It’s usually pretty unpleasant when you run into your ex on the street or at the bookstore, or anywhere. You both shift your weight and ask questions you don’t care to hear the answers to and you’re so desperate to get away that you try and will yourself into passing out so the exchange can end. And so it’s pretty exceptional that Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake (who dated from 2003 to 2007) are on such good terms that they were capable of filming Bad Teacher together. I can’t think of any other instance where two people broke up after dating for a substantial amount of time and then decided they’d enjoy filming a movie together. It simply hasn’t happened. But that got me thinking about all the exes that I’d wish would just get over all their pettiness and come together again for the sake of my entertainment, just like Cameron and Justin did.
Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins
Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins were an item for 23 years but they never married. They met on the set of Bull Durham, where Sarandon played Annie Savoy, a baseball fan who habitually had affairs with minor-league players. Robbins played Ebby Calvin LaNoosh, the catcher to pitcher Crash Davis, played by Kevin Costner. After Annie very much perpetuated and enjoyed this almost two-hour game of tug of war, she ended up with Crash and left Ebby out on home plate by himself despite their obvious connection. However, since Sarandon chose Robbins over Costner in real life, it would be very tongue-in-cheek if the sequel had Annie realizing she made the wrong choice and ran back into the arms of Ebby, who had been waiting on his couch with her picture in his hand ever since she left. Even though Sarandon and Robbins have in fact slip up, they seem like good sports and even though there’s absolutely no need for a Durham sequel, they were so cute onscreen together that it almost necessitates another production.
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman
Tom and Nicole were in two movies together: Days of Thunder and Eyes Wide Shut. After getting married in 1990 and adopting two children, they divorced in 2001 and both eventually remarried (Cruise married Katie Holmes and Kidman married country singer Keith Urban). They’ve made it perfectly clear they don’t really speak anymore and probably go out of their ways to steer clear of each other in show business. But if for some reason they encountered a comedy that they both felt incredibly strongly about and neither one of them was willing to relinquish it to the other, they might consider doing it jointly if they were comfortable inviting the audience to laugh again about how dysfunctional their marriage must have been.
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt
After marrying in July of 2000, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt’s fall from grace and subsequent divorce in 2005 was extremely public and was reportedly the result of Brad falling in love with Angelina Jolie on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. But it’s kind of understandable! The rumor was that Brad apparently wanted children but Jennifer did not want to abandon her career so quickly, and so he left her for someone whose desires coincided with his. Jennifer claims she and Brad still have a great relationship, but nobody really believes this because he’s too busy raising six children and traveling to take the time to call the set of an Adam Sandler movie to chat with her. She never passes up the opportunity to talk about how happy she is since her divorce though, and how its allowed her to do things like cut her hair and take up architecture and interior decorating as hobbies. But Brad has totally different priorities today then he did when he was married to her, and he probably finds her repulsive now. So in my mind, Jennifer wants to be in a movie with Brad more than Brad wants to be in a movie with Jennifer and the only way we’d see them on screen together is if Jennifer took enough care to find out where Brad was in the world, erected a movie set on some street he frequents, and have a cameraman film until until she had the opportunity to crash into Brad and act surprised at their meeting. But I’d still enjoy it!
Demi Moore and Bruce Willis
Even though Demi Moore and Bruce Willis ended their marriage of thirteen years in 2000, they’ve remained oddly close. Since their split they’ve walked red carpets together, invited each other to their weddings and are on surprisingly good terms. But not because they feel like they have to be for their three daughters – it just seems like they genuinely like one another and don’t hold any resentment over the dissolution of their marriage. In fact, they’re probably such big fans of each other and respect each other so much that they actually would do a movie together. They're both such stellar action heroes and in such great shape that whenever Ashton Kutcher is away filming a Nikon commercial, I bet they head down in the basement and comb over scripts for a Fun with Dick and Jane remake.
Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger
There is no other ex-husband and ex-wife in Hollywood more contentious than Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger. They met on the set of The Marrying Man and everything was fine and dandy then because they eventually married in 1993. They had a daughter, Ireland, in 1995 but by early 2001, they were looking to get divorced. Once their marriage was legally over, Baldwin began telling the media that Basinger was disobeying court orders by preventing him from talking to his daughter on the phone and from seeing her in person. Baldwin spent years criticizing Basinger’s psychologists and lawyers and faulted them for committing “parental alienation,” and even wrote a book called A Promise to Ourselves about how much money and time he spent fighting to stay in his daughter’s life. Basinger has never outwardly criticized Baldwin or responded to the claims that she wouldn’t let Ireland see her father, but since things seem to have finally quieted down between the two of them, we’re probably better off leaving them alone in their current bicoastal setup (even though their clearly tumultuous relationship would make for an excellent film essay on what the transformation from love to viciousness looks like).
