Tom and Penelope call it quits

Tom and Penelope call it quits

All over red rover
Actors Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz have decided to call their three-year relationship quits, according to reports from the States. The two met in 2001 on the set of Vanilla Sky, shortly after the breakup of Cruise?s marriage to Nicole Kidman. Cruise’s sister and publicist, Lee-Anne Devette, reportedly said that the couple broke up in January, and had managed to keep the news of their split quiet until now. She said the break-up was “amicable”. Robert Garlock, spokesperson for Cruz, 29, told People magazine the two “remain good friends”. He reportedly added that the split was not a result of Cruise’s religious affiliations, and confirmed that Cruz had not converted to Scientology. Sources revealed that neither actor is involved with anyone else at present. No doubt the romantics of the world are already hoping for a Cruise/Kidman re-union on the horizon? Don?t hold your breath!

The original Samantha – Elizabeth Montgomery
Ah MacLaine, you’ve done it again
If you loved the hit TV series Bewitched then you will be happy to hear that not only has Nicole Kidman signed on to star as Samantha Stevens in the forthcoming big screen version. But that?s not all. Veteran actors Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine reportedly “look set” to play Samantha Stevens’ parents in the feature film, according toVariety magazine. And further casting news has funnyman Will Ferrell as Samantha?s hapless human, husband, Darren, aka Derwood. When will it hit our screens? That’s what we’d like to know?

Jen isn’t giving anything away on this one.
Jennifer Garner single again
Is Jennifer Garner headed for the single bars again? Last year she split with hubby Scott Foley, whose career just happened to be taking a downturn at the time, then weeks later she revealed that her new lover was none other than Aliasco-star Michael Vartan. The couple was pleased when their relationship become public knowledge, as it meant they didn’t have to hide it any more. Jennifer said at the time: “Of course Michael and I are dating, it’s so new and exciting.” Apparently love in the public eye is a little too much for the the star, as now reports that the two have broken up due to the pressure of celebrity. One friend revealed: “Jennifer has been telling people she and Michael broke up.” But according the New York Post a spokeswoman for Jennifer has denied the couple have broken up. Guess we have to wait to see who is telling the truth on this one!

The blushing bride
Aguilera secretly engaged to marry
Christina Aguilera, 22, looks set to follow in girl-pal Britney Spears? footsteps and run off to Las Vegas for a quickie in the Chapel of Love. But who is the mystery man that has captured Aguilera?s heart? The young miss has been dating 27-year-old, Jordan Bratman, who works for her management company, for seven months. Now it seems the couple has decided to tie the knot although their marital plans were meant to be a secret. Jordan?s granny let it slip to reporters on Tuesday. “Jordan asked her in Los Angeles,” said 72-year-old Sally Bratman. “He called me and told me two days ago. I’m very happy they are engaged. His mum and dad are very happy too. I don’t know when the wedding will be – soon, hopefully.” Aguilera is already sporting an engagement ring, she said. “They have a ring and she’s worn it. I think it has a diamond in it, but I haven’t seen it myself.”

March 30, 2004

Bonham Carter, Burton Have Son

Bonham Carter, Burton Have Son

Actress Helena Bonham Carter and director Tim Burton welcomed their first child last week, a boy whom they have not yet named. The two met on the set of the remake Planet of the Apes and live in adjoining houses in north London. “I don’t know if we’ll marry,” the magazine Radio Times quoted Bonham Carter as saying. “I find it romantic bearing his illegitimate child and living next door.” Might be her kinda romantic but reeks of commitment phobia doesn?t it?

Foley denies infidelity

All round good guy Scott Foley has been telling anyone that will listen that all those rumors of infidelity causing his divorce from Alias star Jennifer Garner are untrue. “Nobody else was involved,” Foley told TV Guide US. “Jennifer became a huge celebrity. She became a huge star, and she deserved everything she got. There was no other relationship, there was no infidelity, nothing. People get divorced, you know?” Foley, 31, recently moved from Los Angeles to New York to prepare for a new play, The Violet Hour says he will be turning his back on fame and fortune and that he is no longer interested in stardom. “I’ve seen the demands that it requires, and I don’t have the patience for that. If it comes along, it comes along,” Foley says. Garner filed for divorce earlier this year, citing ?irreconcilable differences?. The couple met when they both starred in TV series Felicity, in 1998 and were married in October 2000. Nice to see no hard feelings there Scott!

Gold Logie Baby

Gold Logie winning actress Lisa McCune, 32 and her husband Tim Disney, 32 also had their second child last week. Baby Oliver is the couple?s second son.

Hugh wows ’em on Broadway

Speaking of great blokes, Aussie spunk Hugh Jackman showed he can sing, dance and look good all at once in the Broadway show of The Boy from Oz. The critics, while less than complimentary about the show itself, are singing Jackman?s praises, calling him ?Broadway’s hottest star in decades?. The show has been packing ?em in, pulling in the crowds like World Cup rugby!

A Hollywood?s who?s who packed the show?s opening night at New York’s Imperial Theatre, including Candice Bergen, Rod Stewart, Sarah Jessica Parker, Calvin Klein, and Rosie O’Donnell. Also in attendance was the family of Peter Allen, the original boy from Oz, who traveled from Down Under to witness the performance first hand. “Hugh had everything down, exactly Peter,” said Allen’s sister Lynne Smith, 55, who traveled from Sydney for the premiere. “He had the hands, the expressions, everything. We loved it and we are very proud and thrilled.”

As we have come to expect from the dashing star, his biggest fan is his wife, Deborah-Lee Furness. ?Everyone keeps telling me how amazing they think he is, and I sit in the audience, I’ve seen it about six times, and he blows me away,” she said. Awww. So great to see she still thinks her husband is amazing!


October 21, 2003