18 items from 2005
Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney's annulment was finalized by Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday. Despite a recent string of secret dinners fuelling speculation over a possible reunion, the couple are now officially separated. The announcement comes a week after Zellweger and Chesney asked for a private judge to oversee the matter. Sources insist the couple's split is amicable, despite Zellweger initially citing fraud as her reason for wishing to dissolve her marriage to the country star. The pair were married for just 128 days before Cold Mountain star Zellweger filed papers in September. Meanwhile, as well as dining with Chesney, Zellweger has found another newly-single actress to count on for a little moral support - the Oscar winner has been spotted enjoying lunch dates with Sideways star Sandra Oh, who recently split from writer/director Alexander Payne. »
Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney have split - just four months after marrying in the Caribbean. The couple shocked fans when they announced that they'd wed on May 9 in a sunset ceremony on St. John in the Virgin Islands before 35 close family and friends. It was the first marriage for both. No further details about the couple's split have been made available, but People magazine reports that they're having their marriage annulled. Unfortunately for Zellweger, fellow Texan Dr. Phil McGraw's summer prediction that her marriage to Chesney would last just four months has been proven right. At the time, she hit back, "To come home from getting married and have that guy setting the betting table in Vegas at three months or four months or whatever it was... I'm not so worried about what Dr. Phil thinks." The couple met at the January 15 Concert of Hope tsunami relief benefit, where Chesney sang and Zellweger took phone pledges. The first public display of their romance occurred on April 29, just a few weeks before their wedding, when Cold Mountain star Zellweger surprised Chesney in Jacksonville, Florida - bringing him a margarita onstage for his song "When The Sun Goes Down" and kissing him on the cheek. One of Chesney's biggest hits is a song called "You Had Me From Hello," a takeoff on the famous line from Zellweger's breakout 1996 movie role opposite Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire. »
Renee Zellweger has stamped out reports she has agreed to play troubled rocker Janis Joplin, as she is less than convinced she is the right actress for the role. The Cold Mountain beauty is still considering the offer to take the lead in Piece Of My Heart, because she is aware how vital it is to get the casting just right for such a sensitive story. She says, "It's all speculative right now. The movie is in pre-production. It's going to take a long time. If at the end of that time it still feels right time in my life, then we'll see. Joplin was an extraordinary person. There is a need to be careful with the movie, to make sure it does not become a cliche. Because that would be blasphemy. We have to make sure that the people who knew her are not disappointed." Joplin died in 1970 following a heroin overdose. »
Jude Law and Sienna Miller have been seen in public together for the first time since the Cold Mountain actor confessing to having an affair with his children's nanny last month. The couple, who have been meeting in private in a bid to salvage their engagement, took a walk across London's Hampstead Heath yesterday in a public show of unity. A friend of Miller's tells British newspaper The Sun, "Sienna hasn't totally forgiven Jude but she is doing her best to work things out with him. She really loves him and is devastated by his betrayal. He has been doing everything in his power to convince her he made a stupid mistake and it won't happen again." »
Jude Law's ex-wife Sadie Frost has split from her boyfriend of two years Jackson Scott. Fashion designer and sometime actress Frost last month received a $10.8 million divorce settlement from Law, with whom she has three children. She also has a child from her previous marriage to musician/actor Gary Kemp. Frost began dating flamenco guitarist Scott in the aftermath of her separation from Cold Mountain star Law. A spokesman says, "I can confirm that Sadie and Jackson have agreed to take some time out of their relationship. The split is amicable and they remain in close contact." An insider adds, "Sadie is 40 with four children and Jackson is 24 and they are at very different stages in their lives. The settlement means that Sadie can start life again and unfortunately she did not want Jackson to be part of her future. Although she loves him very much they want different things out of life." »
Actor Jude Law and his fiancee Sienna Miller reunited on Friday for the first time since July 17, when the hunk admitted he had an affair with his children's nanny - sparking speculation the couple are working to save their relationship. Miller stopped wearing her engagement ring following Law's admission he enjoyed a month-long fling with Daisy Wright, 26, three months after his romantic Christmas Day proposal to the Layer Cake beauty. But she finally agreed to meet the Cold Mountain heart-throb at his retreat in England's rural Cotswolds region, amid reports of a reconciliation. An insider tells British newspaper The Sun, "Jude and Sienna had a good talk. They both love each other, but Jude knows it will take a lot for Sienna to forgive him. He is desperate to marry her and have children and he is trying to prove that he won't cheat again. The fact that Sienna agreed to even meet him was a step forward as far as he was concerned. He's more confident they will get back together now." »
Hollywood siren and Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman has denied reports of romance after being spotted riding pillion on Australian country singer Keith Urban's motorcycle. The Others actress first met Urban at a dinner honoring Australians in Los Angeles in January - and the singer is currently touring with Kidman's Cold Mountain co-star Renee Zellweger's husband Kenny Chesney. Kidman's spokesperson tells PageSix.com that the 38-year-old megastar is just "friends" with her motorcycle companion. »
