8 April 2003
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Russell Weds Danielle
star Russell Crowe
has married girlfriend Danielle Spencer
at a lavish ceremony in the family chapel at his Australian country ranch. The ceremony, which has been the focus of press attention for several weeks, was the climax of a weekend of celebrations, which also included a cricket match starring Australian star Shane Warne
and several musical performances. Spencer, wearing a custom-made gown by Giorgio Armani
, was whisked to the ceremony in a black Mercedes, escorted by a black pick-up truck and two police cars and three motorcyclists. The motorcade was an attempt to stop the world's media intruding on the ceremony, which Crowe wanted to be a private affair with only 80 close friends and family. Reporters were swarming over the entrance to Nana Glen, Crowe's property in the lush hills near Coffs Harbor, a resort town halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, where the chapel was rebuilt for the nuptials. Crowe's publicist Wendy Day
had earlier warned news crews against outdoing each other to get the scoop, and promised to release pictures of the event later - for free.
Court Frowns on Winona's Auction Plan
Actress Winona Ryder
's plan to hold a charity auction to sell the $5,500 worth of clothes and accessories she stole is now looking unlikely - Beverly Hills Superior Court Judge Elden Fox is reluctant to buy into the idea. Although Judge Fox praised the 31-year-old Edward Scissorhands
star for completing the community service part of her three-year-probation ahead of schedule, he sparred with her lawyer Mark Geragos over whether she could dispose of the merchandise by holding a charity auction. Ryder - sentenced on December 6 last year for shoplifting from the Saks Fifth Avenue store in Beverly Hills, California - had to pay $10,000 in fines and restitution, and became the owner of the property. Judge Fox told Mr. Geragos, "Your client should not benefit from her crime." However, he postponed making a final ruling. Mr. Geragos told the judge it was "ironic" that the court would turn down such a money- making opportunity in the face of the county court system's steep budget problems. He said, "It seems awful silly to take thousands of dollars of merchandise and burn it in a bonfire."
Reese and Ryan Consider London Move
Hollywood golden couple Reese Witherspoon
and Ryan Phillippe
are considering a move to London - because the city may prove healthier for their relationship than their current home town, Los Angeles. Newly-pregnant Legally Blonde
star Reese will be in England this summer to film Vanity Fair
, a 19th-century period piece - and hubby Ryan and their 3-year-old daughter Ava will be coming over as well. A source says that the family may stay after the two month shoot has finished and tells the Daily Dish that "Reese thinks London may be better for their relationship." Reese, 27, and 28-year-old Ryan also think that England is a better place to educate children. However, a friend of the couple denies that there is any marital trouble and that they will stay in the UK only for the duration of the shoot. The pal says, "Ryan has three films coming out this year. They're very proud of each other."
Halle Berry Strips Again
Sexy actress Halle Berry
is set to give her fans a real thrill - she's stripping off once more on-screen. The curvaceous beauty, who flashed her breasts in Swordfish
and stripped for a raunchy sex scene with Billy Bob Thornton
in Monster's Ball
, is set to take her clothes off again in her new film Gothika
. In the flick, beautiful Berry plays a psychiatrist who wakes up one day in a psycho ward, charged with a murder she has no memory of committing. According to showbiz website Pagesix, in one scene, Berry and 19 other inmates take a shower that turns into a soapy catfight. Production sources in Montreal, Canada, where the picture is being shot, say that Berry declined to use a body double.
Janet Jackson Sued by "Stalker"
Pop princess Janet Jackson
has been sued for a second time - by the man accused of stalking her in 1997. In November of that year, Jackson obtained a restraining order against Eric Christian for allegedly harassing and assaulting the Rhythm Nation
star. On Tuesday, the 31-year-old Maryland man filed a new civil complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court against Jackson's company, Black Doll Inc., insisting the 1997 restraining order she filed was a false claim. He maintains he never met Jackson - contrary to allegations he called her ninety times, assaulted her, made threats and harassed her. The complaint reads, "The news media publicized the case. The media, however, called Eric Christian a stalker, which was defamation and led to mental and emotional stress. Defamation and malicious prosecution was the result of the false claim." Although Christian lost a $20 million defamation suit against Jackson last year, he is asking the singer to pay $20,000 for what he calls two false statements in her claim - as well as restitution in the amount of $20 million. He is also asking that his Los Angeles County criminal record of the restraining order be amended.
