11 June 2003
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Winslet Confirms "Spontaneous" Wedding
Movie beauty Kate Winslet
has confirmed she and director beau Sam Mendes
have married - but admits their decision to exchange wedding vows was a spontaneous one. The glamorous couple married in secret last month in the West Indies, with just three friends and Winslet's two-year-old daughter Mia as guests. The newlyweds are now putting their movie careers on hold so they can enjoy an extended honeymoon. Titanic
star Kate says, "We hadn't been planning to do it, but we thought it was rather a good idea."
Crowe To Be a Dad?
Movie superstar Russell Crowe
and wife Danielle Spencer
are reportedly expecting their first child - only two months after their wedding. Danielle, 32, has already completed her intention of "relaxing and getting pregnant", according to British newspaper the Daily Mirror
, with her baby due before the couple's first wedding anniversary, April 7 - also the Gladiator
star's 40th birthday. A source says, "Before their wedding he promised Danielle they would start having children straight away. It made the celebrations much more special. He's not about to chuck his career, but his family life will now dictate his decisions."
Hillary Clinton's Memoirs Flying Off Shelves
's new revealing book has set a Barnes & Noble sales record for non-fiction books on its first day of release. The company says the former first lady's White House memoirs, Living History
, sold more than 40,000 copies in the first 24 hours it was available on Monday, instantly making it an in-house bestseller. Publisher Simon & Schuster has estimated first-day retail sales across America at 200,000. Simon & Schuster paid $8 million for the book, ordering a 1 million copies for the first print run. Spokeswoman Victoria Meyer says they will produce another 300,000 books on top of that figure in response to demand.
Chris O'Donnell Gets Involved with Sex Research
Scent Of A Woman
star Chris O'Donnell
will join Liam Neeson
in the upcoming movie Kinsey
, about sex research pioneer Dr. Alfred Kinsey
. O'Donnell has taken on the role of psychologist and sex researcher Wardell Pomeroy in Kinsey, which is currently filming. Neeson and a film team recently visited Indiana University's Kinsey Institute to view its sex research and get acquainted with the Bloomington area, including the Elm Heights house where Kinsey and his family lived. The film, which is expected to be released next year, also stars Laura Linney
as Kinsey's wife Clara. Kinsey collected histories of people's sex lives and published his findings in two groundbreaking and controversial books Sexual Behavior In The Human Male
in 1947 and Sexual Behavior In The Human Female
David Soul Backs Down Over 'Starsky & Hutch' Remake
Original Starksy And Hutch
stars David Soul
has been forced to eat his words, after being offered a small role in the upcoming movie adaptation. Soul had initially been furious that film studio Warner Bros. were updating the 1970's cop show for the big screen with stars Owen Wilson
and Ben Stiller
. He had raged last month, "They ain't Starsky and Hutch and to cast them as such cheats a huge audience who grew up with Glaser and Soul in the roles...(It will be) another one of those bad, glitzy action pieces, like Charlie's Angels
." However, Soul and former co-star Paul Michael Glaser
are now taking a different approach. Soul reveals to British newspaper The Daily Mail
, "Paul and I are in talks with the producers about cameo roles in the movie."
O'Donnell's Peace Offering
Retired chat show queen Rosie O'Donnell
has had her bid to end a legal wrangle with publishers Gruner & Jahr squashed. The comedienne has reportedly offered a peace offering to Gruner & Jahr, the company behind her now-defunct namesake lifestyle magazine Rosie
, after walking out on them last year. The New York Post
has published an email O'Donnell is said to have sent to G & J on May 28. In it, she suggests the publishers pay her legal fees and donate a further $6 million to charity - and then call off their lawyers. But G & J bosses, still smarting from O'Donnell's departure and subsequent comments about the company she once partnered, have refused to respond to the correspondence.
Kidman Pulls Out of Hepburn Role
Oscar-winning beauty Nicole Kidman
has reportedly pulled out of plans to portray movie legend Katharine Hepburn
in The Aviator
alongside A-list hunk Leonardo DiCaprio
. Nicole - who bagged the Best Actress award at this year's Academy Awards for her role in The Hours
- was poised to play Hepburn in director Martin Scorsese
's upcoming epic about eccentric tycoon Howard Hughes
. But after meeting with Scorsese, she discovered the project's schedule clashed with filming on her latest flick The Stepford Wives
. A Hollywood insider says, "She was anxious to work with Martin because he is a film legend. But it wasn't to be." Fellow Australian Cate Blanchett
will now play Hepburn in the big-budget movie.
Ford To Become Bob the Builder?
Hollywood hunk Harrison Ford
is in talks to become the voice of popular children's TV character Bob The Builder
- in a film version of the animated show. The Indiana Jones
star - who worked as a carpenter himself before landing a career-changing role in Star Wars
- was approached by movie bosses after hailing the series as one of his favorites. Ford - a father of four - is reportedly under pressure from his girlfriend actress Calista Flockhart
to sign up to the project, because her two-year-old adopted son Liam is such a fan of the show. The 61-year-old actor is considering the offer from Viacom, makers of the American version of the hit British program, which is dubbed by American actors. A source at the BBC - who make the British show - says, "Viacom have been very good in keeping us in the loop. Ford came back to them to ask for more details about what was involved. People at Viacom seem to think he's been leaned on by Calista. Obviously it would be a fantastic coup to have the show voiced by Harrison Ford."
Jackson Attempts To Give Deposition Again
has returned to Indianapolis, Indiana, for a second attempt at giving a court-ordered deposition in a copyright lawsuit. Judge Philip Simon ordered Jackson to return by Friday after the 44-year-old Bad
singer fell ill before he could give a deposition there on May 21. Jackson was briefly hospitalized, but was released about two hours later and returned home to Los Angeles. Simon had ordered Jackson to give testimony in a lawsuit alleging that the Jackson 5 used the name of another Gary, Indiana, band and two of their songs without license. Gordon Keith
, who signed the Jackson 5 to his Steeltown Records in 1967, and musician Elvy Woodard have accused Michael, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon Jackson
of infringing on the trade name Ripples & Waves, which was the name of another Gary, Indiana, band during the 1960s.
Zellweger Ready To Enlarge Herself
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Super-slim Hollywood beauty Renee Zellweger
is readying herself to pile on the pounds in preparation for her role in the second Bridget Jones
film. But Renee, 34, should have no problems gaining the weight this time. She says, "It's easier for me this time because I know what I have to do and how to do it. I have savory scones and gravy for breakfast, which help me put on weight relatively quickly." Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason
is set to start filming this autumn.