21 June 2006
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Kidman Slams Pregnancy Rumors
has blasted reports she is rushing into marriage with country star Keith Urban
because they are expecting a baby. The Moulin Rouge
actress is expected to exchange vows with Urban at Sydney's Mary MacKillop chapel on Sunday, before jetting off to honeymoon in Fiji. The couple confirmed in a recent statement: "We are very happy to be back in Australia. We have come home to celebrate our wedding with our family and friends." However, Catholic Kidman denies the quick nuptials have anything to do with pregnancy. Her spokeswoman Catherine Olim
tells the New York Daily News, "This is a rumor that comes around every month. It has for past year or two. Believe me on this one. She is religious, and that would never do."
Rather Leaves CBS News
Newsman Dan Rather
will leave US network CBS after 44 years as an anchor and reporter. A network spokesperson announced Rather would be stepping down on Tuesday and a prime time special will be broadcast in the autumn commemorating his career. The legendary newsman's contract was set to expire in November and the two parties have been unable to reach a new agreement. CBS news and sports president Sean McManus said, "Of all the famous names associated with CBS News, the biggest and brightest on the marquee are (Edward R.) Murrow, (Walter) Cronkite and Rather. With the utmost respect, we mark the extraordinary and singular role Dan has played in writing the script of not only CBS News, but of broadcast journalism." Rather has told The New York Times he is considering hosting and producing a news program for Hdnet, a high-definition television channel.
'Superman' Gets Stamp of Approval From Critics
The first Superman film in nearly 20 years, Superman Returns
, has received rave reviews from America's leading movie critics. Superman Returns
stars Brandon Routh
as the Man Of Steel, Kate Bosworth
as Lois Lane, and Kevin Spacey
as villain Lex Luthor. Trade paper Variety praised director Bryan Singer
's film as "grandly conceived, sensitively drawn and never self-consciously hip. It is sincere, with an artistic elegance and a genuine emotional investment in the material." Writing in Newsweek, critic David Ansen
writes: "From the start of this gorgeously crafted epic, you can feel that Singer has real love and respect for the most foursquare comics superhero of them all." The Hollywood Reporter says Superman Returns
is "a heartfelt Superman movie that plays to a broad audience." Writing on influential website Ain't It Cool News, Harry Knowles
writes: "Just as Batman Begins
relaunched an ailing Batman, it sends Superman into the stratosphere." Superman Returns
, the first Man Of Steel movie since 1987's Superman IV: The Quest For Peace
, opens in the US on June 28.
Wilson Looked Into Joining the Marines After Film Failure
Hollywood actor Owen Wilson
almost joined the US Marines when his debut movie received the worst test audience rating in the history of studio Columbia Pictures. Bottle Rocket
, directed by Wilson's friend and future The Royal Tenenbaums
film-maker Wes Anderson
, didn't impress viewers at early screenings in 1996. So Wilson decided to research a career in the military. Wilson tells American magazine Maxim, "The studio said Bottle Rocket
was their worst-testing movie in history, so I looked into the marines. Maybe I was influenced by An Officer And A Gentleman
. Or those marine commercials - they were so cool! Like a Led Zeppelin song come to life, full of people pulling swords from rocks and fighting lava monsters."
Newman To Re-Team with Redford for Final Movie?
Veteran actor Paul Newman
is in negotiations to reunite with his Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
co-star Robert Redford
for the last film of his illustrious career. The pair, who have not worked together since 1973, are collaborating on a new project which may entice Newman to return to the big screen in his first major movie role in four years. Despite lending his voice to animated hit Cars
, which is currently top of the US box office, Newman has kept a relatively low profile since Road To Perdition
, and recently revealed he only has one film left in him. But the 81-year-old hopes his swan song will see him re-team with Redford, revealing, "(We're) working on something but it's not by any means a slam-dunk. (It has to be) either a wonderful character in a wonderful film or a character that was acceptable in a film with some social content." Redford jokes, "The real question is whether he can remember his lines or not."
Klum and Seal Expecting Again?
Supermodel Heidi Klum
and her pop star husband Seal
are reportedly expecting their third child - after having insisted they were not ready for another baby. The German beauty, 33, told OK! Magazine just last month she was "not down that line yet" when quizzed about their next potential offspring. But the loved-up pair, who welcomed Henry into the world in September - a sister to Klum's two-year-old daughter Leni from a previous relationship - are celebrating again, according to Us Weekly. The magazine claims Klum was "just starting to show" at the Council of Fashion Designers Awards (CFDAs) earlier this month.
'Miami Vice' Film To Flop?
The film version of 1980s TV series Miami Vice
is in serious trouble after experiencing budget problems and less-than-stellar reviews, according to press reports in the US. The movie stars Oscar winner Jamie Foxx
and Colin Farrell
and is set for its American release on July 28. The remake cost $125 million to make. A source at Universal Pictures tells Fox News correspondent Roger Friedman
, "And that's just what we're admitting to. It's probably more like $150 million." Director Michael Mann
has reportedly been furiously editing the film, which apparently fails to capture the spirit of the original hit series. A source adds, "Michael still has time to fix it, but not much. But he would have to pull off a miracle to make it work."
Jackson Sued for Financial Misdemeanors
Pop superstar Michael Jackson
is facing further court scrutiny after a former associate sued for nearly $4 million in unrepaid loans and expenses. The troubled Thriller
singer is alleged to owe $3.8 million after the services of F. Marc Schaffel on a charity record and two TV endorsements went unremitted. In pretrial hearings, for which Jackson has been absent, Schaffel's lawyer Howard King claims the star is inept and manipulative. His brief reads, "Jackson carried no credit cards, wrote no checks, carried no 'walking around money' and had people attending to his every need. Jackson hired competent advisers to make business decisions then frequently ignored the decisions being made and...incurred expenses without regard to any rational limits or accountability, as though funds were endless. Although the public may perceive Jackson as a soft-spoken artist concerned only about his creative endeavors, the evidence at trial will show that Jackson is a master at manipulating the people around him." Jackson denies the claims, insisting Schaffel is a "professional swindler" who, on the contrary, owes him money. His spokeswoman, Raymone K. Bain, reveals the singer is not expected to testify in the Santa Monica trial, although he'll be seen in videotaped depositions. Jury selection begins next month.
Spears' Security Ruling Favors Pop Star
Pop star Britney Spears
may escape paying the substantial overtime bill demanded by three former security guards, after a judge ruled the dispute must be settled through arbitration. Silas Dukes, Lonnie Deshawn Jones and Randy Jones sued Spears in March, claiming they were owed money after being hired by Britney Brands Inc. and Britney Touring Inc. to watch over the 24-year-old singer and her home. But they were left fuming at Monday's ruling, insisting they never agreed for the wage dispute to be arbitrated. In addition, two of three arbitration meetings will be held in New York City instead of under California's more favorable laws, prompting concerns the men's case may suffer a disadvantage. Their lawyers plan to appeal.
Producer Evans Divorcing for Seventh Time
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Legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans
is getting divorced for the seventh time. Estranged wife Lady Victoria White filed papers on Friday seeking a divorce from the 75-year-old Chinatown
producer, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple were married in July 2005 in Mexico and have no children together, according to website TMZ.com. Evans was previously married to actresses Ali McGraw
and Catherine Oxenberg