Easy A a teen sex comedy with no actual sex aims rather conspicuously to plumb the best bits of Diablo Cody and Alexander Payne in its upside-down self-consciously campy take on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. In the role of its high-school Hester Prynne is Emma Stone the sly husky heroine of last year’s surprise hit Zombieland. Tested by a film that is far less clever than its director Will Gluck or screenwriter Bert Royal would have us believe (and they desperately want us to believe) she passes with flying colors delivering a performance that should elevate her into the upper echelon of actresses possessing brains and beauty in equal measure.
Stone plays Olive the kind of quick-witted hyper-literate teen that our educational system produces in ever-diminishing numbers. (If it ever produced them to begin with.) More knowing and sophisticated than others her age she is nonetheless not immune to the pressure of peers and the dread of being labeled a loser. Under duress by a prying friend (Aly Michalka) to dish the details of her birthday weekend a rather mundane affair mainly spent jumping on her bed to the tune of Natasha Bedingfield’s pop monstrosity “Pocket Full of Sunshine ” she feels compelled to embellish a bit and concocts an entirely fictional account of losing her virginity (dubbed the “V-Card” by Royal trying too hard) to a boy from a junior college across town.
Word of Olive’s deflowering spreads with startling speed aided by the incessant rumor-mongering of a catty Evangelical eavesdropper (Amanda Bynes). Suddenly branded a tramp on account of a seemingly harmless little lie Olive opts to embrace her newly tarnished reputation and put it to good use. In a viciously stratified social environment where even the most awkward acne-plagued pariah can earn respect and even admiration from members of the upper castes for having gone All the Way Olive anoints herself the Mother Theresa of (fake) sluts bestowing her blessing upon downtrodden gents in need of a reputation boost. And she resolves to look the part too traipsing around in scandalous bustiers and affixing the letter “A” to her chest.
There are limits to Easy A’s Scarlet Letter conceit overly Glee-ful tone forced repartee and pop-culture references (John Hughes is invoked so many times he should get a producer credit). Which is why director Gluck must be grateful to have found Stone who handles the verbal calisthenics of Royal’s script with charm and verve and a certain effortless appeal that keeps us engaged even as the film wallows in contrived irony and heavy-handedness. Keep your eye on her.
Actress Brooke Shields is amused by the fact she gave birth to daughter Grier the same day Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' daughter Suri was born, claiming "the irony is perfect."
The stars engaged in a public battle of words last year, after the Mission: Impossible star criticized the actress for taking antidepressants after the birth of her first child, Rowan.
She explains, "You know, the irony is perfect. The world works in an interesting way, but we (were) both pretty busy that day."
The 40-year-old gave birth to her second child with TV producer-husband Chris Henchy on April 18, reportedly in the same Los Angeles hospital as Holmes.
She adds, "Yeah, rumor has it. Again, I was pretty distracted."
When asked if she had any run-ins with Cruise at the hospital she says, "No. God, no."
The Suddenly Susan star chose to take the high road when discussing Cruise, adding, "It's a gift having kids, you know, so it's a beautiful thing rather than anything else."
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Top Story: Billy Bob Denies Cheating on Angelina
Billy Bob Thornton insists he did not cheat on his ex-wife Angelina Jolie while they were married. In an interview with GQ magazine, The Associated Press reports the actor said the infidelity "was [a] rumor but that was never it." Thornton went on to explain what really contributed to the marital breakup was that he and Jolie just had different ideas about how they wanted to live their lives; for example, he said, Jolie likes to go all over the world while he just wanted to stay home. In a July 2003 interview with Barbara Walters on 20/20, Jolie said she didn't feel like she knew Thornton anymore and thought that she would never get married again, AP reports.
Give Affleck His Razzies
Ben Affleck jokingly complained to AP Radio that he never got all the Razzies he won for Pearl Harbor and hoped his Gigli Razzie Awards, given for being the worst movie of 2003, were in the mail. He said he should, at the very least, get "a golden sack of grapes or something" and commented that the people who give out the awards have "diminished their integrity," by neglecting to send him his just rewards. But seriously, folks, Affleck said what happened to him and former fiancée Jennifer Lopez was his fears coming true all at once. "A fear starts to seep in, like what if something bad happens? What if everybody hates my movie? What if I have some public embarrassment? Then it all happens in a month and it turns out all right, it's not the end of the world," Affleck told AP Radio.
