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Ross von Metze | July 07, 2005

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck Ben Affleck and the other Jennifer tie the knot in the midst of pregnancy rumors

Following months of baby rumors and wedding speculation, Alias star Jennifer Garner and J-Lo�s ex Ben Affleck finally tied the knot last Wednesday in a simple ceremony on the Caribbean island of Turks, Extra reported. Notorious playboy Ben, who has previously been days from walking down the aisle with Gwyneth Paltrow and the aforementioned half rate diva herself finally made an honest woman out of Jennifer who, according to varied press reports, could be as much as five months preggers. Though the couple have yet to confirm a pregnancy (Garner is on location in Canada putting the finishing touches on the drama Catch and Release), Alias creator JJ Abrams lets the cat out of the bag by confirming the pregnancy would be written into the show.

Garner, 33, and Affleck, 32, have been dating since last year. Representatives for both couples had no comment, but I do. To Ben, I say: �Don�t screw this up. We�re sick of seeing you pander to tabloid fodder when what you really should be doing is attempting to, I don�t know, make films that require an iota of acting ability.� And to Jen: �We like you way better than that other Jenny from the block. Just make sure getting knocked up doesn�t keep you from realizing the superstar status you were born to claim.�

Britney Spears Britney books extra hospital rooms to keep labor private

Just three months away from her scheduled due date, preggers pop princess Britney Spears has booked herself into a Scottsdale, Arizona delivery facility to have her baby – but she didn�t book just one room. She booked five� two on each side so other guests wouldn�t be able to hear her �screams and moans,� according to Page Six. Britney wants the experience to be as relaxing and stress free as possible, ordering white and yellow roses to be placed throughout the room and a staff of people to stand by should the diva demand something. Though by all accounts friends of Brit say the �singer� (always in quotes cuz� I use the term loosely) has been laid back and cordial through the entire experience, people close to the star say as the due date nears, she gets increasingly nervous and wants to make sure all of her bases are covered before the big day.

Nick Carter Backstreet Babe Nick Carter ordered to alcohol treatment program

Not two weeks after the Backstreet Boys enjoyed a welcome return to the music spotlight (their new album, Never Gone, sold nearly 300,000 copies in its first week), the youngest member and former Paris Hilton arm-candy Nick Carter has been ordered to spend three months in an out patient alcohol treatment program following his March arrest for drunk driving. Carter was also ordered to pay $1,200 in fines in an Orange County, California courthouse Tuesday and was placed on three-year probation. Though the singer wasn�t in court, he pled guilty to the charges but insisted he was on prescription medication at the time �and was unaware of its interaction possibilities.�

Well, look on the bright side Nick. I�d rather spend time in rehab than ten seconds with that bitch you used to share a bed with.

Tom Cruise Website takes bets on Cruise-Holmes romance

It was only a matter of time before someone cashed in on the insanity. When Tom Cruise proposed to �girlfriend� Katie Holmes a-top the Eiffel Tower earlier this month, gossip mongers and late night talk show hosts lined up their ammo and prepared to fire. But Costa Rican based gaming website Wagerweb.com has prepped what is possibly the biggest laugh by taking bets on how long the romance will last. �Whether this marriage ever happens or not, it sure has created a ton of excitement around both Cruise and Holmes,� Wagerweb.com CEO Dave Johnson said in a press release. �However, marriages made in Hollywood have a way of falling apart rather quickly. We wanted to see if people felt this quick courtship would stand the test of time.�

So what�s the risk? 25:1 odds the union will last less than 90 days run a $2,500 buy in. As time increases, money decreases, with the cheapest buy in – $200 – placing the couple together for 1,081, or nearly three years.

NBC includes gay couples in Today Show�s Hometown Wedding contest

GLAAD has applauded NBC�s decision to let gay couples compete in the shows first annual �Today Throws a Hometown Wedding,� changing earlier criteria that limited entries to �currently engaged couples consisting of a male and a female.� In a conversation with GLAAD, NBC publicist Lauren Kapp said that the submission criteria had been revised and would allow eligible same-sex couples to enter.

�Fairness, inclusion and equal opportunity are core American values, and NBC's decision to open Today's wedding series to gay and lesbian couples is an important affirmation of those values,� said GLAAD Director of Media Programs and Communications Glennda Testone. �By accepting eligible same-sex couples into one of its flagship programs, NBC� is reflecting the reality of the world around us and, potentially, opening a door for its audience to see the values of our families and the joy of our commitments.� Fantastic news, no doubt. But I have to wonder if NBC knows the cost their bound to endure if the winners happen to be two men. Tiffany�s registry, anyone?

Queer casting call for new reality show

If you're a cute gay guy or girl from 18 to 24 who is or was dating someone your parents hated – or the parents of one – you can earn some cash and make a fool of yourself on national television at the same time! Participants must live in Southern California and the chosen few will receive compensation for embarrassing themselves and their families on television. Come on, you know you want to – it will be so much fun!!! Insane folks who are into this sort of thing can apply by going to the MTV Casting Call page and following the directions.

That about does it for the dish and the dirt this week. Writing to you from onboard Celebrity�s Mercury ship, bound for mainland America from Canada and Alaska, I�m signing off. So until next time, remember: one person�s gossip is another person�s rent check – except for when Internet log on costs $.75 a minute, and then it�s just lunch. – Issued by Gay Link Content

  • Ross von Metzke is the Editor in Chief of Xodus Magazine and a featured columnist for GayWired.com. His work has appeared in YM, Performing Arts, The San Diego Union Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, Instinct and Gay Web Monkey. Ross lives in San Diego.

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