Leonardo DiCaprio is wandering the main streets of L.A. alone without his supermodel sweetie of four years, Gisele Bündchen, who left Leo a couple of days ago after finally realizing that Hollywood’s answer to Don Giovanni is not ready to settle down in the foreseeable future. When did she first notice that? Gisele left her three dogs with Leo so that every time they bark he’ll think of her, right?
After yet another heated little tiff, Gisele jumped on a plane and rushed to the apartment of 26-year-old hunklet Josh Hartnett, who is happy to console and comfort her. As who, pray tell, wouldn’t be?
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Leo, the scamp, was one of the first hotties to bounce on the buff-colored leather bed that interior decorator Lisa Jackson designed for the ultimate bachelor pad in Esquire’s just-opened showhouse in Beverly Hills, which also features a room designed by Giorgio Armani. As Gisele wasn’t handy, Tobey Maguire and Mark Wahlberg joined Leo on the Calvin Klein sheets Lisa used in the beige-and-cream-colored master suite. Apparently, if Leo can’t fondle the face that he’s fond of, he’ll take what’s left over.
Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake, who were said to be planning a winter wedding with a snow machine and a frozen lake for their guests to skate on — who knows why — are not so close, as their photos from their recent trip to Hawaii might suggest. Apparently they’ve been drifting apart for months and the estrangement is a direct result of Justin’s mother, Lynn Harless, who has emphatically declared that her 23-year-old son is too young to be marrying anybody, let alone Diaz, who is 10 years older than he is. Mrs. Harless has announced she will not attend their winter wedding and remarks that if they are really in love they should prove it to her and each other with a longer, much longer engagement. She does not want her son to follow in the steps of his ex-girlfriend who is, or isn’t, Mrs. Kevin Federline.
Director Ron Howard wants to make the best-selling novel “The Da Vinci Code” into a star-studded Hollywood movie, as it should be. Those considered to play the lead role of symbologist Robert Langdon are Russell Crowe, George Clooney, Tom Hanks and Hugh Jackman. And they’re calling that the short list. What about Tom Cruise?
Tom says he’d like to be a new father again and that all he needs now is the girl. The Hollywood legend has said his experience with Nicole Kidman and their two adopted children has been so inspiring that he’d like to give fatherhood a second chance. With a new wife, of course. Tom has been quoted as saying, “I do plan on getting married again. I really enjoy relationships. And I just really want to find a woman who shares that feeling.” Stand in line. Don’t shove.
Here comes another one of those rumors from Down Under: Nicole Kidman and New Zealand multimillionaire Eric Watson, who made his fortune selling office supplies — how sexy — are an item. Oh, well. Watson is a notorious ladies’ man, a breeder of race horses and is mad about fights and fighting. A couple of years ago he was found trading punches with Russell Crowe in a London bathroom after Russell called the rugby team Watson owns a “bunch of coconuts.” Anyhow, they made up and Russell introduced Eric to Nicole in January at a boxing match in Wollongong, everybody’s favorite Australian city. Nicole and Eric started quietly seeing each other in L.A. this summer and looked so sweet together at the World Middle Weight Championship boxing match in Las Vegas earlier this month.
The Maybe Adopt a Baby Club: Some say Courteney Cox and her husband, David Arquette, want to adopt a baby boy to go with their three-month-old daughter, Coco. Beautiful Courteney is 40 and having Coco wasn’t all that easy.
After a year of trying to have one of their own, Jennifer and Brad are talking about adopting their first child. Brad wants a little girl (all the big girls want him). You should know Brad doesn’t like the idea of love scenes between Hollywood couples. He’s been quoted as saying, “If you look at the couples who work together, it always seems to come out badly. Maybe it’s because there’s too much baggage in the way.” So, unless he has a second thought, we won’t be seeing him in a movie with Jen anytime soon.
Casita Maria, New York’s oldest settlement house, the one that does all those wonderful things for local Hispanic communities, is celebrating its 70th birthday at a big black-tie fiesta at the Plaza on Oct. 19. This is a special night for Lewis Ranieri, the chairman of Hyperion partners and American Ballet Theatre; the Mexican industrialist Frederico Sada and his philanthropist wife, Liliane, and David Shedlarz, Pfizer’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, who will each go home with a Casita Maria Gold Medal for having been so very nice to local Hispanic groups, philanthropically and culturally.
Wolfgang and Anne Eisenhower Flottl are the honorary chairmen of the fiesta with the help of co-chairmen Joanne de Guardiola, Jacqueline Weld Drake, Christine Schwarzman and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia. Since someone decided long ago that you can’t do a New York benefit unless you do a kickoff first, the aforementioned and maybe more than 250 just like them will gather among the sables and chinchillas at Dennis Basso’s Madison Avenue salon on Oct. 6 to rev things up. No guest will be frisked to see if they leave with more fur than when they arrived. Don’t be silly. This is a high-class group.