23 October 2000
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Gisele: I'm Not Marrying Leonardo
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen has said she is not engaged to boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio
. Speculation has mounted recently that the pair were set to wed in Italy this year. But the sexy Brazilian says, "There is no way I'm engaged. I'm only 20. I do see Leo but that's as far as it goes."
David Hasselhoff Sued For Assault And Battery
is being sued for assault and battery by the same surfer who took the actor to court for allegedly stealing the "Baywatch" (1989)
series idea. Angelo Reno
and his partner Peter Dixon received $200, 000 from Hasselhoff in 1996, but now Reno is filing another suit claiming the original settlement was fraudulent and caused him emotional distress. And he claims that people working for Hasselhoff came to his house and attacked him on behalf of the actor. Reno says, "They cursed me, threatened me and spat in my face. I recognised them immediately as Baywatch people. 'You got a problem with a friend of mine, ' they told me, 'and that means you got a big problem.'" Reno, who is a cancer survivor, continues, "I agreed to an unfair settlement under extreme pressure from everyone. They were all counting on me being so sick that I didn't care what I signed."
Will's Ali Biopic Back On
's troubled movie based on legendary boxer Muhammad Ali
is back, after resolving talk this weekend. After more than a week of doubt about the movie over budget worries, Sony is said to have accepted new proposals satisfying executives that it can be made within its estimated $105 million budget. Now, Ali (2001)
is set to begin filming in January. It's understood Will and director Michael Mann
have taken reduced fees to get the movie done within its budget.
Lopez's Advantage Over Hayek In Cleopatra Battle
Sexy actress Salma Hayek
is worried that her dream to play Cleopatra on the big screen will be ruined by her accent. The star is desperately battling it out with rival Jennifer Lopez
for the starring role in the $45 million British remake about Cleopatra's love triangle with Julius Caesar and Marc Antony
A concerned Salma says, "I grew up in Mexico. Jennifer grew up in New York speaking English, not Spanish."
Bette Midler In Gay Storm
Gay fans of Bette Midler
are outraged at the star for ignoring her past when she was singing in a gay bathhouse. Gay pals are hurt she has left out of her new TV show a piece of her past which includes them. Steve Gemberling of the Gay Cable Network in New York says, "She's giving her gay fans a real slap in the face by pretending we didn't exist. Her sitcom completely ignores the people who backed her from the start." Midler used to be known as 'Bathhouse Betty' for her camp act at a gay bathhouse in the basement of a hotel in the 1970's. Midler has said in the past, "In my heart, I've always been Bathhouse Betty. If it hadn't been for certain gay friends of mine, I wouldn't have known nothing from nothing."
Calista Knocks The Fame Game
hates being famous - and wished she had never taken up acting. Ultra-slim Calista, who has been plagued with rumours of anorexia, thinks people are misinformed about life in the limelight and says she wouldn't wish the negative side of fame on her worst enemy. She says, "I never wanted to be famous - it's just not what you think. "Walking down the street and being recognized is not even remotely fun. I don't think anybody who knows what being famous is would ever want to be famous." However Calista, whose notorious role as a lawyer has led to a number of film parts, says that there are some advantages to being a celebrity. She adds, "I've learned that you can make a difference in the world if you use your fame in the right way. I have some power and people will listen and pay attention, so I can raise awareness of things that I'm passionate about."
Anna Nicole Smith Sued By Producer
Former Playboy playmate Anna Nicole Smith
is being sued by a film producer for $4 million. Producer Vince Offer
says the multi-millionairess agreed to film Underground Comedy Movie, The (1999)
but backed out in 1996, saying it would be detrimental to her career. Smith has been involved in a tug-of-war over the estate of her late billionaire husband J. Howard Marshall
A judge last month awarded her $449.7 million, ruling she had been wrongly deprived of her share. She is still involved in a probate court battle over the estate's value. Smith was unavailable for comment about the film which was released in 1999 and featured Joey Buttafuoco
and Gena Lee Nolin
Cox Seeks Therapy Over Kids Decision
and her husband David Arquette
are seeing a therapist to resolve their wrangles over children. The couple - who married in June last year are said to have been fighting for months over whether to start a family. Courteney, 35, had asked "Friends" (1994)
producers whether they could write a pregnancy for her into the script. But she is said to have since changed her mind because she fears that becoming a mother might jeopardize her film career. David told talk show host Howard Stern
, "The situation is confusing - that's why we are going to couples' therapy." Courtney adds, "It's not because our relationship is in trouble, it's because we want to keep out of trouble." A friend says, "They both realize that they will need a lot of help to keep their love alive. Because of David Wild
's past and their different thoughts about raising a family, they are doing absolutely the right thing in seeking help."
Attenborough Slams Snatch
Film maker SIR Richard Attenborough
has slammed Guy Ritchie
's film Snatch (2000)
- calling it "commercial cr*p". Attenborough says Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
was an acceptable movie in his eyes, but the sequel was just an excuse for gratuitous sex and violence. The legendary director says, "I don't want to make a film like Snatch. I'll except Two Barrels, or whatever it was called because that was the first. But to do that crap again for purely commercial reasons, to succumb to the pornography of violence because it is a prerequisite for commercial success, that I want no part of. Violence on screen is much worse than sex. It makes us lose the capacity to be shocked or moved. I don't want to be guilty of that."
Marky Mark Cleans Up
Hollywood heart throb Mark Wahlberg
was set to become a street cleaner if acting hadn't worked out - but it doesn't bother him one bit. Former model Mark, whose brother Donnie Wahlberg
was a member of New Kids on the Block, says he would have been a tradesman if he wasn't famous and is proud of his working class roots. He says, "I had a pretty rough upbringing so if I wasn't acting, no doubt I would be doing something constructive - something with my hands. That's something I could relate to in my film, The Perfect Storm (2000)
Guy's Mark Of Doubt
L.A. Confidential (1997)
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star Guy Pearce
has held back from getting a tattoo - for the sake of his acting. The Australian actor decided against the idea, after realizing that he'd just spend his time covering them up for his roles in films. He says, "The practical side of my mind takes over. I remind myself that I'm going to have to keep covering them up for the different roles I take on. Also I wouldn't be able to decide what I'd want."