Clint Eastwood Helps Film Institute
Hollywood actor Clint Eastwood
was on hand to help introduce the world to the American Film Institute's new flagship location. The Dirty Harry
star was the guest of honor at the opening of the Afi Silver Theatre And Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Friday. The venue is a refurbished 1938 movie palace which local officials hope will become the centerpiece of a re-energized business district in the Washington DC suburbs. Eastwood says, "This theatre is a work of art. I'm very pleased to have had the opportunity to come here and see this restoration." The theatre opens to the public on April 11.
Madonna Pursued for Two Years for 'Will & Grace' Role
Bosses of hit sitcom Will & Grace
have uncovered how they nabbed Madonna
to guest star on their show - they bribed her with roses. The pop superstar was the subject of a two-year pursuit on the part of the sitcom's co- executive producer Tim Kaiser
- a mission that included a bribe the Material Girl couldn't resist. Kaiser laughs, "I sent a lot of flowers. Madonna loves English roses, so I began to send these fantastic arrangements." The floral fawning helped Kaiser penetrate Madonna's inner circle, although he notes, "There wasn't much interest. I was informed Madonna didn't own a television, or know Will & Grace
existed. I sent tapes of appearances by Matt Damon
, Michael Douglas
and whatnot, and pitched how wonderful it would be for her to come on the show." But it wasn't until last November - shortly after her latest film, Swept Away
, tanked - that the singer showed any true consideration. Kaiser notes, "She had one parameter. She would not play herself. She wanted to act." However, Madonna's manager, Caresse Henry
, denies her client saw an opportunity to justify her acting ambition in the wake of the movie's failure. Henry insists, "She didn't do it to redeem herself," adding that the Evita
star wanted a chance to "show her comedic side, because she's very funny." In the April 24 episode, Madonna plays the loopy roommate of Megan Mullally
's alter ego Karen.
Kevin Smith Worries for Pal Jason Mewes
Cult filmmaker Kevin Smith
is worried about his longtime co-star and friend Jason Mewes
' growing addiction to heroin. Jason - who plays fast-talking, marijuana dealer Jay in all of Smith's films - turned himself in and plead guilty to six counts of violating his probation for a 1999 heroin conviction last week. Now it is hoped that an American TV documentary, Rock Bottom, about Jason's heroin addiction might help him kick his habit. The actor was persuaded to take part by his personal manager, Craig Veytia. Kevin says, "I'm all for Jay trying to put his life together. I've been taking a tough love approach with Jay, telling him I wouldn't hang out with him or work with him until he cleaned up. If the idea of a camera following him around impedes his drug use, that's great. But at the same time it does seem kind of exploitative." Kevin says he hasn't spoken to Jason in months. Rock Bottom is scheduled to air on HBO in America this summer.
Goldie Hawn Comes Out on Top in Apartment Battle
has ended up victorious in a battle with a real estate broker. The Private Benjamin
beauty doesn't have to pay a real estate broker $230,000, the Appellate Division Appeal Court ruled in a decision made public last Friday. Broker Lynne Segal had accused the star of swindling her on a commission when she bought her $3.8 million penthouse apartment in New York's Midtown Manhattan in 1998. Hawn's side contended Segal had nothing to do with that deal and deserved nothing. The Appellate Division agreed with the actress, saying Segal "failed to show" that she's entitled to any money. Segal first found the 54th-floor apartment with sweeping Central Park views as a rental for Hawn in 1995, while she was in town filming The First Wives Club
. Hawn's production company leased the apartment and paid Segal a $15,000 commission. The actress later moved into another rental apartment in the same building, but when the 54th-floor apartment went up for sale in 1998, she bought it and paid a fee to the realtor handling the apartment. Segal contended that because she originally found the apartment, she should get a six per cent commission - even though she had nothing to do with the sale.
Walker Angry at Diesel
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Actor Paul Walker
is angry with his The Fast And The Furious
co-star Vin Diesel
- because the A-lister pulled out of the action movie's sequel. Diesel chose not to sign up for the sequel, 2 Fast 2 Furious
, after a problem with contract negotiations. Walker says, "I thought we were partners. It hurt my feelings. But once I stepped back, I realized that I couldn't take it personally - it's all about business." Walker becomes the star in 2 Fast 2 Furious
, reprising his role as Brian O'Conner - an undercover cop who has been stripped of his badge and must redeem himself by investigating street racers in Miami.