Bo Derek Lobbies for Horses
Actress and horse lover Bo Derek traveled to Washington, D.C., Tuesday to support legislation that would ban the killing of horses for gourmet dining overseas, AP reports. While the practice of slaughtering American horses for food has declined in recent years, the legislation--written by Reps. John Sweeney, whose district includes the historic Saratoga racetrack, and Ed Whitfield, a thoroughbred owner--would stop the nearly 50,000 horses countries killed every year for foreign consumption in countries such as France and Japan, where the meat is considered gourmet fare. "As a horse owner, I was shocked," Derek told AP. "We don't use horses any longer for pet food so why are we sending them over to other countries?"
Teenager Convicted in TV Actor's Shooting Death
Monique King, the 17-year-old girl whose false rape claim led to the 2002 shooting death of actor Merlin Santana, was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder, AP reports. On the night of the shooting, King apparently told the two men who were convicted of killing Santana that the actor had made unwanted advances towards her, spurring the men into shooting Santana--best known for his recurring role on The Steve Harvey Show--as he sat in the passenger seat of a car. The girl later admitted the rape claim was a lie, AP reports.
Danny Aiello Wants To Sing
Actor Danny Aiello, best known for his films Do the Right Thing, Broadway Danny Rose and Moonstruck, has decided at the age of 70 to record an album, AP reports. "I've always loved to sing," Aiello said. "I've been singing since I was a kid." I Just Wanted to Hear the Words should be released in April, he told AP. The CD includes his renditions of standards such as "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" and "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter."
Blink-182 Cancels Shows After Drummer Injured
The group Blink-182 has canceled concerts in Australia, Japan and Hawaii after drummer Travis Barker fell down while getting off a bus in Melbourne Thursday and broke his foot, MTV.com reports. "It was just a freak accident," Barker said in a statement. "But it'll heal and we'll be back." Blink-182 will remain off the road until two shows scheduled in Mexico on April 22-23 and will go ahead with their planned 16-date tour with Cypress Hill and Taking Back Sunday, starting April 29 in Boise, Idaho. The group, which is touring in support of their untitled sixth album, will also co-headline a summer tour with No Doubt beginning June 1 outside Indianapolis.
The Apprentice Is NBC's "Trump" Card
Money, money, money, money! Donald Trump's hit reality series The Apprentice gave NBC the edge they needed to stay competitive among viewers aged 18 to 49 this week. Despite competing against TV's most popular program, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Apprentice drew a total of 19.2 million viewers last Thursday, landing it in the No. 6 position for the week. Here are the Top 10 shows for the week of March 8-14, according to Nielsen Media Research: (1) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS (2) American Idol (Tuesday), FOX (3) Survivor: All-Stars, CBS (4) American Idol (Wednesday), FOX (5) Without a Trace, CBS (6) The Apprentice, NBC (7) Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS (8) Friends, NBC (9) Cold Case, CBS (10) Will & Grace, NBC
Role Call: Parker, Walken Join Cigarettes, Bullock Gets Love Interest, More…
Mary-Louise Parker and Christopher Walken have signed to star alongside James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Mandy Moore and Kate Winslet in the musical comedy Romance and Cigarettes, to be directed by John Turturro. The United Artists project follows a cheating blue-collar husband who is forced to choose between his sexy mistress and his harried wife. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Romance will be intersperse by lip-synched performances of popular songs by artists including Nick Cave, Tom Jones and Bruce Springsteen … CBS' Without a Trace star Enrique Murciano has signed on to star as Sandra Bullock's love interest in Miss Congeniality 2. In the film, FBI Special Agent Gracie Hart (Bullock) heads to Las Vegas on a new case, wh
Filmmaker Roger Vadim, best known for discovering Brigitte Bardot and keeping company with the likes of Jane Fonda and Catherine Deneuve, died today of cancer. He was 72.
The Paris-born Vadim was married to the then-teenage Bardot when he made his directorial debut in 1956 with "And God Created Woman." The film launched Bardot's career as a sex symbol and stirred much talk for its outrageous (at the time) unveiling of her skin. In the short run, "And God ..." was banned in several countries. In the long run, it helped launch France's New Wave film movement of the 1950s.
