of punters. Reports out of the US say the film is ?clunky?, particularly towards the end. Only 26 of the 81 tracked critics on RottenTomatoes.com had kind words for the film. The film is a satiric take on best selling author Ira Levin?s feminist horror novel about a group of suburban men who replace their wives with apron wielding, look alike robots. It was based on a 1975 film on the same name however the modern version has a comedic bent. Guess we?ll have to see for ourselves…

June 15, 2004

The Apple of Gwynnie’s eye

The Apple of Gwynnie’s eye

The mother of Apple
Gwyneth Paltrow gave birth to her first child on Friday 14th May. Daughter Apple Blythe Alison Martin was born in London, reportedly after a long labor. Husband Chris Martin from the band Coldplay has officially said ?We are 900 miles over the moon, and we’d like to thank everyone at the hospital who have looked after us amazingly”. The question on everyone?s lips however, is how did they come up with the name Apple? Some say it?s a tribute to the Beatles from British rocker Chris. It?s also been heard that Apple is the name of Gwyneth?s grandmother. Or is she named after her place of conception ? New York. Other crazier suggestions include Gwyneth’s love for her computer, she ate a lot of apples during her pregnancy and her passion for healthy food. Hmmm? what next? Soy, Celery and Lettuce?

Blushing bride Kate
Beckinsale’s double win
If you thought gorgeous Kate Beckinsale had good reason to smile this past weekend you would be right! Not only did the English star?s new monster movie, Van Helsing, slay them at the box office over the weekend but the British beauty tied the knot with her beau, Underworld director Len Wiseman. Beckinsale?s publicist confirmed that the pair were married at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles in front of a small gathering of family and friends, including Underworld costar Scott Speedman. The bride looked radiant in Vera Wang and a smile, but things weren?t always so rosy. Beckinsale and Wiseman met on the set of the 2003 sci-fi fantasy flick Underworld, and announced their engagement last June. This raised some eyebrows in Hollywood as it was only just two months after Beckinsale’s official breakup with longtime lover Michael Sheen. Their seven-year union produced a daughter, five-year-old Lily, however the duo never married. But Kate and Len won?t be honeymooning for long. Pre-production has begun on an Underworld sequel and Beckinsale was recently tapped as the front person for a new series of Diet Coke ads coming soon to your TV screen.

Dad’s practising to be a dad
Brad Pitt wants a mini-Jen
Brad Pitt has said when he and Jennifer Aniston have children he wants a baby girl that will look exactly like his wife. In an interview with Austrian newspaper Kronenzeitung, Brad said he and Jennifer were in the early but active stages of planning a family. “Jen and I are in the negotiation phase,” said Pitt. “We’re still practicing. But everything’s going well and I’m looking forward to the future. “When asked whether he would prefer a baby boy or girl, Brad said: “There’s no question about it – I love girls. I want little versions of Jennifer. That’s my dream.” Pitt added that he expected fatherhood to bring him life fulfillment: “I’ve reached a point in my life when I feel ready for this role. “The thought of bringing a small person into the world for whom you’re responsible sounds like fulfillment to me.” Surprisingly, Brad says he is well aware of his sell-by-date as a Hollywood hunk ?I’ve only got about four good years left,” said Pitt. “The next generation of actors is already getting ready to replace the old stars.” He can stay around as long he likes according to us!

More content than ever, Depp
Johnny Depp wants 100 children
Johnny Depp says he’d have 100 children with Vanessa Paradis if she’d let him. He told OK! magazine: “You can’t plan the kind of deep love that results in children. ?Fatherhood was not a conscious decision but now I have become the perfect example of all the paternity cliches I laughed at for years. ?I look forward to having more children. ?I’d have a hundred if Vanessa were willing. “For me family is the most important thing in the world. It’s your foundation, your roots. It’s the only unconditional love you’ll ever get.” Depp adds that his happy family life helped him enjoy the making of Pirates of the Caribbean. He said: “I really had a ball every single day – it was just a gas! It’s probably the most centred and content I’ve been. “It actually started a little bit before that point because everything comes from home. I have a great relationship, my girl was three and a half and my little boy was just in the throes of the caveman period!”