Actress Sienna Miller has spoken for the first time since Jude Law confessed to cheating on her with his children's nanny, declaring she is focusing solely on her career for the foreseeable future. The Cold Mountain heart-throb, 32, made a public apology to Miller last week, after nanny Daisy Wright told of her month-long affair with Law in March. Alfie beauty Miller, 23, took off her engagement ring last Monday and has not been seen with her fiance or the gem since. Miller missed one performance of her London play As You Like It on Tuesday following the revelations, but is adamant she will continue to perform every night from now on. She says, "I did miss one night's performance, but I won't be doing that again. I decided I didn't want to ruin the gauntlet, and everyone agreed. Now the theatre has extra security and I just want to keep my mind focused on my career. I am back hard at work. I am determined not to think of anything else. I've had a pretty dreadful week, but I'm bearing up. I'm enjoying myself today and trying to get a bit of piece and quiet." On Sunday, Miller and her agent Ciara Parkes watched British royal Prince Harry play polo at Windsor Great Park - the same day Wright claimed in a newspaper Law had been in contact with her since the affair story broke. »
Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman has warned her ex-husband Tom Cruise to avoid photographic publicity stunts with his new girlfriend Katie Holmes because it makes their romance look fake. Polls in US magazines People and Us Weekly show a majority of both publications' readers are skeptical about the sincerity of the Hollywood couple's relationship, because both Cruise and Holmes have films released this month - Cruise stars in War Of The Worlds, while Holmes is in Batman Begins. And Cold Mountain star Kidman fears the new couple's carefully prepared photo opportunities are doing nothing to convince cynics their relationship is real. She tells style magazine Vanity Fair, "In terms of your life, if you start to exploit it, then what's real, and what's not? What's yours, and what isn't?" Kidman and Cruise ended their 10-year marriage in 2001. »
Nicole Kidman has furiously slammed reports a knee injury sustained in 2000 almost ended her movie career, because it made her insurance too high for film bosses to cover. The Hollywood beauty damaged her right knee while filming movie musical Moulin Rouge and was forced to delay the film while she recovered, causing two claims for the postponements and a staggering $3 million insurance loss, according to movie industry guru Edward J. Epstein. Epstein also alleges on website Slate.Com that the Australian actress cost insurers an additional $7 million the following year when her recurring injury forced her to quit thriller Panic Room, after three weeks of shooting. And he has infuriated Kidman by reporting her growing claims made her too expensive to insure for 2003 movie Cold Mountain, which meant she had to put a significant amount of money into an escrow account, which would cover her insurance if she caused any further postponements. But the 37-year-old star has denied the claims she put money into an escrow account, and insists her injury only affected a small number of films. Epstein tells website Pagesix.Com, "Kidman had to put a substantial amount of her salary in an escrow account, which would go to the insurer if she caused any delay, and she agreed to wear a support bandage." Kidman's representative Catherine Olim counters, "She has never had to put her salary in escrow. That's not true. Nor does that (knee) problem even exist anymore. It hasn't been an issue on the last several films." »
Actor Colin Farrell has been left red-faced after 70-year-old actress Dame Eileen Atkins boasted she recently rejected his desperate requests for casual sex. Cold Mountain star, Atkins revealed the Irish lothario spent nearly three hours begging her to sleep with him, but despite his stunning looks, she turned him down because he is 42 years her junior. She explains, "Three weeks before my 70th birthday, a simply stunning, gorgeous big film star came into my hotel room for sex without strings. I spent two and a half hours saying no, but it cheered me up fantastically. "I said no, in the end because he said, 'The reason you won't do it is because your body isn't as good as it was when you were young, isn't it? But I don't care about that.' "But I'm too proud of how I looked when I was younger. My body is still the same weight, but it's all distributed in a different way." The actress initially intended to spare Farrell's blushes by keeping his identity secret, but her agent says, "I can confirm that it is Colin Farrell that made the advance." Atkins and Farrell met during filming of movie Ask The Dust which hits cinemas later this year. »
Movie mogul brothers Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein will cease to be co-chief executives at the Disney-owned film production company Miramax in September. The pair, who founded the hugely successful firm 25 years ago, will remain co-chairmen of Miramax and will continue to make films for Disney through their new company The Weinstein Co. Miramax's back catalogue of 550 movies, including Chicago, Pulp Fiction, The English Patient and Cold Mountain, will remain with Disney, who acquired Miramax in 1993 for circa $75 million. The company is now worth around $2 billion. The announcement follows years of alleged disquiet between the Weinsteins and Disney chief Michael Eisner, most notably last year when Eisner - who will also be succeeded by Bob Iger in September - refused to release controversial documentary Fahrenheit 9/11. »
