Showbiz Roundup: Shhh, did you hear?

Call Me Mrs Bond, Rachel Bond
Who can forget the sheer astonishment we all felt at the shock news last Christmas that Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig were an item, despite the fact both of them were supposed to be married or engaged to other halves. Well it appears they weren’t kidding about their hot new romance and her rep has confirmed the pair secretly tied the knot last week in New York! Yes, in a undercover move that would have M giving Bond a martini-infused payrise, the stars managed to keep everything a secret from us prying snooping evil gossip-mongers and said their ‘I dos’ in front of just four people, including Daniel’s 18-year-old daughter Elle and Rachel’s five-year-old son Henry. ‘Daniel and Rachel insisted on having a small, quiet wedding. They are madly in love and couldn’t wait to be husband and wife – but they wanted minimum fuss,’ a source says. The notoriously private pair, who have been friends for years, first got close on the set of their forthcoming thriller Dream House in which they play husband and wife. Expect a huge rush of interview requests when they start doing publicity for Dream House – I know I will be wanting to know every little scrap of details on this hot new A-list couple. Thank god Clooney’ s single, is all I can say.

What Happens In Como, Stays In Como…
Speaking of Clooney, the biggest question on everyone’ s lips this week was how did he and his Italian girlfriend of two years, Elisabetta Canalis,  go from a cosy touch-alicious luncheon in Como to formally announcing their split in a matter of hours? What went wrong? Was the food overcooked? The wine corked? Or did she mess up with her interview last month with Italian magazine Chi, in which she somewhat naively said she could never be with a man unless marriage and children were most definitely on the agenda…? But it was one of those weeks for me as news editor on one of the UK’ s big showbiz mags – I have heard every rumour under the sun… she dumped him because he kicked off about the marriage mention; he’ d been meaning to call time on it as he likes to spend his summers with the boys as a single man; it was even suggested some racy pictures from her past were being touted around that was the nail in the coffin. And, of course, my least favourite suggested cause that crops up every time George rejects a woman: it was all a fauxmance. But whatever the reason, just imagine being Clooney’ s girlfriend? I wouldn’t wish fame on my worst enemy. Every single photo taken of you, every man you’ve ever been with, even girlfriends you’ve fallen out with and family members who, with the best of intentions, will spill details to trickster journalists on dirt-digging missions. If there’ s even the slightest hint of something scandalous, it will be spun, twisted and exaggerated to sell a paper, mark my words. And how often do you get to see your man? Well hardly ever as for gorgeous George, work and mates will always come first. No, I’ m afraid I would probably turn down the chance to be Clooney’ s latest decoration for his sleeve. Probably…

Jen’s In Love: Cue Baby Headlines & Rings
Jennifer Aniston has hit the headlines again – and yes, as usual, it’s her love life that’s generating a bit of a buzz as she heats things up with her new man Justin Theroux – the EIGHTH co-star she’s dated in the run-up to a movie release. With the obligatory appearance sporting matching rings, the Wanderlust co-stars, who have been together for five minutes, are going all-in with their PDAs, most recently at the filming of Inside The Actors’ Studio for which Jen was being profiled. Sitting in the front row last week, Jen’s bearded new beau looked like a love-struck puppy (well, he’s an actor too) and according to American tabloid US Weekly ‘the sexual tension was palpable’. Oh right, with the cameras on you and in the midst of a jam-packed audience? Please. Of course, the juicy tale of these two new lovers is that Jen’s been branded a ‘homewrecker’ after she ‘stole’ Justin from his live-in girlfriend of 14 years. Costume designer Heidi Bivens only moved out of their pad earlier this month, just days before Jen and Justin ‘came out’ with a public photo. No doubt Angelina Jolie will be tickled pink that it’s Jen being branded the ‘other woman’ this time. But because I find the whole thing a tad, shall we say, ‘staged’, permit me to proffer you some genuinely interesting titbits from her Actors’ Studio interview. In the quickfire question round with host James Lipton, she answers thus: Jen’s turn ons? ‘A great pair of shoes.’ Turn off? ‘Flats.’ Sound she loves? ‘A laughing baby.’ A profession she’d never like to attempt? ‘President.’ And finally, what would God say to her in heaven when she arrives? ‘Never thought I’d see you here!’