May 18, 2004

Sarah O’Hare expecting

Sarah O’Hare expecting

Mum-to-be, Sarah
One of Australia?s favourite daughters is having a baby. Gorgeous model Sarah O?Hare and her media magnate husband, Lachlan Murdoch have confirmed they are expecting their first child. The baby will be the eighth grandchild of Rupert Murdoch, media baron and head of News Corp world wide. Gossip has been rife for months since O?Hare withdrew from the Melbourne Fashion Week in March and her agent blamed her uni timetable for keeping her away. Now we all know it was actually morning sickness! Then just last week they sent the media into a frenzy of ?are they or aren?t they?? when Lachlan and Sarah were photographed arriving at New York’s Costume Institute ball, she showing an obvious bump in her cream frock. Now she is going to be one Yummy Mummy!

Imagine pashing this hunk…
Brad’s a great pash
Hands up all those girls that dream of pashing Brad Pitt? Well 24 year old Sydney actress Rose Byrne has done it! Rose Bryne is suddenly the name on everyone?s lips including divine Brad Pitt?s. How you ask has this Sydney girl has become America’s latest sweetheart? In the lastest epic flick Troy, Byrne is in a sex scene with Brad Pitt that has been leaving female audience members panting and men, well, feeling inadequate. In the film Byrne is lying on a bed of pillows, while Brad Pitt is naked and sweaty (just how we like him!). His 15kg of extra muscle (packed on for the role of famed Greek warrior Achilles) is rippling. So, what is it like for the local girl to spend the day shooting a steamy love scene with the actor often described as the sexiest man alive? “It was great,” said Byrne giggling, but not giving too much away. “God, he’s a great kisser.”

Lucky Rose Byrne has!
Pitt thinks Byrne is a gem
It seems Brad was just as impressed by Bryne, telling journo?s ?Rose is a doll, isn’t she?” Pitt says. “She’s a gem.” Pitt, husband of Friends star Jennifer Aniston, appears naked in the scene. Or not quite, reveals Byrne. “No, no, he had a modesty patch on,” Byrne confesses. Byrne said Pitt made jokes to break the ice during Troy’s more intimate scenes. “He’s got a cheeky sense of humour. You think he’s serious and then he’ll make a joke,” she says. “Jokes? I thought I was being suave,” Pitt responds. Sounds like a movie for both sexes to attend ? Brad Pitt naked for the girls and lots of battle scenes and fighting for the boys! Perfect!

Mid air music with Sheryl
Sheryl Crow joins Mile High Rankings
Sheryl Crow made aviation history, last week by performing at 3,500 feet! The mid-air concert marked the launch of United Airlines’ partnership with Sony’s new Connect Online Music Service. “It’s like a new meaning for the ‘mile high club,'” Crow joked. “It’s a pretty cool idea.” Sheryl also let it slip that her new album will be filled with love songs thanks to her new boyfriend Lance Armstrong. “It’s going to be the most boring, sappy record you’ve ever heard,” she admitted. “It’s going to be, ‘I love Lance.'” Crow and cycling champ Armstrong ? he has won the grueling Tour de France the last five years in a row ? have been enjoying the last three months in Spain while Armstrong trains to try and win his sixth tour win. “It’s a whole different world for me and it’s great to be in his world and step out of mine for a while,” Sheryl said, she went on to add “I’m good; I’m riding the bike now.” So will we see the rocker in next year’s Tour de France? “No, you may see me in the car, but not on the tour.”

