British actress Kate Beckinsale was targeted by pickpockets twice in two days during Christmas shopping trips in London earlier this week. The Underworld star first fell victim to a sly thief on Monday between the time she left her limousine with husband Len Wiseman and when she went to pay for gifts in plush department store Harrods. An insider says, "Kate and Lenny spent a few hours browsing. But when they got to the till they realized they had been stung. It was a disaster, they had no way to pay. "It was a real panic because they had left all their Christmas shopping to the last minute. They borrowed money from friends to make sure there would be presents under the tree on Christmas morning." Beckinsale was next touched by crime when she returned to the store with her personal assistant, who had her purse stolen at some point during the visit. The insider adds, "Kate and Lenny can't believe their bad luck. You never expect something like that to happen two days running."
Stone disrobes for new film
Basic Instinct actress Sharon Stone plans to continue disrobing for the big screen as she approaches her fifth decade. The Hollywood blonde, 46, shot a steamy naked scene with Bill Murray for an untitled movie from director Jim Jarmusch, which was filmed in New York in September. A source says, "It's a romantic comedy and Sharon didn't blink at the nude scene--it's done with a lot of humor."
Anderson and Dorff smooch on a beach
Former Baywatch beauty Pamela Anderson has been photographed passionately kissing actor Stephen Dorff, quashing reports she's dating a model. Anderson, 37, had been linked with Christian Monzon but recently surprised onlookers by smooching Blade star Dorff on a Malibu, California, beach. One says, "It wasn't long before Pammy stripped off and Dorff couldn't keep his eyes off her body." A friend of the hunk adds, "They have a lot in common. This could be the start of something special."
Jolie's Santa silence
Hollywood star Angelina Jolie's young son Maddox won't be waiting for Santa Claus tonight--the actress has banned Father Christmas. The Alexander beauty celebrates Yuletide every year, but refuses to join fellow parents by claiming the fictional festive gift-bearer and his reindeer will climb down Maddox's chimney. Jolie says, "I don't want to tell him Santa Claus exists when he doesn't. I don't know about the Easter Bunny, either."
Scorsese baffled by his Oscar failure
Acclaimed director Martin Scorsese is surprised he hasn't won an Academy Award, but has grown to accept he may never pick up a coveted Oscar. Scorsese's latest film, The Aviator, is hotly tipped to win many awards at the 2005 Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles, but the filmmaker has no expectations he'll win anything. The 62-year-old says, "I don't know how much it means to me anymore. It's more about the movie at this point because I'm too old for it. "I think when you're young and have that first burst of energy and make five or six pictures in a row that tell the stories of all the things in life you want to say. Well, maybe those are the films that should have won me the Oscar. "When Taxi Driver (1976) was up for Best Picture, it got three other nominations: Best Actor (Robert De Niro), Best Supporting Actress (Jodie Foster), and Best Music. But the director and writer (Paul Schrader) were overlooked. "I was so disappointed, I said, 'You know what, that's the way it's going to be.' What was I going to do, go home and cry? "You don't make pictures for Oscars."
Hawking's wife angry over new Simpsons cameo
Disabled scientist Professor Stephen Hawking's decision to make a second cameo appearance in The Simpsons has angered his wife. The forthcoming episode of the TV cartoon show will feature electro-convulsive shock therapy (ECT) being used to treat schizophrenia, a plot device Elaine Hawking thinks shouldn't be used in an animated comedy. She says, "I'm not altogether happy with it. I just don't think that ECT's the sort of thing that anybody should make fun out of--it's just not right for comedy. "I read the scripts and obviously told Stephen of my concerns, but he thinks it's fine, so I'll have to go along with that."
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