In 1965, Vadim wed a 27-year-old, pre-controversial Jane Fonda (his third wife). Two years later, the couple teamed to reveal Fonda's own assets on screen with the Vadim-directed sci-fi cult hit "Barbarella". The couple had one daughter, Vanessa, before splitting in 1973.
Vadim also fathered a son, Christian, with Deneuve and had one daughter each with wives No. 2 and No. 4, Annette Stroyberg and Catherine Schneider respectively.
In all, Vadim wed five times. In 1987, he authored the ladies'-man memoir, "Bardot, Deneuve, Fonda: My Life with the Three Most Beautiful Women in the World."
Survivors include his four children and actress-wife No. 5, Marie-Christine Barrault.
BEST IN SHOW: Annette Bening, the "American Beauty" real-estate wife who goes to great lengths to sell a house, has been named ShoWest's Female Star of the Year by the National Association of Theater Owners. Bening, 41, will receive her award at ShoWest's convention March 6-9 in Las Vegas.
COURTED: Mark Ronald Bailey is scheduled to face trial April 7 on charges that he stalked "Suddenly Susan" star Brooke Shields while in the possession of a handgun, a Los Angeles court ruled Thursday. Bailey, 41, has two prior convictions relating to Shields -- one for stealing a pickup truck and trespassing at her New Jersey home in 1985, and one for threatening her in 1993.
... In New York, a prosecutor on Thursday said rap mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs offered his driver $50,000 and a diamond ring he received from girlfriend Jennifer Lopez if the driver would say he owned a gun police found as the couple fled a nightclub shooting. ...
... A California appeals court reinstated a $4.3 million jury verdict against Connie Stevens, saying she missed her opportunity to make the defense that her agreement with former manager Norman Styne was void under the Talent Agencies Act. Styne originally sued Stevens claiming she didn't honor a verbal contract giving him 10 percent profits from her cosmetic line. A jury found in favor of Styne, but the verdict was thrown out two months later.
QUICK TAKES: Ensuring that the Academy Awards this year will have a small dose of excitement, double Oscar-winner Roberto Benigni will present at the ceremonies. The actor-director won Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actor kudos for "Life is Beautiful." On Oscar night 1999, Benigni, whose two exuberant acceptance speeches "used up all [his] English," announced that he wanted to be like Jupiter, "kidnap everybody and lie down in the firmament making love to everybody." No word on what Benigni's plans are this year ...
... Salma Hayek has been named a presenter for the techie Oscars, to be presented March 4. She'll hand out a statue to Dr. Roderick T. Ryan, recipient of the Gordon E. Sawyer Award, honoring "an individual ... whose technological contributions have brought credit to the industry." ...
...Steven Spielberg, on the mend from kidney surgery, will be on hand to receive his Vanguard Award at the NAACP Image Awards on Saturday. He'll also help present the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award to Harrison Ford on Thursday, along with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Anne Archer, Daryl Hannah, Julia Ormond and Anne Heche ...
... Songstress Patti LaBelle, 55, and her husband-manager, L. Armstead Edwards, are separating after 30 years of marriage. They call it "an amicable decision."
THIS WEEK'S RUMOR ROUNDUP: While Neve Campbell recently denied she's headed to the altar with rumored-boyfriend John Cusack, Heather Graham and Edward Burns may be a different story, reports Fashion Wire Daily. Graham herself recently told Elle magazine: "I fell in love with this guy and it's unlike any love I've ever known. Knock on wood, I don't see an end in sight." They live together in Hollywood and gargle mouthwash every morning so they'll "taste fresh" when they kiss. Anyhow, sources say Graham "fits right in" with Burns' Long Island family, and she's even considering motherhood. "It's like a definite maybe." Uh, Heather, isn't that an oxymoron? ...
... MTV gross-out host Tom Green apparently got wind of the rumors about him and Monica Lewinsky, and in order to save his own dating life, posted a message on his official Web site. For the record, Green notes that he was introduced to Lewinsky through one of his show's writers (whom she dated), and Green later met up with Lewinsky and her date (not the writer) to attend a Kids in the Hall after-party. He thinks the Edmonton Sun reported their pairing because they were standing together. "Andy Dick was with us too ... I am also not dating him," he writes.
Why doesn't Green just ignore the rumor? "Because I just met this girl a few weeks ago, and I really like her... and I don't want her to get mad at me and think that I'm dating Monica ... this girl is ... really cool, and cute and stuff." Awww, how sweet.