May 11, 2004

Bad Boy Beckham

Bad Boy Beckham

The not-so-golden couple Becks and Posh
In news just in, golden boy David Beckham is in hot water over an alleged affair with a former personal assistant. Tabloid newspapers around the globe have picked up the story that suggests that the England captain and Rebecca Loos carried on an affair in Madrid between September and December while his pop star wife, Victoria, was in England. The Sun (UK) newspaper estimated the couple had spent only 54 of the past 224 days together, with Victoria based in the UK in an attempt to relaunch her floundering pop career. As more details of the reported indiscretion surface, including teary admissions by Rebecca Loos and her family, media pundits are speculating on the impact of this event on Beckham?s marketability and reputation. “He’s a huge star, this won’t diminish his popularity,” Celebrity publicist Max Clifford says “In some ways, people would argue, it would increase it.”

At least he’s got style
David Beckham: sharp dressed man
The good news for soccer ace David Beckham is that he has just landed the title of Best Dressed Man of 2004, but also Best Dressed Man ever. The captain of the English football team pipped dapper British actor Jude Law to the post in this year’s ranking by GQ magazine, with fashion designer Tom Ford and David Bowie in third and fourth place respectively. “(He) has liberated the style warrior in us all – and for that we salute him,? said the folk at GQ.

Orlando Bloom
Best-dressed men of all time
Also making the annual top ten were spunks Orlando Bloom and UK footie star and Calvin Klein undies model Freddie Ljungberg. Featuring alongside Becks in the poll to determine Britain’s 50 best-dressed men of all time, were Winston Churchill, who came second, followed by Terence Stamp, David Bowie and Orlando Bloom. Both lists are complied by 500 celebrities, designers and style aficionados.

SJP – Definitely a fashionista
Sarah Jessica Parker gets kudos for fashion sense
If anyone needed further proof that Sarah Jessica Parker was a fashion guru then her being presented with a Fashion Icon award would definitely cement her position as the style queen. The 2004 Council of Fashion Designers of America fashion awards will be presented to SJP on June 7 at The New York Public Library. The council choose the star of Sex and the City for her “personal and professional commitment to fashion, and for her quintessentially New York style.” Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Ralph Rucci are nominated for the women?s wear designer of the year award and nominees for men?s wear designer of the year are Kors, Sean Combs and Ralph Lauren. Wouldn?t you love a wardrobe filled with those designers!

Heavenly Hiraani Tigerlily
Weird Celebrity Baby Names
Some celebrities do some pretty bizarre things and the worst bit is that the world reads about it in the tabloids. Imagine how their kids must feel, particulary when it’s their names that is the subject of ridicule. Check out the names of these celebrity offspring. Ocean Alexander, Sonnet Noel and Issabella Summer, sons and daughter of Forest Whittaker; Blue Angel, daughter of Dave ‘The Edge’ Evans from U2; Homer, son of Matt Groening; Richard Gere also has a son called Homer; Hud, Speck Wildhorse and Justice sons and daughter of John Mellencamp; Free (he later changed his name to Tom), son of Barbara Hershey; Earving III, son of Magic Johnson, Fifi Trixibelle, Peaches Honeyblossom, Pixie and Heavenly Hiraani Tigerlily, daughters of the late Paula Yates, Bob Geldof and the late Michael Hutchence; Michael Samarie, daughter of Conni Marie Brazelton; Sailor Lee, daughter of Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook; Zowie (he later changed his name to Joey), son of David Bowie; Sage Moon Blood, son of Sylvester Stallone & Sasha Czack; Moon Unit and Dweezil, daughter and son of Frank Zappa. Freaky…

April 6, 2004

Marky Marky and his new girl

Marky Marky and his new girl

Gone are the Calvins and here come the nappies and sleepless nights. Actor, Mark Wahlberg and his girlfriend, model Rhea Durham, became parents last week says The Italian Job star’s publicist. The girl, named Ella Rae, was born in Los Angeles, where the couple share a home. No word on the newborn’s weight or other details. It’s the first child for Wahlberg, 32, and Durham, 25. The two former underwear models (he for Calvin Klein, she for Victoria’s Secret) have been dating since 2001, after the breakup of Wahlberg’s relationship with The Fast and the Furious actress Jordana Brewster. ”Rhea is what I was looking for,” Wahlberg once told People magazine. ”She has really strong morals and high standards, and I like that.” Nice to see strong morals still get the spunky guys!