Cold Mountain star Renee Zellweger is escaping the limelight for a year in a desperate bid to avoid burning out. The hardworking beauty, 35, has found that constant film-making is taking its toll, and she's determined to discover more about herself while she's on hiatus. She says, "I'd like to take a year off from filming. I would like to not go into a make-up trailer for a year." The star, currently dating Irish singer Damien Rice, fears that fatigue will prevent her from being at her best on set. She adds, "I don't think I'd have so much to give to a project that I was participating in right now because I'm in such need of a break." Texas-born Zellweger is also keen to use her hard-earned break to reflect on her life so far. She explains, "I want some time to consider my options. I want to figure out who I am as a grown-up woman. I need to refuel. I need to live a bit as just a girl and not as somebody else." »
Jude Law has switched his talent agency representation from CAA to Endeavor. Law, an Oscar nominee for his work in 1999's The Talented Mr. Ripley and 2003's Cold Mountain, is considered one of the industry's fastest-rising male stars. Law's credits last year alone included I Heart Huckabees, Closer, Alfie, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and a supporting role as Errol Flynn in the Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator. During Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, Law was among the younger stars chided by host Chris Rock for being less than a "real" movie star. Sources close to the situation said Rock's Oscar quip had nothing to do with Law's decision to exit CAA and that his move to Endeavor has been quietly in the works for the past two weeks. »
Oscar winner Nicole Kidman called police last week after discovering an intruder had planted an electronic listening device at her $9.5 million mansion in Sydney, Australia. The Cold Mountain beauty flew back to Australia a day after she was told the unnamed man had bugged the security compound where her guards stay. Kidman has given footage of the mystery person, caught on her security cameras, to the police who are running tests on the device to ensure they capture the culprit. Noel McMaster, who runs the actress' security operation, says, "Conclusive evidence has been captured on camera." A source tells British newspaper The Sun, "Nicole was shocked and she's determined to get to the bottom of it. It came totally out of the blue and really shook her up. It was hidden in a security compound where her guards stay and was designed to pick up their conversations." »
Recently-divorced Miramax boss Harvey Weinstein is dating a British starlet 24 years his junior. Weinstein, the man behind numerous hits including Pulp Fiction and Cold Mountain, went public with his relationship with Georgina Chapman by introducing her as his girlfriend at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards. Weinstein, 52, first met the 28-year-old Londoner a year ago, and former model Chapman - who has since spent an increasing amount of time in Los Angeles - even managed to land a small part in Miramax production Bride And Prejudice. Weinstein says, "We were friends and now we have moved on to this nice situation." An insider adds, "They were clearly getting on terribly well and I know they often had fairly intimate dinners together and went to some private parties in London." Weinstein's divorce from his wife Eve was finalized at the end of 2004. »
Movie star Nicole Kidman has a bizarre fear of butterflies she can't overcome. The Cold Mountain actress developed the terrifying phobia when she was a child in Australia and despite endless attempts to shake off the problem, she still can't stand the pretty insects. She reveals, "Sometimes when I would come home from school the biggest butterfly or moth you'd ever seen would be just sitting on our front gate. I would climb over the fence, crawl around to the side of the house - anything to avoid having to go through the front gate. I have tried to get over it (the phobia) I walked into the big butterfly cage at the American Museum of Natural History and had the butterflies on me, but that didn't work. I jump out of planes, I could be covered in cockroaches, I do all sorts of things, but I just don't like the feel of butterflies' bodies." »
5 January 2005 | IMDb News
A period piece, an ensemble comedy, a boxing drama, a big-budget biopic, and an animated extravaganza were among the nominees for this year's Producers Guild of America awards. In a marked constrast to last year's epic-driven slate, lower-budget and more intimate movies dominated the guild's picks, with Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Baby, and awards fave Sideways going up against the large-scale The Aviator and, in a bit of a surprise, Pixar's latest animated hit, The Incredibles. All five movies are up for Golden Globes in their respective Best Picture categories, with Sideways dominating the critical awards season.
Though not as reliable a barometer as the Directors Guild Awards, the PGA nominees are a pretty good harbinger of things to come and in the past have helped prognosticators whittle down the competition for the Best Picture Oscar; four of last year's six nominees -- Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World, Seabiscuit, Mystic River, and winner The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King -- went on to snag Best Picture nominataions (the other PGA nominees, Cold Mountain and The Last Samurai, was passed over for Lost in Translation). In weeding out the favorites, the PGA relegated a number of movies to also-ran status, including Kinsey, Closer, Ray, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and the year's two most polarizing films, Fahrenheit 9/11 and The Passion of the Christ.
Eleven of the PGA's past 15 feature film winners have gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar, and this year's winner will be announced January 22nd -- three days before the naming of this year's Academy Award nominees.
18 items from 2005
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