Harry & Pippa: The Dream’s Over
On the surface, they seemed like the perfect coupling – the sexy siblings of our future King and Queen. They both like to party, they get on famously well and they make each other laugh – after all, his nickname for her is said to be ‘commando’ after she reportedly wore no knickers to the Royal Wedding. But it seems the much-wanted hopes of a romance between Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton have been futile as the prince admitted on Friday at the Hard Rock Calling festival in London: ‘Pippa? Ha! No, I am not seeing anyone at the moment. I’m 100 per cent single. I’m working a lot at the moment, so dating and watching TV are the last things I have time for.’ Maybe so, but there have been whispers the prince is keen to have Pippa as his ‘plus one’ at cousin Zara Phillips upcoming wedding, but big sister Kate is said to be not so sure. ‘Kate’s not happy about all the rumours over her sister and Harry,’ says a regal mole. ‘She was hoping he’d get back with Chelsy [Davy]. It’s not that she’s against Harry and Pippa getting together, it’s just that it would make things very awkward in the family if it didn’t work out. She knows Harry likes to party and both of them are still a bit young for a serious relationship. Plus she’s 100% focused on her new royal duties and can’t be dealing with any distractions.’ Such a spoilsport, Kate.

Claudia Works Through Family Dramas
Supermodel Claudia Schiffer has been under a lot of strain recently after rumours that her hubby, film director Matthew Vaughn, was the father of January Jones unborn baby – rumours he strongly denies. But instead of letting it all get to her she has decided to channel her energy into some strenuous workouts to get her back into tiptop shape. And she has turned to the one of the toughest trainers in the industry, Tracy Anderson. Tracy famously got Madonna into the best shape that she has ever been in and also lists Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez as famous clients. ‘Claudia is working with Tracy to reinvent her look and she also plans to launch her own knitwear line in the autumn,’ a source told the Mail On Sunday. ‘Claudia wants to concentrate on herself for a while. She was shocked by the allegations, but her family and new fashion line are the most important things in her life now.’ Not a workout for mere mortals, Tracy’s method consists of three hours exercise a day, everyday and eating around 700 calories a day. As a supermodel, although she has good genes, she is well practiced at looking after her body. ‘I’m not one of those women who can eat whatever they want,’ she said in an interview. ‘I have to watch myself very carefully and think about what I eat all the time. I don’t drink alcohol – not even to celebrate an occasion – and I steer clear of caffeine. If I don’t it’s a disaster.’ Glad to hear it’s not just us Claudia, though we don’t quite have the same willpower!

By Justine Harkness
[picture credits: mysunshine; WENN; Sean Thorton/; Dimitri Halkidis/WENN]
Justine Harkness

Justine Harkness

Now based in Los Angeles, Justine had worked for publications from Now to Look, OK! to Loaded, in the UK as well as for weekly magazines in Australia. She has written everything from in-depth celebrity interviews to covering every showbiz party, hotspot, the three ‘Fs’ (fads, fashion, fitness), awards ceremonies, travel (to Mustique, no less), you name it, for all the big magazines. A regular showbiz and lifestyle expert commentator for radio and TV, including BBC, Sky and all the terrestrial channels. There’s more, but there always is. She lives in Santa Monica with her ridiculously fluffy kitten Cookie (‘We should have called her Queen Latifah,’ she shrugs), chasing the latest celebrity stories. Justine’s mantra in life is: ‘In vodka we trust.’ She successfully out drinks many, yet is a bit of a hippy at heart. Just don’t ask her about grammar.

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