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Nicole Kidman Buys New York Flat

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Nicole Kidman Buys New York Flat
Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman has splashed out on an exclusive $7.5 million flat in New York. The leggy Australian star's new pad, in the trendy West Village area, is in a block with a restaurant, gym and 24-hour security. The Birthday Girl's neighbors will include fashion king Calvin Klein, who lives in the penthouse suite. On a clear day, Nicole, should she want to, would be able to make out the flat ex-husband Tom Cruise shares with lover Penelope Cruz in the city.

Nicole Stars In Advert For Spanish Store

Nicole Stars In Advert For Spanish Store
Hollywood star Nicole Kidman is to feature in a Christmas advertising campaign for a Spanish department store. Nicole, who last year was divorced from Hollywood star Tom Cruise, will be paid a six-figure sum to star in two television adverts for the chain, called El Corte. The ads will be directed by Alejandro Amenabar, who also directed Nicole in the horror film The Others. But Birthday Girl beauty Nicole is not the first big name Hollywood star to appear in an ad campaign for El Corte. A source says, "The store usually manages to get a big name to front its TV ads and George Clooney and Sharon Stone have appeared in previous ones."

Ben Chaplin Learns Screen Sex From Bullock And Kidman

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Ben Chaplin Learns Screen Sex From Bullock And Kidman
Up and coming actor Ben Chaplin has learned to love on-screen sex scenes - after getting jiggy with superstars Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock. The British hunk is grateful he got his romantic starts with two such impressive actresses. He says of his saucy scenes with Kidman in Birthday Girl, "Nicole is great. She's very used to love scenes. In Birthday Girl, probably one-twentieth of the racy stuff we shot made it into the movie. I found I lost my cherry on that one. I came out a veteran of sex scenes. Nicole was absolutely professional, but there was no coyness. She's very free. And if you're free and understand that it's just part of the job then you can actually get creative with the sex scenes." And lucky Chaplin also got down and dirty with co-star Bullock in new thriller Murder By Numbers. He explains, "Sandra gives me this foot job in our movie. It was an interesting scene. I just had to go with it and it was quite fun because Sandy has nice feet. She had a pedicure before the shoot. Sandy doesn't do that many love scenes so I felt honored to receive her foot."

Light-fingered Kidman Co-star Worked In Bank To For New Role

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Light-fingered Kidman Co-star Worked In Bank To For New Role
Ben Chaplin took his role opposite Nicole Kidman in new movie Birthday Girl so seriously - he got into character by working in a bank. The British star plays a light-fingered bank-teller John Buckingham in the new movie, whose life radically changes when his mail-order Russian bride, played by Kidman, arrives on his doorstep. But when Chaplin attempted to perfect his characterisation by taking a everyday role in a real bank he unwittingly became the prime suspect in the theft of thousands of pounds (dollars). He laughs, "I was given carte blanche to help them clear out the safe and the next day they were thousands of pounds down. I thought, did I put a bundle in my pocket? I remember instinctively putting my hands in my pockets to see if I had gotten so into character that I stole their money!" However, the actor was relieved to find the cause for the missing money was not due to his thorough acting style. "It was just a counting error," he says.

Ben Chaplin's Naked Nightmare With Nicole Kidman

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British actor Ben Chaplin hated the nude scenes he had to do with Nicole Kidman for their new movie Birthday Girl - because he just couldn't shake his embarrassment. While many men would do anything to romp naked with the Australian redhead, Chaplin, 31, says playing Kidman's love interest on film was a nerve-wracking nightmare. He explains, "It's truly awful doing these love scenes, because I'm very prone to getting embarrassed. We were just sitting around for days, sort of naked. Between takes, Nicole and I would look at each other and say the most God- awful, stupid things like, 'Can you believe this weather?' 'Do you think they'll serve the good fish for lunch?' It's almost like being in a doctor's office. You can't wait until it's over, even if it is Nicole Kidman across a bed from you."

Nicole Plays A Russian Treat

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Nicole Plays A Russian Treat
Redhead stunner Nicole Kidman made a surprise appearance at a screening of her movie Birthday Girl in London last night. The Moulin Rouge star stepped out at the London Film Festival showing of the Jez Butterworth flick. In the film, Kidman plays a Russian mail order bride, snapped up by Ben Chaplin over the internet. Nicole enthuses, "I had to learn Russian and fell completely in love with the language. I would love to have the time to learn in properly, to be able to perform Chekhov in Russian."

Uma Leaves Ben Chaplin Cold

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Uma Leaves Ben Chaplin Cold
Actor Ben Chaplin loved his on-screen chemistry with gorgeous female co-stars Nicole Kidman and Winona Ryder - but Uma Thurman left him cold. Ben, who recently teamed up with Ryder for demonic horror Lost Souls (2000), insists his on-set relationship with her translated into sizzling chemistry. He says, "She is a really clever girl. She has a really naughty sense of humor too. She has been famous for so long that she has to let her guard down - but once she does, she is especially funny when doing the sexy ingenue." And the British hunk looked forward to every day of filming the upcoming Birthday Girl (2000) with Kidman, because they "genuinely have chemistry." But Chaplin admits he struggled working with gorgeous Uma in The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996) He says, "I wouldn't pick Thurman out. I don't think she would pick me either. My dad thought the same - he wasn't attracted to Thurman."

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