June 02, 2004
Julia Roberts expecting twins
Los Angeles — Oscar-winning actress Julie Roberts is pregnant
with twins and is expected to give birth early next year, according
to People Magazine.
The twins will be the first children for the 36-year-old star of
Pretty Woman and Erin Brockovich, and her husband cameraman
According to the gossip magazine Star, the babies were conceived
by an in-vitro fertilization procedure. Rumours that the actress
had frequented a fertility clinic have circulated for the past
couple of years, but a spokeswoman for Roberts told People that
twins run in Roberts' family.
Even if Roberts takes extended maternity leave, fans of the
vivacious actress will still get to see her on the big screen. She
is currently filming the Ocean's Twelve and recently wrapped
filing Mike Nichols drama Close.
Stars plant trees to redress their environmental damage
London — Celebrities from Brad Pitt to Jake Gyllenhaal have
donated funds to the U.K.-based company Future Forest to offset
pollution produced by their movie projects and private lives.
According to a press release, Pitt has given 10,000 dollars to
have a forest planted in his name in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of
Bhutan. Gyllenhaal's grove is in Mozambique. Roland Emmerich,
director of the eco-disaster movie The Day After Tomorrow has
paid for a forest to offset pollution produced in the making the
Other stars who have contributed to Future Forest projects
include Cameron Diaz, Elijah Wood, and Leonardo DiCaprio. The
roster of music stars who have logged on include Sting, The Foo
Fighters and Massive Attack.
While many environmentalists applaud the initiative, some
criticize the for-profit company for playing on the guilt of
celebrities rather than changing their behaviour.
"To deal with the increased carbon dioxide emissions we face
over the next half century, you would have to cover Europe – from
the Atlantic to the Urals – completely with trees," said Roger
Highman of Friends of the Earth. But he does credit the group with
raising awareness, saying, "We are going to need the Brad Pitts of
the world if we are going to save it from overheating."
Marc Anthony to play salsa great
Los Angeles — Singer-actor Marc Anthony is to play salsa singer
Hector Lavoe in a biopic movie called El Cantante.
The 10 million dollar movie is being co-produced by fellow Latin
star Jennifer Lopez, but she will not appear on screen, according
to Daily Variety.
Lavoe was one of the biggest Spanish-language singers in the
1970s, but personal tragedy and a heroin addiction left him
penniless and dying from complications from AIDS.
"To the Hispanic community, he was as popular as Frank Sinatra,
but he had the self-destructive tendencies of Sid Vicious," said
Lopez's production partner Simon Fields.
Witherspoon to produce and star in The Reckoning
Los Angeles — Actress Reese Witherspoon is set to change styles.
The flighty star of the Legally Blonde franchise is hoping to
produce and star in the supernatural thriller The Reckoning about
a harrowing search for missing U.S. soldiers in Cambodia, according
to Daily Variety Tuesday.
The movie is based on a book of the same name by Jeff Long. The
Reckoning revolves around a female New York Times photojournalist
who follows a part-military, part-civilian team to Cambodia to
recover the bones of lost soldiers.
Long is a veteran climber and traveller in the Himalayas who has
worked as a historian, journalist and election supervisor in
Report: Diaz gets guard for lingerie
Los Angeles — Cameron Diaz has stepped up her security detail
after a crew member on her latest movie In Her Shoes was caught
sneaking out of her trailer with her panties stuffed in his pocket.
According to the movie website imdb.com, a new bodyguard was
hired to specifically guard Diaz's lingerie. A representative for
the actress denied the report, saying only that "proper security
precautions are now being followed."
Based on the book of the same name by Jennifer Weiner, In Her
Shoes centres on the sibling rivalry between an irresponsible and
sometimes-employed party girl (Diaz) and her older sister, an
ambitious attorney (Toni Collette). When the sisters move in
together, they discover a connection they never thought was there.
–Photos - AFP
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