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Courteney’s New Friend * Cameron Calls it Quits * Winona Gets Steamy
Hollywoodianna: Not that it matters that much to the world at large, but Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have decided not to start a family for another season or two. Maybe it will happen when “Friends” says its final goodbye to TV in 2004 and cuts Jennifer loose. What they will do together is make a movie, a black comedy about American politics — but aren’t they all?
A waxworks model of Brad at Madame Tussaud’s in London has always been one of its biggest draws. Hysterical fans cover it with kisses and tuck panties into its pocket. Now, probably due to wear and tear, a new waxy sexy replica of Brad has been unveiled with — I can’t believe this — a squeezable bottom. Brad provided sculptors with a mold of his cute little butt and they produced an exact replica in foam and silicone. Fans are said to be beside themselves slapping and tickling away. Do make it a must on your next visit to London.
On the other hand, Courteney Cox and her husband, David Arquette, are expecting their first child in October. The raven-haired “Friends” star is absolutely thrilled and the timing is perfect as this is, of course, her last season in the series. Ever since their San Francisco wedding in 1999, Courteney and David have been trying to have a child. They even sought out a fertility specialist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in an effort to speed up the process. This should be one very happy Thanksgiving celebration in their Malibu home this year.
Cameron Diaz and Jared Leto have said goodbye after a four-year relationship. Those close to them say that the problem developed when her career went skyward and his didn’t. Cameron has gone from working with Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis to earning an amazing $22 million for the sequel to “Charlie’s Angels,” while Jared can’t seem to get beyond being typecast as psychotic characters in the likes of “Panic Room,” “American Psycho” and “Fight Club.” All is not lost because he does have a dog to keep him company until he finds somebody new. The dog’s name is Judas.
Michael Douglas bought matching necklaces with diamond crosses for his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and their five-day-old daughter, Carys Zeta Douglas.
When Sadie Laid Down the Law: Jude Law, Sadie Frost and their three little children went to Jude’s parents’ villa in the French countryside last week to spend Easter, riding on the wave of their recent reconciliation made over a romantic weekend in the English countryside. Everything in France went swimmingly at first, but the same old arguments started up again, and shortly after the holiday, Sadie jumped on a plane and went back to London alone. She is said to be as devastated as ever. Both will continue to maintain separate homes. Jude is disappointed, too, because he thinks he’s been doing everything he can to keep things together. Time will tell, but time also tells there’s nothing quite so frustrating as trying to warm over cold mashed potatoes.
Do we know that Jennifer Lopez has signed with New Line Pictures to star with Mike Myers in the next “Austin Powers” movie tentatively titled — let’s hope it’s tentative — “For Your Thighs Only”? How refined. Anyhow, Tom Cruise, Rod Stewart and Christian Slater are slated for cameos. Comedy seems to be Lopez’s big thing — or second big thing — and she is supposed to be collecting $9 million for this one. How much is that a laugh?
Winona Ryder is dating quite-a-lot-younger Connor Oberst, the lead singer of the rock group Bright Eyes. In Los Angeles, they were spotted kissing in the back seat of a parked car. Heavens above. Kissing in the backseat of a parked car? For shame!
The New York Botanical Gardens’ Annual Antique Garden Furniture and Collectors’ Plant Sale preview party will be held next Wednesday in the middle of the gorgeous blooming Bronx gardens. This year’s chairmen, Susan Burke, Muffy Miller, Somers Farkas, Calvert Moore and Bunny Williams, are expecting more than 1,000 guests to tiptoe through the tulips, daffodils, irises, roses and anemones underneath the spreading magnolia, cherries, dogwood and crabapples as they make their way to the Conservatory Tent, which will be filled with exquisite furniture, ornaments and architectural elements from 35 of the finest antique dealers in the country. There are any number of lovely ladies on the committee, including Brooke Astor. Now all they need to make the party even more fragrant is little old fragrant you. Speaking of Mrs. Astor, she and David Rockefeller are the honorary chairmen of the prestigious Women & Science Lecture & Luncheon on May 8 at Rockefeller University, where Evelyn Lauder will receive the Brooke Astor Award, this for outstanding contributions to the advancement of science and her extraordinary work in the fight against breast cancer. And she never stops.
On May 19, Lynn Redgrave will receive the 2003 Gielgud Award for excellence in the dramatic arts at a gala at the National Arts’ Club. At the grand occasion, Vanessa Redgrave will offer a toast to her sister. The evening will be presented by The Shakespeare Guild in league with the English Speaking Union, and aren’t we glad?
Former “X-Files” star, the brave and bold Gillian Anderson, and her fiancé, the filmmaker and journalist Julian Ozanne, will marry at the lavish Loisaba Ranch in Northern Kenya on Sept. 1. This makes sense because Julian grew up in South Africa at the palace of the late King Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho. His mother, Patricia, and the king were madly in love at one time and you will be thrilled to hear that Julian remains close to Moshoeshoe’s son King Letsie III. Gillian has learned to love Africa and its wide open spaces after her many trips there with her lover. And she says, “I like dangerous men.” Of course, she learned a long time ago on TV how to watch her back.