Stone’s not rushing into anything

Since recently announcing her divorce from Phil Bronstein, executive editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, actress Sharon Stone apparently isn’t rushing back into the dating scene as reported in some local mags. Stone allegedly told Access Hollywood she hasn’t dated at all since she and her husband separated. So guess Goldie Hawn?s son is safe at this stage! “This is a whole new life”, Stone admitted. She says she wants “to take it kinda slow” and “do it in a way that’s fun and gentle.” Phew! Glad she doesn?t want to do it fast and hard!

Elle attacks post-natal diets

Elle Macpherson, known as ?the Body’, has recently attacked the current fad for fast post-natal weight loss, saying there appears to be a “competition” between women to see who could lose weight most quickly after a baby. “It’s unhealthy for both mother and child,” Macpherson said in the October edition of Harper’s Bazaar magazine. Celebrity mums, including Victoria Beckham and Elizabeth Hurley, Sarah-Jessica Parker and Catherine Zeta-Jones, just to name a few, are encouraging women to go on crash-diets straight after giving birth. ?I haven’t lost every skerrick of weight yet, but that’s normal – I only had Cy in February,? said Elle. ?Sure, I may not be skinny-skinny, but who cares?” Elle has attacked the “ridiculous” pressure on women to lose weight quickly after childbirth. Good on you Elle, most of wished we looked as good as she did after having a child and being almost 40 too!


September 9, 2003

Titanic endeavour for Kate Winslet

Titanic endeavour for Kate Winslet

Titanic star Kate Winslet and her new husband, American Beauty director Sam Mendes, are expecting their first baby in January, according to reports out of London. “They are both delighted with the pregnancy,” said Chloe Dunbar of Premiere PR in London, which represents Mendes. Winslet has a 3-year-old daughter Mia from her previous marriage to director Jim Threapleton. The glamorous couple wed in secret in a romantic garden wedding in early May this year, and by all accounts knew they were in the family way before the ceremony in the Caribbean. Dunbar said the happy couple were currently on vacation in Italy.

Sean Connery ? accent the pits!

According to a poll by UK movie magazine Empire, Oscar-winner Sean Connery has been named the actor with the worst film accent of all time. Edinburgh-born Connery may have won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe in 1988 for his performance as Irish cop Jim Malone in the 1987 film The Untouchables, but movie experts agreed his accent was the pits. “Whether he’s a Russian sub captain (The Hunt for Red October) or even an English king (First Knight and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), always that baritone Highland burr remains,” one critic said in the magazine’s August edition.

Say what? The worst on screen accents revealed?

Others notable mentions went Heather Graham for her would-be British accent as a prostitute in Jack the Ripper flick From Hell; Julia Roberts for another dodgy attempt at a British accent in Mary Reillyand, surprisingly, the queen of accents,Meryl Streep, got the thumbs down for her bash at a Danish accent in Out of Africa. The still-luscious Brad Pitt got a no-confidence vote for his attempted Austrian-accented in Seven Years in Tibet, but actually redeemed himself with a stunningly good ?Pikey? accent in the cult film Snatch, where he played a bare fist Gypsy boxer. Aye!

Madonna and Tony Blair ? pen pals?

Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie(Snatch), have written to UK Prime Minister Tony Blair complaining that a planned walkway just 100 yards from their country mansion in Wiltshire, southern England, would allow curious sightseers and paparazzi to get up close and personal with their young family at home. Blair is obviously a Madonna fan as the couple has won their battle. The Countryside Agency said the singer was among hundreds of local residents who filled out a comment sheet about proposed changes to walkways in the area, and that the Material One was not solely responsible for the path plans being scrapped.


July 29, 2003